Udemy vs. Lynda – What you need to know

 

We live in a world where information is power, and time is our most valuable resource. However, it is hard to keep track with all relevant information, especially if you cannot find the necessary time to attend special classes or schools.

Luckily, we do live in the 21st century where unconventional ways of learning are encouraged, and more and more people choose online courses and universities to achieve certain skills or improve some they already have. From gardening classes to cosmetology and finances, everything can now be learned online with a minimum effort.

But are these online courses really reliable and, in the end, will they worth your time and money? In my opinion, online schools like Udemy and Lynda tend to be extremely appreciated by those who are looking for quick ways to improve their knowledge and gain new skills. Both of these online schools provide a wide array of courses, so it is up to you to find the most meaningful.

 

Udemy

Udemy Online School brags about offering over 65,000 online courses on the most important and freshest topics right now. These courses are delivered by expert instructors who are willing to work with you step by step to acknowledge your weaknesses and help you overcome them.

You can learn on your own schedule, meaning there is complete flexibility when attending the classes and submitting papers. Everything is done under your terms so that you can enjoy learning new skills without interfering with your private or professional life.

The prices of courses vary depending on their topic and complexity. However, if you’re willing to wait for a few weeks, you’ll get to pay only up to 10-15 dollars, which is more than convenient considering the amount of information you’ll get in return.

On the other side, if you’re really in a hurry to put your hands on a hot topic or course, you’ll have to pay insane amounts of money. Another drawback would be that not all courses are taught in a professional way, meaning not all your mentors are right for that job.

 

Lynda

Lynda is a professional online service developed and brought to you by Linkedin. The courses it offers are mainly focusing on business, technology, and creative industry. You’ll only have access to around 6,300 courses, but the good thing is that you get a free trial version to see if this online school will work for you.

You’ll get over 600 courses in software development, and over 1200 courses in business to make sure you access the most relevant information for you and your business. In my opinion, Lynda is the more professional option as all courses are extremely thorough and your tutors are well-trained.

 

Use these online resources to learn anything

 

People forget that we never stop learning. It’s not like once you’ve finished with the exams you’re ready to face the world because you’re packed with everything there is to know. In reality, you’ve only just started the path to never-ending learning.

Because once you become an adult and you need to handle tons of responsibilities, your free time is limited, it’s best to opt for online resources where you can learn in your own pace whenever you have a moment to spare. Fortunately, there are some cool educational resources and many of them are actually free if you’re eager to become a genuine smart-ass.

If you want to brag about learning a course at a prestigious university such as Berkeley, Harvard or Columbia, you need to check out the EdX website. The best part is that it has a helpful search bar where you can explore different online courses by subject or school. It’s quite simple to get full access to the topic you are interested in. Moreover, this platform provides interesting resources from non-academic institutions but also amazing places like MIT, Cornell, and Dartmouth.

If you’re interested in changing your career path or you need to upgrade your skills in order to apply for a superior job position, take a look at ALISON. This online resource has a great partnership with top publishers around the Globe, including MacMillan and Google. Basically, you can learn cool facts about everything you ever wanted. From supply chain management, HR, to nursing and coding, you have full access to reputable materials.

For those that have the ‘computer freak’ label, you can’t miss out the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Here you’ll see a variety of courses in Cloud Computing, IT, Programming and so on. Everything you can’t find an explanation on the Internet, you’ll most likely find it here. Apart from this, you can even register for live events so you can chat with professionals in the field. No matter your skill level, you can still find some pretty good courses suitable for you.

There’s no need to worry if you need to improve your knowledge related to content marketing. On HubSpot Academy, you’ll find plenty of courses and Books that are worth checking out. Plus, if you go through each stage of the online course, you get a certification. So, if you need to impress your employer or you want to add something to your credentials, it’s an easy and free step to do it.

Duolingo is a great resource if you want to learn a new language. Revolutionary and incredibly intuitive, this learning tool allows you to learn at your own pace. You can opt for daily reminders, check your knowledge after each lesson and look at video tutorials and text translation if you need help.

 

The sleekest massage chair in the world

 

Reviews on massage chairs may not include it yet, but the Aventar may just be what the doctor ordered for the harried people of these modern times. Designed to be extremely comfy and relaxing, this state-of-the-art product is from Bodyfriend, a South Korean wellness company that is in the business of creating elaborate massage chairs as well as medical devices that help people relax.

The Aventar is the company’s latest creation. What makes the unit ridiculously fantastic is its luxury sports car configuration. It doesn’t even look like something that can give you an exceptional massage. Will wonders ever cease!

 

 

This luxury chair was genuinely inspired by a sports car, believe it or not. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a unit with sleek lines in a shiny red and silver. Enveloping the entire body is a bucket chair resembling that of a real sports car. The chair massages the fronts and backs of the legs, arms, hands, shoulders, neck, head, back, and butt, all at the same time.

Because of the bucket-style chair, every body part is amply covered so each one experiences an impressive massage simultaneously.

When the user sits in the chair, the system scans the body and designs a customized massage just for that individual. It measures the height and width of the shoulders, along with the height, weight, and length of the legs. Preferences can be set for individual users using the connected app. You can even set a specific massage for certain areas of the body.

 

This means if all you want is to get the pain away from the feet, you can opt for a foot massage instead of the full body experience.

The chair is also equipped with heating. The audio guidance can be utilized via the onboard 5.1 speaker system that you can interface through Bluetooth to your TV. The unit also hooks up for engaging in video games for the ultimate relaxed gaming experience.

At the CES, other Bodyfriend models were also available to be tried by attendees. They were all quite capable of delivering the delightful massage experience that may be difficult to match by other products.

The company aims to launch four stores in 2017 in the Los Angeles area. The ultimate objective is to have total brand assimilation by opening 150 stores all over the USA in the next half decade.

 

 

Bodyfriend currently boasts 115 stores in South Korea. Those stores are really more than just chair product outlets and are boutique types, with cafes that exude an Apple Store atmosphere compared to a simple Brookstone.

Pricing wasn’t revealed at the CES, but the other Bodyfriend chairs cost anywhere from $10,000 and up so the Aventar is doubtlessly a luxury product.

That said, Bodyfriend hopes to penetrate the market for millennials via its lease-to-own program that has shown plenty of promise in South Korea thus far.

Watch out for the US release of the Aventar in 2018.