SOURCE: Allclasses


May 06, 2014 07:00 ET

Allclasses Launches as World's Most Comprehensive Search Engine Designed to Connect People Everywhere to Millions of Online and Local Offline Classes and Experiences

Innovative Site Crawls Web to Find Classes That Meet Individual Needs and Preferences

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Allclasses, today launched as the world's most comprehensive search engine designed specifically to connect people everywhere to millions of online classes and local offline classes and experiences. From classes covering executive and higher education to personal growth, it is the only site that allows users to search, sort, compare, book, and share millions of classes covering academics, professional and personal skills. With the ability to search by interest and geographic reach, AllClasses makes the pursuit of learning more tailored and personalized than ever before. With a focus on life-long learning, Allclasses was built on the premise that in the knowledge economy, opportunities should be open to everyone.

"With the exploding supply of opportunities and formats to learn and grow, classes should be easy to find, to access and to afford," said Stephen Marcus, Allclasses Co-Founder and CEO. "But until now, there hasn't been a tool out there to quickly cut through the clutter, to make personalized learning choices, and to evaluate classes based on access, quality, and cost. We call this the Learning and Development Disconnect, and we believe it's keeping individuals, societies, and entire economies from reaching their full potential. It's time for a new solution."

Allclasses works to solve this Learning and Development Disconnect by creating an objective and intelligent tool to evaluate classes around the world. Allclasses scours the web to create a living site of millions of online and offline classes, making learning more accessible and more scalable. The site is presented it in a way is Simple (easy-to-use), Sweeping (all-encompassing), Self-Directed (customized by the user), Social (connects to social platforms) and Sincere (not based on ads or algorithms). Further, this unique model makes the search process for classes simpler, faster, and more user friendly than ever before, moving away from a process so fragmented and daunting that many people give up on selecting a class to attend.

"We are at a crossroads when it comes to the future of education, and we believe the explosion of new courseware, formats and technology provides just as much confusion as it does opportunity," said Chad Lovell, Allclasses Co-Founder and COO. "Take executive education, an area we are keenly focused on. There are an overwhelming number of executive education programs out there and no way to compare them to one another. This is just as much of a disadvantage for education providers as it is for individuals. The only way they can differentiate themselves now is by spending more money on marketing. We want Allclasses to provide a common, complete, and objective view of the marketplace that until now did not exist."

To help commemorate its launch on May 6, 2014, Allclasses will hold a special roundtable discussion titled "Harnessing the Education Content Explosion: Millions of Classes and Counting." The event will be held at the Boston Public Library and will bring together experts from the education and technology sectors to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the exploding number of educational and learning experiences available in the current marketplace. The discussion will take a future-focused view on how individuals and institutions can best leverage and capitalize on these opportunities to achieve ongoing personal and professional fulfillment.

"We believe that we are going to do in the education space what Kayak did for travel," said Lovell. "From online learning, to MOOCs, to hybrid learning in and out of the classroom, the time is now to make finding learning an easily navigable and personalized experience. At Allclasses, we believe that true personal fulfillment is only found in the positive pursuit of life-long learning, and that the ability to easily harness experiences, skills and perspectives in all formats should be open to everyone."

Allclasses will launch with initial access to 10,000 classes from their collection of over 1 million classes with new classes being added daily. By May of 2014, Allclasses will launch its iOS mobile app, giving users even greater access to classes and experiences while on the go. 

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