25-Jun-2018

Course Directories


Deciding a course of study in Nigeria like every other part of the world has become easier since a student with internet access can latch on to course aggregator sites and course directories to streamline a wide range of data available for courses and courses provider into useful bits of information.


Deciding a course of study in Nigeria like every other part of the world has become easier since a student with internet access can latch on to course aggregator sites and course directories to streamline a wide range of data available for courses and courses provider into useful bits of information.

Course aggregator sites or course directories curate courses from different course providers and have been developed to provide learners with a variety of search tools helping them to filter through the large number of courses and course providers to find specific courses that meet their individual needs.

Before internet became popular and the advent of online course directories, prospective students were limited in determining the right study choices. They often had to rely on parents or guardians to guide them towards a study path and most time, these wards were misguided as their parent’s choices which were either made with insufficient information or influenced by the desire to have their wards tow similar career paths as theirs. Furthermore, prospective students had to travel to the physical sites of the course providers risking their lives to access catalogue of papers that contained a listing of the courses on offer. This limited the choice of the student since a candidate would have to spend a lot of money travelling to various institutions to inquire about different programmes.

 In recent years, Academic accreditation bodies like the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board have curated courses in publishable print formats but they are generally perceived to be somewhat bulky and difficult to comprehend.These days, course directories effectively utilize online mechanisms and platforms which generally is easier to use, more engaging and result oriented. These websites have a comprehensive database that can be accessed remotely and easily streamlines the searches with respect to variables defined by the students who utilize the platform. When the resources on these websites are effectively harnessed, a user is afforded limitless opportunities in choosing the most suited programmeand other study options. Apart from listing courses, highlighting basic information pertaining to the courses and connecting students with relevant courses and programmes, many of these websites provide critical information like institution and programme reviews. Additionally, these platforms also allow side by side comparison of academic programmes and institutions.

There are a number of trusted websites currently available that readily offer course curation services and listed below are a few premium ones.

StudyPortals

StudyPortals is an online education choice platform based in Netherlands. The organization currently lists a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, distance learning, preparation course programmes worldwide, along with other international education resources.The company commenced operations as MastersPortal.eu at the end of 2007, and has since expanded to BachelorsPortal, MastersPortal, PhDPortal, DistanceLearningPortal, ShortCoursesPortal, and PreparationCoursePortal.

FindAUniversity

This organization which is based in the United Kingdom focuses on postgraduate studies. Established in 2001, their portals give access to study information on a wide range of postgraduate degrees and certificate programmes. FindAUniversity currently manages different study choice platforms like FindAMasters, FindAPhD, FindAnMBA, FindAPostDoc and FindCPD for continuing professional development (CPD) courses across all disciplines.

StudyLocalNigeria                                        

This portal is one of the fastest growing course directory online platforms in the world and it was specifically designed for Nigerians to access the best study options not just in their Nigeria but with top partner institutions around the world through online and distance learning study options. StudyLocalNigeria does not just have the largest course database in Nigeria but also seek for avenues to bring qualitative and affordable education to Nigerians. Their website has up-to-date information on a wide range of programmes, study options and allows programmes comparison. They also assist students with application and admissions processes and help institutions improve student recruitments.

InternationalGraduate.net

InternationalGraduate.net is an online education choice platform based in the United Kingdom. The organization currently lists a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes worldwide. The platform provides resources, advice and opportunities to students looking to make decisions about their careers and furthering their education.

 

Although, online course directory sites abound, some of these sites are better than others depending on what your needs and objectives are but if I were to be asked, I will sway towards StudyLocalNigeria because not only is it a comprehensive course listing website with a wide range of value added services, quality and affordability always seems to be priority. They also assist in obtaining and secure-transfer of admission support documents (Transcripts, Certificates, Recommendation Letters) from institutions in Nigeria which can be a major source of headache for students.