Founded in 2011, Skillshare is an online learning community offering over 100 classes and covering 12 categories from culinary arts and creative writing to entrepreneurship and technology. The company's mission is to provide students with affordable online learning while making education convenient, inspirational and engaging. Enrolled students "learn from doing." In the Skillshare sense, "doing" is creating hands-on projects, which are then posted to the class' project gallery. Furthermore, students are encouraged to communicate with each other and, through video instruction from the teacher, complete assignments and get feedback from other students on the discussion board.
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Skillshare is proud to be focusing on the reinvention of learning. They are striving to break away from the "degree" mold and provide students with innovating and intriguing classes, creative online discussions and encouraged self-paced learning. For a competitive price, users have unlimited access to hundreds of interactive classes and communication platforms to share projects and ideas. Furthermore, students can progress at their own pace and continue to interact with other students and instructors throughout the duration of the class. Most instructional videos range from 45 minutes to an hour, which helps to hold the attention of the students and also provide significant time to complete assignments and projects while still maintaining a regular social schedule.
Skillshare also offers a free 14-day trial that gives users unlimited access to Skillshare's course catalog. And users don't need to rely on a desktop computer to use Skillshare - they can upload courses to their smartphones as well. In short, Skillshare is setting itself apart from the competition in three major ways:
- Charges a comparatively low monthly fee for unlimited access to its services
- Provides offline learning for users on the go
- Gives a 14-day free trial, also with unlimited access
For learners who looking to have one-on-one contact with an instructor or teacher, who are wishing to be tested and quizzed on a regular basis, or who are hoping for a "typical classroom structure" Skillshare is not the appropriate option. This company also doesn't offer any proof of completing a course to be used in the Furthermore, contacting the company itself can be a bit frustrating as they only communicate via email. Lastly, not all instructors are certified teaching professionals. Class videos can be taught by nearly anyone (this is not to discount the level of learning possible) and are not generated through Skillshare's internal company.