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Skillshare

/ 17 Apr 2020

Skillshare

Skillshare is an online “learning community” that offers thousands of courses for people who want to acquire new skills or hone existing ones in creative fields like design, writing, illustration, film and photography. It also offers classes in related business and technology topics, like marketing and web development. 

Skillshare is a company based in New York. It is not affiliated with any colleges and does not offer any academic credits or course-completion certificates. Its classes focus on teaching practical skills that help students advance in their careers or master a particular topic.

Anyone who believes they have expertise in a topic can create a class on Skillshare. There is no application or approval process for teachers, and potential students should be aware of that.  Class creators include both professionals and amateurs. Skillshare describes its teachers as “everyday creators, entrepreneurs, and professionals who are passionate about what they do,” but also advises that no teaching experience is required to start a class.

Skillshare has a free level, a premium membership, and teams accounts. The free version lets students watch selected video classes and see related content on both the web and mobile apps. A premium membership costs $15 a month or $99 a year. It removes ads, unlocks the entire catalog of courses, and lets subscribers download classes to the Skillshare mobile app to watch offline. Team plans are for businesses and work groups of various sizes.

In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Skillshare recently announced new support initiatives for community members, including two months of free access for those with .edu and .k12 email addresses, and a limited number of other two-month free memberships based on need.

“We hope that our classes, content, and community workshops can help us all feel a little more connected to ourselves and each other—and make it easy to learn skills in the comfort of our homes,” the company wrote in a blog post.

Types of Courses and Programs:

Classes are composed of a series of video lessons that may vary in length from one minute to more than 20. All classes include an introductory video that lets students know what they will learn. Classes have a project component and discussion and project pages where students can interact and share their work. 

Costs and Financial Aid:

Skillshare currently offers two scholarships based on financial need. One gives eligible students a yearlong premium membership with unlimited access to all classes on the platform. The other offers a 50 percent discount on a year of premium membership. See the company’s scholarships page for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Ease of Use of the Platform and Visual Style:

Skillshare’s platform is easy to navigate.  Some classes have better visualization than others, but the company sets quality standards for all classes and provides a Teacher Handbook and other resources for the instructors who create them.

Academic Disciplines and Subjects Included:

Business, content creation, design, film, photography, animation, crafts, and many other topics under the umbrella of creativity.


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