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Teaching and Learning Marketplace

Published 05/30/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Skillshare is a website that allows users to “learn anything from anyone.” The site lists user-created tutorials that cover a diverse selection of topics and industries. Users can browse for classes they would like to take and sign up for a place. These are actual physical classes that the user must attend on the specified date. At this point, Skillshare only has two location options: New York, New York and “elsewhere.” The “elsewhere” classes are very limited and include California, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Visitors can book a space in classes that range from growing a startup business to learning how to shop a farmers market or play a game. Each class is presented with a brief overview of what it will teach, the price, how many spaces are left, where it will be held, when it will be held and who will be teaching it.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Skillshare was founded by Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong. The company is currently based out of New York City. The site is intended to build a learning community for local residents (with a few options for non-locals). The Skillshare team includes CEO Karnjanaprakorn and CTO Ong.

What are the differences to other apps?

Skillshare presents an easy way for users to locate unique classes and for educators to post their available classes. The site offers a good balance of price and variety (provided the user lives in the right geographical area). The site lists a very diverse collection of class options, which makes it appealing for the ambitious learner. Visitors can sign up for classes that cover business, entertainment, hobbies and almost anything else.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Skillshare website has a very clean, professional design that is highlighted by hints of vibrant orange and blue. The logo features two heads in silhouette inside a circle, all completed with varying colors and narrow lines. The class listings are also very easy to navigate, with the class information along the left side under an image and highlighted details (such as the date, time, place and teacher) along the right side. Featured classes are also presented no the Skillshare homepage with the number of tickets left posted right beneath each listing.

How does the registration process work?

A new visitor can join the Skillshare community by clicking the orange “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner or the orange “Join Our Community” button near the center of the page. The following page gives the user two registration options. They can either click the blue Facebook button at the top to sign in with their Facebook credentials or fill out the form provided below it. The form asks for a first and last name, email address, password and zip or postal code. A small note at the bottom of the form advises the user that by submitting their information they are automatically agreeing to the Skillshare community guidelines, privacy policy and terms of use.

What does it cost to use the application?

Skillshare invites users to join its community for free. Teachers can post a class for free as well. Skillshare takes a portion of each ticket sale to compensate for its service. This is only done if the teacher sells any tickets to their class. For students, Skillshare only costs as much as the classes they sign up for. These could be free or cost upwards of $10 to $30. It all depends on the class and teacher. Payments for class tickets can be made through Skillshare, which utilizes Paypal as its payment method.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Skillshare is a great resource for anyone living in New York City who would like to attend a class. At this point, the site does not cater much to those outside of the Big Apple. The site also gives teachers a place to display their knowledge, even if they do not have an official degree. Skillshare provides an excellent balance of price, variety and learning.

  • Browse through numerous offline courses posted by Skillshare teachers
  • List a class and begin accepting students for free
  • Attend as many or as few classes as the user wants
  • Create a profile for a class the user is offering
  • Accept payments for classes online via Paypal

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