Udemy is an interesting site for online learning. It allows anyone to create a course and sell it online. As a result, you are going to get a wider variety of quality – not only quality of video but quality of content and instruction.
As a result, Udemy has hundreds of courses covering all variety of topics:
- Arts and Photography
- Health and Fitness
- Math and Science
- Social Sciences
- Crafts and Hobbies
As you can see, almost any topic is covered by a course on Udemy.
From a teacher perspective, Udemy allows people to make money from selling their expertise. Courses range from free, to $9, to $99, to $499 and higher. So there is a wide variety of options from making money. If you have something to teach, you can consider putting a course together and publishing it through Udemy. NOTE: Udemy seems to be always offering huge discounts to their list prices, so look around for a 90% off discount code.
And from a student perspective, this can be an effective way to get information for a reasonable price. There are a lot of people with expertise in this world in some very specific topics – and you can learn a new skill in a very short time this way. You can learn everything from advanced SEO, to developing your personal brand, to ethical hacking, and everything in between. These are the types of courses that the big guys like Coursera and Udacity will not cover.
Udemy provides a good experience for online learning through their desktop web site. Their site is also mobile friendly, which allows you to learn on tablets and smaller screen devices. They also provide iOS and Android apps for learning as well. So they have all the channels covered for delivering learning to you.
One clever innovation is the ability to take notes while taking the course. So if you find yourself at a particularly interesting part of the course, you can leave a note for yourself to come back to this part again later. I haven’t seen this online personal notes feature in other sites.
Udemy does not offer their own certifications at this time and so saying you passed a Udemy course is not going to get you a raise or promotion anywhere. But they do offer training for tons of certification programs from Cisco, Microsoft and other third-parties. So they provide certification training but not certifications themselves.
I hear that Udemy is starting to enforce a higher quality standard on courses being submitted, so that there will be a higher standard going forward. Most courses have student ratings, and you can see how many other students have taken the courses as a sign of quality as well. This is the democratization of teaching – amazing.
Coursemania has reviews of the following individual Udemy courses, which you may want to check out:
- Beginner’s DSLR Photography – Get Off Auto Mode, with Emma Davies
- Google AdWords: A Step-by-Step Guide for Your First Campaign, with Travis Hancock
- History of the Middle East – 600 A.D. to Today, with Michael Rank
- Teaching with Canvas, with Sicco Rood
- Close Combat Training, with Captain Chris Pizzo
- Online Pastry School – 1 Week Mastery, by Chef Marco Ropke