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Searching, I can't find any actual reviews or discussion of Stone River eLearning, only tons of pages of historical offers of 99% off lifetime memberships and one BBB complaint where someone bought a lifetime membership, claimed to have used it a few times, but then had trouble logging in later. Anyone have any experience with them? Wondering if they are legit. For $24 I may take one for the team here and see if it has any value.
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Searching, I can't find any actual reviews or discussion of Stone River eLearning, only tons of pages of historical offers of 99% off lifetime memberships and one BBB complaint where someone bought a lifetime membership, claimed to have used it a few times, but then had trouble logging in later. Anyone have any experience with them? Wondering if they are legit. For $24 I may take one for the team here and see if it has any value.
As a general rule, unless you know the reputation of the company, stay away from these kinds of deals. There are several eLearning companies and several "lifetime VPN" deals popping up each week on StackSocial, Citizen Goods, etc. I've only rarely heard good things about the companies I'm not already familiar with, and most of the content of those eLearning ones can be found for free in various places or with more reputable companies. That's not to say there aren't good eLearning sites, just rarely the ones that pop up offering 90%, 95%, 99%, off.
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Searching, I can't find any actual reviews or discussion of Stone River eLearning, only tons of pages of historical offers of 99% off lifetime memberships and one BBB complaint where someone bought a lifetime membership, claimed to have used it a few times, but then had trouble logging in later. Anyone have any experience with them? Wondering if they are legit. For $24 I may take one for the team here and see if it has any value.
High-quality e-learning takes time, efforts, and expert hours to create. If you do want something that's free or close to free, why not try Edx, Coursera, etc? Very high-quality content taught by full University Dept Heads etc at no cost.
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Ok, so I bought the lifetime membership and logged in. Looks like there are ~300 courses, some titles look fine (specific languages), some look a little silly (organizing your workspace, goal setting, seo business, etc).

I do cloud for a living, so I jumped into the courses for a few things I know. (OpenStack, Docker, Kubernetes). With the exception of the docker course, none of them offered much more than a quick definition of the services that make up the cloud. "There is a service called X that does Y and provides an API and uses plug-ins". It's almost as though they just read the intro pages from each project's web site. Coming out of the course you still would not be able to configure a cloud and I don't know that you are any better off than having just read through each project's top page yourself. Maybe I'm just used to the high quality courses we have access to at work.

The docker course had a couple basic examples, but overall there are far better courses out there.

Maybe some of the other (language and resource tutorials, like git) courses have some value, but right now I'm inclined to say that you should save your $24 and put it towards a more mainstream course provider like Pluralsight, urlhasbeenblocked, Lynda, MAPT, Safari Online, etc. Stone River feels like the place courses end up when none of the more major services will buy them. Now I'm off to see if they will make good on their 30 day money back guarantee.
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High-quality e-learning takes time, efforts, and expert hours to create. If you do want something that's free or close to free, why not try Edx, Coursera, etc? Very high-quality content taught by full University Dept Heads etc at no cost.
I didn't mean to imply all eLearning can compare to some of the good sites or that the free ones are as good as the good sites. Only that most of the ultra-mega-deal ones are rarely worth the entry fee, even for access to the entire catalog.
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I bought a membership like this at a slightly higher price, and I'm very happy with what they offer. It includes both lessons and books, and, while most lessons are about three hours worth of video, there are enough around twenty hours to make this worth the price. I recently took a Workplace safety course and shared with I learned with my employer. The impressed reaction of my employer was worth the price of admission. There are many computer courses, as expected, but there are also safety and management courses that, while short, offer some great advice. The safety course has a quiz that is very challenging and absolutely resembles the type of test needed for certification. Some courses may be rushed or offer more explanation than experience, but the good ones are very well worth this price.
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