Was one of your new years resolutions to learn something new? Maybe add some job related skills? Or get deeper into your hobby? Have you always wanted to give back to your community, based on what you have learned in a life-long career or a long-term hobby you are passionate about? Now, you can do either one online, easily and at your pace! This post gives an introduction to one (of many) online options: udemy.com!
Udemy.com is bringing to education what CNN iReport or many personal blogs did for news reporting: Anybody can contribute – and you can choose from a wide variety of sources! Courses for a vast variety of topics are offered by independent instructors and made available online!
As a learner, you can choose from thousands of courses, from business and technology to languages, crafts, photography, sports or fitness.
You can discover the courses by category, filter by price (free/paid) and language and sort them by popularity, reviews or “newest”.
Technology is one of the very broad and deep content areas – classes range from Excel for beginners to SAP! There are a lot of programming, web development and app development courses as well, many of them targeting beginners.
Business courses run from accounting to marketing, from change management to start-up basics!
There are courses covering many languages and many, many hobbies as well!
The courses are required to have at least 30 minutes of content and are typically 1-3 hours. In step with the times, learning is provided bite-size and you don’t have to commit for weeks and weeks of time! Though, the in-depth technology and business classes can be much longer. The course materials are heavily relying on video, at least 60% of the content is presented that way, but the course might be supported by work books (pdf), or presentation documents.
Each course has a detailed description and defines the requirements, target audience and objectives of the class. You also get the detailed curriculum of the course and ratings and reviews, so you know what you are getting before you pay!
If you want to try out an online class for the first time, there are a lot of free courses to select from. Many of the paid courses are below $100 and udemy.com provides guidance of $10-30 per hour of content. With purchase, you receive lifetime access, so you can always come back to a course to finish or repeat it at a later time.
udemy has received a lot of interest and gained 2,000,000 students in just a few years. To celebrate, it currently runs a promotion, offering 70% off more than 12,000 courses via coupon code 2MILLION – that’s a great incentive to try it out with low risk!
And, of course, udemy provides a mobile app for iOS and Android, so you can take your courses on the road as well:
If you are passionate about a topic, udemy.com provides the platform to share your knowledge with the world. It provides guidelines to develop your course, the technology platform to deliver and monetize it, as well as the portal to market your classes. There are checklists as well as topic support, from the tools you need to trouble shooting guides when you run into issues. While anybody can contribute a class, the monetization framework is geared towards quality content to ensure the validity of the platform!
In a time, where specialty fields are getting narrower and innovation happens all around us, this is a great way to open up learning to more learners – and more teachers. It’s about as “democratic” as learning can be and a great opportunity to contribute or to benefit! Try it out at udemy.com!