Udemy is as good a site as most instructors are likely to find. Although the ease of use and course offerings are JUST shy of our number one pick, Siminars, we still honestly believe that Udemy is a fantastic pick for anyone looking to create courses online for public dispersion.
We generally enjoyed our trial of the Udemy eLearning platform, and in our Udemy review, you’ll see why.
- Udemy.com eLearning Tool: Summary Overview?
Udemy.com provides a great, comprehensive service for anyone wishing to sell a course online. It offers courses on thousands of topics, is easy to search, and generates a huge amount of traffic.
The traffic aspect is a huge draw for Udemy.com. They attract over 1 million visitors every month, which is a fantastic draw for a teacher looking to find a larger audience than just those already in a class.
During our Udemy review, we found that it was incredibly easy to find courses on almost any topic we could think of. From academia to self-taught crafts to entrepreneurship, there are courses on almost anything available right from the main page.
Udemy.com also makes it very easy to search for courses, which is a huge advantage for people without a lot of time on their hands. It’s also a benefit for many that a lot of courses that they have available aren’t the traditional kinds of courses usually found on eLearning platforms.
- Udemy.com: Who It’s For
This is definitely a website that is geared towards individual coaches and teachers rather than towards academic institutions. This eLearning tool offers a lot of flexibility for teachers and instructors; however, it’s not nearly as targeted towards organizations as it is for individuals.
It also seems to be strongly targeted towards entrepreneurs, given how much the website stresses how lucrative the business of creating courses can be.
For students, however, the site is equally a great find. No matter what subject you choose, there’s definitely a course available on Udemy.com that is in some sense related. For students, it’s nice to know that over 70% of the courses available on Udemy.com are completely free, and the fact that thousands of others are available for a fee is a strong draw for what Udemy.com calls “the democratization of education.” Additionally, Udemy regularly hosts coupons and discount promotional periods, allowing students to try courses for free or at 50% off or more.
- Udemy.com: Core eLearning Features
The course requirements for Udemy.com are slightly more stringent than those at a lot of other online eLearning tools. The Udemy learning platform is customized for allowing teachers to create courses quickly and easily, but there are some restrictions.
The first restriction is that the course must be at least 30 minutes long. Many courses on Udemy.com are quite short, lasting only 1-3 hours. However, there is no upper limit to how long the courses can be.
Before you can release a course, however, it has to be approved by the Udemy.com staff. In order to be approved, they evaluate the content and structure of the course itself. They also evaluate whether the course is based on “learning objectives,” and whether it delivers on it.
Another thing you need in order to be approved for teaching is a high content of video. Udemy.com has a restriction that at least 60% of every course must be video content. This may be difficult for those that have a lot of good ideas and course content, but don’t have excellent technological resources at their disposal to use.
There is also the fact that Udemy has a stringent policy of judging the quality of audio and video. This is great for knowing that any course you purchase is not going to be a sloppy mess, with low-fidelity sound and low-definition video with bad lighting. However, once again, it can be a barrier to talented teachers who want to help their mission reach people without investing a lot of money in expensive video equipment.
- Udemy.com Review: What’s Great About Udemy.com
In our Udemy review, we were very excited about how many courses were offered, and how easy it was to create a new course. The primary goal of Udemy.com (besides profit) is to “democratize education.” With thousands of courses available to be taken at any moment, this means that students can educate themselves on almost any subject, at almost any time.
If they know of a teacher that they have success learning from, as well, they’re able to view all of that teacher’s courses. The difference that a great teacher can make to a student can never be underestimated; the fact that teachers can make such a difference is the kind of thing that catapults Udemy to one of the top spots on our list of eLearning materials.
It’s also nice that it costs no money whatsoever to create courses. This means that people of all walks of life can contribute courses, whether they fall under the umbrella of traditional education or not.
- Udemy.com Review: What’s Not So Great About Udemy.com
One of the things that makes us slightly less enthusiastic about Udemy is that the website seems very focused on helping people make money. While making money is a great incentive for producing quality works in many media, we just feel like there should be slightly more of an incentive put on making information available, rather than hitting the sweet spot of pricing options to maximize profits.
Then again, there are many great teachers who would only come to that profession, especially in an online instructorial sense, because of monetary incentives.
- Udemy.com Pricing / Cost Explained
For instructors who want to set their own prices, Udemy.com is fantastic. Instructors are allowed to price their courses themselves. While they usually set them as free, any instructors attempting to make money off of courses usually use a rubric of $10-$30 per hour.
Udemy doesn’t charge by the hour, however, but by the course. Since most courses are between one and three hours, most courses cost between $10 and $99 for the entire course.
This enables even those without a lot of money to be able to take courses, while being a great way for instructors to make money by creating just one small course.
Udemy takes a percentage of the profits earned by instructors. Of the basic courses, Udemy takes 30% of the price the student pays. If the students find your articles through your affiliate program or your referral, however, they only take 15% of the total price.
This can be a great way to make money for teachers that know they can properly sell a product. However, for those who don’t know too much about self-marketing, they may find the profits a bit underwhelming.
The Final Word: Udemy.com Conclusion
In our Udemy test, we were very pleased with the ease of use of the website, as well as the content. This is a great website for getting a course to students, though just a hair below Siminars as far as quality.