Cogak – A platform that helps self-learners to start learning | Product Hunt



I am an avid self-learner who keeps learning new knowledge, especially new disciplines that I am not familiar with. However, even with tons of MOOC or open courseware resources these days, I still spent a huge amount of time in searching for the target knowledge’s background, prerequisites, and finding the right resources to learn, or even whether or not I should learn it. That’s why I came up with the idea of Cogak.

Cogak’s philosophy is “knowledge integrates with actions”. If we are hesitant to start learning, which means we take no actions, then it implies that we are lack of knowledge, having no idea where and how to begin, or even whether to begin or not. Here comes the first part of Cogak: Knowledge Tree. It is a categorization for knowledge and areas of studies, where you can quickly get a big picture of your learning target. After browsing the introductions[1] and some recommended resources, we gain sufficient knowledge to take an action: decide to learn it or go back to learn its prerequisite first. If you decide to start learning, awesome. Now go to the second part: Roadmap.

So we shall learn it, but what exactly are we learning and how? So many textbooks and MOOCs and video tutorials on the Internet and we have no idea about their quality and the expected cost/outcome of learning with them. Roadmap is a platform where self-learners can share their first-hand self-learning experience[2]. “Hey, I just learned how to write a front-end web app with React JavaScript! I had Python programming background only and knew nothing about HTML/CSS or JavaScript. Just follow my roadmap and you can do it too! Completely for free!” We believe that self-learners’ first-hand experiences are the exact knowledge that you need to take actions. Just take a glimpse at the overview, prerequisites, expectations or steps of a roadmap, you will quickly get a rough expectation, that helps to make the decision: “Okay, I am gonna follow this roadmap and master it!” Voila, the roadmap provides knowledge that motivates you to take actions, and your actions will bring you more knowledge.

Don’t forget to fill out our feedback survey form! And please send your opinions and thoughts to [email protected] !

[1] At the moment we have only added Wikipedia in the intro. We will include more resources in the future.
[2] We recommend roadmap creators write roadmaps based on free available resources online. If you write a roadmap that tells people “go to Harvard and take the course XXX”, this can hardly help anyone.
[3] We plan to implement the upvote/downvote/comment system for Roadmaps soon. Let us know your thoughts!


– Stephen L.

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I am an avid self-learner who keeps learning new knowledge, especially new disciplines that I am not familiar with. However, even with tons of MOOC or open courseware resources these days, I still spent a huge amount of time in searching for the target knowledge’s background, prerequisites, and finding the right resources to learn, or even whether or not I should learn it. That’s why I came up with the idea of Cogak.

Cogak’s philosophy is “knowledge integrates with actions”. If we are hesitant to start learning, which means we take no actions, then it implies that we are lack of knowledge, having no idea where and how to begin, or even whether to begin or not. Here comes the first part of Cogak: Knowledge Tree. It is a categorization for knowledge and areas of studies, where you can quickly get a big picture of your learning target. After browsing the introductions[1] and some recommended resources, we gain sufficient knowledge to take an action: decide to learn it or go back to learn its prerequisite first. If you decide to start learning, awesome. Now go to the second part: Roadmap.

So we shall learn it, but what exactly are we learning and how? So many textbooks and MOOCs and video tutorials on the Internet and we have no idea about their quality and the expected cost/outcome of learning with them. Roadmap is a platform where self-learners can share their first-hand self-learning experience[2]. “Hey, I just learned how to write a front-end web app with React JavaScript! I had Python programming background only and knew nothing about HTML/CSS or JavaScript. Just follow my roadmap and you can do it too! Completely for free!” We believe that self-learners’ first-hand experiences are the exact knowledge that you need to take actions. Just take a glimpse at the overview, prerequisites, expectations or steps of a roadmap, you will quickly get a rough expectation, that helps to make the decision: “Okay, I am gonna follow this roadmap and master it!” Voila, the roadmap provides knowledge that motivates you to take actions, and your actions will bring you more knowledge.

Don’t forget to fill out our feedback survey form! And please send your opinions and thoughts to [email protected] !

[1] At the moment we have only added Wikipedia in the intro. We will include more resources in the future.
[2] We recommend roadmap creators write roadmaps based on free available resources online. If you write a roadmap that tells people “go to Harvard and take the course XXX”, this can hardly help anyone.
[3] We plan to implement the upvote/downvote/comment system for Roadmaps soon. Let us know your thoughts!


– Stephen L.

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