Coursekit is an application that instructors can use to communicate and engage with their students and give them an online course that mirrors most of what they could get in a traditional classroom setting. On Coursekit, students can share their thoughts on applicable course topics through the discussion board function. Instructors can accept and post grades to assignments virtually. Both instructors and students can share valuable resources related to the course such as articles, files and e-books. Coursekit offers a course calendar where all class participants can remain on the same page when it comes to assignments and important due dates. Coursekit has also created a community where users can interact with one another and they can put faces to the names that they've become so familiar with over the course of the class. Instructors feel that Coursekit makes it possible for their students to get many of the things their classes have to offer (minus the physical contact of course) all online. Coursekit helps to bring the educational setting into the digital age.
The Coursekit team consists of a team of four individuals, and is led by CEO Joseph Cohen. The site states that they never will charge for their services and they are backed by a solid group of investors. Coursekit is a rapidly growing company however and they have about a dozen open positions listed as of March 2012. Coursekit has been featured on Forbes, The Chronicle, The New York Times and CNBC. The Coursekit team is headquartered out of New York City, New York.
Coursekit aimed to do away with the traditional online and clunky online course communication applications and redesign it completely "down to the pixel." There aim was to make it modern, engaging and appealing for both instructors and students to use. Coursekit's site is fast and very responsive. The colors are fresh and modern-looking and the site looks a lot more exciting than say the traditional BlackBoard application. Also, since students can login with and sync their Facebook account to Coursekit this provides the application a more engaging and personalized approach than the other online coursework sites.
Coursekit is very well designed. They claim that their entire team consists of artists. Therefore the site is very appealing and modern in its approach. Coursekit has made it so that instructors could setup a course in just three minutes. They've made it very simple for folks to get setup and get going. Coursekit has strived to make the site and all of its functionality very intuitive and easy to use even for some of the lesser tech-savvy individuals. However, if people do have any questions, Coursekit is happy to make themselves available through their on-staff support team who is always available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Users can register for Coursekit if they are an instructor or if they are a student enrolled in a class that is using Coursekit. Instructors can select that they want to add a new class, and then they just need to input their class information (i.e. course number, name, etc), accept the privacy and user terms and setup their account information. Students just need to type in their class number and then they can join the Coursekit by syncing their Facebook account or by inputting their email address and password.
Coursekit has announced that their service is and always will be free for both instructors and students. Coursekit is supported by investments and has a pretty solid backing of $5 million that it raised at the end of 2011. Investors in the application include: Social+Capital, David Tisch, Joel Spolsky, IA Ventures, and several angel investors. Coursekit plans to eventually monetize their work based on having a base of millions of students and thousands of courses. That in itself is appealing to a number of software and other companies who wish to market to and gain this audience as a customer.
Coursekit is an excellent resource for any class instructors. It is more modern, engaging and feature packed than traditional classroom applications. Best of all it is free. Students, unfortunately, need to be apart of a class where the instructor is using the Coursekit app in order for them to get access.