At Skillshare, we have a love-hate relationship with process. On one hand, it provides the structure and framework to turn great ideas into reality. Recurring meetings and the tools we use will make sure nothing falls through the cracks and that the ball is constantly moving forward.
Last month, our team introduced Online Classes to the Skillshare community — project-based classes that happen online/offline. It's been an exciting time as we've been working on improving the overall learning experience, curriculum, and product!
That was the whole brief for my first project in graduate school, VCU Brandcenter. Our teacher gave us the project guidelines: come to next week's class and present something interesting about gum in 60 seconds. Then he left.
Learning is meant to be social. That's why we've been so focused on facilitating in-person classes; something magical happens when students and teachers are able to meet face-to-face, work through problems together, and share their passions and experiences with each other. Over the past year, the stories we’ve heard from our community have been incredible - some students have found jobs through Skillshare classes, some teachers have quit their jobs to become full-time teachers, and others have attended hundreds of hours of classes because they keep getting drawn back by the people they meet.
We are always working on ways to make Skillshare an engaging learning and teaching experience. We've recently pushed out a few updates that will help our teachers, students, and even charities have a better experience with Skillshare.
Skillshare's mission is to transform education by empowering teaching and democratizing learning. We first introduced this concept as a way for anyone to have the opportunity to teach whatever they are passionate about. With the recent release of Skillshare Schools, we expand on this first step by empowering brands, small and medium businesses, non-profits, and other organizations (and their employees) to do the same.
We've been hard at work over the past few weeks and think its time to show you two awesome things we've been working on: Courses and Discount Codes.
At Skillshare, we're iterating every part of every corner of the product, ten times a day. We build something one week, re-build it the next, set impossible deadlines and hit them. It's a familiar story — an echo of an often-narrated 'start-up life', and we love it.