I love to look through all the relevant courses for a skill by reviewing the detailed table of contents for each course. This helps me determine which specific modules of a course I want to listen to. I may listen to an entire course or just the portions I need help on. It's often good to hear two different instructors present the same concept to ensure I understand it thoroughly.
Although this site is promoted to working adults to fill skill gaps (or to build new career skills), I have also found it quite helpful as a college course supplement. I'm working on my second bachelor's degree, and the computer science courses are all offered online. This is more challenging than traditional classroom teaching because students must teach much of the material to themselves using the textbooks and material provided by the instructor. I had envisioned that the instructors would record their lectures (similar to MIT Courseware), but in the online program at my university, most instructors provide, little or no video instruction. Since it can be difficult to learn new technical material solely from a textbook, it is incredibly helpful to look up the concepts on Pluralsight and watch the relevant modules/courses to reinforce my understanding. Specifically, it helps to see challenge exercises completed in real time...especially when a step in the textbook is unclear.
Many of the technical courses (e.g., programming languages) go through several examples that are not created from scratch. There are many times when it would be helpful to code alongside the instructor. If the instructor has a few "existing" files they will be modifying, all the files should be made available for download to encourage interactive learning.
I've been reviewing courses in HTML, CSS, and Visual Basic. I'm an instructional designer, and the main authoring tool our department uses for eLearning was developed in-house. This tool is adequate to create "slides" but the formatting is limited. Since the developers provide the option to customize each slide using HTML and CSS, I have watched courses on these topics on Pluralsight and now use the coding option to wield greater control over the look and feel of my eLearning content! Peers often look at my slides and say, "I didn't think our system could do that!" Then I can show them how to accomplish it by customizing their code. Also, sometimes the authoring tool has a glitch when the user attempts to apply multiple types of formatting to a selection (e.g., Heading 1, with some words in bold, some in italics, and others in a different font). I can easily fix these issues with surgical precision within the code/mark-up window instead of having to wait and request for a developer to fix things on their end (or worse, just giving up and accepting a default design that is less engaging).
The main benefits are affordability and well-designed instructional courses. It can be hit-or-miss (mostly the latter) when searching for a quality video on a technical topic on YouTube. Unfortunately, I have trouble understanding non-English accents, and many good videos that are on YouTube are presented by instructors who learned English as a second language. I have to keep rewinding some sections and attempting to read the horrible captions provided, and often I give up and look for another video. But I never struggle to understand the recorded instructors on Pluralsight, who all seem to be native speakers (at least the ones I've seen so far)...and the transcriptions are perfect, so even if there is a new term I'd like to see in writing, I'm confident I can find it in the transcription!
Although there s value in higher education (discussion forums, testing, etc.), I think video learning is more cost effective than university courses, and I can watch the videos multiple times if needed at any time of the day or night. Even if an instructor presents material in a way that doesn't connect with me, I can usually find another instructor who presents in a manner that's better suited to my learning styles and preferences.