Skillshare: World-Class Online Learning in Minneapolis (or Anywhere)

Small business owners and nonprofit leaders in Minneapolis love learning how to do their jobs more effectively, as evidenced by the packed Lunch and Learn events in the conference room of IT support company Tech Guru.  Now there’s a way to learn from anywhere, at any age, at an affordable cost.  This is the crux of Skillshare, which is like the Wikipedia of project-based online classrooms.  Want to learn how to design a logo, market your business, or go beyond “Auto” mode on your digital camera? Skillshare has a class to teach you.  Find out why Skillshare is quickly becoming the first stop in online learning.

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Power Learning for Practically Pennies

For a fee of $9.95 a month, you can take a whole host of classes that will help you build your business or personal skills:

• “Build an HTML and CSS Website from Scratch”

• “Copywriting Basics”

• “Launch Your Startup Idea for Less Than 1K”

Complete with syllabi, learning groups, and online discussion rooms, Skillshare classes are revolutionizing the education process. Like many online courses, Skillshare allows students to learn at their own pace. But Skillshare has managed to keep this feature while still integrating the social aspects of face-to-face classrooms.

Students work through problems together, share their experience, join weekly student groups, and even provide each other with networking and job opportunities.

How Skillshare Works

Let’s say you want to learn more about social media, so you hop onto Skillshare, where you find out that Gary Vaynerchuk teaches a class called “Context Is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World.”  And to be clear: Vaynerchuk isn’t some doofus off the street who managed to get a job at the Learning Annex. Using social media strategies, Vaynerchuk grew his family’s business from a $3 million liquor store business to a $45 million online presence.

Now he owns VaynerMedia, which helps clients like GE, PepsiCo, and the New York Jets with their social media strategies.  He is one of the master teachers at Skillshare, and when you sign up for his class, you will watch 23 videos and complete a project. Along the way, you can ask for help, discuss problems with your classmates, and even request more material from your instructor.

You will then put your newfound-expertise to the test by sharing your project and collecting feedback from students. You will also rate and review the class for future students.  Want to learn more?  Take a look at Skillshare’s classes – you’d be hard-pressed not to find one that piques your interest.

No Replacement for Face-to-Face Instruction

If you love learning about the ways in which tech works with your business or nonprofit, and want to meet other leaders in your community, join Tech Guru for one of our fun events.  We’ve got Hands-On Workshops, Lunch and Learn opportunities, and social events to keep you connected and at the top of your game.


Dan Moshe helps business owners in the Minneapolis area with all things tech, and is the CEO of the Caring IT company Tech Guru.  He cares about your business as much as you do!