I'm a Developer in New York, NY. I work at theCoursepack. I earned a B.A. from McGill University.
LearnTogether provides online study groups for students who are taking Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Students can use LearnTogether to find great online courses to take. Once you sign up, you are enrolled in a study group that happens once a week. These study groups can be used for mutual help and support with your courses. A game layer is provided on top of these study groups, with students giving each other points for great participation.
The attrition rate for MOOCs is ridiculously high - only 10% of students who start MOOCs finish them. Lifelong learners get excited to start online courses, but don't have the support group to finish them. When you take a MOOC alone, it's easy to sign up for courses, and then never look at them again. We hope that LearnTogether will give students of MOOCs the community they need, and raise the attrition rate even a few percent.
We'd love to make the study group experience really fun. We're providing gaming elements which incentivize great, continuous participation. Getting help expanding that gaming layer would improve these study groups dramatically, and, we hope, significantly increase the number of students who finish their online courses.
Release a first version of the study groups for community feedback.
Add gaming elements to make online study groups fun.