Inspiration

By 2025 the worldwide e-learning market is projected to be worth $325 billion. However we firmly believe that modern applications are not ready to support this kind of growth.

This gap in the market appears for two reasons:

  • Online courses are mainly taught by a single instructor, not offering a diversity of ideas
  • While self-taught resources are often hard to connect to other topics within the same subject

With modern resources there is a trade-off between having a diversity of ideas and well-connected content for any given subject.

That's where Roadtrip comes in.

What it does

Roadmap is an application that uses crowd-sourced data to generate dynamic maps of resources for any given subject.

Users can publish their preferred method of learning about a topic, then connect it to other topics in a map to create a "diversity" of paths other users can take in learning about this subject.

By also looking at what paths have been commonly taken, Roadtrip can recommend what paths may best fit a user's needs or learning style.

This system includes both a diversity of resource while still offering guidance in maneuvering the various self-taught resources.

How we built it

We built this site using Reactjs (Frontend) and Flask (Backend). For React, both MaterialUI and Vis.js were used. For Flask, Sqlite3 and Gunicorn WSGI were used.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into some issues in creating the full tool suite that allows users to edit their maps.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

At the moment, we currently offer:

  • The ability to see maps created by you and others
  • A clean interface for interacting and learning with maps
  • An API capable of developing your own maps
  • An playground that wraps the API

What's next for Roadtrip

Future goals include:

  • Expand recommender system to give users a well-crafted experience
  • Improve map development tools
  • Build user base that contributes to community maps
  • Explore private maps to be used by teams for activities such as onboarding and training

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