Udemy Vs Coursera – Course Wars – Who Wins?

By Jeremy Kallowitz | Course Wars

Aug 20

Udemy Vs Coursea - The showdown! Which is better? It's tough to say generally speaking as both have their pros and cons, but in this post we'll be going over the features of both platforms and highlighting the good and the bad bits to help you make an informed decision on which platform to use!

Contender #1 - Udemy

Udemy courses do not currently carry an credentials for completion and people primarily take courses on Udemy purely for the skills they will learn, which can be added to a CV or utilised in many different ways. Udemy courses can be created by anyone who has a good grasp on the knowledge they are teaching, so there is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of the quality of the courses. However, you can get a good idea whether a course is good or not by checking out the user reviews.

Pricing-wise Udemy is the cheaper option as it is taught by amateurs and it does not offer any financial aid to pay for courses.

Our first contender is Udemy - Udemy was founded in early 2010 by Eren Bali, Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani and has since grown to a massive collection of over 80,000 courses. Udemy curates it's courses by incentivising online course creators to create courses for their platform in return for the publicity and tools available under the Udemy platform. Udemy's target audience is professional adults who want to improve their job related skills, however their are courses available for the hobbyist as well.

Contender #2  - Coursera

The next contender is Coursera, it was launched in April 2012 by Stanford Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng and it has over 2,400 courses on offer in multiple disciplines including medicine, biology, social sciences, business, computer science, digital marketing, mathematics, data science and more. As of June 2018 it has more than 33 million registered users!

Coursera courses do include a certificate upon completion and they are recognized by some organisations which can be useful for people looking to improve their CV and job prospects.

Pricing-wise Coursera is the more expensive option but you are paying for expert guidance from the world's top universities and certificates that matter. Coursera offers multiple ways to get financial aid for your courses, so you will have help to purchase the courses you need, if required.

So, who wins?

In conclusion, they are both valuable resources for learning new skills online, however if you are looking for a more professional education and you want the certificates to prove it, you will want to go with Coursera. If you just want to learn some new skills but don't want to spend too much money and you're not worried about being certified, Udemy is the one to go with.

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