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Web Wednesday – May 9, 2012

Web Wednesdays – each Wednesday we will feature a website that we’ve come across while in our process of searching for inspiration, the latest trends, or learning about anything and everything we can get our hands on that interests us.


Hey world, if you every miss the feeling of learning/experiencing something new from a class, then let me introduce you to Skillshare, a unique way of “learning anything from anyone, anywhere.” It’s a new site that lets visitors choose from a list of user-created classes that cover a wide range of topics; a few examples being Creative Arts, Technology and Entreprenuership. The classes are physical, in that there is a time and place specified to meet up in order to attend the class. And don’t worry if your schedule conflicts with the time then just track it on your watchlist to see when it may be offered again. A new addition to the site is the option for taking ‘Courses,’ released in February, ‘Courses’ are more in depth classes to teach you even more about your passion. Being so new to the world, Skillshare classes are are currently only available in NYC, along with limited classes in California, Minnesota and Massachusetts; but it is well on its way to reaching a national level.

Skillshare is also always looking for teachers or talented individuals looking to pass their skills along. It gives you the resources to design a class to your liking and then  invite others to attend. You can choose to teach the class only once, or hopefully more than once, reaching out to a large population of learners. You will also design your own personal profile, where you will include your experience in that field so others can see if your class will be a good match for them. And don’t forget, this is also a paid opportunity, these students pay to take your class, so think of it as a part time job teaching something that you are passionate about.

Skillshare was created because of the growing debt crisis from student loans, and the large percentage of jobs that still only require a high school diploma, yet you just spent thousands of dollars to get your degree in that field. A nifty typographic video below explains more of how this startup got started.