Online learning platforms in the eyes of a first-time user

This blog post contains a series of reviews of online learning platforms from the perspective of the first-time user. The post will be updated regularly, as new reviews are published. Think of this as a sort of table of contents for our learning platform reviews.

 

There are many types and price ranges for online learning platforms, depending on what skills you want to improve and the budget you are willing to spend. The goal here is to give you a truly honest first timer’s experience of the platform and help you to find the right for you.

The person is signing in to an online learning platform for the first time

Online learning platforms Reviewed so far

Table of content

What to expect from the reviews?

The Struggle of choosing the best online learning platform out of the many options is real. Once you have chosen the platform, you still need to find the right materials. To make this process easier, we came up with a method of Zimple Zummaries where popular online learning platforms are analyzed by their zimplicity, Quality of content and pricing.

 

With the help of these summaries you can immediately shift your focus where it belongs, your personal development.

Three important Zimple factors

Zimplicity (how the platform works as a learning platform)

  • Zimplicity describes
    • How simple the platform is to use and how it works?
    • Are relevant courses easy to find and how simple it is to return to them during the course?
    • What is the form of learning materials and is there a mobile application of the platform or does it only work in a browser?

Quality of content

  • This section takes a look at what we and other people think about the content of the courses on the platform, whether they have learned the desired skills during the course, and what ratings the courses have received overall.

Pricing of a platform

  • Is the learning platform free to use, a monthly based subscription, or a one-time fee for a course?

Zimplicity and quality of content are hugely important when creating a learning habit. The material should be relevant and easy to access. It keeps the motivation going and helps to achieve your goals.

 

The third one, pricing is important to stay within your budget. You should first determine how much you are willing to pay to learn a certain skill and after that choose the platform/course from that price range.

 

Remember you are not paying and using your precious time to find a perfect course, you are paying and using the time to learn a new skill for your life. When you master the new skill nobody can take it away from you.

Zimple Zummaries

Zimple Zummaries are the simplest review of the platform that you can get. Few pros, few cons, conclusion and pricing.

Zimple Zummary about Udemy

Pros

  • Courses are usually reasonably priced (Watch out for flash sales!)
  • Very simple to use, both on the browser and on the app!
  • Pay per course. You pay only what you need
  • Wide selection of courses

Cons

  • Pay per course. you can’t enroll in an interesting looking course without paying extra (kills curiosity).
  • You cannot be 100% sure if the course teacher is qualified (watch out reviews!).
  • No certifications (You need to show skills you have learned!)

Conclusion

Udemy – Online learning platform fits for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you are a rookie or master, you will find courses that will benefit you. Especially for the learner who wants to learn a certain topic and don’t need a certificate of the course.

 

You can also return to the material whenever you want because bought courses have lifetime access.

Pricing

  • Depending on a course. 
  • Usually between $10-$199.

Zimple Zummary about SKILLSHARE

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Pros

  • 14 days free trial
  • All content for a reasonable price in a month
  • Very simple to use, both on browser and on app!
  • Wide selection of courses

Cons

  • You cannot be 100% sure if the course teacher is qualified (watch out reviews!).
  • No certifications (You need to show skills you have learned!)

Conclusion

Skillshare – Online learning platform fits for everybody. You pay a certain monthly price and can study new interesting topics even every day if you want. It doesn’t matter if you are a rookie or master, you will find courses that will benefit you.

 

Especially for the learner who wants to learn multiple skills on many topics and don’t need a certificate of the course. You can also discuss with people who are interested in the same topic.

Who should join? A person or a group of people who wants to focus on personal development frequently and at the same time support others develop their skills in the learning-minded community.

Pricing

  • $19 billed monthly
  • or $99 billed yearly ($8,25€/month).
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