Let me say up front that I have no connection to Craftys.com. I’m just a big fan of the site and concept. I have taken the free class about wool and purchased the two amigurumi classes taught by Stacey Trock, both of which I haven’t completed yet but hope to do over my holiday break from school. I have also signed up for just about every free class offered on the site as well.
I have to say that the classes are awesome, and heck, I teach English classes on line (composition and technical communications), so I think I have a little knowledge when it comes to web classes. I have even made a lot of videos for my own classes, and the Craftsy.com classes are all video based with the inclusion of printed materials lists and patterns/instructions. This provides a mix of text based and visual information, which for a craft class is really important. In addition, each paid for class includes an option to post questions for the instructor, comment on a message board with other students, post your projects and see projects of other students, and make your own notes.
I’m babbling about Craftsy today because there is a 75% off sale going on now until 12/25/12, and yes, I caved and signed up for two more classes: Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff and Crochet: Beyond Rectangles. Now that I have paid for four classes, I don’t know if I will manage to get through them all on my short break, but at least there is no deadline like there is for real school. I can take them slowly and even wait until the summer, but for 75% off, I couldn’t resist the deal.