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Lynda, Udacity, or Udemy?

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Looking to freshen up on my finance skill (on excel) and potentially learn something new. I've heard great things about all 3 (Lynda, Udacity, and Udemy) but have never actually taken courses on any of the 3. From others experience, which would you recommend using? Why or Why not?


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I've purchased several courses from udemy and have been happy. They seem to always be running specials for $10 for most of their courses, so it's very affordable. I also like that they have the instructor do an introduction; I find this valuable to filter courses by people I can easily understand (I personally struggle with some accents).

I haven't used the other two, so I can't offer any differentiators.
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Lynda is great. I like that I can suspend my monthly payments and come back any time. Udemy has mixed quality... they're basically taking any content they can get, and they're allowing course authors to post without validating the content. Several people have had their course content intentionally hijacked (stolen) and sold as Udemy courses, so I recommend against using them until they develop some ethics. Udacity is higher-level, more expensive, and taking a more involved approach to their content IMHO. But I haven't used it in about 9 months, so, not sure if that's still the case. I also took one course on PluralSight (pretty good course on Agile) and I'm trying StackSkills but that may be more for programmers. I love that this stuff is available and I can pop in and out to learn "on-demand". Also note: the BoingBoing.net store has several "Pay what you want" courses and bundles... again, maybe mostly developer stuff, but maybe something you can use. Good luck!
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I've been using Udemy for awhile for iOS and Android development and it's been awesome. They offer both free & paid courses depending on how much you're willing to learn in detail, and the paid courses have amazing turnaround time when it comes to instructors answering any questions you have.
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I've been a big advocate for Udemy as a learning platform for a long time. I have not personally done anything on Lynda but also know they have a strong brand and reputation.

It might also depend on what you mean by: "freshen up on my finance skill (on excel) and potentially learn something new"

Perhaps defining that more and then looking for specifics might help you find the right one. Maybe it'smore about the content you want as opposed to the delivery method but I think that is your decission.
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