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Skillshare is an on-demand online learning course provider for a creative person who wants to learn from educational videos. Skillshare’s goal is to make community around the courses where like-minded people can interact with each other. You can get access to all their online learning courses and materials with a single monthly fee.
“The worst (maybe best) part of the creative process is when you are so close to cracking a problem but haven’t quite cracked it yet.” – Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Founder of the Skillshare
On-demand learning courses for creative person.
1. What is Skillshare?
Skillshare is an online learning platform where you can deepen your skills on creative topics like photography, UI/UX design and Graphic design. The platform is made especially for creative minds who like to unleash their imagination.
Course teachers are usually self-learned professionals and entrepreneurs and anyone can become a teacher.
Teachers are paid royalties based on the number of minutes students watched their classes every month. So the way how they can earn through the platform is to make great courses. That keeps the quality of the courses higher than platforms like Udemy.
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Skillshare courses are quite short and actually, they recommend to their teachers a course length of 20-60 minutes which is broken down into short 2-5minute videos. Skillshare fits perfectly to a person who wants to study creative topics and wants to be part of a community of like-minded people.
Skillshare was founded in 2010, New York, United States by Entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong.
2. How much does learning on Skillshare cost?
I think the pricing model of Skillshare is the zimplest of all learning platforms. $99 per year or $19 per month. Like it or not, everybody has the same price (there might be different prices on different countries). With that price you get access to all their creative courses. You also will be a part of their community.
Before you pay for the subscription you should use their 14 days free trial first and after that decide if it fits for you. They also have a ton of free classes on their site where you can enroll without any cost.
3. How does the platform work?
All Skillshare courses are online and some courses include downloadable resources such as templates, reading materials, and spreadsheets.
You can access all their courses via a browser or a mobile application. The application is available for both iOS and Android and you can sign up easily using your Gmail or Facebook account, or if you don’t have/want to use these accounts you can use any other email. You can sign up without a subscription and get access to all their free courses.
If you want to get access to all their courses you’ll have to sign up for a premium membership (subscription). For premium members, they offer also the ability to download courses offline for a more effective learning experience.
Navigating throught the platform
You can search for courses (or classes as they say), and watch course previews without signing up. Basically what that means is a one-minute introduction to the course. Also, you can read a section “about this class” which should give you more insights into what the course will go through.
However, if you want to get access to all their free courses, you’ll sign up using your email. You don’t need to insert your credit card information, which is good.
If you want to use their app, you need to sign up to browse their courses.
After you have made your account and you log in, on the homepage you will find your last enrolled courses. It’s very handy because it reminds you every time you log in for those courses you have signed up for and you don’t have to hunt those every time from the “my classes” section.
My classes is a section where you can find all your enrolled courses, can create a list of courses based on a certain topic and workshops that you have joined.
The biggest thing that differentiates Skillshare from other learning platforms is the community, and workshops are a big part of that. Skillshare workshops are pre-scheduled classes set by the teacher or by the Skillshare team, alongside other students.
The scheduling helps you to stay on track and successfully complete your projects. If you have any questions about the topic, the teacher and the community is there to help you get forward. You can find upcoming workshops by clicking the “workshops” button on the top bar.
By scrolling down the homepage, you will find a bunch of different courses based on your course history, trending courses and community-wide recommendations.
4. Choosing the course and validation
On Skillshare, it’s much easier to try different courses compared to pay-per-course learning platforms like Udemy or Domestika. That’s because once you have subscribed to their platforms, they are not going to charge any other hidden fees. You have access to all their materials.
It’s a pretty big stress reliever because then you don’t have to think “Is this now the right perfect course?”, “If I don’t like the course, will I get my money back?” or other questions worth noting. Just try the course and if you don’t like what you see, skip to the next course.
Keep in mind that you have already paid the yearly subscription price of $99 (which is the most cost-effective subscription model). To compare, at the same price, you might get 3-10 courses from Udemy (from a campaign).
There might be still an oversupply of certain topics, so here are a few tips to narrow your choices and help you to choose the right one.
How to find the right course?
- If you know exactly what you are looking for, use a specific search term on the search bar, like “UX Design”.
Skillshare shows you the most relevant search results for that specific search term. Once you have completed the search you can filter the results by the course type, level, when the course was created, and duration.
- If you don’t know the exact topic or you didn’t find the potential course on a search, you should go click “browse” and on the right hand side click “all classes”. There you will find all their categories.
- When you find a relevant looking course, go to the course page. There you can find a lot of handy information about the course and the author. See below.
Because you have paid already for all courses, it’s easy just try different courses and skip to the next one if the first one wasn’t relevant.
To make learning more efficient you should do a little bit more research, like right now you are reading this review. At least check the introduction video and read the course description and class headers. Those give you more insight into what is the course about. You can also check student reviews to get more public opinion of the course.
When you do the research carefully, you will save time in the long run. You will also more likely to give better reviews to the course and for the author. That will make the community stronger and everyone will benefit from it.
Unfortunately, Skillshare doesn’t provide any kind of certification of completed courses. I think the is the biggest minus on their platform. If you just want to learn new skills on creative topics and you are not interested in any certifications, Perfect! Then you also don’t have to pay extra for such services.
Skillshare is a legit company, it has been around since 2010 and their community is growing all the time. For a person who is always seeking new courses to learn new skills the price of the subscription is very affordable.
If you find many courses that interest you in their catalog, then you should subscribe. You can learn new skills throughout the year without having to think about what the courses cost. If you are seeking one or two specific courses for an exact problem I recommend you to check our review of Udemy or Domestika.
You should at least try Skillshare. They have free materials so it doesn’t cost you anything to take advance of those. After trying it out you can decide if it’s for you.
I hope this Skillshare review was helpful for you. If you want to check out our reviews from other online learning platforms, you can find those here.
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