Udemy

Summary

Udemy offers the opportunity for experts to craft, sell, and deliver online courses from the Udemy home platform and for learners to take them!  Courses range in topic, price, length, etc.

On the front page alone, its top 20 courses (as indicated by the number of students who have taken or are taking the courses and # of positive reviews) range from a $9 course (46 minutes–12 lectures) on Making PDFs Interactive from InDesign by Paul Cracknell, a  UK expatriate now residing in New Zealand to a course on Making iPhone and iPad Apps  Without Any Programming (185  lectures and 10.5 hours of content) by John Bura  for $497.  A different kind of course also on the front page is Discover The 1 Thing You Were Born To Do In 5 Easy Steps! by Steve Olsher ($49).  Udemy even offers yoga courses and American Accent Training for IT Professionals.

TrainingDirectoryUK.com

From its website

  • Network of 5000+ UK training providers offering 37,000+ UK courses covering 100,s of course subjects
  • 16+ years of experience in the UK training industry helps us to help you find the training courses you need
  • We search and email you training course quotes to review and compare course prices
  • If you want to proceed then we can book training course for you

Summary

These courses are fee-based with many of them categorized as “distance education”  or “e learning” meaning they are offered online.  Many rely on tests to demonstrate mastery in an area such as “safe food handling” for servers, cooks, etc. and offer certificates of completion to meet regulatory requirements.  Note:  these courses convey standards used in the United Kingdom and may not transfer to practices regulated in other countries.  They also offer management and train the trainer courses of different lengths, from one hour webinars to 3-4 month long courses.

Lynda.com

Summary

Lynda.com advertises more than 1,617 courses with more being added frequently. The courses focus on software, creative design, and business skills. The courses last 1+ hours in length (many are between 2-3 hours in length but may be more than 8+hours) and are delivered in a video format.  Each course has a detailed Table of Contents that provides topics and time allotted for each, making the courses very handy for quick referencing.

Each course features a few topics available for guests to open and view at no charge.  For instance, WordPress is hugely popular as a blog site/web site design app.  One course titled WordPress Essential Training taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen was updated in December 2012 to explain the new aspects of WordPress 3.x.  A visitor to Lynda.com may click on certain clips to view the topical content one-time.  Then the viewable clips are closed to playback.

Another valuable course shows learners how to set up Audacity, a free audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and start recording live audio. The one hour-46 minute course consists of four major sections:  Getting Started, Recording, Basic Editing, and Common Tasks.  Within each section, certain elements are viewable.

Lynda.com is available FREE for a seven-day trial basis.  Subscriptions start at $25 a month or $250 a year. Subjects, software, and authors of courses are organized in alphabetic indices, making it easy to cruise through to see what they have.