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About Class Central

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Our goal is to make online education work for everyone.

Class Central is a listing of online courses. We aggregate courses from many providers to make it easy to find the best courses on almost any subject, wherever they exist. We focus primarily on free (or free to audit) courses from universities, offered through massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. Whatever you are interested in learning, it is more than likely that our catalog includes a course that will meet your needs.

Through Class Central, you can find courses; review courses you’ve taken (and read other people’s reviews); follow universities, subjects and courses to receive personalized updates; and also plan and track your learning.

Community driven

Class Central is a remote company with no physical offices. Our team consists of learners whose lives have been impacted by online education. Between us, we have done almost 300 online courses and 3 online degrees (including one self-directed degree equivalent). If our names look familiar, it may be because you have read articles we have written or even because one of us has been a mentor in a course you took.

Our goal is to make online education work for everyone, so we’re constantly working on new features. If you have an idea for how to make Class Central more useful, please let us know.

The Report

We are in the business of educating people about education. In addition to our course listing, we also keep tabs on the overall state of MOOCs and online learning. Class Central's Report features analysis and reporting that looks across the landscape of online learning. We especially like to uncover overlooked stories and ascertain trends that others haven’t yet reported.

How do we make money?

Class Central makes money through advertising and affiliate links. We’ve tried to clearly denote ads and sponsored search results. We stand to earn a commission when someone clicks through to a course provider and upgrades to a paid certificate. For a substantial portion of our catalog we do not have any affiliate partnerships. Our affiliate and advertising relationships don’t influence the course listing, nor do they affect user reviews. The most important thing to us is to maintain a relationship of trust with our users, so we want to be transparent about how the bills get paid.

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Might you be one of us? Check out our open positions. Most of us have never previously done the jobs we are currently doing. What we share in common is that our lives have been affected by online learning. If you are an education enthusiast who wants to help other people reach their goals, there may be a role for you on our small but growing team. Interested? Drop us an email. We would love to hear from you.

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    Dhawal Shah

    Founder and CEO

    Dhawal discovered a passion for education during his time as a masters student in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. When free online courses from top universities started popping up, Dhawal built a one-page site to keep track of these courses. That site, Class Central, is now the leading destination for finding MOOCs as well as understanding what is happening in the world of MOOCs. Since 2011, more than 40 million learners have used Class Central to decide which online course to take.

    Dhawal himself has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles on MOOCs, read by millions of people every year. Dhawal is a columnist for EdSurge and has written for publications including Techcrunch, VentureBeat, Quartz, and Observer.

    Dhawal’s favorite courses of all time are Barbara Oakley's Learning How To Learn and Stanford's Algorithms: Design and Analysis.

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    Pat Bowden

    Customer Support Lead

    Since discovering MOOCs in 2012, Pat has completed more than 100 fascinating online courses. She loves learning about a wide variety of subjects without leaving home and created a blog to help others make the most of online learning. In 2018, Pat joined the Class Central Help and Support team and has also written several articles for Class Central’s Report.

    It’s a tough choice, but Pat's favourite courses of all time are Learning How to Learn, The Science of the Solar System, and Mountains 101.

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    Bobby Brady

    Catalog Manager

    Bobby has been a consumer of MOOCs since the launch of the first Coursera and Udacity courses. In late 2011, he created the Library Initiative project to track free online courses, OERs and resources that would be beneficial to the library community and their patrons. In 2014, he joined Dhawal in Class Central and published the first ever In-depth Review and has acted in many roles ever since. Bobby has successfully utilized MOOCs in his professional career twice, transitioning from the service industry to IT support and then again to Development. He now works full time as an edtech consultant and contractor helping students from all over the world learn React and JavaScript.

    His favorite courses of all time are Malicious Software and its Underground Economy and Learning From Data.

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    Manoel Cortes Mendez

    Developer and Writer

    Manoel's entire higher education has been online. He completed his online bachelor's degree with the Open University. And he is now studying toward an online master's degree in computer science with Georgia Tech, specializing in machine learning. In his free time, he enjoys taking online courses on a wide variety of subjects and writing about education, technology, and their intersection.

    Manoel's all-time favorite online courses are Harvard's CS50 Introduction to Computer Science and Barbara Oakley's Learning How to Learn.

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    Rui Ma

    Data Analyst

    Rui Ma has been a fan of Class Central since 2017 and believes that everyone can benefit from MOOCs. With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners. Rui's favorite courses are CS50 Introduction to Computer Science and The Science of Well-Being.

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    Scott Robertson

    Designer and Frontend Engineer

    Scott has traversed the world of traditional education with attendance at various colleges (namely the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Goddard College) but much of his learning that led to a career in web design and development has been largely self-taught via online resources and courses.

    His passion for learning and teaching has continued with his own course on web design that can be found on his portfolio site.

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    Suparn Padma Patra

    Full Stack Engineer

    Suparn developed an interest in MOOCs through a project he worked on during his MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the Central University of Rajasthan, India. His love of teaching and learning started much earlier. Suparn has worked as a teacher at DPS Gaya and holds two bachelor's degrees, one in Science and another in Education from St. Xavier's College, Ranchi. Suparn joined the Class Central Engineering team in April 2019.

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    Heba Ledwon

    Partnerships & Research

    Heba is enthusiastic about the potential of MOOCs to democratise education by offering equal access to all. In her previous work at Kiron Open Higher Education she worked on opening formal higher education for refugee students worldwide through digital solutions. Before that she was policy officer in the German regulatory body for credential recognition of foreign qualifications. Topics that spark her interest include strategic partnerships for a digital transformation and the recognition of digital learning.

    Her favourite courses are Competitive Strategies by LMU München and Introduction to Software Product Management by University of Alberta.

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    Vishnu Chilamakuru

    Search & Backend Engineer

    Vishnu is passionate about startups and the unique problems they are solving. After graduating from college in 2011, he started his career in the software industry and has been part of multiple startups across domains like travel, logistics, and healthcare based in India and Indonesia. In June 2020, he met Dhawal and was excited about online education opportunities, especially after hearing Class Central's growth story during the COVID pandemic. Vishnu has been a consumer of MOOCs since mid-2011. He has taken many technology related courses in areas including databases, programming languages, data modeling, backend engineering, search relevancy and ranking, and more. In his free time, he likes to read self-improvement & biography books. He also writes blog posts occasionally.

    His first course was M101: MongoDB for Developers. His all-time favorite course is Country Level Economics: Macroeconomic Variables and Markets.

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