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Udemy is a leading global marketplace where students and teachers 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.
“The Internet gives the opportunity to try. Access is the key for people to change their lives.” – Eren Bali, Co-founder of the Udemy
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1. What is Udemy?
Udemy is an online learning platform where you can deepen your skills basically in any topic that you could imagine, regardless of the location. It’s also the biggest course marketplace on the internet.
Course teachers are usually self-learned professionals in their field and anyone can become a teacher. That is also why you should be cautious when choosing a course. More in chapter six.
Udemy is especially suitable for a person who wants to quickly learn some very precise practical skills, such as; how to make a WordPress website or fundaments of photography. There are step-by-step instructions on how to do that specific thing on several topics. Course prices are also often very affordable.
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.
At this point in late 2020, Udemy has provided learning solutions to more than 35,000,000 students, and they have enrolled more than 400,000,000 times in various courses. 57,000 Instructors have made over 130,000 courses with overall 110,000,000 minutes of video. These are quite impressive numbers.
2. The Trustworthiness of Udemy learning platform
Udemy has been around for a decade and the platform has had tens of millions of students in different languages all around the world, so the platform is certainly safe to use.
Often a question; is Udemy legit? appears when selecting the specific course. The reason for this is that the course can be created and published by practically anyone, and the person may not be qualified enough to teach the subject or, more realistically, the course is not structured well enough to describe the topic.
On the one hand, it is good that any self-learned professional in their field can publish content, but on the other hand, the overall quality of the courses suffers for this very reason.
Fortunately, If for any reason you end up on a course that doesn’t meet your expectations, purchases can be refunded within 30 days. For whatever reason might. Also, their star rating and course-specific review search is transparent, and you can easily sort reviews that have received a certain number of stars. (always remember to check the two, three and four-star reviews!).
Udemy is not an accredited online learning platform, so If you are looking to add accreditation to your resume, you should check Coursera.
Udemy has over 6,2 million likes on Facebook, has a rating of 4,8/5 on Appstore and 4,4/5 on Google play with more than 300,000 combined.
3. For whom Udemy is a fitting learning platform?
Udemy is especially suitable for a person who wants to quickly learn some very precise practical skills. There are step-by-step instructions on how to do that specific thing on these examples and several other topics. Course prices are also often very affordable, so everyone should be able to enroll in these courses. There is also a ways how you can save a big penny. More on this topic in a section How much does learning on Udemy cost?
You do get a certificate from the course, but it’s more likely a certificate of participation or “participation sticker” that you can share on social media, put on your LinkedIn profile or add to your CV.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give Udemy a chance. Non-accredited courses are often more “lightweight” and accredited courses are “heavyweight” that meet industry standards. However, there are few things why you should try non-accredited courses, like courses on Udemy.
Non-accredited courses are usually:
- Much cheaper
- Much faster to complete put into practice
- More flexible, you can do at your own pace
- More practical
- Wider or narrower area, depending on the topic and type of the course you are looking for.
- There are definitely persons who are professionals in their field and this kind of platform is the Zimplest way to share their knowledge.
And in many cases you don’t even need the accreditation.
Udemy is legit and worth trying if you want to learn or deepen your skills in a specific topic and you don’t need accreditation. Courses are also cheap, and if you are not happy you can always get a refund within 30 days of purchase.
4. How much does learning on Udemy cost?
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.
The price range is quite wide. Some courses cost only $10 and some can cost up to $150. You might ask, why is the price range so wide? That’s because Udemy doesn’t put a price tag on courses, course creators are allowed to price their own courses. But, both the instructor and the course creator can offer discounts and promotions.
Currently, (a few days before Christmas 2020) they have an ongoing “10 YEARS OF LEARNING -campaign” where they are offering courses starting at $ 11.99. And a few days ago they had a similar kind of campaign but it was called “cyber Monday -campaign”. There will very likely be similar flash sales in the future, so you can save a big bug if you try to schedule a purchase of a course or these dates.
If it happens that Udemy doesn’t have a campaign running at the moment when you would like to buy a certain course, another proven way is Zimply to Google the course creators and Check his/her Social Media and other channels or just put him in a direct message. Many instructors will share coupon codes and are willing to give those if you ask them.
If you want to stay up to date with Udemy’s ongoing offers, I recommend you create a user to the platform, join their email list and add the courses that interest you to your wish list. This way, you will receive the best running deals directly in your email.
They also have a ton of free courses on different topics. You can find more here.
5. How does the platform work?
All Udemy courses are online, but many courses include downloadable resources such as templates, reading materials, and spreadsheets.
They also have well working applications for iOS and Android where you can download the whole course offline or if, for example, you are on an airplane and want to use the flight time to your advantage, you can download certain lectures offline.
Navigating throught the platform
First, you can either make an account or pick the course. If you decide first to make an account, you need only to fill in your Name, Email, password and click sign up. You can make an account here.
Or a more general way is to choose the course first. To do so, you will have to find the right course. More details on how to pick up the right course you can find in the next section. But first, let’s look a little more at the general functionalities of the platform.
The homepage is clean and simple. On the top bar, you can find categories on the drop-down menu. Through that menu, you can find different course topics. Next to that is the Search box where you can search for the exact term that you want the course to cover, like “graphic design for beginners“.
On the top bar, you can find also Udemy for Business, Teach on Udemy and Cart. More on these next. If you already have an account the page view is slightly different (there are also links to enrolled courses, wishlist, notifications and profile).
Udemy for business
Udemy is a subscription-based service for organizations. Organizations can use this service for their employee professional development.
This strategic learning service comes with 5,000+ in-demand and fresh courses curated by Udemy. New courses are added and outdated ones are removed. There are available multiple languages, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and more.
There are two pricing plans: Enterprise and Team. Enterprise is suitable for organizations with more than 21 employees. If you are interested in this option, you need to contact Udemy’s sales team for pricing and more information. You can get 14 free trial
The more common option, The Team plan is perfect for 5 to 20 employees and costs $360 per user a year.
Many well known big companies are using their services as a learning partner, like Adidas, Volkswagen and booking.com
Teach on Udemy
As you can see, Udemy wants to show everyone that it’s a platform where anyone can share their knowledge with like-minded people and earn income at the same time. If you think that you have something to give, this is a cost-effective way to try entrepreneurship.
However, if you don’t have the passion and you want to make a course just for making money, you shouldn’t. That’s simply because often courses made only for that reason never catch fire and are a waste of time.
Making it easy to create a course is a good and a bad thing. There are many more options, but on the other hand, the overall quality of the courses suffers.
For this reason, the extra time spent choosing the right course is more likely to bring a better overall result for you and the instructor. Therefore, we will delve into this topic in more depth next.
6. Choosing the course and validation
As I wrote before on the Domestika review, the same applies to Udemy. Studies can take place anywhere, but you still have to choose the relevant courses or classes for you to get forward in your life. When you find the right courses, it is more likely that you are getting closer to your goals and don’t waste your precious time.
Here are a few tips to narrow your choices and help you to find the right one on the Udemy online learning platform (Many of them also apply to other platforms, like Domestika)
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 “graphic design for beginners”.
Udemy shows you the most relevant search results for that specific search term. When you have completed the search you can filter the results by the topic, level, language, price, features, ratings, duration and subtitles.
- If you don’t know the exact topic or you didn’t find the potential course on a search, you should go to their “categories” section. There you will find a lot of categories and different topics.
- 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.
Udemy’s search is pretty efficient and it should be because there are over 130,000 courses. When you have chosen a few potential courses, you have to put those on the same line and compare which is the best one.
Because you can’t be 100% sure of the quality of Udemy courses, you have to spend a little bit more time to validate the courses. Next, we will address this.
(Remember, even if you pick up the wrong course, you still have 30 days money-back guarantee)
Follow these steps when validating the course and I promise that you will save time and are more likely to save yourself from a bad mood and instructor from a bad course rating.
These are very basic things to figure out, but I want to go through them because there is always someone who attends the course based only on the star rating and is dissatisfied with the course even though it may not even suit his/her needs.
- Check the infobox. In the infobox, you can see many important things at a glance. You should first pay attention to at least these points. Language (if you want to use subtitles), star rating and when the course was last updated.
- What you’ll learn. Compare these to the things you want to learn from the course.
- Requirements.So that you have the necessary tools.
- Watch the preview video. You will see if you understand what the instructor says and also a little bit of how the course will be taken. (Bonus tip. Scroll down to the “course content”. It may be possible for you to view a section of the course without attending)
- Check at least a few two, three and four-star ratings. These will give you a more honest perspective from the course and you also see things that have bothered others.
There is also a lot of other useful information on top of these that you can dig into before attending the course. But check at least these five.
Once you are convinced that the course is right for you, you can proceed with the course at your own pace.
After you have completed the course you will be able to download the certification of completion in pdf. format, which shows for whom it is intended, how long you have spent time with this course, what was the name of the course and autograph of the instructor.
You don’t have to pay any extra to get it.
7. Free trial / Free materials
Udemy has hundreds of free courses to enroll. You can sort the free courses in the same way as all other courses on the Udemy platform. You can find all their free courses from here.
We have collected many free courses and resources from different platforms in the same place. You can find those resources from here.
8. Udemy vs. XXX
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8. How to contact Udemy?
They have six offices in different countries, but I think you more likely want to contact them by email, chat or by phone.
Usually, if you have any questions regarding Udemy, those are related to payments. They have a comprehensive FAQ section where you can find the answers to these kinds of questions.
However, if you can’t find an answer there, you can contact them through the submit a request form. Here is a direct link to the form.
If you have questions about a particular course, you should contact the course instructor. You can contact his/her on a course page under “Announcements”.
At the moment they don’t have a direct chat where you could ask your questions, and they don’t provide a phone number either.
A wide range of courses makes Udemy one of the best online learning platforms on the Internet. Regardless of the topic, you will most likely find a course to deepen your skills or to find and test new hobbies like chair yoga. The only exception is if you are looking for courses in more Accredited fields I recommend you to skip Udemy and move to the other platform like Coursera.
Wait for the flash sales or ask the creator for a coupon. Remember, Udemy is a marketplace where anyone can create a course, spend some time to validate the course.
So, if you’re looking to re-skill or deepen your skills for a fraction of the cost of a university degree, Udemy might be the best option.
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