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Udemy Online Learning Platform In the Eyes of a First-Time User
Here you can get a simple summary of Udemy’s Online learning platform. If it’s a match, you can immediately shift your focus where it belongs, your personal development.
This blog is a part of a larger series of blog posts where we take a peek at various online learning platforms from the perspective of the first-time user. The goal is to give you a real first timer’s experience of different online learning platforms.
You will find the reviews made so far from here.
Table of content
- Zimple Zummary about Udemy
- What is Udemy?
- Buying my first course from Udemy
- Blogging Masterclass: How To Build A Successful Blog In 2020 (The first course bought)
- Three Important Zimple factors
- Zimplicity (how the platform works as a learning platform)
- Quality of content
- Pricing and How long will You have access to the course materials?
- Popular courses in October 2020
Zimple Zummary about Udemy
- 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.
- Lifetime access to bought courses
- 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 will need to show the skills you have learned!)
Udemy – Online learning platform fits for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you are a rookie, young talent 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.
- Depending on a course.
- Usually between $10-$199.
What is Udemy?
Udemy is a leading global marketplace where students and teachers (or instructors as Udemy calls them) can meet regardless of the location. There are over 150,000 Udemy courses on all kinds of topics. Some focus on developing professional skills and others on leisure activities. Udemy has over 50 million students worldwide.
Udemy gives anyone an opportunity to publish a course on their platform. That’s why they have such a wide range of subjects. So if you have some secret skills that can benefit others, sign up, create a course and earn little extra money on the side.
Udemy was founded in 2010 by Turkish Entrepreneur Eren Bali who was passionate about chess and mathematics at an early age. Other Co-founders are Gagan Biyani and Oktay Caglar.
“The Internet gives the opportunity to try. Access is the key for people to change their lives. – Eren Bali
Udemy’s name is a combination of two words, “You” + “academy”, which is quite creative little wordplay that describes their ideology well.
Udemy – “the Academy of You”.
Buying my first course from Udemy.
First short disclaimer. I started to write this section of the blog before I had bought any courses from Udemy or done any background research. My goal being to give you a truly honest first timer’s experience.
At the moment I have no experience of my own with the platform. I’ve heard good feedback about Udemy and that is why I want to try how Zimple platform really is to use for a rookie like me and how easily can I find the right course for my needs.
I also want to share these thoughts with you because the Internet is full of online learning platforms and I know how big of an effort it is to try and find the right one for you.
So further ado, I’m going to look for a course from Udemy related to blog writing. Let’s see if we find a common tone with the platform.
Blogging Masterclass: How To Build A Successful Blog In 2020. I Will link my review of the course here after I get it done.
First of all, creating an account was extremely easy. Click sign up, fill in your name and email and BOOM! You are ready to go. Actually, you can first find the right course for you and after that create an account. Zimple as that!
You can pay with a payment card or Paypal and just like that you are ready to start the course.
Choosing the course was harder than I thought because there are over 10,000 options to choose from. I searched through over twenty different courses and I ended up with a course called “Blogging Masterclass: How To Build A Successful Blog In 2020”.
Why did I choose this course? Actually, I had to make my own ranking system to choose the course. Here are the steps I made:
- Compare potential options. I opened about 10 different courses on different tabs that sounded suitable, had an over 4-star rating, and over 100 reviews.
You have to limit the options somehow, right? And then I started dropping out the options out as follows:
- When course was last updated – To ensure that the content is up to date.
- Reviews – So that there is nothing majorly wrong with the course. Scam, outdated information, etc. Also to see if students have actually completed the course in the last six months.
- Background of the teacher – Whether the teacher has his/her own specific “hands-on” experience on a subject like this (I’m not a fan of teachers who have learned all their knowledge just by reading books).
- Final choice – In the last step I had two equal options. The Final decision was made by diving deeper into the course content. The teacher of this winning course was talking about the right mindset and I think that is a very important thing to consider when starting something new like blogging for me.
Basically that was the final reason why I chose this course.
The course selection process took way too long. It can be made faster but I wanted to make sure that the course is useful for me. Sure, there are many good and relevant courses around the topic in Udemy, but when the supply is so huge, there might be difficulties in choosing the right one.
Three important Zimple factors
Zimplicity (how Udemy works as a learning platform)
The platform works really well. The front page view is clean and the search functions are right at the top. When you start typing into the search bar it gives you suggestions, just like Google or any other modern search engine. It’s a good function in a platform like Udemy.
Once you find a suitable course and get started, you can make timestamp notes on the video. Which is good because then you don’t have to take notes elsewhere and they go hand in hand with the source.
Udemy also has a mobile app for iOS and Android. You can download the whole course or just a part of it offline, make notes with timestamps, change the quality of the video, and more. The Udemy application works just as well as on the browser, if not better, so you don’t have to carry a laptop with you to keep developing yourself.
Quality of content
This one is tricky in Udemy. Because anyone can make a course to Udemy, you can’t be sure of the quality. Therefore, it is important to spend a little more time choosing a course. Fortunately, the rating system seems to work well, so you can choose a course that several other students have already taken. You can also go to the teacher profile, where you will find other courses created by the teacher and reviews of them.
Courses can be divided into several sections and those sections can be divided into several parts. This way, it is easy to return to a certain part of the course later.
Pricing and How long will You have access to the course materials?
The original price of this Course was 129,99€ ( ≈$150) but I bought it from one of those flash sales and paid 12,99€ (≈$15). Price of a launch. Fair price if I end up learning something new. Also when you buy a course you also get a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like what you got, you can always ask for a refund.
Udemy courses are like products. After you buy a course, it is yours forever.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Yes. If you can commit yourself to a course and have a passion for the topic. You will have lifetime access to those courses and usually you pay a fair price and there are often good discounts.
They are not considered as an accredited institution. The whole purpose of Udemy is that everyone can teach their own skills to others so if you want to get some kind of “college credits” this isn’t your platform. But if you value learning new skills more than a cardboard with a stamp of a fancy school, this is your place to be.
The skills learned from Udemy’s courses will definitely help you get a job with every new skill you learn. You will expand your knowledge of the topics and in a best case scenario you’ll be able to show your genuine interest for your future boss.
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