If you’re looking to expand your personal or professional skills, you might think about taking a course from home. Online learning platforms are an easy and convenient way to learn about a subject and gain expertise in an area, while learning at your own pace. You can take courses in the field you are already employed in, or branch out into a new profession or skill and see where it takes you.
Udemy is one of the most popular and well-known learning platforms in the world, but how good is it really? What does it offer? Can you earn qualifications? Does it have any disadvantages? And how do you choose the best Udemy course?
Below, we will be undertaking an Udemy review to see how the site works as a learning platform and exploring everything it has to offer, including the courses available, the tutor support you can expect and the qualifications you can gain. So, if you want to find the perfect site to further your learning and think Udemy might be the one, keep reading on to find out more.
Udemy Review Contents
What Is Udemy?
Udemy is one of the most popular online learning platforms in the whole world, similar to Skillshare and Coursera, and you can choose from thousands of courses in dozens of different subjects. Udemy was founded in 2010 and is the largest learning platform of its kind, with more than 35 million students enrolled in more than 100 thousand courses.
Udemy has both free and paid courses on its site and is designed so you can learn new skills and relearn existing skills. It was originally created to be available to those who could not access learning in a more traditional environment, whether due to time constraints, location or financial constraints.
Udemy is easy to use as a student, as all you need to do is log onto the site, register for an account and choose the course you want to do. It is also a site that encourages tutors and, if you’re a teacher, you can upload your own courses onto the site with ease, too. Then, when a student purchases your course, you earn a portion of the revenue.
Who Is Udemy For?
Now we know what Udemy is, you’re probably wondering whether Udemy is right for you and who the site is really for. The truth is: anyone! Udemy offers many courses in many different subjects, so whether you’re thinking about a career change or just want to learn something new, you may find what you’re looking for with Udemy.
The courses vary from beginner to advanced, so you don’t need to worry about already being an expert in the subject you want to study. This makes Udemy a great place to start if you want to learn the basics of a topic before taking some in-person classes.
Udemy can be used by professionals looking to gain skills, as well as students looking for an extra course to accompany their in-person classes. Udemy is also a great place for international students who are looking for courses that are not just in the English language.
If you’re a business owner, you may find Udemy for Business a good way to keep your employees up to date with information and knowledge. There are two different plans — the Enterprise plan which is for 21 or more users, and the Team plan which is for 5–20 users. Both plans give you unlimited access to 5,000+ top-rated courses and allow you to ensure your employees and co-workers are all on the same page with their skills.
Types Of Courses Offered By Udemy
Like many online courses, the majority of Udemy courses are based around IT and business. That being said, Udemy offers courses on a wide range of other subjects too, and stands out in this field in contrast to competitors such as Skillshare or Pluralsight. However, it is worth noting that there may be less choice depending on how niche the topic is that you want to study.
According to Udemy’s website, there are 13 main categories of courses available:
- Finance & Accounting
- IT & Software
- Office Productivity
- Personal Development
- Photography & Video
- Health & Fitness
- Teaching & Academics
Within each of these categories are a further five to fifteen categories, so you really can find a course on just about anything.
Udemy Course Structure, Ease Of Use and Features
Udemy is largely easy to use. Some users report that the interface is fairly basic, but this can help to avoid confusion and keeps the website simple and inviting. As for the courses themselves, they vary greatly. Some are more in depth, whereas others are more basic tutorials and don’t go into as much detail.
Some courses only contain an hour of lessons, whereas others can contain up to 85 hours of lessons. The majority of the courses are presented primarily in video format, although some many also have lessons in text format and you may also have quizzes. There is also often downloadable content to help assist you through the video course.
In truth, it would be impossible to look at the course structure for each Udemy course, but a good place to start is with the reviews. Most courses have very high ratings and feedback, so it should give you some peace of mind that many other people have found the course you want to do structured and laid out well. That being said, course reviews can be misleading, so be careful with what you believe.
Features such as the video player, user interface and downloadable content generally have good reviews, with no talk of the site crashing or running slowly. Udemy also offers its course instructors some advice about student engagement and the general quality of learning, which makes you feel as if the site actually cares about those who are purchasing the course and wants them to learn.
There are extra features within the Udemy site that help courses to run more smoothly and allow you to learn a little quicker. They include features such as the ability to speed up and slow down Udemy videos, and keyboard shortcuts that make navigation easier.
Each Udemy course is marketed by the instructor themselves, so they will have a slight bias on how well their course is structured and run. That being said, the learning experience is different for everyone, so it is important to read the reviews of the course you would like to do so you can sure it is the right one for you.
When you finish a course on Udemy, you receive a certificate of completion. However, Udemy certificates are not a formal accreditation, because Udemy is not an accredited institution. This means that courses you undertake on Udemy will not count towards college credits, nor will you receive an actual qualification in the area you have chosen to study.
Despite this, you can still share the fact you took an Udemy course on your resume. After all, it shows you took initiative in learning about a certain topic, and may well be more knowledgable about the profession than someone who knows nothing and hasn’t taken an Udemy course. It is also a great way to showcase any extra skills you might have learnt that are specific to the job you are applying for.
If you’re interested in getting an accredited certificate of completion in your course, there are other e-learning platforms such as Udacity, Treehouse, EdX, Treehouse, Domestika, Codakid or Plurasight that provide you with a qualification.
In 2016, Udemy set a maximum price of $50 for their courses. This was frustrating for thousands of instructors who were selling their course for over $300. Since then, the pricing has changed again, but now most courses range from $19.99 to $199.99. The price is determined by the instructor and Udemy has no say in this, aside from when there is a sale on the entire site.
Courses that are longer and take more hours cost more than courses that only last an hour. The price can also vary depending on how well established the course creator is. If they are famous in their field, you can expect to pay more for a course.
All Udemy courses are a one off payment, and, once you have purchased an Udemy course, you receive a lifetime access pass to that course and some downloadable content (depending on the course). This means you can go back over your course as many times as you want.
If you are on a tight budget, some instructors offer free courses, as long as they are not paid for on any other course platform. One thing to remember with this is that a free course doesn’t necessarily mean it is a bad course; the instructor may have listed it for free to make a name for him or herself or build student numbers.
It is worth noting that you should never buy an Udemy course at full price, because there is a site wide sale running approximately 60% of the time. So, if the course you want costs more than $20 at the moment, it is worth waiting a few days because it will most likely come down in price. There are also sometimes Udemy coupon codes that can be used that are created by the instructors themselves.
If you find an Udemy course that you think a friend or family member might love, you can also gift a course. The course will be sent to them via email and you can decide the start date and even include a personalized message.
Udemy offers a 30 day refund if you are not happy with the course you have paid for for any reason.
Udemy Instructors and Tutor Support
Udemy allows anyone to become an instructor, so, if you’re knowledgable about a topic, you could become an instructor yourself. The downside to this as a student is not knowing how qualified your instructor is, because there are no requirements or qualifications needed to upload a course.
That being said, there are some instructors on Udemy who are very knowledgable in their field and have decided to create an Udemy course to help others. Looking at the reviews of each instructor, their biographies, plus how many courses they have listed will help you to determine how qualified they are in their field.
Each course has a place where you can post any questions or comments for your instructor, but it is not guaranteed that they will respond to you. Therefore, it can be difficult to know what kind of tutor support you are going to be receiving with Udemy.
Some instructors may also add teaching assistants to their courses, so they can respond to questions and help the instructor with course material. While these teaching instructors do not have a biography on the site, they are usually experts in the course subject too.
Udemy Top Competitors
There are a few alternative sites to Udemy if you are looking to do an online course. The most popular of these include Udacity, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) and Skillshare. YouTube is also a source for free learning with many thousands of videos on each topic.
Udacity is another of the most popular online learning sites, but it is tailored more towards serious students who want to gain employment or start a business. Udacity offers at least 240 courses, many of which are in collaboration with big-name tech companies like Amazon and Google. Unlike Udemy, Udacity instructors have to include a resume as part of their application, so you know they have experience in the field.
Udacity courses are of a very high level, similar to college level. The primary learning format is video. While the majority of the courses on Udacity are free, you can take a nanodegree program for $399 per month. Other programs vary in price, and there are sometimes discounts, special offers and free trials.
Like Udemy, Udacity is not an accredited education institution. Free courses from Udacity won’t give you a certificate of completion, but you will get one with nanodegrees. Despite the fact that it is not an accredited institution, a certification from Udacity is more likely to impress than one from Udemy.
The nanodegree programs from Udacity are great for teacher interaction and also offer you the chance to do real-world projects, too. However, there is no teacher interaction with the free courses.
In comparison to Udemy, Udacity is another good online learning resource. We recommend that if you are looking for a short course to quickly explore different topics, choose Udemy, and if you are looking for something more in-depth, choose Udacity.
Coursera is an online learning platform that is geared towards serious students looking to take university-level courses online. There are around 4,500 courses on the site, many of which are in collaboration with top academic institutions (eg. Stanford, Yale) and big-name companies (eg. Google, IBM).
There are five main types of learning program on Coursera, with five price points. These are Course for $39+, Specialization for $39+, Professional Certificate for $39+, MasterTrack Certificate for $2,000+ and Online Degree for $15,000+. There’s also a Coursera Plus plan, which gives you unlimited access to all courses, specializations and professional certificates for $399/year. On top of this, there are some free courses and you can try a 7 day free trial on some of the courses.
Coursera offers a certificate for completing any paid course on the site, but these certificates do not provide any professional or academic credits. That being said, MasterTrack Certificate courses “can count toward a master’s degree,” and an Online Degree course can allow you to “earn an accredited university bachelor or master’s degree.”
The courses are usually taught in video format, although there is written course material and practical project work in the MasterTrack Certificate and Online Degree programs. The cheaper and free courses can be around 12 hours long, while the degree can take up to four years to complete.
There is no information on the Coursera website on how to become an instructor, and all of the instructors on the site seem to be from third-level educational institutions or big corporations. You won’t get any instructor help on the free courses, but the more you pay, the more personal tutoring and mentoring you can expect to receive.
In comparison to Udemy, Coursera courses are much more in depth and give you the chance to learn in a more professional way. However, Udemy is better if you are wanting to learn the basics of multiple different topics.
LinkedIn Learning was merged with Lynda.com in 2017. The reviews of Lynda were mixed, but LinkedIn Learning has had generally good reviews. LinkedIn Learning offers courses that are focused on professional development, and there are upwards of 15,000 of them.
Individual courses on LinkedIn Learning are around $20 for lifetime access, or you can pay $20-30/month for access to their full course catalog. There are also some free courses, and a free trial, too. You receive a certificate of completion for every course you finish on LinkedIn Learning but, like Udemy courses, these certificates don’t mean very much.
Courses on LinkedIn Learning are usually two to three hours long, although some can be as long as 27 hours. They are taught in primarily video format and there are also quizzes and practice files.
Anyone can apply to be an instructor on LinkedIn Learning, much like on Udemy. However, instructors do have to submit a sample video to LinkedIn Learning and there is no guarantee they will be accepted. On each course, there is a Q&A section where you can ask the instructor or other students questions, although there is no guarantee you’ll get a response.
In comparison to Udemy, it is generally fair to say that LinkedIn Learning is slightly better. The courses are a little more in depth and the instructors are more verified. The price is also better — for the same cost as three courses on Udemy, you can access the entire LinkedIn Learning catalog for two months. That being said, the two platforms are very similar in their content and teaching style.
Skillshare is one of the online learning platforms that is most similar to Udemy in terms of content. It also has a wide range of courses on every topic imaginable, although you will find that Skillshare courses are slightly more geared towards creatives and the arts.
There are around 30,000 courses on Skillshare and they are primarily taught in video format. You do not receive a certificate of completion, nor is the site an accredited institution. Anyone can become an instructor on Skillshare, and no credentials are required. However, there are some famous instructors who teach on Skillshare.
Skillshare does not give you the option to buy courses individually; for $15 per month or $99/year ($8.25 per month) you can access all the courses they have listed. Once you have stopped paying the fee, you lose access to the courses. There is also a 14 day free trial.
The courses on Skillshare range in length, from anywhere between 20 minutes to two hours. It can be difficult to get instructor help on Skillshare, but there is a discussion area within each course where you can post questions.
In comparison to Udemy, Skillshare is similar in it’s broad range of content. We would recommend starting with Skillshare, because you can make your way through quite a few courses in their 14 day free trial.
Almost everyone has watched a YouTube video in their lifetime, but it can also be a great way to learn about different topics. The learning style is, obviously, video and it is free, although you many need to watch ads throughout the videos. To access YouTube without the ads, it is $12 a month.
You’re very unlikely to find courses to follow on YouTube, but you are likely to find a video about the topic you want to learn. However, the content of YouTube can be so varied, as anyone can upload a video. You may find some really detailed and professional videos on the site, but you may also find some videos from creators who lack knowledge in the area in which they are trying to teach.
There is no certification from YouTube, and it’s not really the kind of thing you can add to a resume. You may also struggle to get into contact with the creator/instructor of the video you are watching to ask questions, unless you post a comment on the video and they see it and respond. However, there are so many comments on videos, that this is often unlikely.
One of the best features of YouTube videos are the ratings/subscriber count; you will be able to tell whether a video is worth watching based on the amount of likes, dislikes and subscriber a channel has.
In comparison to Udemy, YouTube is great for learning quickly and for free. It is easily accessible and you can find some great content. However, if you want to dive further into a subject and ensure you’re getting more specific tuition that isn’t so scattered, Udemy is the way to go.
Advantages vs. Disadvantages Of Udemy
There are both advantages and disadvantages to Udemy as an online learning platform. Let’s compare them in more detail.
The Advantages Of Udemy
There are 13 categories of courses on Udemy, offering a variety of courses on more than 3,000 topics. This means that no matter what topic you want to explore of study, you’ll more than likely find it on the site. Many of these courses are of high quality, too, and taught by those who excel in their field.
Ease Of Access
Udemy is an easy-to-use site with an interface that is user-friendly and simple to navigate, even if you aren’t a whizz with computers. The interface isn’t cluttered or overwhelming, and the landing page recommends courses and you can read reviews of courses without any hassle.
It’s also easy to find courses that interest you, because there is a drop down menu to choose from, or you can search using keywords in the search bar. The courses also come with a preview video so you know what you’re getting yourself into before buying.
The checkout process is easy, too, as you just need to add the course to your cart, select a payment method, and then you can begin learning.
All of the Udemy courses are affordable, with some costing as little as $10. Udemy also has a site wide sale running the majority of the time, which offers huge discounts and courses at much cheaper prices.
What’s more, some of the courses on Udemy are completely free, which is great if you’re on a budget and just want to try something without spending any money.
Udemy is designed to teach at the student’s own pace, so there is no rush for you to finish a course in a specific amount of time. This makes it vastly different from in-person classes at school or college, and means you can fit in your learning around other life commitments.
You can also stop, start and re-play videos as many times as you want on courses you have paid for, so if you miss something or don’t understand a certain part, there is no problem.
Once you have purchased a course on Udemy, you then have access to it for life. This means that you can go back over the course and have access to the videos and downloadable materials for as long as you want. This is makes Udemy beneficial over other learning platforms where you pay a monthly fee, because when you end your subscription, you also lose access to the course.
There are a few exceptions to the lifetime access rule on Udemy. One is if your account is suspended, and another is if the instructor removes the course from the platform due to policy or legal reasons.
Udemy instructors frequently update their courses even after you have completed them and, because you don’t lose access to the course once you have paid for it, you can continue to learn and expand your knowledge with each update.
Because you are not paying a subscription fee with Udemy, you can simply pay for the courses you want. This is different from other online learning platforms and means you can buy single courses on topics you are passionate about, without worrying about whether you are getting your moneys worth. This can also be a cheaper way to learn, particularly if you wait for when Udemy is having a site wide sale.
30 Day Guarantee
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee with Udemy, so if you are not happy, you can be refunded with no hassle.
Udemy courses have a wide range of languages available. These include German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai. You can easily change the language in your settings.
The Disadvantages Of Udemy
Lack Of Academic Credit
When you take a course on Udemy, you receive a certificate of completion. However, because Udemy is not an accredited institution, this is not course credit or an accredited certification, meaning you can’t actually use it as a qualification in your professional career, nor does it count towards college credits.
Confusing Pricing and Discounts
Udemy has no say in its pricing and all the course prices are set by the instructors. Therefore, there can be quite a variation between the prices of courses and there is no way to know if the course is actually worth it.
Alongside this, both Udemy and instructors have the ability to create discounts and sales of the courses. Therefore, when you see a sale on a course, it is difficult to know whether this is coming from Udemy or the instructor themselves.
Udemy often has a site wide sale of courses, with courses sometimes being 90% cheaper than the original price. Some believe this is illegal marketing, while others have shared their experience with Udemy and said that there is no way certain courses are worth the original price before the discount.
While reviews can be very useful in helping you to pick the right Udemy course and can show you whether the course is going to be right for you or not, you should be mindful that, as is becoming more common across sites selling a product, not all course reviews are genuine on Udemy.
That’s not to say that Udemy is paying people to leave fake reviews, but you will often find that many of the reviews for courses are generic, with no indication that the person leaving the review has actually learnt anything.
Udemy also pushes users to rate the course within a few minutes of starting it, which, of course, won’t then be genuine for the entire course, but just the first portion of it. While Udemy does give students the option to update their rating of a course once they’ve completed all the lessons, the majority of students won’t actually finish the course and, therefore, you can be reading a five star review of a course that someone only completed a few minutes of.
Assessment Of Instructors
There are no professional credentials for instructors on Udemy and anyone can upload a course. Therefore, you don’t know whether the person who is running the course actually has any knowledge or experience in the topic.
You would think identifying outdated courses on Udemy would be easy, but this is not the truth. It turns out that instructors only need to make a small change to their course for the date in which the course was updated to change.
This means that some of the content could be outdated, and there is no way on knowing until you have bought the course and watched some of the content.
Examples Of Most Popular Udemy Courses
Here are some examples of the most popular courses on the Udemy site for each category:
2021 Complete Python Bootcamp From Zero to Hero in Python — This course allows you to learn Python and has 22 hours of on-demand video. There are 14 articles and 19 coding exercises included in this course, and has 1,315,654 students currently enrolled in it.
An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof — This course gives you information on business start up and has 405,945 students enrolled. It includes 8 hours of on-demand video, with 32 articles and 31 downloadable resources.
Finance & Accounting
The Complete Financial Analyst Course 2021 — This course teaches you all about Excel, accounting, financial statement analysis, business analysis, financial math and PowerPoint, and has 18 hours of on-demand video. It also has 491 downloadable resources and 292,380 students currently enrolled.
IT & Software
Learn Ethical Hacking From Scratch — This course teaches you how to become an ethical hacker and hack computer systems like black hat hackers and secure them like security experts. It has 440,154 students currently enrolled with 15.5 hours of on-demand video, 23 downloadable resources and 2 articles.
Microsoft Excel – Excel from Beginner to Advanced — This course explains Microsoft Excel no matter whether you’re a beginner or a pro at the software. It contains 18 of hours on-demand video and 37 downloadable resources. There are currently 744,289 students enrolled on the course.
Become a SuperLearner® 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory — This course teaches you how to learn faster and more easily using the skills of the worlds fastest readers and memory record holders. It has 182,655 students enrolled and offers 5 hours of on-demand video and 5 articles.
The Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced — This course teaches the foundation of art no matter what level you are currently at. It has 11 hours of on-demand video for you to watch and 4 downloadable resources. There are 444,359 students enrolled on it at the moment.
The Complete Digital Marketing Course – 12 Courses in 1 — This course offers you the chance to learn about digital marketing strategies, social media marketing and analytics with 22.5 hours of on-demand video, 36 articles and 10 downloadable resources. It currently has 589,407 students enrolled.
Reiki Level I, II and Master/Teacher Program — This course teaches you Reiki levels 1 and 2 as well as master level. It uses 5 hours of on-demand video to teach, as well as one hour of on-demand audio, 39 downloadable resources and 7 articles. There are 150,259 students currently enrolled on the course.
Photography & Video
Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography — This course is a photography class for both beginners and advanced photographers and offers 23.5 hours of on-demand video and 63 articles. It also has 31 downloadable resources and currently 249,894 students are enrolled on the course.
Health & Fitness
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Certificate — This course teaches you the basics of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) so you can help others with their mental health and wellbeing. There are 134,888 students currently enrolled and the course is taught with 31.5 hours of on-demand video, 168 downloadable resources and 9 articles.
Pianoforall – Incredible New Way To Learn Piano & Keyboard — This course allows you to learn the basics of different genres of piano music in just a few weeks, rather than months or years. It teaches with 10 hours of on-demand video and 9 downloadable resources. There are around
315,309 students on the course at the moment.
Teaching & Academics
IELTS Band 7+ Complete Prep Course — This course gives you information on how to achieve success with Band 7 and prepares you for all parts of the IELTS exam. The course currently has
119,136 students enrolled and it includes 82 hours of on-demand video and 157 downloadable resources, plus 10 articles.
How Do I Choose The Right Udemy Course?
With so many courses on offer on the Udemy site, it can be difficult to know which one is going to be best for you and teach you the most. There are a few different factors to take into consideration when choosing an Udemy course.
First of all, think about what topic you want to study and learn more about. If you’re unsure, you can use the categories and sub-categories to narrow down your idea. There is also the “filter” tab, where you can filter courses based topic, course level, language, price and ratings. You will find some great courses on there, while others will not be so good.
Once you have a few courses picked, you can look at the quality of the course content to see what the course actually entails. The course page should also tell you how long each of the on-demand videos are and what lectures are included.
Reviews are a good way to decide whether the course is going to be right for you, too. As we have mentioned above, reviews can be vague or completed before a student has actually finished the course. Look for courses with a high number of reviews and make sure you check how legitimate they are; if the course is good, you can expect reviews to state what students have learnt while undertaking it.
Instructors each have a biography included on their course, so you can learn a little more about them, their experience and why they are offering the course. An instructor with more experience is likely to give a better and more in-depth course.
You can also check out whether instructors are open to you contacting them with questions at any time during the course, and look at reviews to see whether previous students have found getting in touch with the instructors or asking questions simple or not.
Quality Of Preview
One of the best features of the Udemy platform is the ability to preview the course before you buy it. This allows you to see whether the course is right for you or will cover the topics that you want to learn about.
You don’t want to be learning from an outdated course, so check when the course was launched and when it was most recently updated. This is particularly important if you are learning a new software application, as these will constantly be changing and have updates, so learning an old course isn’t going to be much use.
Udemy uses a pricing strategy that means their courses are cheap and available to all. There is almost always a discount on courses, sometimes between 70-90%, and you can learn some course for as little as $10. Some instructors also further discount their courses, and there are also sometimes coupon codes that can be used.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can filter the courses so that the cheapest courses appear first. There are also free courses available if you don’t want to pay.
Udemy Review: FAQ’s
Is Udemy worth it?
If you’re interested in a particular subject but don’t want to spend a lot of money taking a course or don’t have the time to invest in a more traditional school setting, Udemy courses are definitely worth it.
The courses are cheap and you can learn at your own pace, plus you can go back over the course as many times as you want. Even better, undertaking an Udemy course shows a future employer that you are passionate about the profession and development in your field.
To ensure Udemy is really worth it for you, never buy an Udemy course at full price, and be selective about the courses you spend time on, as some can be misleading.
How do I open an Udemy account?
Opening an account on Udemy is very easy.
1. Open a browser and visit www.udemy.com
2. Click “Sign Up” in the top right corner
3. Add your full name, email and create a password
4. You will be sent a confirmation email
After you are signed up, you can begin to browse the site for the course you want to do. Use the categories to navigate the site and read the course descriptions and reviews before buying.
When buying, you can pay with a debit card, credit card or PayPal.
Can an Udemy course help me to get a job?
Udemy courses are not accredited, meaning that you won’t earn any qualifications once you have completed an Udemy course. However, that’s not to say you can’t note down that you completed a course in your field on your resume, as potential employers might like to see that you took initiative and wanted to further your knowledge in your field.
Udemy can also help you to develop other skills that might not be directly related to your job, but could help you in other aspects of your life that will allow you to complete a job to a higher standard.
Can I become an Udemy instructor?
Anyone can become an Udemy instructor if they would like, but it is important for you to prepare your course in the right way. First of all, think about areas in which you have expertise, and then identify your target student. This will allow you to create the right course and learning objectives.
Once you have created your course, Udemy will review it and provide necessary feedback. Once the course is live, you can begin to earn money on it. However, keep in mind that Udemy offers discounts often which means your course is highly likely to be discounted.
Can I do an Udemy course for free?
There are some courses on Udemy that are free but generally, no, you will have to pay for an Udemy course. That being said, Udemy often has site wide sales that can knock 70-90% off the price of a course. Look out for these, alongside discounts from instructors and coupons, too.
Does Udemy have a refund policy?
If you are not satisfied with a course, Udemy has a 30 day refund. You will be refunded to the original payment method and it may take between 5 and 10 business days for the money to arrive back into your account.
Udemy Review: Summary
Udemy is a popular online course platform that offers in-depth courses on a number of different topics, with 13 main categories to choose from. With most courses heavily discounted, you can learn about a new topic or develop a new skill for as little as $10 and, with lifetime access, you can go back over the course as many times as you want.
While anyone can upload a course to Udemy and, therefore, you never really know how qualified your instructor is, reading reviews can help you to determine how good the course is going to be. Be mindful that a certificate of completion from Udemy doesn’t equal an academic qualification, and you should always check whether your course is up-to-date with new information.
Udemy can be a great place to develop some skills or delve further into a subject, and can even be a great place for your to upload your own course on a topic you are passionate about. With some developments in instructor and review screening and a system that allows for more formal accreditation, Udemy could be one of the best online learning platforms in the world.
Strengths of Udemy
If you are thinking about learning online and you do not need university credit to prove that you have learned a competency, Udemy is one of the best places to study. There are thousands of courses. They are accepted by several large companies as a place to study- and the competencies are largely transferable to jobs within those companies.
Another positive is that Udemy allows its teachers to keep a great deal of the money that they make for each course. In dollars and sense terms, this means that you will likely attract a higher level of educator than you might if the pay was just average.
Of course, being able to take advantage of learning by using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer means that your learning site will travel with you where-ever you go, giving you a chance to work in some study whenever you have a free moment.
To do that, Udemy has created an environment where many courses can be taken whenever you have time to take them, erasing any problems with scheduling your courses around your work life.
Finally, Udemy offers realistic course rating feedback from students who have taken individual courses. This type of feedback can be invaluable in helping you to understand how effective other people felt that the experience was for them.
Areas Where There Could Be Improvement
Although Udemy’s system works well for over 35 million students who have taken over 20 million courses (most students take more than one course), there can sometimes be questions about individual courses and how they are designed. This is largely a format problem and has little to do with content- although if the content for a course needs to be upgraded, the students in the review sessions will indicate this. By format, what is meant is that there can sometimes be differences in platforms that snafus like not including the ability to enter accents for foreign languages from the keyboard on any other platform except for IOS exist.
Those types of problems tend to be caused by a lack of technical understanding by the instructor. Another area with room for improvement is the notion that Udemy tends to shy away from issuing their own certification. The coursework may allow you to be competent enough to take a test, but that test isn’t necessarily available through Udemy. Extending their services to a model like that might make it easier for them to issue their own certifications for technologies that do not have their own tests.
Udemy is a very sophisticated site that will allow you to learn almost any topic that affects a professional for a reasonable price. It would be nice to see them develop a system that allow for more formal certification as they move forward.