I full heartedly agree that anyone wanting to learn should take that Udemy course and really get to know the tools before they get started. For SL specific, I've found this YouTube channel very helpful. Chic Aeon
I don't mind if they ask me. If it gets more people into SL and creating, all the better. Thanks again for all the links you guys! I've sent it to the couple of people that asked me recently. I'll see if I can do a detailed post or page about it on my blog some time soon so if you guys have any other resources you think I should link to, please do share.