Udemy is an online course provider.
Udemy hosts hundreds of courses spanning different sorts of topics; from an Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment Plan developed by qualified international doctors to becoming a web designer. Udemy was put together by a group of people in San Francisco and has steadily built up content to be recognised as a strong provider of online courses.
Udemy is designed for individuals to host their courses. This is not generally where you will get university related courses or courses hosted by large organisations. Instead most providers are people qualified in their profession and wanting to offer their skills to help a wider audience.
Udemy For The Learner
Udemy is super easy to use, just point and click. All courses have a free introduction allowing an insiders peak into the type of material being provided and how it is being provided. This also makes it easier to decide if you want to fork over the dollars to take the course.
Udemy have quality control stipulations and check the courses before allowing them to go live. They check for basic online learning ‘best practices’ – introductions and summaries etc and the amount being charged for content being provided.
At least 60% of the course has to be video material. You are not just getting a course that is purely written content.
Most courses are provided by people who specialise in the relevant field of study, however you can check the qualifications of the people or person who has provided the course. If you’re not sure about them then just google their name or organisation.
Yes, most courses cost some dollars – US dollars. Whether you want to pay or how much you want to pay is completely up to you. What value do you put on the course you want to take?
Udemy For Course Hosting
Udemy is also super easy to use for hosting a course. When you sign up you are provided with support materials explaining how to use the site and also with a link to a private Facebook group that has online learning professionals and non-professionals all asking questions and chatting with each other.
A massive advantage with Udemy is that they take care of all the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and have a consistent stream of visitors looking for courses.
Course developers can organise their course into sections and units. This makes the course easy to visualise and means that your course could be in units that build upon each other or learners could flick to any section that they require at that time.
Courses can have forums hosted on the Udemy website or you can link to an external course chat site such as a private Facebook group or a forum hosted on your own website.
Udemy allows you to provide supplementary materials as downloads or as separate units. For example if you have a course on how to make your own stuffed teddy bear and provide a nice example video on sewing on button eyes you could have a supplementary download for people wanting to use an alternative e.g. stick on eyes.
Udemy hosts your material for you. Any video or downloads have to first be uploaded to the site. This means you cannot link in videos hosted on Youtube or Vimeo, instead you upload them to the Udemy site to host. This saves a lot of hassle with finding an external video hosting website.
As with most online learning sites you can add quizzes and projects to your course – great for reinforcing learning and any assessment requirements.
Of course a downfall is that Udemy take a take a percentage of your earnings. Your course is also alongside many other courses, some may be offering almost the same materials or learning processes. If you want your course to stand out you really have to think about how it is presented on the front page.
Everyone should check it out, Udemy is great and has completely opened up online learning to make it accessible for all levels of learners and course providers.