For $400, students can get the highest quality online education from most celebrated educators
Students don’t learn in the same way. And that’s why most celebrated professors from the world’s top colleges are teaching the same content in different ways. With high-quality videos of exceptional educators guiding students through examples from science, sports, and human happiness, Outlier.org, an online education platform, offers course will help students master calculus and even have a few laughs along the way. Students only have to choose the instructor that best fits their learning style (or hop between instructors whenever they like), and if they need extra help, they’ll have access to their friendly tutors, online study groups, and unlimited practice problems.
Unlike traditional online education programs, Outlier.org produces cinema-quality lectures that are taught by some of the brightest and most celebrated educators in academia, including professors from Yale, MIT, Columbia, Cornell, and Davidson.
For $400, about one-sixth the cost of a traditional college course, Outlier.org students enjoy a world-class learning experience that includes access to 1-on-1 tutoring, AI-proctored assessments, dynamically-generated problem sets, and cutting-edge active learning techniques.
Outlier.org has announced $16 million in total funding gained from its two pilot courses in the 2019 fall semester. The announcement includes a recent $11.7 million Series A round led by GSV Ventures with participation by Harrison Metal, Tectonic Capital, and Jackson Square Ventures. Harrison Metal led a previously undisclosed seed round for the company.
The funding follows an extension of Outlier.org’s successful 2019 fall pilot program with the University of Pittsburgh, which will continue into the spring and summer terms in 2020. In that pilot, Outlier.org students achieved a C grade or better at the same rate as those in comparable courses within traditional classrooms. The results indicate a breakthrough in providing truly scalable, affordable, for-credit college education.
“Our mission is to increase access to high-quality education and reduce student debt,” said Aaron Rasmussen, CEO, and founder of Outlier.org. “We will continue building more intro-level courses and expanding to accommodate more students and more experts in their fields who can provide top-quality education at a reasonable cost.”