Noodle Acquires Lore

March 15, 2013

As students, we created Lore to give our classes an online presence that was modern, easy to use, and social. We launched the product a year and a half ago — today it’s used in hundreds of institutions around the world.

I’m proud to announce that Lore has been acquired by Noodle.org.

Let me be clear: full service will continue without disruption, free as always.

Be sure, Lore is in good hands: Noodle shares our dream to improve how people learn in the Internet age. The company was founded by John Katzman, who previously started Princeton Review and 2U. He’s spent his life improving education and I can’t wait to see how he grows Lore.

Thanks for supporting us and using our service. It’s been an amazing journey.

- Joseph Cohen, CEO

New Interface Improvements

November 12, 2012

Today we’re rolling out big improvements to the way your course works on Lore. The interface is becoming clearer and easier to use, all thanks to your feedback.

First, we split the Timeline into two pages: “Discussion” and “Calendar.” The new Discussion page will be similar to the old Timeline, but much less cluttered. The Calendar is where professors will post meetings, exams, and assignments so that students can see important dates quickly.

Second, we moved the navigation within a course (e.g. Discussion, Calendar, People) to the left sidebar. This makes the difference between the top-level navigation (e.g. Courses, Groups, Me) and the course-level navigation much clearer.

Calendar with new navigation:  

Third, we replaced chat with the ability to send emails from within Lore, which should save everyone a lot of time. Simply go to a student’s or professor’s profile and click the button that says “Message.”

Email:

We’re thrilled to launch these changes and hope you love them. They should make using Lore much easier and more intuitive for everyone.

We never stop thinking about how we can help improve the course experience. We’re excited to continue making progress.

Enjoy!

Interface improvements

October 11, 2012

We’re rolling out some changes to the site’s design tonight: we’re simplifying navigation between courses and reducing unnecessary clutter.

First, the navigation—the list of your courses, groups, and a few other things—is moving from the left of the screen, to the top. This is a more familiar and intuitive placement. 

The old navigation bar on the left

The old navigation 

The updated navigation and dashboard

The new navigation on the dashboard 

Updated course masthead

The simplified course header 

Second, we’ve removed unnecessary clutter on both the dashboard and the course interfaces.

Lore’s interface should feel weightless and immediately intuitive. Today we’re removing several elements, many of which were added with a significant amount of consideration in the first place. We’re excited to do it though. Technology is best when it gets out of the way, and that’s what we strive for.

Stay tuned for more to come.
David and Ahmed 

Posting on Lore is now simpler

September 25, 2012

Today we’re launching improvements to the way you post on your Timeline. We’ve cleaned up the design, used more familiar interface elements, and made the composer open by default. It looks and feels much simpler.

The new composer for students:

The new post composer interface for students

The new exam composer for instructors:

The new exam composer interface for instructors

The old composer design for instructors:

The old post composer

In addition to simplifying the way posts are written, we’re also simplifying where they’re written. We’ve removed posting to the “Dashboard” (which is separate from a course or group) so that we can focus on what people love about Lore: bringing communities together to learn.

We’re obsessed with making Lore better and better. Sometimes that improvement means adding something new, and sometimes it means reducing something down. We’re tireless learners and are excited about what’s ahead.

Thanks for using Lore!
David and Ahmed

Lore for Academic Groups

September 24, 2012

Today we’re rolling out Lore for Academic Groups. It’s the perfect way to bring your academic club, department, or any other learning community online. Collaborate, share files and links, and plan group events. Members get their own profile and become part of the larger Lore community. All for free. 

Check it out.

— Joe, CEO

Direct messaging now on Lore

September 20, 2012

Today we rolled out a new feature on Lore that allows people to send direct messages to one another. To send a message, visit a profile and click the message button located next to the user’s photo. If the recipient is online, he will see the message immediately. Otherwise he will be notified next time he signs in.

— Colin, Designer

Introducing Lore for Students

August 23, 2012

At its core, education is a two-sided community of students and teachers.

At Lore we serve both sides. Instructors create a course, manage their schedules and materials, and facilitate a community. Students interact with their classmates, find information they need, complete their work, and learn more.

Thousands of courses across every discipline and campus have joined Lore—from “Experimental Poetry” at the University of Pennsylvania to “Organizing for Power” at Harvard.

But up until this point, the only way for a student to join Lore was through an invite from their instructor. That’s changing today. From now on, students can join Lore on their own. They can build their learning identity and connect with their academic communities.


Today, students get access to some major new features:

  • Learning Profile: An online identity designed to highlight what you have learned, what you’re studying, and what your dreams are.  
  • Class Communities: Join classmates in communities formed around your courses—ask questions, share ideas, and get to know each other.
  • Academic Groups: Create and join groups for your academic, interests, graduating class, academic club, or anything else.
  • Follow Interesting People: You can now follow anyone on the network and you’ll get their updates right in the new Dashboard.
  • Messages: Directly contact anyone in your network with real-time messaging.

We’re rolling out these updates today for the upcoming fall semester. Students will get access after a certain number of people on campus sign up. 

This rounds off a huge summer for us. The team has been driving non-stop. It’s inspiring to be part of a group of people who believes they can shape the future and reimagine a fundamental part of life. We’re just beginning.

Teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin. Everyone is both a teacher and a learner. Our network helps them connect.

Check it out now.

Joe

As easy as paper…

August 13, 2012

…but it does the math for you.

When redesigning the Lore Gradebook, our primary goal was to make it easier and faster for instructors. Each page is more focused and each task is more speedy. We think you’ll love it.

You are what you learn

August 12, 2012

The new Lore profile is way more personal and exciting, allowing learners and teachers to show who they are, what they’ve done, and what they aspire to do. We’re loving this feature as we see users put their own spin on it and getting to know our amazing users even better.

The Next Generation of Lore

July 16, 2012

Today we’re rolling out a totally redesigned platform for courses. It’s way more beautiful, easy to use, and powerful. We’re launching it now in time for back to school.

Check out our topic pages to get a sense for the new product. Specific features include an integrated stream for both conversation and calendaring, the ability to invite auditors, a new class library with Smart Stacks, an all-new gradebook, and beautiful user profiles. It’s all built from the ground-up.

We’ve spent the last 4 months working day and night on this. I’m so proud of the team—both for what we’ve built and how much we’ve grown. 

This is the next step in becoming the platform for education, a global network of learners, teachers, and educational content. It’s the first in a series of updates we’ll roll out over the summer. We’ve had a tremendous start, with courses in over 600 schools, and we anticipate a huge next few months.  

Learn more.  

— Joe Cohen, CEO