Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Power Searching With Google Class (again!)

As readers will remember, we ran the "Power Searching with Google" MOOC this past summer.  It seemed to go over pretty well, with 154K students signing up for the class.  

Since that worked so well, we're doing it again:  We're offering the course (with a few fixes) starting on September 24, 2012.  (You can read about it on the Google Search Blog.)  

And... you can sign up here:  Sign up for Sept 24 Power Searching with Google online class

I'll share a couple of quick stats with you about the last class.  

When we compare pre- vs. post- class performance on a measure of search skill, the average improvement was 40%.  (Bear in mind that this includes a lot of people who tested very highly at the start, so their room to improve was less.)  Still, that's nearly doubling most people's search-ability.  

When we measured the "net recommender score" (that is, how likely a student is to recommend this course to a friend) the score was 4.5 (out of 5.0).  That is a huge score!  

So, if you found the last class valuable, tell a friend about it.  We're promoting this by word-of-mouth, so every passing along to someone else helps out.  

Search on...  better and better with each passing class! 


  1. Is there a list of links to the videos without signing up for the class? I went through the course the first time around and would like to assign a couple of the videos to my students this semester.

  2. I think this is a good reference I might have to take a look closer.