Online learning gives people the ability to change their lives for the better in a convenient, efficient way. Udemy is a global marketplace for online teaching and learning. They offer thousands of courses taught by expert instructors.
Recently, they began to offer courses in Ethereum. The fact that these courses are availible in an online learning marketplace just speaks to how Ethereum and blockchain, in general, are slowly becoming more mainstream.
The original inspiration for Udemy came from their founder Eren Bali. He grew up in a small village in Turkey, and was taught in a one-room schoolhouse. Frustrated with those limitations, he taught himself math online, eventually becoming an international math Olympiad. This showed him the potential of online learning, and led to the eventual creation of Udemy.
From Udemy’s perspective, today’s jobs require ever-changing skills, yet most employers don’t invest enough in training. So they offer courses on Development, Business, IT & Software, Personal Development, Design, Marketing, and Office Productivity. Plus, they offer courses about Ethereum that go pretty in-depth.
Udemy currently offers forty-thousand courses, from twenty-thousand instructors, in 81 different languages. They cater to 13-million students, who are collectively enrolled in 62-million courses. The site hosts an impressive 9-million minutes of video. Udemy has gone from a young man’s dream to an impressive reality.
Udemy offers four comprehensive Ethereum courses. Instructor Ravinder Deol, founder of B21 Block, offers two courses: The Complete Ethereum Course: Get 0.1 Ether In Your Wallet and Ethereum Developer: Build A Decentralized Blockchain App. Alex Fortin, cryptocurrency investor and host of the "Business to Freedom" podcast, offers a course specifically about investing in Ethereum: Ethereum Course for Investors. Hudson Jameson, who is a developer and often a voice for the Ethereum Foundation, offers a more general course about blockchain technology: Blockchain 101: The Basics.
Grégory Boutté, Udemy’s VP of Content, “leads global operations for the supply side of Udemy’s marketplace, helping ensure [their] platform continues to deliver the most engaging and useful content from the world’s best instructors.” He was kind enough to answer some of our questions regarding the Ethereum courses. He said:
“This is a niche but growing topic that has captured the attention of a devoted audience, and the reception to the courses has been great. We now have nearly 2,000 students taking courses on Ethereum on Udemy.
Udemy is an open learning marketplace - anyone with the passion and expertise can create a course and share their knowledge. It’s our instructors who choose what topics to teach and how to structure their courses. That’s why, for instance, instructor Ravinder Deol chose to offer a complete ethereum course aimed at early adopters of the cryptocurrency, while instructor Alex Fortin chose to focus his course on how to invest in Ethereum with confidence.”
As far as those who have no real foundation of blockchain knowledge, how are they reviewing the courses?
“The reviews we’ve seen so far indicate that the course material has been successful in helping beginners understand Ethereum. Students are also saying that the courses are easy to understand and provide the valuable information they were seeking on the topic. In fact, one of the reviews says, ‘I'm an IT student in my final year. I'm studying the blockchain as part of my final project. I've spent 3 months reading the available online info and thought I had the basics covered until I watch[ed] this [Udemy course].’
In addition to our Ethereum courses, we also have other blockchain courses, such as Blockchain 101: The Basics. One of the great things about Udemy is that as demand for these topics grow, instructors are able to act quickly to develop new and additional courses to meet that need.”
What is Udemy’s ultimate vision?
“We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to build a better life through access to quality learning. We currently have over 13M students who learn on Udemy, and over 20,000 instructors who teach 40,000 courses in more than 80 different languages. We’re excited to see instructors using the Udemy platform to share their knowledge on new blockchain technologies like Ethereum.
One of our beliefs is that the best teachers aren’t always found in the classroom. There are experts in everything from programming for the latest software releases to public speaking who are eager to share their knowledge with others. Udemy provides a platform to do just that. And although anyone can create a course on Udemy, we don’t partner with established institutions to create course content.”
If you’re interested in learning more about Ethereum, and would like to do so without reading endless wikis and white papers, consider online instruction. Udemy is currently running Black Friday deals that will end at midnight PST on Friday.