Victor Alhadeff, the former CEO of Egghead Software, has launched a new company that will help students of all ages find and rate the best in online education and e-learning resources. Seattle-based LearnBig is building a nexus for e-learning content, and is designed to offer links to games, apps, videos, audio, massively open online courses (MOOCs) and other types of educational content, according to Blair Hanley Frank of Geek Wire.
LearnBig offers a powerful search engine on its website. The search tools include filters for grade level, subject, and whether or not the content complies with national educational standards to help users dig for the right stuff.
"We want to be the most comprehensive, relevant and trusted brand for online learning and training resources," Alhadeff, who is chief executive officer of LearnBig.
Alhadeff noted that his company called on the services of an "army of interns" to seek out educational content on the web and add it to its database. "As long as it's truly educational, we indexed it and put it on the site," he added.
LearnBig allows users to rate and write reviews about content linked to its website. The user's rating and reviews will affect how different modules are placed in search results so that the best content will rise to the top of the site.
LearnBig also features Career Paths, which provide older students with learning programs that pull from all around the web to get them set up for a career in a skill-based field like mobile app development or 3D modeling.
LearnBIG is hoping to change the way learners of all ages access thousands of online educational resources by providing them with one central location. The company's website joins together technology and community to improve educational access regardless of income, age or geographic location, according to LearnBIG.
The company sees that users want to search for and filter content by subject, level, platform and popularity for all major sectors of education — Pre-K, K-12, college and lifelong learning — and allows users to easily find education resources that match their perceived learning style.
"eLearning is transforming education but finding the best available content has proven to be very challenging," Alhadeff said in a statement. "LearnBIG's breadth, depth, organization and user experience creates a dramatically different environment for people to not only find specific content, but also have the power of choice to find exactly what they need. The potential for significant social change by bringing access to the best in education to all people is profound."
In addition to students, LearnBIG offers value to teachers, who will now be able to more easily provide their students with enrichment materials for supplemental content to help students gain and solidify specific skills.
"Resources can be sorted by Common Core State Standards to ensure the resources teachers are utilizing for students matches what they are learning in class," the company said in a statement.