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Monday, February 21, 2011

Udemy: Democratizing Online Learning With Video by Ryan Lawler

While many online video startups are working on ways to profit from the distribution on content, others are working on more nobel goals — like connecting teachers and students online.
One such startup, Udemy, makes it easy for online instructors to create an online learning course using video and slide presentations, and to host that course for anyone that might be interested in viewing the videos.

Photo: GigaOM

Anyone can start a course, but Udemy is focusing on specific verticals to build its course catalog. Since Udemy is deeply entrenched in the startup world itself, much of its time now is spent on recruiting entrepreneurs and founders to teach the basics and give tips and tricks for building successful companies. That focus is paying off, as it has partnered with Startup Digest and the Founder Institute, among others.

But what Udemy really wants to enable is the democratization of online learning, letting instructors reach students and charge for their lessons directly. Not just that, but the hope is that at some point students will be able to attend — and get credit for — courses from multiple instructors and learning institutions, so that credit isn’t tied just to one school or university.

Source: GigaOM