The 5 best online learning platforms for mastering a creative skill

Business
Jul 28
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7 mins

Now that most of us spend at least a few days remote working, we’ve all found ourselves with a bit more time on our hands. And if you’re like everyone else, you’ve probably been thinking about how you can take advantage of this better work-life balance. You might be spending more time reading, or you might be putting more time into developing hobbies that you’re passionate about. You might just be squeezing an extra few episodes of your favorite shows on Netflix. If you’re creating your next work of art, learning how to create your own clay vase or are thinking about the next recipe you want to try, there’s a good chance that you’ll be looking for the best place to learn. While we’re a little bit biased, and would argue that Rassa is the best place for you to develop and improve on a creative skill, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 platforms you can use when investing in your skillset.

YouTube

Although some may turn their noses up at YouTube, questioning the quality and how much you actually learn - the honest truth is, it depends on what you’re looking for. YouTube has the world’s largest library of video content, which means you’re almost guaranteed to find something to watch, regardless of what your search term is. This makes the platform great for two things. 

Firstly, it’s great if you’re searching for something super specific, that you’re probably not going to be able to find anywhere else. If you’re looking for answers on a very specific part of a technique, or you’re trying to find answers to something that you can’t find anywhere else, there’s a good chance that someone has uploaded a video with an answer to your question. The flip of relying on user generated content is the quality. YouTube will allow you to upload just about anything to the platform, so there’s no guarantee that the video you watch will actually help, and of course, there’s probably not going to be anyone that you can ask except in the comments, which means as a learning tool, its effectiveness is somewhat limited.

With that said, the platform is still great for beginners. If you’re trying something out for the first time, and you’re not sure if it’s something that you want to invest in, the quantity of content that’s available will mean that you can expose yourself to a creative skill/hobby for free (or $11.99 p/m if you’re paying for YouTube premium). YouTube is perfect for dipping your toes into something, and finding out if it’s something that you want to spend more time developing.

Skillshare

Skillshare is a step up from YouTube and for only $13.99 you’re going to get much better quality content, at a similar price, so if you’ve found a skill or hobby that you’re enjoying and want to spend a little bit more time diving into it, you can’t really go wrong. Obviously one of the biggest benefits of Skillshare over YouTube, is you’re joining a ‘course’, meaning you’ll find hours of content that you can watch in your own time, on a specific topic that you’re interested in. That’s the opposite of YouTube’s independent videos (though you could argue that a YouTube playlist gets around that). 

One of the biggest benefits that Skillshare brings to your screen is the community. There are thousands of other people that have been through the same course as you, meaning there’s an element of accountability that you don’t get with YouTube. Plus, you’ll probably find it easier to find courses that you want to explore more easily on Skillshare than on YouTube, as the platform is designed to help you develop skills and hobbies that you enjoy vs. just providing the video format.

In short, if you want to spend a little bit more time watching a library of content on a specific topic, and want to be able to see other people that have been through the courses on the platform, SkillShare is a step up in quality for a very similar price to YouTube premium.

CreativeLive

Which brings us onto CreativeLive. Owned by Fiverr (who focus specifically on building tools for freelancers), one of the benefits the platform offers over Skillshare is the level of curation of their content. The quality of the courses that they offer are fairly standardized, meaning there’s a good chance that the quality of instructor on the platform is going to be better overall, in comparison to Skillshare. That said, the higher level of curation offered by CreativeLive means that there’s less content in terms of volume and variety of different topics.

In short, CreativeLive and Skillshare share some similarities -self-paced, online courses, with pre-recorded video content and an asynchronous community of people that have also taken part in the same course as you. If you’re looking for higher quality, CreativeLive might be for you. If you’re looking for a wider base of content across more courses, you’re better off giving Skillshare a go.

Studio

Studio is a step up from all the platforms mentioned so far. While the content and learning materials are pre-recorded, the course itself is ‘cohort-based’, meaning that when you’re taking part in one of their courses you’ll be doing so alongside a group of people that you can share ideas with, and learn alongside. Studio pride themselves on helping you hold yourself accountable, and put community at the core of the business, meaning that you’re completing assignments, getting feedback from others taking the course, and helping you actually create something, as opposed to watching some well-made video content.

Like Masterclass, their courses are led by celebrities, meaning you’ll be learning from names that you’re familiar with which is a nice touch. On that note, we decided not to mention Masterclass in this list as apart from the celebrity roster, it fits into a similar category to Skillshare/CreativeLive in terms of passive watching (though this is now changing with the introduction of Masterclass Sessions).

The way Studio teaches, is in our humble opinion, the way we see online learning going more and more. Focusing on community, giving people an opportunity to collaborate together, and focusing on the outcome of actually creating or making something. What’s missing from the platform is a way to engage with the instructors, and have some sort of ongoing support/mentorship because that’s really where the real value lies in education. Being able to get answers to your questions when you need them most is vital.

Rassa

Which leads us onto Rassa. Sure, we’re a bit biased, but we’ve spent the last decade thinking about how we create something that really gives everyone a way to invest in hobbies that they enjoy. We’re a team of former chefs, soap-makers and fashion designers and we know first hand the problems that we all face when trying to improve our skills - from accountability through to mentorship.

So how do we do it? Similar to Studio, we offer short ‘cohort-based’ programs, that hold you accountable over a period of 6 weeks. But we differ by combining a mix of video content with live lessons led by experts in the skills you’re learning about, and we match and group you together with small ‘learning groups’ created to help you learn collaboratively, with the community based around the world. On top of all of that we help the instructors and teaching team act as mentors to you, so that as you go through our program, you’ve got someone that’s been through what you’re going through and can help you grow effectively, and quickly.

And we know that once you’ve been through a course, you’ll probably find yourself asking what’s next and you might be thinking about whether you can turn your creative hobby into a side hustle, or even a full-time creative business. This is why we’ll bring in experts who can inspire you to take the next step as part of each and every course, and why we’re also launching an ongoing business program, which will equip you with all the business knowledge and tools that you need to succeed if you’re turning the skill you’re passionate about, into a money-making business. 

So, if you’re looking to commit to your creativity, we’ll help you master the hobbies you’re passionate about, and learn how to turn them into creative businesses or side hustles. Reach out anytime.

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