Outlecture is a web service created with the concept of exploring the best in educational materials and courses. Our advanced evaluation algorithm carefully handpicks top-quality resources from various video platforms. The courses we recommend are not only of the highest quality but also evaluated for their up-to-dateness and freshness of the information provided.
Outlecture has the following three features.
1. Top-quality courses
Outlecture selects only top-quality materials and courses from various video platforms using its own algorithm, including the world's largest online learning platform Udemy.
2. Monthly updates
New courses are added daily and technology trends change constantly. Furthermore, the content of highly evaluated courses may become outdated due to product version upgrades and may not meet the needs of users. To address these issues, Outlecture conducts a comprehensive reevaluation and update of all courses on a monthly basis to ensure the freshness of the information.
3. Evaluation algorithm
Outlecture evaluates courses using its unique algorithm that balances course evaluations, information freshness, the number of purchasers or viewers, and recent increases in these metrics, to extract only the most appropriate courses for users.
Who are you?
I am an IT engineer with experience in designing, building, developing, and releasing various IT systems, including native apps, front-end, back-end, databases, infrastructure, and public cloud environments. Currently, my primary focus is on DevOps. I have worked on projects of various sizes, ranging from small-scale to large-scale projects with budgets of tens of billions of yen. I created this website with my fellow engineers and designers.
Why did you create it?
The reason for creating this service is that it was something "we" wanted. In this job, we often take on "new things" - things we haven't experienced before, new things in the world, things that have been completely refreshed due to version changes, and things the world demands. Encountering something new is one of the interesting parts of this job.
When taking on one of these "new things," the first thing we do is catch up, in other words, study. Fortunately, recently, there has been an abundance of inexpensive and high-quality educational materials available. For example, Udemy has excellent instructors, and on YouTube, not only individuals but also companies distribute information, and information that would have been paid for in the past is now free to view. It's an amazing era.
However, the trade-off of this is that there is too much information, and it takes time for users to choose and decide what to learn. I think this is a fact. With the desire to reduce the time spent on selecting and instead devote our time to high-quality educational materials, we created this service.
What are the main points you focused on?
We are conscious of maintaining the freshness of the information. While abstract information can be universally applicable, the higher the specificity, the more likely information degradation will occur. As mentioned earlier, trends change every day, and product versions are updated. When catching up, it is essential to consider whether the information in the course is fresh or not. Of course, it's not just about being new; the quality of the content is also crucial. We designed the service to be evaluated as "high quality with fresh information."
What are your plans for the future?
We plan to expand the categories and improve the quality of our rating algorithm. If you have any requests for additional content or features, please contact us through our contact page.