IMHO Reviews Skillshare vs. Udemy
Review Reveals Surprising Information
These days, e-learning has become very popular among people of all ages. With over half of the world's population being stuck at home due to the pandemic, it comes as no surprise that the demand for online learning platforms has increased drastically.
Why are people choosing online learning platforms?
"Self-isolation is not the only reason why people choose to study online. In my opinion, it has more to do with the fact that this type of education is more flexible than the traditional ones, and you can actually fit it into your busy work and family schedule. Plus, it is much more affordable, you can even learn for free." - explained Vitaliy, the owner of IMHO Reviews.
In their recent article, IMHO Reviews discussed two of the leading online learning platforms - Skillshare and Udemy, talked about their features, pros and cons, pricing models, and shared their opinion on which service offers the most value for money.
Pricing models explained
According to IMHO Reviews, the biggest difference between Skillshare and Udemy is their pricing model. Skillshare offers a subscription plan for $15 per month (or $99 per year if billed annually) which includes unlimited access to the whole library. There is also an option of signing up for a 2-month free Skillshare trial for those who want to try out the service at no cost. With Udemy, you have to pay for each course individually and the prices range from $9 to $200-300. Both Skillshare and Udemy offer thousands of courses on a variety of topics and a few thousands of free classes.
How classes are different?
Another interesting thing mentioned in the review is that Skillshare has a project-based learning method - most courses include a class project that can be shared with fellow students. Udemy, on the other hand, has a more passive learning approach with classes being not as engaging as one would wish them to be. Although some of Udemy courses do have practice tests and quizzes to help students apply the skills they learned. Skillshare classes are often shorter and can be as little as 10-15 minutes, whether Udemy offers more in-depth learning.
What about accreditation?
Both Skillshare and Udemy are not accredited institutions, but the question is whether any of the platforms offer certificates of completion?
"If you are thinking of taking classes online and wondering whether you can get any certificate of completion, the answer is yes. Udemy does offer certificates for most of their paid courses, but in my opinion, they have very little value. Skillshare doesn't offer any certificates whatsoever. However, that doesn't mean that the courses lack value. No, you will most certainly learn new practical skills, which is, honestly, much more important than getting a piece of paper." - shared Vitaliy.
IMHO Reviews article goes in-depth explaining the differences between platforms. After reading the review, it becomes clear that although both services are great, Skillshare offers more value for money because of its low price and unlimited subscription option. But it is also important to note, that Udemy has a much larger library (and it is also a multi-language one), and it would be a better fit for someone who is not constantly learning but rather wishes to take one or two specific classes.