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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Skillshare is an interesting site that promotes learning from anyone, anywhere.  What the site does is help you to connect with educators to learn whatever skill it is you are seeking instruction in and allow educators to connect with students.

To get started as a student, all you have to do is type in your e-mail address and your zip/postal code and then click the orange Get Started button. This will whisk you away to whatever skill education opportunities are listed near you.  (Here’s the caveat – you may have to pay for these classes. The site offers the free platform to search for classes. So for example, if I were an educator offering knitting classes and I listed them here, I might charge every student $30 for the class. But I figure if you’re looking to learn a skill, you’re probably willing to pay for it. I know I am!

As an Educator, click Teach at the top of the page, then click the orange Post a Class button.  At the point it will ask you to login or register for an account. You also have option of F-connecting with Facebook. In fact, it will try to convince you to use Facebook, but just click the link beneath it “Don’t have a Facebook account” and the registration form will extend with fields for your first and last name, e-mail address, password, and zip/postal code. Once you’ve filled in all the fields, click the orange Sign Up button.  I’m lazy about forms these days, so I used F-connect! If you go that route, it will connect to your Facebook (you may have to fill in your Facebook login if you were logged out of Facebook) and then ask you to provide a password and a zip/postal address.

The site then walks you, the Educator, through an orientation process. The classes are divided into five categories. Pick the category where your class fits the best from Creative Arts, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle, and Technology. Since I’m creating a fictional knitting class, I selected Creative Arts. It then gives you areas that you can subscribe to – select or deselect – and then click the save and continue button. Do this again for the next set, and then you’re whisked to a place where you can start you class. You can click Create a Class at the top of the page or you can click the Teaching tab and then the Create a Class button located there. Your next decision is whether you create a single class or a series of coursework.

If at any time you run into something you have a question about or need help with, be sure to check out their awesome Help page. It has lots of general frequently asked questions, as well as questions for each specific area like teaching, and being a student.

This site is an excellent resource for connecting with skill education in your area and for educators providing those classes to reach a wider audience. Check it out today!


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