It’s no secret that Udemy is one of the most popular online learning platforms out there, but is Udemy worth it for creatives? Is it good value for money?
Udemy courses are worth it when you buy their top courses at huge discounts. Regular sales are a feature of Udemy, often up to 90% off. New customers are always offered cheap deals and returning customers can fool Udemy into offering more discounts by using an incognito window.
In this Udemy review, I’ll explain the pros and cons and how it compares with 3 of its rivals. Let’s start.
What is Udemy?
Udemy courses are typically structured around a series of video lectures that covers specific skills or topics. Udemy instructors provide commentary and guidance and in addition to the main lectures, many courses include quizzes, assignments, and worksheets, to aid the learning experience.
How Does Udemy Work?
First, you need to create an Udemy account and sign up, and once you’re registered, you’ll have access to a vast library of video tutorials.
The best instructors have an easy-to-follow lesson structure with pre-recorded videos, bonus worksheets, tools, and additional resources to help you get the best out of the lessons. Some even offer a certificate of completion but don’t take those too seriously.
How Much Does Udemy Cost?
With so many promos on offer, I was surprised to read they now offer a ‘Personal Plan’. It must still be in development because it’s not open to everyone and I’m yet to discover the qualifying criteria.
For £29.99 per month, here in the UK, or I suspect $29.99 per month in the US, the personal plan offers curated course collections. These are selected courses in their chosen fields.
The deal is a curious one. You pay them a monthly subscription to curate the best courses that exist on Udemy already, and they’re yours to watch, but not to keep. You have access only while you subscribe.
If you take into account that you are unlikely to pay more than the discounted price for each course, it means you can buy two courses per month and keep them, for roughly the same money.
Let’s face it, a ‘Personal Plan’ isn’t great value, besides, how many courses will you do each month? It doesn’t make sense to me.
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How to Find Quality Courses on Udemy vs Skillshare
Just like Udemy, Skillshare has had the reputation for poor standards. Now they curate their courses, using ‘Staff Picks’. They are not always the most popular courses, but they do meet a minimum standard of excellence, according to Skillshare.
Skillshare also produces in-house video courses labeled as ‘Originals’, which raises the bar considerably. It’s become very easy to find good quality instruction.
The instructor’s credentials can be checked on the Skillshare website by looking at the “About the Instructor” section for each class. This will list the instructor’s qualifications, experience, and any other relevant information.
How to Navigate Udemy
How to Navigate Skillshare
How Does Skillshare Differ From Udemy?
Udemy vs Skillshare Refund Policies.
Who is More Trustworthy, Udemy or Skillshare?
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Domestika vs Udemy: How Do The Prices Compare?
Given that you will almost certainly see your course at a 75% discount, the official prices of usually around $45 can be safely ignored and you can expect to pay between $10-15 for most courses.
British customers can expect to be charged the same figure in Pounds Stirling so a $10 course will cost £10,
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Is Udemy Worth it? Final Thoughts
Udemy is not perfect by any means, but is Udemy worth it? Yes, for some it is ideal. Udemy offers a convenient and affordable way to learn new skills from the comfort of your own home. While Udemy doesn’t specialize in art courses, you’ll be able to access a wide range of creative classes.
Where Udemy falls down is the pile ’em high and sell ’em cheap mentality. There’s nothing wrong with selling cheap courses but the way they do it leaves a lot to be desired.
They offer too many courses, and most are mediocre. Only a few top classes are really worth buying and they’ll be dramatically discounted. That’s great for a discerning buyer, but the message it sends out is clear, Udemy courses are worth next to nothing. Where does that leave the consumer?
There’s no doubt that you have to be more critical and research what’s on offer. Don’t take classes on face value alone.
The best teachers on Udemy are very good and worth finding.
And what about the terrible reviews? Well, many of those complaints are about the quality of their courses. In other words, those students should’ve researched beforehand. It’s partly their own fault. And what about refunds? That’s a valid concern.
If you read Trustpilot, some refunds have not been honored and people’s anger is directed toward the lack of customer support. Although the complaints are from a vocal minority, you can only conclude that there is an element of risk.
The answer is simple, do not pay the listed price. Only buy discounted courses and if it does go wrong, you’ve only lost a few dollars.
Do I recommend Udemy? Let me put it this way, I use it.