SOURCE: Elance


September 17, 2013 15:13 ET

Elance Launches Free Online Courses and Skill Assessments, Connects Online Education and Jobs for the First Time

Partnerships With SkilledUp and Smarterer Provide Freelancers With Access to 20,000 Courses and Skill Tests

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) - Elance, the leading online work platform, today announced the availability of 20,000 online courses and a new skill assessment platform connecting online education, professional skill assessments and jobs for the first time. 

"The availability of high-quality, online education is revolutionizing professional skill development," said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. "Linking this courseware with skill assessments and jobs enables our freelancers to build their skills, win higher paying jobs and have a long-term career on Elance. "

Through a partnership with SkilledUp, freelancers now have access to curriculum covering over 500 different skill areas. 6,000 courses are available for free and many are openly licensed college-level courses by distinguished professors.

"Workers are gaining meaningful, marketable skills every day through online courses," said Nick Gidwani, CEO of SkilledUp. "We're thrilled to help Elance and its community access the best professional education content available."

In addition to new courses, freelancers now have access to hundreds of assessments from Smarterer that rapidly quantify any professional skill in minutes. Smarterer's assessments leverage adaptive scoring and crowdsourced test design, to inject greater efficiency and accuracy in testing and improve the hiring process.

"The alignment of education and employment is a revolution that can change our global economy," said Dave Balter, Executive Chair of Smarterer. "Elance has proven yet again that they're at the center of job creation, and we're proud to see our assessments play a role, by quantifying job skills."

About Elance
Elance is where people Work Differently™. A pioneer in today's freelance revolution, Elance is the world's leading platform for online work.

Today over 800,000 businesses and 2.8 million freelancers use Elance in 170+ countries. Innovative global enterprises, small businesses and startups tap into the Elance talent pool, building teams from software engineers, application developers and web and graphic designers to copywriters, market researchers, data scientists, social media marketers, customer service agents and other business professionals. More than 1.2 million freelance jobs are posted through Elance annually.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California with offices in Oslo, Norway, Elance is a privately held company. For more information, visit

About SkilledUp
SkilledUp's course search is an easy way to discover the best online courses in any subject area in order to gain meaningful and marketable skills. With 90,000+ courses (many free) from over 300 providers in 500 specific skill areas, SkilledUp is the leader in online courses. Online courses are an economical, time-efficient and effective way to gain and maintain skills, and SkilledUp's goal is to help anyone understand their options and find the right courses for their unique learning style and goals. Launched in late 2012, SkilledUp is a privately held company headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit

About Smarterer
Smarterer provides crowdsourced assessments to rapidly quantify any professional skill in less than 10 questions and 120 seconds. Supplying the connective tissue between education and employment, Smarterer puts the consumer at the heart of its platform. Since 2010, hundreds of thousands of Smarterer users have taken over 2 million skill assessments, answering over 21 million questions to prove their skills. Headquartered in Boston, Smarterer is a privately held company, and is backed by True Ventures and Google Ventures. For more information, visit