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Unearth these hidden gems on Udemy

Hidden GemsMany people associate Udemy with courses on tech, business, and professional development, and it’s true those are popular categories, but they hardly represent the full breadth of courses you can find in our marketplace. Spend some time digging through our library, and we guarantee you’ll come across some unexpected offerings on more obscure topics. While these courses may not attract the following of a Python programming course, each has an instructor who was passionate and committed enough to create a course and share their knowledge with the world.

With that in mind, we bring you Udemy’s Hidden Gems, a recurring blog feature where we’ll introduce you to courses from the deeper reaches of our marketplace. They’re the kinds of courses that might inspire you to start a new hobby or just give you something new and quirky to spark conversation at a dinner party.

To kick us off, DQ and Caroline from our quality team have assembled this first batch of hidden gems and tell us why these courses deserve their moment in the spotlight.

As a follow-up to Women’s History Month, here are some new engaging and creative courses by female Udemy instructors that combine great content with outstanding production values.

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 3.17.53 PMThe Secret to a Bird- and Butterfly-Filled Backyard
What we liked: With her enthusiasm and colorful presentation style, landscape designer Linda Kelso will convince anyone with a backyard to make their thumb a little greener. This course steps students through how to cultivate a thriving ecosystem of helpful birds and insects to protect your home and garden.

Wedding Guide: Planning and Saving Money on Your Wedding Day
What we liked: Planning a wedding is a massive ordeal. The instructor of this course has years of experience in the wedding business as videographer and presents her content with crystal-like clarity, taking students through common pitfalls and decisions better than your best friend or bridesmaids ever could!

Calligraphy for Beginners: Creating Strong LinesScreen Shot 2016-04-14 at 3.17.36 PM
What we liked: Anyone who enjoys the feeling of putting pen to paper will love this project-based introduction to the Pilot Parallel Pen. Instructor Alice Young has an infectious personality and is a calligrapher and designer with a decade of experience working for multinational ad agencies.

Periscope: How to Improve Your Scopes and Grow Followers
What we liked: Vickie Maris goes beyond the basics of Periscope broadcasting to share insightful tips for building your brand and influence. Through the screen, you can feel that Vickie really wants you to succeed, which may be all the motivation you need to become a Periscope superstar.

Drone Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to DJI Drones 
What we liked: The video quality for this course is amazing! Kate Kay is a professional photographer who is using her skills to immerse students in the world of drones. The course is very comprehensive and breaks down all of the things you’ll need to get outside and fly your drone for the first time.

And here are a few more gems we just had to include too!

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 3.20.43 PMDrumming for Beginners – Simple Way to Learn How to Drum
What we liked: Hugh Edwards is just so excited to teach new students how to drum. He makes the learning process very approachable by giving students a variety of options for how they can practice — including using  pots and pans you have in your home! 

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 3.17.24 PMCooking Class – 12 Brunch Sandwich Maker Recipes From Japan
What we liked: This cooking class does such a great job of walking students step by step through every unique sandwich recipe. We love the time-lapse video and camera angle, which gives students a unique view of the instructor at work in the kitchen.

Ultra Memory Masterclass – Improve Your Memory Today
What we liked: Awesome tips and hacks on how to improve memory in all aspects of your daily life. Bob Kittell does such a thorough job of walking students through every example, you’ll really feel like you can apply the skills you learn  immediately.