If you’re looking to learn online, the number of different e-learning options can be baffling.
The big question is which one is right for you?
I’ll cover the types of courses offered, pricing, level of tutor interaction, certificates and other factors that will help you decide which is the best option for your learning.
Lynda.com charges a subscription fee of $19.99 monthly for a basic programme.
Some learning videos are free, but they won’t provide you with the full learning experience.
A $19.99 subscription allows you access to all the videos on the site. The premium account, which comes at a cost of $29.99, allows you to download and own the project files.
A Udemy membership is free. You pay only for selected courses, with prices ranging from $10 to $200.
Once you for pay for a course, you get to keep it and you can revisit it as often as you want.
There’s no rush to finish a course before the month runs out.
Udemy has a massive catalogue of courses – about 65,000, according to statistics on their website.
They cover the creative arts and also provide courses in more technical subjects like web coding, graphic design, and programming.
Lynda.com has a diverse array of courses but they are mostly limited to professional and technical courses.
Their catalogue has very few creative arts or hobbies type courses.
Lynda provides you with a well-structured, professional and high-quality learning video.
The video classes are taken by experts in various fields and they have to meet a specified quality before they can be posted on the website.
On Udemy, any instructor can create a course and upload it on the site. That is why there is a variation of fees for each course.
Students at Udemy are at the mercy of however good the instructor is at producing content and structuring a course.
Because of this open model, some of the courses at Udemy are not ideal for in-depth learning.
Most of the free videos are basically used to advertise products. But there is a rating system that helps you sift the wheat from the chaff.
Udemy offers courses 13 languages to make online learning easier for English and non-English speakers alike.
Lynda.com’s courses are available only in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.
Lynda.com does not provide a platform for the students to interact with an instructor or an expert. The only form of interaction through watching the video.
Udemy provides a forum where students can post their questions and receive replies from fellow students or from the instructor themselves.
If you’re lucky enough to find a passionate instructor then there will be room for better interaction and clarity in the teaching process.
Lynda.com provides the student with a certificate of completion.
A student is eligible for a certificate when they have viewed all the videos in their chosen course.
These certificates might not carry any weight in the general labour market, but they do indicate to a potential employer that you have some knowledge in a particular area.
The same goes for Udemy. Once you’ve finished the curriculum, a white trophy will appear on the dashboard to show that the certificate of completion is ready.
The certificate can be saved as a .pdf file. It can only be accessed on Udemy.com and the mobile site, but not through the mobile apps or Apple TV.
Lynda.com provides students with a thorough, well detailed and professionally explained course catalogue that can be easily accessed with a monthly subscription fee.
Udemy, on the other hand, provides a more diverse catalogue from various instructors around the world while providing a rating system that helps students find the best courses.
There are many online learning platforms out there. Could one of these be right for you?
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