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Udemy Continues Growth, Expands into Corporate Training with Launch of Udemy for Organizations to Enable On-Demand, On-the-Job Training

Building on the success of its online education marketplace, Udemy today expanded into the corporate realm by launching Udemy for Organizations, a powerful online corporate training platform. The new offering allows companies to customize a private learning environment in a matter of minutes and train their employees using the highest-caliber industry and institutional knowledge – empowering employees to continually learn new skills on the job. Udemy debuted the platform here at the Arizona State University/Global Silicon Valley Education Innovation Summit 2013.

Borrowing from the successful MOOC model that is changing how people learn and based on the same user-friendly, on-demand platform as the Udemy website and iPad and iPhone applications, Udemy for Organizations provides customized, branded online learning experiences that enable companies to easily and effectively train employees. Organizations of any size can select courses from Udemy’s growing collection of 7,000 premium and free course offerings and/or create their own courses to capitalize on existing internal intellectual property (IP) utilizing Udemy’s easy-to-use course creation tools.

“Because of the skills-based nature of Udemy’s content, people were already using our classes in a corporate environment to learn new skills to stay relevant in their jobs and careers. It was a natural evolution for us to create a secure, co-branded space for organizations to make these classes available to their employees and control the content employees can see, all using our proven platform,” said Dennis Yang, president and chief operating officer of Udemy. “By combining a consumer-grade user experience with a large and growing content library, we’re creating a compelling alternative to traditional so-called ‘learning management systems,’ which have historically been difficult to use and have never realized their full potential – and hopefully helping close the skills gap, a major concern of employers today.”

Leveraging features included in Udemy’s online and mobile apps, Udemy for Organizations gives even the most non-technical person the ability to create an online training environment. Key features include:

  • On-demand self-paced learning: Udemy for Organizations incorporates today’s learning styles with video-based, bite-size modular course design.
  • Brand Customization: Administrators can customize the site with their company logo and background of choice.
  • Custom courses: Organizations can easily produce custom content using their own subject matter experts (SMEs), leveraging the wisdom found within a company and extending an organization’s intellectual property (IP).
  • Pre-Packaged Library: Companies can choose from among Udemy’s 7,000 courses – 75% of which are free – and make specific courses available to employees, easily add groups and users and even pre-assign courses.
  • Advanced Analytics: Allows companies to monitor employee progress and performance.

“Our employees are extremely tech-savvy and extremely busy, so traditional training tools just don’t work for us,” said Chris Scoggins, senior vice president and general manager of Datalogix, an advertising technology company. “Udemy for Organizations gives us the flexibility to let our people take courses when and where they have the time, and lets us take advantage of the amazing content on the Udemy platform – as well as create our own courses to leverage all of our internal expertise.”

“The pace of change in business is faster than ever, putting pressure on companies to adapt more quickly,” added Yang. “Couple that with today’s digitally competent, easily distracted and increasingly mobile workforce and online, on-demand learning makes total sense – simultaneously creating improved efficiency and employee productivity. We’re already seeing this drive interest in Udemy for Organizations – and we’re seeing particular interest from small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that until now have not had a viable training solution.”

Udemy for Organizations set-up and user license fees are being waived for a limited time; customers pay only standard course purchase fees. To learn more, visit http://organizations.udemy.com.

About Udemy

Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, democratizing education by making top-quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere. Udemy allows experts worldwide to easily create and deliver consumer-grade online learning experiences where students can learn on demand at their own pace. It also offers online corporate training via Udemy for Organizations, leveraging a pre-packaged library of 7,000 courses combined with the ability to create custom content – empowering companies of any size to easily create private online learning communities.

Founded in 2010, privately-owned Udemy is funded by Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, 500 Startups and other investors responsible for funding Internet giants like YouTube, LinkedIn, Zynga, Twitter and Yelp. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco. Web: www.udemy.com | Twitter: @udemy | Facebook: www.facebook.com/udemy.

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