How Learning on Skillshare Works

Skillshare classes are authentic, actionable, and designed to help students bring what they learn into the real world. Focusing on in-demand creative and entrepreneurial skills, popular topics include design, illustration, writing, photography, productivity, freelancing, and much more.

On Skillshare, students watch classes at their own pace, create projects to practice what they’ve learned, and interact with each other from all around the world. As a teacher, you get to facilitate this unique learning experience with the three pillars of Skillshare’s pedagogy, or approach to teaching.

Focused and Digestible

Skillshare classes, on average, include 20-60 minutes of pre-recorded video content broken down into a series of short, 2- to 8-minute videos. Rather than teaching a broad, sweeping skill set, the most successful classes hone in on one specific project, concept, or skill. At Skillshare we call this the class’s value proposition, and it’s more than just what students will learn. The value proposition should also outline who the class is for, what they will get out of it, and how the skills learned in the class are applicable in a wider context.


All classes on Skillshare include a project that gives students an opportunity to practice what they have learned. Creating and sharing projects in each class’s Project Gallery, and giving and receiving feedback, are at the core of engaged learning on our platform.

A successful Skillshare class is not just a step-by-step tutorial leading to a final project. Instead, the class should empower students with tools and techniques to complete the project as well as strategies to apply them to their own work.


Skillshare is different from other online learning sites. Our open platform means anyone can teach from anywhere in the world. We are also committed to ensuring teachers and students alike have a personal and authentic experience and feel connected to this global, creative community.

In addition to a Project Gallery, each class has a discussion board that offers a way for teachers and students to share ideas and ask questions. These peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student interactions are at the heart of the Skillshare community. Here, open, personal, and real connection makes everyone feel included and welcome, and makes sharing feel safe.

Go Further

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