Udemy – An Open Online Learning Marketplace
Distance learning solved issues when the source of information or education and the individual student or learner were separated by distance or time or both. In the past, correspondence courses were the solution for helping students learn new skills or upgrade their current education. When the Internet became more accessible, several kinds of e-learning also came about, such as web conferencing and instructor-led virtual training.
Many colleges and universities also offered open courses where anybody, and not necessarily regular campus students, can register and avail of a course at an affordable price, sometimes even for free. Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are courses that offer unlimited registration for students or participants delivered via an online platform such as Udemy.com.
Udemy, or the Academy of You, was launched in 2010 in San Francisco, CA, USA by Eren Bali and colleagues who developed a software for live virtual classroom in 2007. At first, no investor was interested. Several months after its launch, 1000 instructors registered and created 2000 courses where about 10,000 students registered. As of 2014, Udemy has received four rounds of investment funding of about $48M from 15 investors.
Udemy Course Categories
Udemy offers the best online courses that can be accessed through desktops, laptops, iOS or Android devices by students at their own pace. Currently, it has over 14,000 instructors offering more than 25,000 courses. More than a dozen general course categories can be browsed, and these include Development such as web development, game development, mobile apps, e-commerce, database, software testing and more. Other categories include IT & Software, Office Productivity, Personal Development, Design, Marketing, Photography, Music, Language, Business and others.
Project Management Category
Under the Business category, sub-categories are Finance, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Management, Sales, Strategy, Operations, Business Law, Data & Analytics and more. The Project Management category has a total of 161 courses, 151 of which are offered in English. From the total number of PM courses, 125 are classified to be appropriate for all levels, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. From all these courses also, 74 are priced at less than $49, and 13 courses are free.
Popular PM Courses
Udemy project management courses online can be viewed in tiles or list and be sorted in different ways such as by popularity, language, reviews, newest, number of students or price. Among the most popular with over 1400 students enrolled is the Prep for PMP Course taught by Joseph Phillips. It is a course that will help students pass the PMI’s Project Management Professional Certification test.
Another highly rated course with a rating of 4.8 out of a possible 5 is the Lean Project Management Course taught by Gary Lloyd, a Lean PM specialist. It contains more than 40 lectures, with 3.5 hours of video and 17 practical exercises that will help project professionals learn about Lean principles and apply them confidently to their projects that increase dramatically the chances of success.
Other Project Management Courses
A free PM course that gained good reviews is titled Learn the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall by Chuck Cobb, which currently has over 2200 students enrolled. One of the newest course that is under $49 is the New PM Training for Developers by Srikanth Shirodkar. The course Introduction to Project Management by Martin Vonderheiden currently has the largest number of students enrolled at over 41,600. It is a free course that will be appreciated by beginners. Udemy indeed delivers the best online courses made by experts and practitioners for a wide group of audience. Today, learning real world skills can begin in any place, at any time, and at the price that one can afford.