Which Online Learning Platform Should You Use?
Have you ever wondered which learning platform is best for online learning? While there are many out there such as Udemy, YouTube, Khan Academy and Coursera, we will be discussing some of the other popular one’s that we’ve experienced ourselves. These include LinkedIn Learning, Pluralsight, and Skillshare. The goal here is to give you information about each so that you can walk away more confidently in which one you might want to pursue. For the purpose of this article, we will be talking about the individual plans, not team plans.
Website Link: LinkedIn
Cost: First Month Free
The newest of the three online learning platforms. It not only offers videos for online learning, but offers live webinars as well. Webinars are great for being able to ask questions about a certain skill and getting a response much quicker. If not from the person recording, those in chat are pretty darn helpful!
LinkedIn Learning is interesting because it takes what you have put on your LinkedIn profile, and uses that to suggest courses that you may be interested in within different suggestion sections. Such as industry, skill sets you have put on your profile, or within your network connections. I find this very unique because I haven’t seen any other online learning platform offer this.
Most of them will either just start giving random suggestions until you start watching courses, or they will ask what your interests are. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, then it will ask you what skills you are looking for to advance your career.
The benefits for LinkedIn Learning is that it directly connects to an account that you’re already using, or will starting using based on actual skillsets. It also recommends trending course within your industry, and if you finish a course, many of them offer certificates that’s easily accessed on LinkedIn. Even if you’re short on time, you can take shorter courses or just a single small video.
Website Link: Pluralsight
Cost: First 10 Days Free
Standard Monthly: $29
Standard Yearly: $299
Premium Monthly: $45
Premium Yearly: $499
The eldest of the three online learning platforms, and also primarily focused on the IT side of things although they are trying to expand. Here you can learn a skillset from learning a new programming language, databases, to AI. Another awesome thing that Pluralsight has to offer more hands-on videos.
There are many courses to choose from. You can pick from courses that are just a few hours long, to courses that could take up to a few days. With taking assessments to see where you’re at, it can recommend specific courses. That way you don’t have to take a beginners course if you’re more advanced.
Another cool aspect is that they offer events that people can attend. On top of that, they have podcast that you can listen to. With so many courses to choose from, you may be able to find other skills that may compliment your own skillset that you already have.
Website Link: Skillshare
Cost: First Month is Free
The most popular of the three online learning platforms, but it is also the cheapest. As you may have noticed in the trailer, it states that “We’re All Creative”. This is true, but this also shows that most videos here are made by both businesses and people that have the skillsets that they want to teach. This has a lot of benefits. People can make money creating these courses for you, but the downside is that they may not be kept up to date.
To be honest, I’ve yet to not be able to find what I was looking for when going through courses. Through each course you may get homework, labs, or To-Do’s even. Some courses may have one long video, while others may have several shorter one’s. Interestingly enough, when I first started using it I was watching videos on how to be productive. See what I mean? You can find just about anything in Skillshare.
Depending on what you’re interest are, and what you specialize in, will depend on which one would be best for you. If you’re trying to save money then hands down go with Skillshare. If you’re super techy and money isn’t a problem, I recommend Pluralsight. With LinkedIn Learning, I would go with it if you’re ok with spending some money, plus either already have a LinkedIn account, or plan to start using one. What do you think about these recommendations? Which online learning platform do you use? Let me know below in the comments!