You know, when a lot of people meet me and Cody in person, they’re often surprised that we’re not the biggest Zelda-touting nerds on the planet (we are, we’re just delightfully reserved). But sometimes, there’s a time and place for things that aren’t Zelda – and that is right now. Because right now, I want to introduce something incredible that we’ve been working on.

I (aka Jason), ex-webmaster of ZU Scott Smallback (aka Tohopekaliga on the forums), and current code wizard Kyle (aka Vero on the forums) have been working for over a year on a super-secret project. That project is called GoodSemester, and we’re hoping that it’s going to revolutionize education as we know it.

In short, GoodSemester is a tool to help you work live with classmates, teach and connect with students, manage your entire academic life, and just get work done – wherever you or your classes are. It’s got crazy built-in note sharing, groupwork tools, a huge question and answer system, and a ton more. And anyone can sign on and make a course about anything, to teach anything, then invite anyone into it to do work together with them.

I could go on forever about it, but it’s probably easier to check out the new site we just put up today, as well as our blog, Facebook and Twitter, which we’ll be using to announce new features and talk about the future of education.

We want GoodSemester in the hands of students, professors, and schools at a bunch of schools when the school year begins. So keep an eye out – and, if you’re interested, cast a vote for your school to be a launch school. And get a few friends and estranged uncles to cast a vote, too.

Spread the word that change is coming to education as we know it – from the guys that brought you Zelda Universe.

  • Ninboy

    Brilliant Idea!

  • Charlotte

    I want to teach something now just so I can use this!! But I don't know what to teach, if I even had the time to devote to anything else right now! This is genius!

  • Ultima96

    brilliant!! Good going guys!!

  • Link-182

    This… was unexpected haha. But wow, great job guys, I want to see what this thing is all about. Will t be out by September?

    • Jason Rappaport

      Yup! It'll be out just before September if I have anything to say about it. πŸ™‚

      • Ultima96

        Your killing me Jason! I want to know more!!

  • Keimori

    Fastenateing business venture fellas, I Wish you well with this project.

  • Alpha

    So i couldn't tell, is this for universities only, or will there be support for all schools like high schools (Maybe as a future addition)?

  • Is it for the whole world or just the US.

    I’ll be starting college in September and would like to try it out.

    Friday is my last day at this crummy high school, they spelt my name w wrong in the yearbook, entered me into the wrong tier in a couple exams, they didn’t sort out any bullying and much more

    • Jason Rappaport

      The whole world – we're not restricting it to US universities. Whatever colleges get the most votes in the box will be picked as launch schools – wherever they are!

      • Yay πŸ˜€ I’ll be sure to join once I find out my school email

      • Rob

        Just a point to note, not all universities around the world have .edu email addresses. In the UK for example we use .ac.uk

        • Jason Rappaport

          Noted! Good info – I'd heard things were different elsewhere. Shouldn't be an issue right now since the box accepts any email address, and we just have a script that selects what emails to allow to sign up. No challenge at all to use .ac.uk if a UK school gets picked.

  • Keith

    Wow. This was unexpected from a Zelda site. Lol. Too bad I'm not in HS or College so I can't make use of this but hey, I hope this gets support from outside sources also. Seems like a really neat plan.

  • Beer and Zelda

    So it's basically Blackboard, but more lightweight and streamlined?

    • Jason Rappaport

      No, it's absolutely nothing like Blackboard. Blackboard's nothing but a file storage and distribution system for professors. GoodSemester is a productivity tool; they're totally different classes of software. GoodSemester not only has more features, but implements them in a completely different and new way. Blackboard is also a piece of software, not a global service. They're really not comparable in any sense of anything – GoodSemester is brand new, and is something like you've never seen before.

      That said, GoodSemester makes Blackboard and Moodle completely, utterly obsolete.

      • Beer and Zelda

        That's good then. Blackboard is nothing but an absolute pain in the ass. Good luck with it.

  • MrBaconsock

    I hope you guys make this so that high school students can also make use of it…
    I would love to have a tool like this for my last year of high school.

  • Zachattack8888

    Wow!! This is so cool!! What a great idea!! πŸ˜€