Udemy - Thinkific - EdX and other platforms - used them?

Written by Jo Cook on 16 January 2018

Hi all,

I was at a networking event recently where someone highlighted their use of Udemy.com for delivering online courses. It look interesting - not to make loads of money, but as an extra way to get some information out there on the topic of my business and perhaps some future leads.

Has any one ever use Udemy to deliver an online course? What was it like?

Other people have mentioned alternatives such as Thinkific (aparently better for keeping your sales money, but without the promotion). I've also heard of edX for open source.

Any others? Any experiences to share?

Thanks!
Jo

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clare.lynch_24870

Submitted on 17 January, 2018 - 14:18

I wrote a long reply to this, but it doesn't seem to have posted.

In short, I've been on Udemy for nearly three years and plan to branch out to Thinkific or Teachable as well.

Overall, my experience of Udemy has been positive. Happy to answer any questions about it.

clare.lynch_24870

Submitted on 17 January, 2018 - 14:18

I wrote a long reply to this, but it doesn't seem to have posted.

In short, I've been on Udemy for nearly three years and plan to branch out to Thinkific or Teachable as well.

Overall, my experience of Udemy has been positive. Happy to answer any questions about it.

jocook

Submitted on 21 February, 2018 - 13:44

Hi Clare,

Sorry I didn't reply before!

Thanks for sharing your positivity. From what you say, it seems to be a great place to start, so I'll give it a go at some point and report back.

What do you find will be different or better with Thinkific or Teachable?

Thanks,
Jo

Clinton

Submitted on 23 March, 2018 - 17:46

My first post here so be kind.

Udemy has a problem with piracy. I've produced a vast volume of material over the past 20 years most of which I've published for free on my own websites and in various magazines. I've often seen copies of my material bundled into training packages being sold on Udemy. No attribution, no credit. It ain't that difficult to run a copyscape on all content; Udemy don't.

But the main reason to not use Udemy is because you own nothing - they own the platform, your content, your students, your soul. You have no control over brand, over stats, over policy, over jack.

Udemy is seen as the easy option as Udemy drive sales (to some extent), but people I know who've broken away and created the own training websites (and PPC to drive traffic) are doing much better than they did in Udemy.
 

jocook

Submitted on 26 March, 2018 - 13:25

Hi Clinton,

Great that this is your first post, thank you :D

Thanks also for your candid insight. Interesting what you say and I'll keep an eye on this. I am thinking of using it for some low level stuff and try it out. Like you say, good for marketing and then perhaps keep the higher end stuff back for later on.

Thanks,
Jo