I would call the multiple profiles situation a legacy issue, meaning there was a time when Download.com and CNET.com developed our sites separately, not knowing what the other was implementing. Over the past year we've been working very hard to create a single user account across all of our sites. I'm not exactly sure of the status of the project, but I know it's in the works.
Yeah, I love the Watchlist too!
I don't know much about online courses, so I can't help you there. I'll ask around and see if I can get back to you.
Thanks for writing!
Since you've got a new forum here, just a couple rambling thoughts:
(1) Why do I need separate profiles for cnet.com and download.com?
(2) I find the watchlist on download.com extremely useful and well-implemented. Nice that it automatically adds items when I download. Nice that it emails me when updates are available.
(3) Do you have two types of online courses? Over the past year or so I thought I have seen two different visual styles, but lately only one type. The older/other type seemed to be more technical in nature, which I preferred...