Online Course provider reviews
Udemy was one of the first online course providers. It was founded in Turkey by Eren Bali, who saw the value in democratising online learning.
Eren moved to Silicon Valley to get funding for his dream and was promptly rejected over 30 times.
Undeterred he found some friends and self-funded the development. In 2010 Udemy went online and soon gained fans and investors across the globe.
Read our review to see if you should invest your time and money in one of their courses.
Currently, there are over 8 million students studying one or more of the 32,000+ courses at Udemy. They have grown year after year so they must be doing something right, right?
Let's start with the basics.
Udemy has almost 35,000 courses and classes in almost any category you can imagine. It is also one of the most informal sites out there. As yet no Udemy course is accredited which means they cannot provide any formal education as would be recognised by a company and/ or university application processes.
In this review, we see if Udemy can still hang with the best online course providers.
Who should take an Udemy Course
Before you go any further with this review, it is worth checking if the types of courses offered by Udemy are right for you.
Udemy is one of the more accessible Online Course providers that we have reviewed. As mentioned above it does not try and offer an alternative or to a degree or long term programmes.
Udemy courses & classes tend to focus on lifestyle skills like
Technologies and Coding
Art & crafts
Make up tutorials
Udemy courses tend to last for a few weeks to a couple of months. The lessons are generally organised into sections that last no longer than a few hours.
This means that Udemy courses are perfect for people who want to learn a new skill in their evenings in a relatively short period of time.
If you are looking to ease into the world of online learning then Udemy is a great place to start.
This is because it offers first-time learners a very generous 30-day free trial so you can dip your toe in the water before you take the plunge with your credit card.
What classes are available on Udemy
Here is the official statement from Udemy
"Our courses cover a whole range of subjects that help people get where they want to go in their careers and lives – from coding and design to yoga and cooking."
The courses and classes are separated into 12 easily identifiable categories and are available in over 80 languages!
Disclaimer: we try and be as accurate as possible but Udemy is constantly being updated and expanded so you will have to check it out for yourself. Please let us know if you find anything we should change or add to our review.
Going to class with Udemy
Udemy courses come in such a wide variety that it would be difficult, and an incredibly long read, to provide a complete overview of each one here.
Below you will find out about the general nature of Udemy courses.
How easy are the classes to follow?
How much student interaction is there?
Are there tests and exams to help you gauge your learnings?
Will you get any help or feedback from the tutors?
What is the course quality like?
We will also dive into one course so you can get a feel for the all-important Course Overview page.
However, as you would expect from an online course provider Udemy knows a thing or two about building and designing websites. The Course Overview pages are clear, user-friendly and provide as the information you could want to know when trying to decide if you want to put your hand in your pocket.
One note of caution that we have is that almost all the classes are provided by amateur teachers. While there is no issue with this as such it does mean that the courses can vary a lot in quality. Make sure to check the course rating and reviews, the more the better as one or two reviews can be faked.
One final note is that Udemy often runs sales on courses so if you find one you like but it is full price don't be afraid to wait for a week to see if you get lucky.
How useful are the Udemy Course Overview pages
Below is an example of a Course Overview page for those who are looking to improve their photography skills
As you can see this is a very detailed page. Udemy has done a great job in providing you with all the information you could want before signing up to course or class.
The key points that we always look for here at The School Bell is how easy is it to understand:
What you will learn
How you will test your knowledge
How long it will take
How much it will cost
Always make sure you read the reviews and check that the Course Syllabus matches what you want to learn before committing to a class.
Once you have made your final checks it is time to take the plunge and sign up to a course.
Make sure you come back to check out our other hints and tips and let us know how you got on and what you learnt.