From massive open online courses (MOOCs), to open-sourced eTextbooks, to interactive quizzes, it’s now easier than ever before for people to bypass expensive big-name publishers to create their own educational content.

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Free educational resources are difficult to find online.

For faculty and their students, however, finding the best of this content can be a challenge. For content creators, getting the attention of those users in such a crowded market can be even more so.

That’s why the education platform StudySoup has launched its Education Marketplace, a new online outlet that its founders hope will become a one-stop location for creating, selling, and finding digital educational content.

When co-founders Sieva Kozinsky and Jeff Silverman created StudySoup, they saw it as just a way to collect all their course readings and notes in one place. Soon, they began focusing on how scattered the best course materials really are, said Kozinsky, who was in his third year of college at the time.

“We asked ourselves, ‘why is all this content decentralized,” he said. “You have notes in your notebook, readings in your textbook, content on an LMS. There are great resources out there, but there’s no systemized way of finding, using, and learning from all this material.”

See Page 2 for details on how companies are now attempting to round up digital content.


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