Skillshare is an amazing site that I wished I had discovered much earlier in my Pattern Design journey. I had heard of it but didn’t pay it serious attention till after I had signed up to do other much more expensive online courses which by comparison were not as useful.
The thing with Skillshare is how vast the site is these days. With 17,000 plus courses to choose from, you can really learn just about any skill you set your mind to. Their pricing is also very competitive and unbeatable as I got a full year’s premium membership for just £50 during one of their promo offers.
Now, becoming a teacher on Skillshare is a totally different ball game. I didn’t realise how much work was involved until I seriously got started in April 2018 and made this project my main focus for the month.
So I learnt how to screencast record with OBS which is an easy and a free open source program. I then had to find a good video editor that wouldn’t take ages to master. After much searching, I decided on Shotcut. As I’d never played around with any other video editing software before, the learning curve was steeper but I was reassured by all the reviews and video tutorials I found on Youtube that this was one of the easiest ones out there for beginners like me and it’s also 100% free!
Next, another invaluable piece of software that helped a lot was Handbrake. It’s free and basically compresses all your video files without compromising on quality so you can upload them much faster and they won’t take as much drive space in your computer.
I also went with Skillshare’s recommendation of working with a good quality microphone and got the Blue Snowball microphone which has definitely made a big improvement in the recording process and was the easiest thing to set up.
Now regarding the class topic I chose for my first class; Initially back in December 2017 when I wanted to give this a crack, there wasn’t a single dedicated class my chosen subject area so I felt good at the prospect of being the first one. However due to other commitments getting in the way, I only got the chance to work and publish my class in April, by which time someone else had released a class on the very same topic. Not a big deal as it proved useful to see what gaps of knowledge I could fill and how their class was structured.
So here is a link to see my class for yourself. If you don’t have a Skillshare premium membership, leave me a comment and I’ll gladly share free access link (if I still have any spare ones). I will report back on how things go with this new venture in future blogs as there’s so much to talk about! For now, I already have a list of ideas for other classes I could create, all under the same topic which is “Productivity Tools for Creatives” as I have a strong interest in improving workflow and maximasing time to undertake creative projects as much as I can. Hope you can join me in this journey and learn something new along the way!! Also, if you have any suggestions for class topics, message or email me and I’ll give it a think.