What is Udemy? How to best use it for your online learning? A review.
The Udemy Platform is one of the world’s largest marketplaces for teaching and learning online. They offer more than 45,000 courses that were designed by top experts at many of the most prestigious universities on the planet.
Udemy is a popular platform to visit when you want to learn new skills and earn a certificate or if you want to teach online. Keep reading our Udemy review to see if this is the right provider for you.
Udemy Review 2017 – Overview
Founders – Udemy was founded by Eren Bali, a Turkish national. The main aim of Udemy is to make high quality education more affordable and more accessible to students all over the world.
Students – More than 15 million students have thus far benefited from the courses offered by Udemy. Students ratings average 4.7 out of a possible five, a clear indication of the quality and value of these courses.
Courses – Udemy courses are extremely affordable and special discounts are offered regularly. Every effort is made to make online training available to everybody. In certain cases students can even apply for free training. Numerous businesses, furthermore, use the Udemy platform to implement employee training and advancement programs.
Udemy Review – Platform Features
The Udemy platform is an extremely sophisticated website but it is also extraordinarily easy to use. There is a mass of information but finding the relevant section quickly is child’s play.
1. Course Categories
You will find it very easy to find the course that will suit your needs. Sometimes you may simply want to find a course that will enhance your marketability. That too, is easy on the Udemy platform.
Broad choice – With more than 45,000 courses on offer, it would be easy to get lost in the vast sea of information available. That is why Udemy has grouped their courses into logical categories.
Information – Viewing a category, “computers”, for example, will result in concise list of all courses that focus on computers. Each course is described in one sentence. The cost of the course, the number of lectures presented during the course, the average rating from previous students and the number of hours required to finish the course is listed. For more information on any course, one simply have to click on the name of the course.
Popularity – Courses in the fields of IT and Software, Business and Marketing are particularly popular and student feedback indicates that they have either found jobs after completing these courses or they have advanced in their present jobs.
2. Search Options
The Udemy platform offers various approaches when you search for specific courses or for courses that cover specific topics.
How to – When looking for a very specific course, or a category of courses, the easiest approach is to use the search box. You simply type in the topic or the course name (or even just a portion of the course name) and you will be presented with a list relevant to your search criteria. This search function is extremely versatile. It is even possible to enter search criteria about a specific topic covered during the course and you will get a list of all the courses that touch on that topic.
Filters – You may want to find out what courses that are relevant to your industry are on offer. This is easily done by browsing the various courses grouped in specific categories, such as “Marketing”, for example. Each course in the list can be expanded to provide more detailed information.
Alternatives – Another valuable source of information is to follow the tracks of previous visitors to the Udemy platform. When you view details of a specific course, you will always be able to see what other courses previous visitors have viewed. This can be of great help in comparing various courses before making a final decision.
Search by instructor – What if you want to enroll in a course that has been designed by a specific university or that is presented by a specific lecturer? This, too, is easily achieved on the Udemy platform. You can even read more information about the background and qualifications of every instructor listed on the platform.
3. Course Information
It is only logical that you will need access to all the relevant information about what a course offers before you enroll. The Udemy platform recognizes this fact but also knows that visitors to the platform do not want to be overwhelmed by information unless it is required.
- The list view provides limited information. If any course looks promising, more information can be accessed by simply clicking on the course name.
- The second – more detailed – level of information provides an overview of the course, the main topics covered, the duration and the course schedule.
- In each instance even more information can be obtained on any specific aspect of a course by opting for the “More Information” link. In this way very detailed information on any specific course can be accessed.
- As you progress through the different levels of course information, more and more detail is provided. Eventually, you can even zoom in on a description of a very specific lecture and the length of the lecture.
At Udemy you will not have to scroll through irrelevant information which makes browsing an easy and quick activity. Should you want more information, look for the expansion links which will extent the section to keep reading. At the bottom of each page you will find the feedback section which we recommend to skim through to get a more perspective view of what the course is like.
4. Additional Information and Help
Apart from information about the many courses offered on the Udemy platform, you can also access other valuable information, available by following the “Support” link at the bottom of the page. There is, for example, valuable general information about studying with Udemy, how to get started and how to manage your account settings.
Other information include the refund policy and an extensive troubleshooting section. For further questions you can also contact Udemy from the Udemy platform itself. They will usually get back to you within 1-2 business days, often faster.
5. Device Compatibility
Udemy courses are accessed online and they are presented by means of high definition video lectures. When you enroll in a course you will also communicate with your instructor by email or forum chat, access discussions online and submit your assignments using their upload functionality.
Students can learn on their desktop or laptop computer as well as on tablets or a smartphones. The Udemy App is available for free and is fully compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
6. Refund Policies
Udemy wants you to be completely satisfied with the course you purchased. That is why they have a generous refund policy.
- In general, refunds can be requested within 30 days of purchasing a course.
- Reversals, rather than refunds, can be requested within 24 hours of purchasing.
- Refund requests can be denied if you have downloaded all the course content before requesting a refund.
- Refunds can also be denied if you purchase multiple courses over a period of time and repeatedly request a refund.
7. You signed up. What next?
As soon as you sign up for a Udemy course, you will have access to the Course Dashboard. This is where you interact with Udemy, your lecturers and fellow students. The Course Dashboard is feature-rich and easy to use.
- You can use the Dashboard to view feedback from other students about a particular course or to leave your own comments and suggestions.
- Once you have completed a course but wish to retake it, you simply use the Reset Progress feature. All the lectures and quizzes that you have completed previously will then immediately marked as incomplete.
- Once you have watched a complete lecture it will be marked as completed. However, you may want to watch it again. This is possible from the Dashboard by simply unmarking a lecture as complete.
- The Dashboard also allow you to post questions for your lecturer and even view answers that were given to the questions posted by other students.
Learning with Udemy – Pros and Cons
One of the main benefits of signing up for an Udemy course is that you will be able to study at your own pace. The courses have been designed to make sure that you will be able to complete a lecture even if you no more than half an hour available.
If you miss a lecture or even an entire course that forms part of a specialization series, you can simply fall in when that course is presented again. Of course, the affordability of Udemy is also a very big plus.
Online learning is not to the liking of everybody. Studying alone, even when online support is available, is sometimes lonely and it requires some discipline. This problem can be overcome, however, by active involvement in student forums and discussion groups.
While there is a great selection of high quality courses it is very likely you will come across one that simply don’t match current eLearning standards be it bad audio and video quality, generic content or and a badly structured curriculum.
We therefore recommend to look at teacher’s reputation and background, number of students enrolled, to read user reviews and to look at the number of lectures, hours of video and compare that with the price asked for.
Udemy Review 2017 – Verdict, Summary
The concept of life-long learning has become an important one if you want to succeed in this competitive, ever-changing modern world.
People will have to update their skills and knowledge continuously. For me, doing so online is the easiest, most cost effective way of achieving this goal. Yet, I want training that is relevant, professionally presented and designed by recognized experts from eminent educational institutions. This is exactly what the Udemy platform offers.
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