Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Elevator Pitch - Clickversity

Clickversity is an online training course for learning how to write web software.

Pitched at technical support staff, designers, product managers and hobbyists; the course will cover HTML, CSS, programming theory, databases, JavaScript, and other topics at the beginner level. More advanced courses will be offered down the track.

The public website has been drafted, and a complex admin area is now ready. All that remains is to actually write the course! This should take 3 - 4 weeks of work.

Is this something that would interest you as a consumer? If so, how much do you think you'd be willing to pay?


  1. How would this differ from say, the Opera web standards curriculum?


    Unless your course offers substantially better information than this course, you'll have an uphill battle charging anyone.

    My suggestion for you would be to create extension materials like screencasts, webinars, podcasts or exercises/tests based on a course like this. That way, you don't need to re-invent the wheel.

  2. It's a good point. We're not sure if people will be willing to pay - but we think we have a shot at it.

    There is certainly a lot of (good) free stuff out there in a lot of verticals, but people are still willing to pay if there is perceived value.

    A good example is Rosetta Stone vs something like Live Mocha.

    We're hoping if our course is approachable, and of excellent quality, people will be willing to pay - particularly if there is a good community attached to it. It's hard to say though whether we'll be right!