What is Early Access?
Early Access is a beta program in which select students are offered free, limited access to new courses in exchange for their honest feedback.
How do I get an invite to join Early Access?
We hand select individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to learning on Udemy by taking and/or reviewing multiple courses. Selected students will receive an invitation via email and through the messaging system on the platform.
What are the benefits of joining Early Access?
You’ll get free access to courses that you review for a limited period of time. If you provide feedback for additional courses beyond the minimum requirement, you’ll get extended access to courses of your choosing.
You’ll also have the ability to choose courses to review from a tailored selection based on your historical preferences. This selection will refresh every 24 hours.
How long will it take me to provide feedback for one course?
It takes 20-30 minutes to review a course. You must spend a minimum of 15 minutes reviewing the contents of the course (including the course landing page) before providing your feedback on the course.
You do NOT need to watch the course from start to finish and we encourage you to use the curriculum navigation bar (on the upper left of the course viewing screen) to watch some of the beginning, middle, and end of the course. We recommend that you take as much time as you need to form an opinion on the questions asked in the feedback form. Once submitted, you cannot edit your responses.
Are there requirements to maintain my status in Early Access?
You must review at least 2 courses every review period (every 30 day cycle since you opted in to the program) in order to stay in Early Access.
What happens if I don’t review 2 courses one month?
The general rule of thumb is that we will remove your access to Early Access if you aren’t able to meet the minimum requirement of providing feedback for 2 courses per 30 day period. However, we understand that even with the best intentions, sometimes life gets in the way, so we will provide exceptions to this requirement on a case by case basis. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Can I review as many courses as I want?
You will be able to review up to 16 courses every 30 day period.
What types of additional rewards could I earn by reviewing more than the required number of courses?
You’ll earn extended access to courses, the more you review. Other possible all-time rewards include (but are not limited to) Udemy discounts, swag, and special invitations.
What courses are included in Early Access?
While the program is in beta, we will include only a select number of courses taught in English that have been published within the last 60 days.
How is the course feedback I provide used?
While the program is in beta, your feedback will only used for internal analysis and will not be surfaced publicly to other students on the marketplace. At the time you provide feedback, you will have the option to select whether your feedback should be shared with the instructor of the course. This is completely optional, but your input goes a long way in helping instructors improve their courses, so allowing instructors to view your feedback is very much appreciated.
Where do I find the courses I can review & the courses I have already reviewed?
These can be found on the Early Access Tab under My Courses in the top navigation.
Please note that the Early Access dashboard and courses are NOT available on the mobile web or on the mobile app.
What feedback will I be asked to provide?
We will gather your feedback in the form of a multi-question survey that asks for your opinion on how the course performs on specific attributes and how it matches up to your expectations. All we ask is that you provide your honest opinion in as much detail as possible. You shouldn’t need any prior knowledge of the course topic in order fill out the feedback form.
Please note that the Early Access feedback form is NOT available on the mobile web or on the mobile app.
What if I’m not able to complete the full review in one sitting? Can I come back to it later? How much later?
You can exit the Early Access review process at any time and pick up where you left off within a limited timeframe. Your selection of courses to review will refresh every 24 hours and you will have until the refresh time (visible on your Early Access dashboard) to complete your review and get access to the course.
Can I contact the instructor of the course? What if she contacts me?
While in Early Access, we ask you not to message instructors (to start a conversation or in reply) unless you end up purchasing the course yourself later. Please be sure to read the Early Access Honor Code.
For information on how to review courses if you're enrolled in the Early Access program, please click here.