UDEMY Vs. LYNDA
Learning a new skills can always be beneficial… You can look more valuable to a company you currently work for which might get you that promotion you have had your heart set on or it can also make you look more valuable to a potential employer and help you secure your dream career. If you own a business it can help you save money if you are skills enough to do the work your self because lets face it, it gets quite pricey to outsource and saving a little bit on money goes a logo way in business. Whatever reason you have for learning a new skills, there are many online learning marketplaces but I am going to discuss two of the best online learning resources.
COST: Membership is free / Pay Per Course
Description: Udemy is an online education market, with over 40,000 courses and 11 million students.
Udemy.com is a great tool for those looking to learn a skill online or perfecting a current skill within your profession. The online learning market has a variety of course pertaining to a vast amount of categories and it continues to grow as the community of instructors grow. There are categories such as:
- IT & Software
- Office Productivity
- Personal Development
- Health & Fitness
- Teacher Training
- Test Prep
Some of the technical courses are well structured, easy to understand and the instructors are well verse in their subject matter. Udemy is setup for those who are looking to take a class here or there and pay per course instead of a monthly or yearly membership. There are plenty of free course to take and Udemy.com is always giving exclusive discounts that are sometimes up to 90% off. I personally have enrolled in a course called “The Complete Web Developers Course” which consist of 236 lectures and 28 hours of video for I believe $10 to $15. There are other course I have join for prices similar to that one and you can’t beat learning a new skill for $10 can you?
After signing up for a membership you can join as many free or paid course as you like and you will have life-time access to these course or as long as udemy keeps their servers open. If you come across a course you like but don’t have the funds you can simply click the favorite button and find it later in your wish list. Most course will have downloadable course files such as notes or practice files which are including with the purchase of the course which cost more with Lynda.com but we will get into that later.
NOW THE CONS
It looks as though anyone can create a course and be an instructor. Learning from other is a great way to learn but the market place might become flooded with less then adequate learning. Udemy needs a strict content assessment and inspection of courses for quality before they are upload to their market. Plenty of the free courses are so short that they would be considered tutorials more then courses but still give some insight into the subject matter but you will find yourself wanting to purchase more detailed training.
Cost: There are four different types of memberships with a 10 day trial.
Monthly Membership Subscription: $25
Monthly Premium Subscription: $37.50
Yearly Membership Subscription: $250
Yearly Premium Subscription: $375
Description: Lynda.com leading online learning marketing that helps anyone learn a new skill in business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal goals.
If you are a freelancer or you work in the creative field lynda.com is a great resource to learn a new skill or brush up on a current skill to keep up on industry software or new design methods. The course on Lynda are laid out step by step and for those who learn techniques visually you will find the learning to come easier. The price will be attractive to those looking to pay one price and have access to all the resource on the site. The site layout is design well and makes it easier for you to keep track of your progress.
Lynda has three main categories, business, creative, technology and within these categories there are many subcategories or skills to study. The course are created by well trained professionals who have had proven success in their field and experience.
Trainers are screen and asked to fill out an application. Lyna looks for top professional with proven knowledge and experience in a particular field. Potential trainers must be a qualified expert in their field with a passion to teach and share their expertise. As you see you can rest assure you are learning from industry experts and individuals with proven experience so train will be of high quality.
Lynda.com has four different membership plans and a free 10 day trial. The basic membership which cost $25 a month or $250 a year which gives you access to all the video training. Then there is Premium membership which cost 37.50 a month or 375 a year and that gives you access to all the videos as well as project files. The pricing is fairly reasonable for the high quality of training you get and when you compare how much it cost to attend a traditional school.
Both Udemy and Lynda.com are great resources for online learning but they both have their differences and one has great limitations. If your someone who is looking to learn a specific skill but doesn’t want to get wrapped up in a month or yearly charge Udemy.com allows you to pay per course and offers free course as well as large discounts from time to time. However, if you someone who want to pay one fee and have access to all resource, Lynda.com is what your looking for with a monthly or yearly charge. Lynda.com screens their trainers to make sure they are qualified and able to give quality training to their members which is something I can’t say for Udemy.com who allows anyone to produce course training but that’s not saying some of the content on the site isn’t of quality.
Hopefully this has helped make it easier for you to make a choose what online learning market is right for you, the resources above are both great choices but it all comes down to what you are looking for in online training and what works for your budget. If you look forward to future Udemy.com reviews and Lynda.com review please bookmark this site or connect with the We Deem Channel’s google + page to keep updated on post from Logos and simplicity.com