Hope the last week treated you well.
Thanks for taking out time to read this post. I am Arjun. Recently I started working on a project named Knowledge Maps and wanted to share it with you all.
Online learning has been a real pain for me. Although there are some amazingly awesome resources that are available on the internet, the challenge lies in discovering them and then shunting out the ones that actually prove useful.
This process involves a lot of hit and trial. For example, when I started learning coding online, I used various different google queries to find out the relevant resources. All of these queries showed up a shit load of web pages, all of which seemed to be useful at first sight (the reason — all of them had good seo and catchy headlines). But the problem — only about 10% of these web pages provided any utility to me.
Going through this hit and trial process time and again, I realized that I am not the only one who is doing so. Other people who wanted to learn stuff online were also doing it. The key insight was— all online learners were doing the same thing again and again and they were doing so inside a bubble — that is — no one knew the resources that proved useful to the other person.
I started thinking about a solution to this problem. One day, a friend of mine asked me about the resources that I used to learn PHP (a coding language). I mailed him the ones that I had referred to. A day later he reverted saying that the resources proved quite useful to him.
And then it hit me. What if, everyone who was learning something shared their learning journey with others? This way rest of the people can get to discover the resources that others are using to learn stuff that interests them. And rather than searching from the very beginning, they can build upon other people’s research.
For example, you could discover how Asha writes such amazing newsletters or the resources that Alok refers to increase his insights about online branding (of course apart from the personal experience that he has gained over 100s of years. FYI, 10 years of learning in a regular life = 1 year of learning in an entrepreneur’s life).
And, so I created Knowledge Maps.
Knowledge Maps lets you discover and share the roadmap that other people followed to solve a problem or learn something new.
I have personally found that solving a problem or learning something new doesn’t require more than 10 great quality links. And therefore, each map is limited to just 10 links.
A Knowledge Map
In each resource you can discover the highlights and annotations the creator made.
A Knowledge Map structures content based on the problem it helps you solve. With so much content being published online, it is becomes difficult to find the best and the evergreen content. But with Knowledge Maps, the evergreen content always surfaces on the top.
You can follow the topics that interest you
My profile on Knowledge Maps
To make the process of Map creation uber easy, we have developed a Chrome Extension. You can get the extension from the platform. It lets you highlight and annotate any page on the web and add it to a Knowledge Map.
And lastly, I firmly believe that – if we can learn together, we can build the world together.
Please be sure to check out the platform and spit some blunt feedback on my face.
Looking forward to some amazing maps from you – yes you – the one reading this post! I know you are so knowledgeable and have so much to share 🙂