If you decide you want to learn online, there are a dazzling number of different e-learning platforms to choose from.
In this article we're going to compare two of the biggest names in e-learning: Udemy vs Udacity, and help you make an informed decision about which is right for you.
Udemy refers to their platform as an online marketplace. It was created by Eren Bali, a software designer, and was officially launched in 2010.
There has been an incredible growth which has added more than 24 million users to their student base, and with over 80,000 courses on offer.
The platform offers courses from 35,000 tutors from a wide range of academic, professional and non-professional fields.
The courses are offered in an on-demand video format with reading lessons and lecture materials provided through texts, pdf’s, workbooks etc.
At the end of it all, a certification is issued to certify you have taken the course.
Udacity aims to to democratize education through the offering of world-class higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, and economical.
Udacity instructors are drawn from universities & large corporations with the aim to teach the knowledge and skills needed for jobs in large corporate tech companies, like Google, Amazon and IBM.
Each course is taught in video format as a 'nano-degree' program over a series of weeks. Some contain assignments and the aim is to equip students with the knowledge they need to work in their chosen subject area.
Let's take a look at a few features to compare between the two platforms:
Udemy allows anyone to become a tutor or instructor. All you need do is apply, and you are most likely to be approved to become a tutor.
On the other hand, Udacity doesn’t allow that. Only high level, certified and professional instructors are allowed.
Udacity has a tradition of issuing a nanodegree (sort of like a micro version of a university degree), and to obtain the nanodegree, you must complete the course for a period of time.
There are various nano degree programs, which range in length from 2 months and costing $399 to 6 months and costing $2400. Check out their full range of courses here.
Udemy courses cost between $20 - $200, with regular site-wide sales offering courses for as low as $10. The length of the courses varies massively - some are just 30 minutes, whilst others are 40 hours long. Check out the variety of Udemy courses on offer here.
You receive a Udemy certificate of completion at the end of taking each course, but aside from this, the format is self study instead of a set course program.
These are the broad course categories offered on Udemy (each one has multiple sub-categories too):
As you can see, a pretty wide selection...there's basically a course for pretty much everything you can imagine!
This course on Udemy is on a very specific subject of moving to Colombia. It is just 1 hour long and is based on the real life experience of the teacher.
There are many courses like this on Udemy which teach specific knowledge or life experience, hobbies or interests.
There are also Udemy courses which are hours long and go into more in depth on subjects like maths or business management, but they tend to be less academic in their approach.
Course categories offered on Udacity includes the following:
This course on Udacity teaches the knowledge needed to become a VR developer, a growing job industry.
It is taught by industry experts from Google, Unity and HTC and takes place over 3 terms of 2 months each.
Both Udemy and Udacity are high quality e-learning platforms.
They differ quite a bit in their offering so the right one for you will depend on what kind of learning you are looking for.
Udacity only offers courses in the high technology niches, thereby attracting students who are tech-minded, and are looking for in depth learning geared towards the area of work they are looking for employment in.
With the nanodegree, Udacity aims to help their students get jobs after taking their courses - in fact many of the nanodegrees have affiliations with large corporations.
Udemy, on the other hand, provides courses on a much wider variety of subjects, ranging from tech to digital marketing, to romance, relationship, cooking or yoga.
Udemy courses can be taught by anyone, and they tend to attract students looking to learn more informally at their own speed about things they are interested in.
If you want a more structured course with professional certification aimed towards a career, you should opt for Udacity.
However, if you are interested in a shorter self-study style course on a subject you're interested in, or just want to learn a bit more about, then Udemy will probably be the better option for you.
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