Learn Anything From Anyone with Skillshare

August 2, 2011

4:00 pm

Whether you love learning new hobbies and skills, or have expertise you’d like to share, Skillshare is creating a space to come together and exchange this knowledge within your community.

Reminiscent of Chicago-based CommuniTeach and Skyara out of San Francisco, Skillshare is an online marketplace where you can learn anything from anyone. Believing that neighborhoods and communities are the world’s greatest universities, Skillshare’s online platform facilitates the exchange of knowledge in an easy and collaborative way.

All classes are taught offline in a group environment. Students receive hands-on instruction in a wide range of categories including technology, games and hobbies, music, sports and fitness, and more.

To get your learning on, simply browse courses by category. When you find a course that interests you, just pay through Paypal, and show up for class! Courses range in price from free to a few hundred dollars, but most of the courses I browsed were under fifty bucks.

Some of the course topics I found include:

  • Create a Better Budget Than Congress
  • Running 101:  From Zero to Your First Race
  • Sneakerhead 101:  Guide to Classic Jordans
  • Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl
  • DIY Jewelry:  Create Your First Custom Designed Piece of Jewelry

Tech Cocktail readers may be interested in the following Skillshare courses:

  • How to Get a Job at a Startup
  • Building a Product:  Focused Startup Culture
  • Financial Modeling for Entrepreneurs
  • How to Launch Your Startup Idea for Less Than $5,000
  • Building Your Online Personal Brand

If you have mad skills you’d like to share, you can sign up to teach a class through Skillshare. You can list your class for free, paying only when someone signs up for it. The site provides teacher resources to help you through the process, and teachers are reviewed by their students, allowing them to build their reputation in their area of expertise. Classes are taught at the venue of your choice, and all payments are processed through Paypal before the class begins.

Skillshare was first offered in New York, has expanded to San Francisco, is now open to the DC market, and next has its eyes on Philadelphia. If you’d like Skillshare to come to your neck of the woods, visit their website and vote to “unlock” your city.

Have you taken a class through Skillshare? Let us know how you liked it!

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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