August 16, 2013

Lore – An Educator’s Dream Space

Lore is a platform that functions as a classroom in the cloud. Instructors can quickly create their own course websites, where students can get access to homework assignments, class calendars, syllabi, and internal discussion tools. Rather than making paper copies of useful articles to pass out in class or asking questions via email, instructors and students can rely on Lore as a central hub.

The way you use Lore will depend on whether you’re an instructor or a student. Create a course from scratch by entering the name of the subject, the course code, the name of the institution, and the days and times when your class meets. Decide whether to make your course public or private (which hides content from anyone who isn’t enrolled), then add as much course information as possible to the page you’ve built. At the heart of every course page is an ongoing discussion tool,
which serves as a newsfeed and allows students and instructors to share information and ask group questions on the fly. Add the dates of any important events or assignments to your course calendar, and upload any links, files, or books that students might find useful to your course library.

Students can use Lore to create profile pages with information about their academic backgrounds and personal achievements. They can connect with peers through the platform, and build deeper relationships with their instructors. By creating learning profiles and forging connections online, students have the chance to get more out of the classes they’re already taking.

Practical Uses:

  • Get access to useful articles and websites when studying for your Economics exam
  • Ask your instructor questions about her most recent lecture
  • Post your course syllabus online
  • Find out the date of your World History final

Insider Tips:

  • Make a course public or private
  • Moderate course discussions by deleting any inappropriate posts
  • Instructors can add their office hours to their Lore course calendars
  • Students and instructors can send private messages to each other through the platform

What we liked:

  • It takes less than three minutes to create a new course on Lore
  • Instructors can add an unlimited number of files to their course libraries
  • Students can submit assignments through the platform
  • Users retain ownership of all the data they post

What we didn’t like:

  • Lore is only available at selected institutions


Company Info:

  • Launched: November 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: New York, New York
  • Founded by: Joseph Cohen, Dan Getelman, and Jim Grandpre
  • Web site:


  • Free

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