Skillshare: An eLearning Platform for Acquiring Practical Skills
I came across the Skillshare eLearning platform while perusing the Courses section of Seth Godin’s website. While reading about Seth’s AltMBA program, he made mention of his top-rated courses on Skillshare.
I’ve been a fan of online eLearning platforms since 2005, when I began to create and teach Blackboard-based business and computer science courses at Arapahoe Community College. Earning my bachelor's degree in business/marketing in 2006, via the University of Phoenix’s online learning environment, further demonstrated that significant learning could be accomplished in a totally online, asynchronous learning environment.
When I first visited the Skillshare website, I quickly learned that this eLearning platform featured over 7,000 courses taught by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
Currently, over 1.7 Million students are gaining knowledge and practical on-the-job skills in business, technology, photography, writing, and more. Skillshare has been featured in The New York Times and Inc. Magazine, among others, which lends to its growing popularity.
Providing a two-tier membership plan, one could start their Skillshare learning experience via a free Basic membership plan, which provides a selection of 649 free classes. The Premium membership plan at $10 per month, provides students with the full 7,199 class catalog, of which I found many classes taught by notable SME’s.
Setting off to do some due diligence, my Google search found two blog posts on Skillshare, written by Frankie B. Kidd, a Skillshare courseware developer and teacher focused on the profession of Writing. Frankie, who goes by ‘FBK’ and self-describes herself as a Writer’s Writer, offers her Skillshare course How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline, along with many other courses offered by professionals writers via Skillshare.
Frankie's published eBook, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to UDEMY: Skillshare provides a review of Skillshare and tells her story of how she got started as a Skillshare course content provider and teacher/instructor.
Sold on the benefits of Skillshare as a lifelong learner and courseware developer/teacher, I signed-up for the Skillshare Premium membership via a special 3-month for $0.99 special offer. (Email me if you would like to learn how to take advantage of this special offer to try a Premium subscription for a buck a month.)
Part of the membership sign-up process asks you to indicate areas of interest. This step provides you with a list of recommended classes on your Skillshare Home page, so it pays to complete this step during the membership signup process.
If you are a lifelong learner, take advantage of Skillshare’s free Basic Membership plan to experience your first class. If you’re already sold on the benefits Skillshare has to offer you, click here to take advantage of Skillshares Premium Membership trial offer of just 99 cents for a 3 month subscription.