Udemy vs Masterclass, Online Education To Learn At Home

Friday, April 10, 2020
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Even before the Coronavirus outbreak, there was a huge market of people looking to learn new skills from the comfort of their own home. Since populations around the world are being asked to self isolate wherever possible, the demand has skyrocketed. With people unable to socialise in the normal ways, some people have a lot more spare time which they’re looking to use productively.

The internet has made distance learning so much more accessible than could have been dreamed of in the past. Users can access courses and learning material from real experts in their field, that previously they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to.

Learning platforms are well established on the internet, some within specialised fields such as coding, whereas others provide a general platform for multiple disciplines. This article will discuss two of the best quality and largest platforms on offer, Udemy and Masterclass.


What is MasterClass?

Like Udemy, masterclass in an online learning platform. However MasterClass positions itself by having genuine celebrities and industry leaders teach their courses. Anyone can have access to the online classes, as long as they have an internet connection and can pay the course fee. The videos are completely exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else.

What is the style of teaching?

The aim is to immerse the student as much as possible. The exact course content will be created by the course’s instructor, so will vary. However there will always be a large amount of pre recorded video content. This is extremely high quality and is useful to have the subject explained to you by the instructor. Alongside this, there will be a workbook, interactive assignments, and activities with the community available.

There is not a set teaching time, meaning the course can be progressed through at the learners own pace, at whatever time suits them best. In general, there will be between 2 to 5 hours, sometimes more, of video for the learner to watch. This will be broken down into smaller lessons that can be revisited at any time.

Once the course has gone live, there is a chance that you’ll be able to interact with your instructor, but not on the level of many Udemy courses. So for those that thought it might be the way they finally meet their favourite celebrity, you might be disappointed. That’s not to say it won’t happen, Serena Williams apparently asked one of her students to play tennis with her.


A learner can buy a single class for $90, or they can have a year's access to every class on the site for $180.


Udemy has a different offering to MasterClass. Basically, it positions itself as a course marketplace. Udemy is an open platform that almost works on a peer to peer model. Instructors create and market their own courses on the platform, for users to access and buy individually through Udemy. The best courses rise to the top of their field through an online student rating system that’s based on a 5-star scale.

Because of the open nature of the Udemy approach, there is a huge library of courses available to learn from, over 100,000 in fact. The subjects you can learn vary dramatically, programming, coding, writing, graphic design and business development are all available, amongst many others.

A course is completed completely at the learners own pace. The style of learning will vary between each course, users can search for the style and method which best matches their needs. Doing careful research of the course and its reviews will ensure you find the right one.


One of the great benefits of Udemy is the cost of its courses. Courses are often well priced to begin with, but it’s not uncommon for there to be a sale running as well. There is not a monthly subscription fee so a learner just pays for the course they want, which varies on a case by case basis.

Learning online is a great way to develop a new skill or hobby within the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. Because online platforms don’t have to pay for classroom space or tutor wages, the cost of learning these skills is greatly reduced. Finding a course that matches your learning style is very important to make this a success and, importantly, make it as fun as possible.