Skillshare – Revolutionizing learning by bringing it outside of the classroom.

Last Friday I attended Skillshare‘s first Penny Conference on learning and innovation. I will be writing more about the conference (which I LOVED) later this week but I wanted to spend today introducing Skillshare to those of you who may not know about it.

What is Skillshare?

Skillshare’s allows all individuals to be teachers and learners. It is essentially a marketplace where people can share what they know with those who want to learn more about it. Last Friday morning I took my first Skillshare session and it really was empowering. What I loved most about it was that it was not intimidating. Everyone who attended was interested in learning, including the teacher. It was short and to the point and I left the class with new knowledge. I will definitely be taking more Skillshare sessions this year and I hope that eventually I will gain the courage to teach a Skillshare session.

Benefits of Teaching and Learning through Skillshare:

Skillshare can be a great way to diversify your skills without spending the time and money it takes to go back to school. For example, as a teacher who is interested in educational technology, I often feel like I am at a disadvantage when talking to professionals on the business or technological side of edtech. Skillshare classes can give me the support I need to be able to engage in meaningful conversations with these professionals.

  • Skillshare classes are very affordable (mine was $10)
  • Most Skillshare classes are short (mine was 45 minutes long)
  • Skillshare gives you the opportunity to offer feedback on a class you have taken so that potential students can review your feedback before signing up for that class
  • Skillshare empowers you to teach others about what you already know, which can be very fullfilling

Skillshare offers classes in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: culinary arts, crafts, technology, entrepreneurship and lifestyle. Here are five sample class titles to help you get an idea of the types of learning that happen through Skillshare.

  1. Life Hack: How to Live Rent-Free in NYC
  2. Humor Writing: Become the Next David Sedaris
  3. Drink & Think: Practical Wine Tasting (Introductory Reds)
  4. Getting Started with Responsive Web Design
  5. Crash Course: Branding, PR, & Social Media

Stay tuned later this week to learn more about Skillshare and the Penny Conference. I’ll leave you with this. What I love most about Skillshare is that it reminds us that learning and teaching do not and SHOULD NOT happen only inside a classroom. We can be lifelong learners and anyone can be a teacher. Sharing our knowledge is the key.

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