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Udemy

/ 20 Apr 2020

Udemy

Udemy is a platform for online learning where anyone can build a course. The company describes itself as a marketplace bringing together people with expertise in a topic and people who want to learn about that topic. 

Classes on Udemy are mainly practical and job-related rather than academic, though students can find courses that expand their knowledge of an academic subject. 

As a virtual classroom that allows anyone to teach, the quality of the courses cannot always compete with those provided by universities on platforms like edX and Coursera. On the plus side, many Udemy course creators are in fact professors, graduate students or professionals who are experts in their field. 

For a time, Udemy recruited professors to create free courses for an area of its website called The Faculty Project, but the page is no longer promoted and currently lists only eight courses, most of which offer six to 12 hours of instruction and consist of 15 to 30 video lectures.

Where Udemy wins praise is in the number and variety of courses it provides—it has more than 100,000, according to its website.

“We imagined a world where anyone could learn anything—from any expert in the world,” co-founder Eren Bali says in a blog post.

The idea behind Udemy was born of Bali’s on experience of growing up in a small village in Turkey and having to look online for learning opportunities beyond what was available in his one-room school. He and co-founders Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani launched Udemy in California’s Silicon Valley in 2010. 

Most courses are taught in English, though some are available in other languages as well, including Arabic. These can be difficult to find, however. 

Types of Courses and Programs:

Only individual courses are provided, though some bill themselves as comprehensive courses on a subject and offer 50 hours or more of instruction.  

How Does it Work?

Regardless of a course’s length—some last only an hour—content is divided into small chunks which the student can finish whenever time is available. Course structure varies from one instructor to another. They mainly use videos, but some include additional types of resources and articles. Quizzes, tests and projects are part of some courses too. Students can get a shareable digital certificate of attendance from Udemy. 

Costs and Financial Aid:

Most courses cost from $25 to $200. However, discounts are frequently available, sometimes making courses free. Udemy says students who feel that a course did not meet their expectations are guaranteed a refund within 30 days of purchase. 

Ease of Use of the Platform and Visual Style:

The layout of the course software is straightforward and easy to comprehend. Students can find courses through a search window or by browsing course categories. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS devices.

 

Academic Disciplines and Subjects Included:


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