Outlier.org Expands Catalog With Two Stunning New Courses: Astronomy & Statistics

Taught by renowned instructors from Duke, NASA, and the Hayden Planetarium, the new courses further Outlier.org's mission to increase access to world-class higher education

Outlier.org, an online education platform working to increase access to quality college education and reduce student debt, announced today the launch of two new courses, Introduction to Astronomy and Introduction to Statistics.

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The launch of the new courses follows a groundbreaking year for Outlier.org, whose debut courses, Calculus I and Introduction to Psychology, redefined online higher education with their quality and effectiveness. Students taking those courses achieved a C-grade or better at a rate comparable to their peers in traditional, in-person college settings–a milestone that points to a future where an online college education is just as effective as in-person classes.

The new courses will continue to follow Outlier.org’s award-winning approach. For $400, less than 1/6th the cost of a traditional college course, Outlier.org students enjoy a world-class learning experience that combines cinema-quality lectures with transferable college credits, 1-on-1 tutoring, AI-proctored assessments, dynamically-generated problem sets, and cutting-edge, active learning techniques.

“I am so excited to bring the wonders of space to Outlier.org students,” said Dr. Michelle Thaller, an astrophysicist and Outlier.org instructor. “Everyone should have a sense of our place in the universe and the Introduction to Astronomy course provides that and much more.”

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“The past few months have shown that, more than ever, students need reliable access to top-quality higher education,” said Aaron Rasmussen, Founder and CEO of Outlier.org. “We are thrilled to work with some of the best minds in statistics and astronomy to bring more courses to Outlier.org students, even in the midst of everything that’s happening in the world.”

Both courses were produced using remote-filming techniques that enabled instructors to record lectures safely during the pandemic. By sending instructors remote cinematography setups in the mail, and providing guidance on creating makeshift studios in their homes, Outlier.org was able to continue to create incredibly high-quality courses during a global crisis.

In order to better serve student needs, Outlier.org is also announcing the introduction of rolling cohorts, beginning in Fall 2020. This means that new course terms will begin every two weeks, allowing students the flexibility to fit their college coursework around their schedules.

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