Before I say anything else, Skillshare has been one of the most useful tools out there for me. I know absolutely nothing about blogging, and very little about social media. Skillshare has been my primary resource in getting to know the ins and outs of the whole process. I should also mention that Skillshare is one of the few platforms on which I possess a premium membership.
Skillshare was founded a little over 5 years ago, and has grown exponentially since then. Their mission is based around universal access to learning, and they stand by that. I mentioned that I have a premium membership, which they offer for $15/month or $99/year. But that doesn’t mean that a premium membership is necessary. I don’t have the exact numbers, but there are a solid percentage of classes that are on the free side. This is particularly the case for new courses being promoted by the site. Only after they have gone through the promotion process do they move to premium, but it is very easy to watch the course and create a project before that happens.
Speaking of which, Skillshare is heavily centered around project-based learning. Every class assigns a single project, which is optional, that you can post below the class. After you post, many of the other students who take the class, and sometimes the teacher, will take a look at your project and evaluate it. There are no grades, just constructive criticism and a positive environment. Some projects are very simple, like making a grilled cheese and taking a photo of it. Other projects are more complex, such as performing data analysis on a provided sample.
There are almost infinite subjects taught on the platform, from learning to use photoshop to making a great cup of coffee. There are also a large percentage of classes taught by experts in their respective fields. For instance, Seth Godin teaches marketing, Gary Vaynerchuk teaches social media, and Simon Sinek teaches public speaking! Maybe I’m just a nerd, but if that doesn’t excite the pants off of you, I don’t know what will.
There are two extra things that I would be remiss if I didn’t include. If you are more interested in teaching than learning, Skillshare makes it INCREDIBLY easy to record and upload your own class. They even put together monthly groups to help groups of teaching hopefuls achieve success with their classes. This group includes giveaways, the possibility of promotion by Skillshare’s social media platforms, and lots of support from staff and other group members.
Second, Skillshare’s blog is one of my favorites out there. I can always find fascinating and helpful posts about launching side hustles and online businesses, and there is always an article or two about popular classes and their best projects.
Have you used Skillshare? Do you teach on Skillshare? I’d love to hear from you! Give me a shout in the comments, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org