The reason for creating yet another online learning platform is to accommodate a better way of learning, where most of the existing platforms lack.
In this technology-rich modern internet era, you are overwhelmed with options for pretty much anything you are looking for. In the area of learning too, there are several options for learning, from free online tutorials to courses costing several thousand dollars plus your valuable time.
Here are some of the options available for students these days looking to learn a course or a set of courses to step-up in their careers.
There are a number of free tutorials available on YouTube for pretty much anything. And, people who put content on YouTube do spend a lot of time and effort to do their best but most times the goal is to reach out to a maximum number of views to monetize their content without any cost to the learner.
Pros: Free. You can get almost any question answered.
Cons: Time-consuming to search and get the right answers for your questions. Watching videos only is not the proper way of learning. With YouTube tutorials, you will find no practice quizzes, no one to talk to for questions, no projects, no feedback from the teacher. And the risk is, you may fall into the YouTube rabbit hole of recommendations wasting your valuable learning time.
Free online MOOC courses
Various websites offer free online Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) not just in technology but pretty much in any subject.
Pros: As said, they are absolutely free.
Cons: Almost the same as the YouTube cons, except most of the courses from websites like Coursera and other MOOC websites, are created by University Professors or industry experts. But the problems with these courses remain the same as YouTube tutorials. Some paid courses do offer quizzes and small interactions with the staff but they are trivial in nature and almost automated evaluations, meaning no real humans to evaluate and provide feedback in most cases.
Course Market Places
Have you ever tried any courses on course market places such as Udemy, Teachable or Thinkific? If so, you would know the difficulty of finding the right course for you. Again, these market places create an easy to use the online platform to deliver courses with minimum effort. They do have great teachers delivering great courses but the courses are intended for a large volume of students with no or little support when you really need it.
Pros: Cheaper. Many courses to choose from on a given subject.
Cons: Cheaper isn’t always better. Similar to YouTube tutorials on video part with some level of quizzes and little support. But remember teachers need to support hundreds or even thousands of students at the same time which brings the quality of support pretty low. The above pro of many courses to choose from becomes a con too. As a student, you have to spend a lot of time reviewing free content from various courses or just depend on the inbuild recommendations of courses before signing up for the right course.
I am not against University education whether it is undergrad or grad education. In fact, I graduated from an American University in my MBA and I recognize the value of it.
Pros: University brand recognition, meaning, graduates from popular universities do relatively better than those from not so popular brands. Internships, campus recruitment, Alumni network support and so on can be helpful.
Cons: Expensive and time taking. University education is so expensive these days it could cost somewhere between $15,000 to over $100,000. In the US alone, due to this high cost and time, not many people can really afford and thus not bother to pursue them. Even if you complete your university education, students often end up with huge student loan debts, which takes years to repay. It takes years to complete the registered program and, in most cases, you are supposed to register for those core courses to fulfill the program requirements even if you do not like to take those courses.
Coding boot camps are booming like anything lately. These are intensive Bootcamp programs either with a hefty upfront fee or Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs). On average these programs cost $15,000 and may cost up to $40,000 based on the income sharing percent and your actual future pay.
Pros: No upfront fee to pay for learning with ISA and you will be trained for free and helped with placements. Or, pay an upfront fee or pay as you go.
Cons: This model is no different than student loan debt for university education. Except, in the bootcamp programs with ISAs, if the student never finds a job nothing needs to be paid (if I understand correctly). Basically, students are taking a loan from their own future pay and these ISAs end up costing a lot, depending on your future pay. In all other cases, you will end up paying a hefty fee.
So, what does Coursity.com can offer you?
Coursity addresses most of the above-talked issues with the existing learning platforms. Here are some of the things we do at Coursity.
a) Not making Coursity.com a learning market place, this way we avoid making anyone your teacher who is looking to make a second source of income. We pick and choose industry experts who really love to teach others after several rounds of interviews and knowing their real interest in teaching.
b) Video recordings are just a part of the course content. We do understand the power of recorded content but this small portion alone cannot really make 100% of the course contents. We offer practice quizzes, assignments, essays, short projects, and exams to make the course complete.
c) All courses are timeboxed courses. Meaning, courses have both start and end times and may have some extra time only for the final project. Everything else happens as scheduled. This helps the students to plan well and finish the courses on time not leaving the courses unfinished as happens with self-learning courses.
d) We don’t break your bank with un-reasonable prices for our courses. You won’t be left with a hefty student debt loan or a loan from your own future earnings. We do offer some free content to watch and take quizzes for free before signing up.
e) We do support all our students with their questions and help them do their best which doing their courses.
f) We at Coursity do not offer repetitive courses by different teachers. You will find only one course of each type and we thrive to offer the best possible version of the course to our students. Our course contents never remain the same. Course contents are always growing and made better based on feedback and technology developments.
So, at Coursity, you pay a few hundred dollars for a single course and a couple of thousand dollars for a set of courses, thus you will end up saving yourself from future financial burden. Give us a try and see for yourself with money back guaranty you have nothing to lose. Check our courses here.
Founder & CEO at Coursity.com