Udemy has attracted millions in start up funding. Enough to make you sit up and notice and know this is the future. It is a site where anyone can teach anything but they do have their checks and balances in place. If you want to know how to make apps for Apple watches or learn a language you can go to Udemy and learn. It’s a pay as you learn site. It will grow so that you will be able to search and learn whatever you want. It runs on instructors getting ratings and reviews and then rising to the top. I am never comfortable with this model but it will sort itself out. Integrity and authenticity do shine in cyberspace but you also approach sites with the knowledge that likes, comments, followers can be bought. I have never seen the value of that because it does not help. Udemy and sites like it have presumably built in some way of keeping things honest and they certainly monitor what is being taught. It runs in 80 languages and so it is enabling more people to access learning . An online site like this is making very real the notion of lifelong learning and 24/7 learning. We no longer have the constraints of time and place hampering us from learning what we need and want to know. At the moment there is a real focus on this site with technology and technology development. The best thing is there are some free courses you can sign up to. The value in these is you will learn something but then you will understand how a concept like this works and can make informed decisions about which paid courses to take on. Tech Crunch has an overview here. It would be an interesting challenge for teachers and preservice teachers, in particular, to try to construct courses which would be successful and valued on site like Udemy. It would also be important for teachers and preservice teachers to take courses on sites like this so they understand how they work, what they do and what is offered.
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