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I recently created a free online account with Craftsy and discovered all the classes offered through the site. There is a wealth of knowledge on Craftsy that is useful for anyone who wants to learn sewing, photography, gardening, cooking, and much more.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found the mini-class section that is full of free Craftsy mini-classes to try out the service. I was completely impressed by the professional videos, instructor, and user experience. I took the course Creative Ways with Whole Grains taught by Anna Bullett from Cooking Light. The class included 5 lessons totaling an hour long and 14 recipes for download – for free.
When I registered for the class, it added it to my class list and now I have lifetime access to the course. I can watch the videos whenever I want, as much as I want, and at whatever pace I desire. After finishing my first free class, I started searching through the mini-classes again and registered for several more I plan to watch.
For the free classes, live chat with other students taking the class is available in a sidebar of the course screen. So, students can ask questions and share tips with each other live. For the paid courses, instructors interact with the classes.
The system that Craftsy uses for these courses is impressive. There is a 30 second rewind feature to help users rewind just enough to watch a tough part of the lesson again. The course system also has a notes feature. I noticed while watching the videos, I could type a note into the notes field and it would save the note in the notes tab with a link to that exact place in the video (like a bookmark).
Downloads are also available with the classes. Patterns, recipes, etc are included even with the free mini-classes. These are most helpful and stored with class information.
Craftsy offers much more than the free online mini-classes, including craft supplies, kits, and paid courses that are longer and more interactive than the mini-classes. Check it out for yourself!