January 2, 2014

Curious – Lessons in Learning


With a clear focus on lifelong learning, Curious offers a way for users from every corner of the globe to learn about virtually any subject of interest. Beer brewing, organic gardening, and candle making are just a few of the many topics taught by experts on the Curious platform.

If you’re curious about a particular topic and eager to learn more, sign up for Curious and browse lessons by collection. Curious “lessons” are essentially detailed videos, created by fellow users with a passion for sharing their own knowledge. Most lessons have a table of contents, a brief lesson description, and some introductory information about the teacher. Users like yourself can view lessons and take part in virtual discussions with other Curious students. You can also complete “exercises” developed by the teacher, to help ensure you’re on track with the material before moving to each new section.

Become a Curious teacher, and you can share knowledge about your own subject of expertise. Once you’ve watched a handful of lessons and gotten the hang of Curious’ teaching style, apply for access to the Teachers Lounge and build your first lesson using the Curious Lesson Builder. You can upload videos that you’ve already made or record completely new ones. The course content you upload to Curious is non-exclusive, and it remains owned by you.

Practical Uses:

  • Learn how to play the guitar
  • Connect with other students when learning about organic gardening
  • Teach other people what you know about yoga
  • Improve your sign language skills

Insider Tips:

  • Connect with other students in the discussions section
  • Download the attachments your teacher has uploaded for the lesson
  • Leave comments for the general lesson or a specific section
  • Skip ahead in a class by jumping to a particular section

What we liked:

  • Curious covers topics that go beyond traditional academia
  • Teachers are provided with tools for promoting their lessons on social media
  • Students can take Curious lessons any time, day or night
  • Teachers can send helpful messages directly to individual students

What we didn’t like:

  • Curious doesn’t offer an extensive support section for new users


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2013
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California
  • Founded by: Justin Kitch, Thai Bui, and John Tokash
  • Web site:


  • Free

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