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Friday, April 5, 2013

Udemy Launches iOS Learning App

The online learning web site Udemy already offers both free and paid courses in its effort to differentiate itself from the other massive open online course platforms. Now, Udemy has released an iPhone app to make it easier to access courses from smartphones.

From surveys of more than 600 students, Udemy found that nearly 50% said on-demand access was the most important thing about online learning.

The app will allow users to browse, then sign up for either free or paid courses. It will also provide access to video lectures, articles, and presentations in a mobile format, save the courses for offline viewing, and let users watch videos at multiple speeds.

“We talk to our students constantly,” Dinesh Thiru, vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “We find that Udemy students are taking their courses from planes, trains, and buses, during lunch, from the comfort of their couch, or before bed. With the Udemy iPhone app, we want to empower even more students to learn where and when they want to learn.”

One thing the iOS app does not yet offer is the social element to allow students to interact with peers, although that should become available in a future update. The company is also looking to bring its online marketplace to Android in the coming months.

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