If you’ve bought an online course, did you actually watch it? Or not? Why?

If you don’t buy them, why?

Asking for a friend… 😉

Don't buy them, have watched quite a few via Linkedin Learning in a previous job and decided money was better spent buying books.

@joebuhlig I bought several, (thinking I’d have the time and energy to complete them all), but ended up completing (2/60) of one of them. Still have them though, so still a slight chance I’ll go through some.

I tend to be the same. It always seems like there’s a solid free option available so I’d rather spend money on tools. As a content creator, this is something I’ve struggled to reconcile.

@odd This seems to be the most common path. Which is partly why I’m wondering about choosing a different one.

I've bought a lot of Great Courses (and they are great!). I don't watch all the lectures in each course (nor did I intend to). thegreatcourses.com
I’m taking courses on Coursera. Right now on course 5 of 8 towards my data analyst certification.
The real question is did you actually finish it….and the answer is always no.
I've done a couple, but the key for me actually doing it is whether it is in the grasp of my current skillset. Obsidian? Sure, no problem. JavaScript? Might be a little optimistic. The price also has to be right in case it just doesn't "take" for me.
Can you elaborate n that last but on price? What qualifies to you?
There’s a limit to what I want to learn without wondering if I should be community college credit in terms of price and scope. I mostly try to stay $100 and under. I think @MacSparky’s field guides are in the sweet spot in terms of content vs. price.
Regretted most of them, because they usually target beginners.
Never thought of that one. But most courses I own or create have this aspect. Maybe beginners are most likely to purchase a product? So we build towards them?
I totally get it. Easy market. Yet, beginner content is blown out of proportion just to use "X hours of video" on the sales page. Sure, a summary of the basics is useful, but most courses don't go beyond what an hour of exploring the app and watching a few YT videos will get you.
I’m with you. And if a course steps into the advanced side of things, it’s often so niche that it’s not worth the effort to build the course. At that point, one on one coaching is more appropriate.