I mentioned recently that I watch videos on Kelby Training. The question then came up from a friend: “is it worth the money?”
I’m not sure, is the answer. A few cons, followed by pros.
- It’s expensive. Not saying it isn’t worth it, but for that cash, the private/amateur has to think about it (for business? That’s cheap – write it off!).
- It uses a flash player. I know they have to worry about theft, but I’d really like to take the lessons with me on a laptop. It would be great to watch on airlines, in meetings, in transit… But no, not yours: must use streaming flash video.
- Lessons are often of dubious value. There is a lot of old stuff on there. Useful to some, but not to me. An added annoyance: there are a lot of “get up to speed quick” lessons each time Adobe releases something new (like all the CS5 stuff now).
- Length of lessons. Hard to criticize this, but I will. When I’m watching on a computer (an *interactive* tool), I get fidgety. 10 minutes? Fine. 20? I barely hold on. An hour or more? To Hell with that. This ain’t TV, it’s the internet.
- Video quality can suffer. Which isn’t much of a complaint: “it’s not as smooth as a multi-million-dollar movie.” Get over it. But it does feel cheap, at times.
- The information is pretty good, even if you need to wade through an hour & a half of info to get it.
- While not as good as personal tutoring, it’s about as close as you can get.
- For the money, it’s hard to get as many knowledge experts in any one place.
- Taken in small bites, the learning can be quite effective.
It’s kind of hard to say if it’s worth it. I’ve renewed for two years in a row & I expect to renew at least one more time. After three years, I may have learned enough so that the benefit just isn’t there. On the other hand, I thought that would be the case after one year, and I’m aiming at three now.
I do find that I tend to watch in spurts, or when I really need it (really, when I needed it two weeks prior, it seems). Three months no watchie, followed by a weekend glut of four lessons. And it’s always there when I need it.
Yeah, probably worth it. To me.