Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Website Matches Students, Online Instructor

An online education company has developed a system that uses algorithms to help students determine the best instructor for them. MindLaunch redesigned its website to be an educational support platform for students of any age and in any subject.

The platform allows students to select the type of instruction they prefer and then schedule learning sessions with teachers. Only vetted, U.S.-licensed instructors are used for the online classes, which are equipped with two-way video and audio, interactive whiteboards, and real-time lessons.

Students use an online questionnaire about their learning style, preferences, and desired subjects. The algorithm developed by MindLaunch then matches them with teachers certified in the subject.

Once the student has registered and paid for the instruction, classes are automatically scheduled with a confirmation showing subject, teacher, dates, and login information. Classes for all grade levels are available, along with college entrance prep and corporate skills.

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