Udemy now has over 600 courses + Sharing via Facebook/Twitter!

Shhh… Udemy isn’t launched yet. We’ve had no PR and have intentionally kept Udemy to a closed community of high quality educators, investors and friends. We’ll be unveiling Udemy more publicly soon (read: PR and Marketing efforts), but for now, we’ve got some great new updates.

Udemy now has over 600 academic courses. By taking advantage of free open source content, we have filled our library with high-quality lectures from Stanford, Yale, MIT and IAS. We’ll continue to add more educational videos and presentations to the site so you can use Udemy as a great tool for learning.

We’ll also continue to work hard to enable you to build your own course and we’ve got some fantastic teachers and partners lined up for launch!

We recently added Facebook Connect and other social sharing features to help promote Udemy courses. Facebook connect will make it easier for students and educators to access Udemy. The sharing features, including Twitter, Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon and MySpace, will help students and educators promote the courses they find. Our hope is that you’ll soon see a plethora of Tweets and wall posts about cool stuff people have found on Udemy.

Welcome to Udemy!

Hi all,

Welcome to Udemy, the best place to share knowledge online. We’ve got some amazing tech coming your way in the next few weeks/months, and can’t wait to see what you think. Ultimately, our goal is to enable you to create and share knowledge with anyone. You should be able to go on our site and create courses (or webinars) that relate to anything. And we mean anything. Yes, if you want, Udemy will allow you to teach the cha cha, English as a foreign language, how to become a chess master or how to successfully run an ice cream stand in Helsinki during the winter.

Of course, if you don’t have anything to share, no problem. You can get lost in a world of knowledge on Udemy.com!

Well, that’s the plan at least. Obviously, we’re in private alpha right now so there aren’t a whole lot of people crawling the pages of Udemy. But… we’ll be launching private beta in a few days! Can’t wait to see what you think.

Gagan Biyani