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Udemy– Is it worth it and legitimate?

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Driven by a common goal – to make quality education more accessible and improve the lives of people through learning, the American online learning platform Udemy was founded in 2010 by three aspiring change-makers Eren Bali, Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani. Today, after 10 years since its launch, the learning platform, spread across 190 countries, has more than 50 million students and around 57,000 instructors teaching courses in over 65 languages.

However, despite its popularity, its legitimacy and whether or not the courses are worthwhile are most often asked by e-learners across the world. With the amount of time and money you will be spending for learning or teaching and selling courses, it is undoubtedly crucial to take the customer reviews into consideration. Though there have been several substandard courses, they do not take up the majority of the ones offered by Udemy and the best part is that there are millions of other course contents in there you can choose to learn.

The average rating or reviews for Udemy on various product review websites ranges from 3 to 5 stars with most users lauding the course variety and lifetime accessibility however, the price factor, the length of the courses and the fact that most of them are not accredited amount to majority of the negative reviews. With variety of course contents curated for professionals and students alike, Udemy is a great option for learning and though some of its programs may fall heavily on your pocket, there are several economical and free instructional courses as well with lifetime access.

“Many of my co-workers choose to use Udemy for continuing education. I feel it has the best selection, training and curriculum vs others I have tried. Yes, the courses may be longer than others but they’re more detailed,” said Jenifer of Minneapolis, a verified reviewer from the Consumer Affairs website.

An instructor at Udemy reviewed, “If you’re interested in creating online courses as a hobby or even a side business, then go with a hosted platform such Udemy. The reason is, as soon as you upload your course you’re probably going to make some money almost instantly and it may not be a ton of money, it is going to be something that can be fun for you as a hobby”

While the overall reviews have been mixed, the best thing is that Udemy offers an opportunity for aspiring teachers to earn at least some passive revenue and for students to gain access to inexpensive courses around umpteen topics and change their own lives for the better.

Business Profile

Founded – May 2010

Founder – Eren Bali, Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani

Headquarter – San Francisco, California, USA

Chairman – Gregg Coccari

Industry – E-learning

 

 

 

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