Most of us edupreneurs have used Udemy and that is because it has allowed us to do some if not all of the following:
- Doing what we love
- Making lots of money
- Working and playing hard
- Being comfortable with who we are
- Being the best instructor that we can be no matter what
- Having the freedom to teach anything we want when we want
- Having good relationships with learners
Simply put, many of us rely on Udemy giving them a lot of power to dominate the e-learning industry and potentially kick us off the platform as and when they please.
That said, there are also many features that Udemy doesn’t offer and is actually limiting the ability of many edupreneurs. If you’re looking for a Udemy alternative that is either on par or perhaps superior, check out these top 5 e-learning platforms:
As perhaps the best known contender among Udemy alternatives, Skillshare provides instructors with ways to create online classes made of video lessons and are in total about 10-25 minutes long. Each class has a “class project” where students would have to complete and opt to showcase at the end of their learning experience. Once a teacher has enrolled more than 25 learners in a class, the teacher becomes eligible for participation in Skillshare’s Partner Program and can monetize through the royalty pool managed by the company – usually $1-2 per enrollment, according to the company.
Coggno has a nice interface that is reminiscent of Udemy – though without as wide-ranging a catalog at this point. Instructors can deliver on-demand and live online courses privately or to distribute them through the Coggno marketplace. Coggno instructors also get to set their own prices and get to keep 70 percent of all revenue. Once your course is approved, you can see FULL reporting on who bought what and when, TRACK your learners and their contact information. Apart from that, you can also request funds from your account and receive payments via PayPal or a check. Organizations that use the LMS have to pay for the content they use while course developers looking to sell their content will have to pay at least $24.95 per month plus 10% of all sales.
Like Udemy, edureka! offers online courses with 24/7 support, and a certificate of completion once students complete your course. The site is mainly tech oriented at the moment, but there is also a marketing and finance category. Details can be found on the company’s Become an Instructor page.
Plantoost is a relative newcomer among Udemy alternatives, but given that it has all the nifty tools and features that a superior online education marketplace should have, you can expect it to be a strong contender. Courses, workshops, and tutorials at Plantoost consist of a combination of video, audio, transcript, downloads and the company offers the interesting option of hiring “a personal concierge who is dedicated to building learning experiences from your content.” (Service is free but you’ll have to e-mail Plantoost Support and provide a dropbox link of your course content) Teachers earn at least 90 percent of the revenue on all courses and workshops sold.
Backed by The Economist Group, a group of publishers of the famous financial magazine, Learning.ly is one strong contender and has a decent reach. Courses at Learning.ly consists of a combination of video, audio, and the company also offers a unique option of hiring a personal concierge who is at your beck and call. The only downside is you’ll only make 50 percent of the revenue on all courses sold.