Skillshare, at Skillshare.com, says they are a community marketplace where people can go to learn anything, from anyone. They believe that “everyone is a natural born learner and teacher.”
According to a US Bureau of Labor Statistics report quoted on the Skillshare site, over 17 million Americans with college degrees are currently working in jobs which don’t require them. This means that American students are going into debt for a college education, and then working in jobs they could have secured with a high school diploma.
The emphasis should really be on learning, according to Skillshare, not on simply “getting an education.” Anyone can teach a class according to their own skills and talents, and signing up to teach is free.
These types of online “academies,” like Udemy.com or Lynda.com, are growing in popularity online, not only as a replacement for traditional education, but also just as a way for people to build their skills, whether for a resume, a current job, or just for the sake of knowledge.
For people who are interested in signing up to teach a class, Skillshare says they will provide you with a variety of tools to help you design your curriculum, create lesson plans, and market your class to their students.
Students, on the other hand, must pay for tickets in order to take the classes. Currently, the only way to pay for Skillshare classes is through PayPal, so make sure you have a working PayPal account.
However, signing up to the Skillshare community is free, and just requires you to login with your Facebook connect account, though they promise they will not autopost on your Facebook wall.
Skillshare claims they have classes to suit everyone’s different interests and passions so that you may direct your own destiny, and that their platform makes the exchange of knowledge easy, enriching, and fun.
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