This website is very focused on the student and teacher parts of the equation. As an eLearning tool, it’s not quite as practiced as Siminars or Udemy, but there’s a lot of heart and soul that’s obviously gone into the SkillShare model of business.
SkillShare.com also has a strong emphasis on learning and working in the community. If this is important to you, you may want to consider using this platform as a way to sell your lessons—or take a class. There are classes for almost every subject imaginable.
- SkillShare.com eLearning Tool: Summary Overview?
For our SkillShare review, we were pleasantly surprised by the ease of use of the website. It’s full of nice, clean elements, and is easy to navigate. When we signed up to take courses, we were equally impressed by the quality of instructors.
We were definitely aware that the instructors we had were more on the amateur side, but there were some fantastic lessons offered all the same. The lower fees and lower requirements for teachers mean that it’s possible for all kinds of people to teach classes, and there are definite benefits to that kind of approach for eLearning platforms.
- SkillShare.com: Who It’s For
SkillShare.com is a great website for individual teachers, coaches, and students. It’s very focused on letting students learn to do things “at their own pace.” When a class starts, students are allowed to enroll at any time, and no class ever ends. By signing up for a class, you are buying access to lifetime materials for whatever class you choose. Given how many classes are available, that’s a fantastic deal for anyone. Plus, a very large number of the classes offered on SkillShare are free.
This is a great option for people who feel that they were “failed” by traditional education to try and learn some skills without the pressures of the classroom. While tests and exams do exist, the emphasis of SkillShare.com is not on them, but on individual work.
- SkillShare.com: Core eLearning Features
The core principle of SkillShare.com seems to be focused not just on eLearning as a whole, but on the idea of peer community. The entire SkillShare.com community is focused on sharing information, whether for free or for payment, and it shows.
Most of the “assignments” aren’t really individual assignments, but group projects that you work on with strangers. For anyone who hated group projects in school, consider this: in school, group projects always meant that the kids who cared were pulling the weight of the kids who didn’t. When education is entirely voluntary, such as on SkillShare.com, everyone has incentive to care, or they wouldn’t be there.
Given that so much of it is peer-based, this means that no work is done by the teacher after the initial lesson is uploaded. Teachers simply collect any payments their lesson receives, and are free to make more lessons or pursue other careers.
- SkillShare.com Review: What’s Great About SkillShare.com
SkillShare.com delivers very well on the promise of a community focused on education. This is a tremendous asset to an online community. It means that you’re surrounded by many people who are all entirely focused on learning new and interesting skills.
Another great thing about SkillShare is the sorting and searching algorithm. As a teacher, it’s important to know that the students you want are going to have access to your classes. On some websites, it’s difficult to know how to sort through classes to find the one you want.
On SkillShare.com, you can search by many categories, such as Advertising, Business, Design, Fashion & Style, Film & TV, Food & Drink, Photography, Technology, and Writing & Publishing. Not only can you sort by category, but you can also search by price. You can search by All, $25 and under, and $15 and under. The third algorithm you can apply is sorting by level. You can search for All classes, Intermediate classes, or Beginner classes.
We also love that the prices are so low for each class, significantly lower than Udemy. Over there, we rarely saw classes offered for less than $30, and usually above $60. On SkillShare.com, most of the classes we found were around $20.
This is a great step towards making sure that everyone can see any given lecture. It’s also a great way to get more people to sign up for any class.
Another thing we really like is the option to teach and take local classes. Although this is a fairly new feature, it’s still very interesting. Right now, it’s focused around New York, San Francisco, and Boston. However, we’re confident that the model of using public venues to make a great class work is going to catch on soon all over the world.
For the time being, however, you’ll have to make do with public venues in the USA.
Of course, you can always teach an online class, which costs nothing to you and allows you to teach from your own living room while still reaching millions around the globe.
- SkillShare.com Review: What’s Not So Great About SkillShare.com
If there’s something we don’t really like about SkillShare.com, it’s probably the website itself. It’s sort of boring, neither colorful nor intuitive, and it definitely seems like a website that someone would see at a school’s home page circa 2005.
- SkillShare.com Pricing / Cost Explained
Most SkillShare.com classes are fairly cheap, in comparison to those offered by other institutions of a similar form. This enables lots of people who would otherwise be unable to take these classes to break free of those restrictions and learn brand new skills. Most SkillShare classes are priced around $20.
For students, the stated price is the flat fee, and it grants lifetime access to all that class’s materials. Teachers, on the other hand, get 85% of that fee deposited directly into a PayPal or Stripe account. However, SkillShare.com often runs promotions such as knocking the fee down to 12%, or occasionally offering feeless classes to those students brought in by referrals. This is the plan that pays teachers the best and highest percentage of their earnings that we’ve seen on any website.
The Final Word: SkillShare.com Conclusion
If you have a skill you’d like to share with the world, SkillShare is a fantastic place to get started. It’s a great community that’s very focused on BEING a community, and provides a lot of help and support to its members.
It isn’t quite as well put-together or well thought-out as our top two picks, Udemy and Siminars, but this still makes a pretty decent showing. If you want to be able to give and take classes at the drop of a hat, SkillShare might be for you.