Skillshare vs Lynda – Course Wars – Which Is Best?

By Jeremy Kallowitz | Course Wars

Aug 28

Welcome to this episode in our series of Course Wars!  We put the world's most popular online course websites to the test and compare them to help you decide on which one is worth your time, effort and money.

In this post we'll be pitting Skillshare vs Lynda and putting both of them to the test to see which one wins on terms of features, price and quality.

Let's get started!

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Skillshare vs Lynda - A Quick Comparision

Course ProviderCostVariety Of CoursesCertificate Upon CompletionQuality of Content
Skillshare$15/month8/10No6/10
Lynda$29.99/month6/10Yes! And they integrate with Linkedin8/10

Contender #1 - Skillshare

Skillshare is the underdog in the game, it was founded in November 2010 by Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcom Ong. The courses are available in a variety of categories including: business, fashion & style, design, film production, photography, writing and publishing, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, productivity, data science, web development as well as a variety of other courses on business, technology and creative pursuits. The courses are taught by qualified people and in some cases, by industry leading individuals. The courses are self-paced and do not impose a strict deadline or due date to complete them. You can view their entire course catalogue here to see if there's anything that takes your fancy.

Skillshare courses are not accredited, so they are mainly for learning new skills that you can apply to your work or personal life.

Skillshare is a subscription service and costs just $12 per month for access to unlimited classes. You can also get 30% off if you prepay for a years subscription. If you're still not sure if Skillshare is for you - you can give it a test run for a free 2 month trial using this link.

There may even be better special offer on-sale depending on the time of year, you can check for the latest offers here.

Contender #2 - Lynda

Lynda has been around for a long time, dating back to 1995! They have been acquired by Linkedin - which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft. They provide courses in a variety of disciplines including business, marketing, design, CAD, Audio & Music, IT, photography, video and web development.

After it was acquired by Linkedin, it has been rebranded to Linkedin Learning, the content is the same but it is now featured on the LinkedIn website.

Lynda (or Linkedin Learning) does certificates that you can earn and show off on your LinkedIn profile upon completion. These are acknowledged by some companies. There are over 10,000 courses on Lynda to choose from. There are courses on Business, Creative and Technology.

Lynda is however, quite a bit more expensive than Skillshare. In the battle of Lynda vs Skillshare on pricing, Skillshare definitely wins. Lynda costs $29.99 per month or $299.88 if purchased for the entire year (this is before taxes).

It's definitely the more expensive option, but it does have it's benefits.

Lynda like Skillshare does offer a free trial, but only for a period of 1 month. We recommend signing up to both platforms free trials and seeing for yourself which is better suited to your needs!

So, who wins?

Well, it was a tough battle! Both have unique features and they both hold their own, but Skillshare has the best value for money and if your deserved courses are available on there, we recommend you give their free trial a go and test them out first. Be sure to check out our in-depth Skillshare Review for more information on what Skillshare has to offer before you try out their trial.

However, Lynda/Linkedin Learning does have a higher level of variety in their courses, so if you can't find what you want on Skillshare, give Lynda a try as well to see if they have what you need. If you'd like to find out more about Linkedin Learning and what it has to offer, I would recommend taking a look at our Linkedin Learning review to find out whether it is worth it for you.

Are there any better alternatives than both Lynda and Skillshare?

If you are interested in learning technology based skills such as programming, IT security, data science and more we highly recommend Pluralsight as the superior option compared to both Skillshare and Lynda/Linkedin Learning. For more information on Pluralsight, check out our Pluralsight review

There's a lot of online course providers out there, you can see a quick comparison between them all below to help you decide who to go with.

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