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Udemy has launched as a virtual learning academy. I set up an account (fairly painless) and started playing around with their synchronous classroom tool. First impression – nothing very new here, but the tools work well. However, after the Ning experience, it’s difficult to trust a newcomer that doesn’t have a way for data export. If teachers start to use Udemy, lock-in will eventually become the economic value point for the company. Aside from those concerns, the growing number of virtual classroom tools is an indication of a rapidly maturing field.