With the immense amount of learning resources available online, people often don’t know how to approach learning about a new topic. This often serves as a barrier to entry for people to teach themselves using online resources. Branchlink puts an end to this problem by aggregating and organizing the best quality learning resources online.

With the immense amount of learning resources available online, people often don’t know how to approach learning about a new topic. This often serves as a barrier to entry for people to teach themselves using online resources. Branchlink puts an end to this problem by aggregating and organizing the best quality learning resources online.

Two groups of people interact with the technology: curators and users.

Curators are those who download the Branchlink chrome extension. This extension enables people to select quality content about various topics as they find learning resources online. This content is then screened by an artificial neural network to determine if it meets the standards of content for Branchlink courses. The curated content that makes it past this filter is aggregated into a database for later use in building curriculums.

The Branchlink user experience is best described as personalized and efficient. Each user takes a brief learning test to assess their learning style. After this, the user selects from a variety of available topics to learn about and Branchlink uses a recommender system to select the best content from the database of learning resources to help the individual user learn the best.

Through this approach, users of Branchlink are able to take a multifaceted approach to learning as they are able to access a wide variety of learning resources from across the internet. They are able to quickly and efficiently learn through a course personalized for them and jumpstart their learning process.

What inspired you (or your team)?

My team and I were inspired to create Branchlink through our personal experience learning about machine learning and deep learning. There were so many courses available online to learn about these topics, but most of the courses were poorly put together, many of them required prerequisites which we did not have, and none of them covered all of the topics that we wanted to learn about. When we looked around, we realized that almost all of the learning resources online have similar problems and we were determined to create a solution to this problem.

Through our project, we strive to create an accessible learning platform that optimizes the learning experience for each user to gain both a breadth of knowledge and a deep understanding of a variety of topics using the countless resources already available online.