The standard plan of attack for many people looking to learn how to do something is to search for help online. Sometimes you get lucky and hit a good resource right off the bat, and other times you fumble around for a bit, popping around and hopping off sites as soon as it becomes apparent they’re useless.
A new web site just launched that aims to streamline that process using crowdsourcing.
MentorMob is a free tool that aims to help users cut through the clutter of Internet content by aggregating and organizing online educational content, such as YouTube videos, Wikipedia articles, About.com content, and more, into step-by-step how-to courses called “Learning Playlists.”
MentorMob’s collaborative platform provides a structured system for learning, with each topical category—known as a Mob—maintained by volunteer editors called Mentors, hence the name.
While the site currently includes a lot of content that favors hobbyists who want to do things like learn to make beer, it also has plenty of business-related playlists. As examples, a few course titles include How to Negotiate a Salary, How to Use Google Docs and How to be an Entrepreneur.
“Eventually we want to be the Pandora of learning, to personalize learning. So we’d see what type of learner you actually are: We’d see you are a visual kinesthetic learner, and know you need video and Flash games to learn,” says co-founder and CEO Kris Chinosorn.
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