ConsumerWatch: Online Skill Sharing Classes Offer Affordable Learning

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Students take part in a skillshare class. (CBS)

Students take part in a skillshare class. (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – You don’t need a credential or a classroom to teach a class anymore. A new company called Skillshare allows individuals to share their knowledge in a classroom setting, and get paid for it. The company’s motto is “Anyone Can Teach, Including You.”

Blogger and start-up founder Jason Shen recently taught a Skillshare class called “I Read Your Blog,” at a shared workspace in downtown San Francisco.

“I run the class the way I’d like to be taught,” Shen told ConsumerWatch.

Students like Martin Pannier said they like that approach. It’s nice to be able to relate to the guy who’s actually teaching you something,” Pannier said.

Skillshare offers a wide variety of classes. Courses range from fitness to fashion to philosophy, to how to live rent-free. There’s even a class in how to teach a Skillshare class.

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