In 2010, Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson founded CreativeLive to rein in the expertise of creative experts worldwide and provide online streaming of instructional courses, for free, to individuals hungry to learn, engage and expose their upmost potential. Although anyone can watch live-streamed workshops, users also have the option of purchasing a full instructor-led course. Priced on a per-course basis, students receive a variety of class videos, 24/7 on-demand video access and exclusive bonus materials.
CreativeLive literally offers courses for anyone interested in expanding their creativity and unleashing their full potential as artists, photographers, entrepreneurs, business professionals, musicians or craftsmen. Moreover, individuals who aren't prepared to commit financially to a course can watch live, free workshops from professionals all over the globe. With nearly five years in the rapidly expanding online training industry, over 600 classes broadcasted and over 2 million students, CreativeLive surely knows what they are doing. After all, with renowned instructors like Art Wolfe and Anne Geddes, it is clear that CreativeLive is only gaining a global following.
CreativeLive charges students per class, rather than per month. While this may benefit those who are looking to target a specific topic, this may be ideal; however, with classes starting at more than $20, taking multiple classes can get pretty pricy. Because CreativeLive charges by the class, rather than a monthly subscription, they offer no refunds on paid classes.
Contacting the CreativeLive headquarters can also be a pain if students need immediate assistance. Procrastinators or individuals who need a strictly structured course should save time and money and continue shopping.
In short, CreativeLive could improve in three major ways:
- Offer some type of subscription service for customers to gain greater access for less money
- Provide some type of refund for that service should customers not find courses satisfactory
- Create more accessible customer support channels for customers facing issues with the service
The Bottom Line
In the world of online training and online learning, CreativeLive is surely one of the leaders. Students have expansive access to some of the most creative, inspirational minds in the world and are able to communicate with them directly during live streaming workshops and videos. Furthermore, users are encouraged to take the skills they learn and utilize them in their everyday lives. With an array of creative-based categories, students can pick and choose the topics they want to study and then given the option of purchasing the class for future and on-demand use or if they prefer to watch the free workshops. While CreativeLive may have a bit of a heftier price tag, users get what they pay for with quality videos and professional instructors.