Did you know that the typical online course completion rate is as low as 12.6%?

As a course creator, achieving high student engagement is crucial.

If your course lacks enticing and engaging elements, and doesn’t provide mechanisms for student accountability, it may not meet the cut.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

We present to you an extensively vetted list of the best online course platforms where you can host your own training courses.

In this blog post, we’ve handpicked platforms that excel in the following areas:

  • Amplifying student engagement and interaction
  • Implementing effective student accountability mechanisms
  • Offering top-notch community and networking features
  • Providing robust marketing automation abilities

What more could you ask for?

Our reviews draw from 4-5 years of hands-on experience in instructional design, experimenting with various Learning Management System (LMS) solutions. 🙌

So, let’s dive in!

PlatformCommunity featurePricing starts at
Podia – Best value for moneyYes, but basic$39/mo
Kajabi – Best all-in-one ⚙️Yes with gamification$149/mo
Teachable – Specialist in coursesYes$59/mo
Thinkific – A good Teachable alternativeYes, but basic$49/mo
LearnWorlds – For academic coursesYes, but feels old-school$29/mo
Passion.io – Mobile-centric platform 📱Yes$97/mo
Systeme.io – ClickFunnels + LMSNo$27/mo
LearnDash – WordPress-based flexible solutionNo. But BuddyBoss integration$199/year
Thrive Learn No$495 for a lifetime
TeacheryNo$49/mo
RuzukuNo$99/mo
KartraNo$119/mo
TutorLMSNo$199/year
LifterLMSNo$199/year

Best online course platforms (cloud-based)

Podia – Best value for money

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Podia is an all-in-one platform that allows you to sell your courses, community, digital products, host webinars (through Zoom and YT Live integrations) and more.

Key features:

  • Courses: Podia offers unlimited hosting for a variety of course formats, including text and quizzes, with features like drip scheduling and course completion certificates.
  • Digital product selling: Similar to Gumroad, Podia supports the sale of digital products, with features like embedded checkouts for exclusive content sales.
  • Community: Podia provides basic community features, including the creation of membership types and corresponding community groups, but lacks mobile app support.
  • Marketing: Podia offers marketing features like coupons, product bundling, and upsells, but doesn’t support advanced features like order bumps and marketing automation.
  • Email: Podia has a built-in email marketing tool that supports broadcasts, email sequences, tags, segments, and automation.
  • Website builder: Podia provides a website builder for storefronts and landing pages, but its flexibility and design options are limited.

While Podia is an all-in-one platform, it lacks depth in its features.

For instance, it doesn’t provide per-student course analytics, and its community feature is quite basic, lacking support for mobile apps.

Additionally, its website builder is very basic.

Nevertheless, Podia is a suitable platform for those who want to avoid technical complexities and unnecessary features, focusing solely on sales and value delivery.

Pricing

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Podia’s monthly pricing

Podia offers four different plans: Free, Starter, Mover, and Shaker.

The Starter plan costs around $9 per month, but it does not allow you to publish any products.

The Mover plan, priced at $39 per month, incurs a 5% transaction fee for every sale made on the platform.

If you would like to use Podia as your email marketing platform, you will need to purchase their optional email add-on, costing between $50/month for up to 10,000 subscribers to $330/month for up to 100,000 subscribers, in addition to your regular pricing plans.

Pros:

  • Simple to use (without a lot of bells and whistles), making it beginner-friendly.
  • Really good UI/UX. You’ll love using it.
  • Supports selling digital products.
  • Comes with email broadcasts, campaigns (sequences), and automations.
  • Good value for money (compared to say Teachable).

Cons:

  • Basic community feature
  • It lacks a mobile app
  • Doesn’t have advanced course features like course compliance and student-level analytics and heatmaps unlike Teachable or even Kajabi.
  • The page builder customization options are very limited. You still need to use WordPress
  • Lacks advanced automations features (unlike Kajabi).

You can read the complete review of Podia here.

Bottomline:Podia is an all-in-one digital selling platform with a wide range of features. However, it’s almost like a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Still, you may end up using specialist tools for say website builder and community(based on your requirements). But for the price, Podia offers good value for money.

Kajabi – Best for advanced course creators ⚙

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Kajabi is a powerful all-in-one course creation platform with excellent marketing features.

It’s not a course creation platform, but a digital selling platform with marketing automation capabilities. It’s a hybrid between ClickFunnels and Teachable.

Key features:

  • Courses: Kajabi offers advanced course features, community module with gamification, and student-level analytics.
  • Email marketing: It provides robust email marketing software and automation.
  • Website builder: It includes a flexible website builder that eliminates the need for WordPress or Squarespace.
  • Marketing automation: It features marketing automation for creating triggers and workflows based on conditions.
  • Mobile app: Kajabi has mobile apps with push notifications and in-app purchases.

Kajabi Pricing

When it comes to pricing, Kajabi is expensive. The pricing starts at $149/mo. You can consider going with annual billing to get 20% OFF.

The lowest plan is restrictive, allowing only 3 products and 3 funnels.

Even the Growth Plan at $199/mo, has 15 product restrictions which is really a big downside if you are the one creating multiple “Atomic courses”!

If you think Kajabi is not affordable for you, consider looking at its alternatives.

Pros:

  • Offers deep feature set including student-level analytics and retention graphs.
  • Rich community feature with gamification.
  • Powerful website builder with funnel feature.
  • Robust email marketing feature that integrates with automation engine.
  • Includes native webinars (Kajabi Events).
  • Powerful in-built automations (trigger and actions) and comprehensive integrations to save on additional tools like Zapier.
  • Provides iOS and Android apps with push notifications and in-app purchases.

Cons:

  • Learning curve for beginners due to extensive features.
  • High pricing starting at $149/month.
  • Limitations on the number of products you can create

If you’re interested in learning more about Kajabi, you can check out this review.

Bottomline: If you need advanced marketing features with powerful course features, community, automations, funnels, events, etc. Kajabi would be the best choice. The platform is designed with sound systems design principles. It is great for industry leaders and advanced marketers if pricing is not a concern.

Teachable – Specialist in courses

Teachable is a course platform that allows you to create and sell:

  • Online courses: It’s a specialist in course creation. It has real depth to features here. For example, it has superior course compliance features like for enforcing video watching, enforcing lecture order, enforcing quiz completion.
  • Coaching: If you want to provide more value to your customers, use Teachable’s coaching feature to offer professional one-on-one or small-group coaching.

You’ll be able to also see the per-student progress level using Teachable’s unique video analytics feature.

These features help ensure that students actually complete the course which in turn helps your course completion rate.

Unlike tools like Podia or Kajabi, it’s not an all-in-one platform and doesn’t come with communities, email marketing, etc.

Teachable pricing

Teachable offers a limited free plan but you need to pay 10% of the transaction fee.

Their basic plan starts from $59/month but also charges you a 5% transaction fee.

If you want to eliminate the transaction fee and publish up to 50 products, you must choose their pro plan at $159 per month. However, this is not a good value for money, considering that you can get better options at the same price with all-in-one platforms like Podia or even Kajabi.

You can look at some of these Teachable alternatives.

👉 In 2023, Teachable substantially increased subscription costs, impacting particularly those using its unlimited course feature. The new pricing structure caused a surge in user fees, from $40 to a steep $600 per month. This led to a backlash, prompting many long-term users to migrate to alternative platforms like Thinkific and Kajabi. Users felt held ransom, faced with either paying significantly higher fees or risking the loss of student comments, analytics, and the need to rebuild their systems.

You can read my complete review of Teachable to learn more about it.

Pros:

  • Allows multiple content formats per lesson
  • Offers course compliance and student engagement analytics
  • Includes “Lesson notes” for timestamped student notes
  • Optimized checkout design with guarantee badges and order bumps
  • Automated tax compliance and EU VAT calculation

Cons:

  • Basic plan ($59/month) allows only 5 products and charges a 5% transaction fee
  • No drag-and-drop page builder, only simple modules
  • Only has an iOS app for students

Bottomline: Most people end up choosing Teachable’s Pro plan at $159 per month to remove the limitations described earlier. However, if you want access to some specialist course creation features without paying the premium price of tools like Kajabi, and you’re okay with the 5% transaction fee and the limitation of having only 5 published products, you can choose their Basic plan at $59 per month.

Thinkific – A good Teachable alternative

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Thinkific is a feature-rich and affordable platform for course creators. It comes with the ability to create courses and communities.

Compared to Teachable, it has some powerful features like:

  • Communities
  • Groups
  • Live lessons (integrates with Zoom)
  • Advanced course-building features (like randomized quiz banks, prerequisite lessons, members-only website pages, Brillium exams integration, etc.)

Also, it supports more content types than say Teachable. You can add:

  • Presentations
  • Multimedia files
  • Live lessons
  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Surveys, and more!

It also supports Adobe Captivate & Articulate Storyline files.

Thinkific has excellent customization options. You have full control over the course player customization. To design your site, it provides 3 themes and you can custom code it using HTML/CSS/Liquid templating.

Thinkific’s free plan is quite limited in that you cannot create an unlimited number of courses. However, unlike Teachable’s Basic Plan, Thinkific does not charge any transaction fees even on its free plan.

Thinkific is an affordable alternative to Teachable. However, if you want more features, such as the ability to offer subscription pricing, additional functionality, and the ability to create unlimited courses, you will need to upgrade to their Basic plan, which costs $49 per month.

Pros:

  • It doesn’t charge any transaction fees even on its free plan, unlike Teachable’s Basic plan.
  • It provides advanced course-building features like live lessons, randomized quizzes, exams, private & hidden courses, etc.
  • It is a completely white-labelled solution and is suitable for agencies providing instructional design services.
  • Ability to create communities.

Cons:

  • The marketing features are pretty basic. There are no funnels or automation features. You may need to hook it up with Zapier.
  • It doesn’t handle EU VAT.

Check out our Thinkific review to learn more about it.

Bottomline: Thinkific is a really good alternative to Teachable. It has almost all the features that Teachable has, but without its downsides such as product creation limitations and transaction fees. It’s a specialist in course creation!

LearnWorlds – For academic courses

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LearnWorlds is an online course platform best suitable for academic institutions and educational organizations.

It focuses on student engagement and enhances learning with:

  • Interactive videos (good for academic usecases)
  • Ebooks
  • Assessments
  • Certificates
  • SCORMs
  • Surveys, and much more.

It comes with a lot of features including an e-book creator (better use Canva!), but I found the platform to be really cluttered and the UI and UX deserves a lot of improvements.

When it comes to marketing, it supports upsells and cross-sells with promotions, coupons, and payment plans. It also has a branded mobile app that is completely white-labeled. The app supports in-app purchases and push notifications.

LearnWorlds Pricing

LearnWorlds’ lowest pricing starts at $29/mo.

If you are a professional trainer, you can go with a $99/mo plan and get more features like memberships, subscriptions, blogs, and no transaction fee (for high-volume sales).

Pros:

  • It is a completely white-labeled solution (good if you’re serving corporate clients).
  • Supports upsells, cross-sells, course bundles, etc.
  • It supports SCORM compliance, best for universities.
  • Has iOS and Android apps with in-app purchases and push notifications.

Cons:

  • Their UI/UX feels cluttered and deserves some love. They need to focus on this than extra bells and whistles.
  • The lowest plan charges a $5 fee per course sale.
  • The basic plan lacks powerful features like a customizable course player, question banks, affiliate management, custom certificates, etc.
  • To get a completely white-labelled solution, you need to spend $299/mo.

You can read our complete review of LearnWorlds here.

Bottomline: LearnWorlds is the best solution for academic institutions and educators. It provides powerful features to track students’ progress and also to increase their engagement. It even comes with marketing features like upsells, cross-sells, and a pop-up builder to get leads and convert them.

Passion.io – Mobile-centric platform 📱

Passion.io is an online platform that helps people create their own custom-branded mobile apps without having to write any code.

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The app you create with Passion.io will be accessible on many devices, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, and laptops.

  • Unlimited Courses
  • Group Challenges
  • Progress Tracking
  • Motion-based Exercises
  • Branded Notifications

👉 Most of the people I see using this app would be yoga instructors, fitness instructors who want to give transformational results to their students through better accountability.

Passion.io pricing

Their monthly Pro plan costs you $119/month. But in this plan, you don’t have some features like community push notifications, broadcasts, automation, and removal of branding.

If you want these features (which really matter), you can choose their Ultimate plan at $297/month.

You’ll be also provided the option to publish these apps on the App Store and Google Play, where they can be downloaded by anyone.

Pros:

  • Mobile-centric platform
  • Includes a built-in messaging tool that sends push notifications to audience segments.
  • Includes goal tracking feature
  • Supports content scheduling
  • Custom welcome screens and sales pages can be designed without the need for external tools.
  • It integrates with popular third-party platforms such as Calendly and Typeform, as well as external analytics tools like Google Analytics.

Cons:

  • Customization options are limited, which may be challenging for some users who want to achieve a specific look and feel for their apps. More app building blocks are in development though.
  • The lowest plan comes with a transaction fee of 3.9% and is limited to 100 subscribers, 100 videos, and 1,000 push notifications per month.
  • Advanced features like custom branding, drip functionality, and community features are only available on the most expensive plan, which costs $297/mo.

We recommend you to checkout Passion.io’s complete review.

Bottomline: Overall, Passion.io is a fantastic platform for creating custom-branded apps that are instantly accessible on any platform without the need for coding. Although it currently has some limitations, it also has a number of unique features that make it worth considering. If you’re serious about student engagement and want to go mobile, go for it.

Systeme.io – ClickFunnels + LMS

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Systeme.io is an all-in-one SaaS platform that comes with sales funnels, email marketing, a website builder, LMS, automation, webinars, and an affiliate program. This makes it an affordable alternative to ClickFunnels.

Systeme.io provides a structure for course design that involves a two-tier system: modules and the subsequent lectures within them. The platform also allows the flexibility of drip-scheduling content.

Although it might lack certain features like communities and course-specific features like Teachable or Thinkific, its basic course features are complemented by additional capabilities like email marketing, sales funnels, webinars, and the ability to establish your own affiliate program.

These combined features pave the way for novel use cases in creating and selling online courses, making Systeme.io a versatile tool despite its limitations in LMS features.

You can read our Systeme.io review to learn more about it.

Thrive Learn

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ThriveCart has recently introduced an LMS tool called, Thrive Learn to create the courses right inside the platform.

It is offered for free to existing users of ThriveCart.

There is a premium version of this called Learn+, which costs an additional fee to unlock extra powerful features.

Both Learn and Learn+ allow everything unlimited (like unlimited courses, unlimited modules, unlimited lessons, and unlimited students).

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It has something called behavioural rules that help automate the course tasks. (Refer to the screenshot above to know all the rules available).

The premium features you get with Learn+ include:

  • Advanced sequences
  • Bundles
  • Team Access
  • Student import
  • Featured content
  • CNAME functionality

ThriveCart’s (review) unique selling proposition is its lifetime deal costing $495. Pay once, and use for a lifetime.

Teachery

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Teachery is a dedicated course platform that is popular for its simplicity. You can get started with it easily in no time.

You can add video, audio, or text as lessons or sub-lessons. Like Thinkific, you can completely customize the course player to match your brand.

Unlike Teachable or other platforms, it doesn’t come with video hosting. You need to again spend money on Vimeo or Wistia. Or preferably Bunny Stream as it comes with pay-as-you-go billing for video hosting.

For marketing, it supports custom domains, affiliates, coupons, upsells, course bundles, etc.

Teachery’s (review) pricing starts at $49/mo. It doesn’t charge any transactional fees.

Ruzuku

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Ruzuku is a fairly solid choice when it comes to course creation platforms, albeit with limited features.

The product appears somewhat outdated and lacks some of the more interesting features that could place it at the top of the list.

Ruzuku offers templates for swift course creation and supports multiple instructors and managers per course, which is useful for partnered courses. It offers unlimited courses, students, and storage across all plans.

Their strength lies in enhancing student engagement through features such as calendar-scheduled live courses with automatic email notifications, video broadcasts with group chats, and automatic recording.

It also fosters active student participation through general course-wide Q&A, forums, and discussion prompts for specific activities or content.

Kartra

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Kartra serves as an all-in-one marketing solution ideal for selling both digital and physical products. It is an alternative to ClickFunnels and even Kajabi.

Although it isn’t a dedicated course creation tool, it effectively accommodates course content through its Kartra Videos tool.

This feature allows you to sell individual videos or a series of training videos, offering unlimited hosting and eliminating the need for external platforms like Vimeo or Wistia.

Kartra Videos stands out due to its video engagement features. Users can add social shares, call-to-actions, control displays, playback speed settings, and even tag leads based on video watch duration for further automation.

Moreover, Kartra provides rich video analytics to track student engagement with your content. It also includes funnel-building functionality, streamlining the course marketing process within the platform.

Kartra, which starts at $119/month or less with annual billing, is a cost-effective alternative to Kajabi or ClickFunnels. It offers campaigns, robust email marketing, and a visual automation builder. You can review Kartra in more detail here.

WordPress-based course hosting platforms

LearnDash – WordPress-based flexible solution

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LearnDash is a WordPress-based LMS that is highly flexible and allows for a high degree of customization.

As a self-hosted solution, LearnDash does not come with video hosting built-in, so users will need to utilize an external video hosting platform like Vimeo or Wistia.

But it does come with various features like:

  • Drag & drop course builder (with drip feed)
  • Membership
  • Student-level course progress tracking (with Propanel)
  • Advanced quizzing
  • Assignment management
  • Flexible prerequisites (similar to course compliance)

The platform is highly customizable, with full control over course player customization and the ability to integrate other plugins like Elementor, CartFlows, Gamipress, and WooCommerce for better design and marketing flexibility.

Also, it supports Zapier integration.

However, as with any other WordPress-based solution, LearnDash requires a certain level of technical knowledge and skills to set up and manage effectively.

Overall, LearnDash is a great choice for those who want a powerful and flexible online course platform. There are definitely technical hurdles to overcome, but the cost is reasonable (at $199/year) compared to other popular course platforms out there.

Pros:

  • Ability to productively reuse topics and lessons across multiple courses
  • Drip-feed functionality to prevent students from binge-watching courses
  • Video progression support to hold students accountable
  • Highly customizable and comes with various add-ons.
  • Flexible integration with other WordPress plugins like Elementor for better design and customization.

Cons:

  • Requires technical knowledge and skills to set up and manage effectively.
  • Similar to any other WordPress plugins, the plugin conflicts and tech problems are a thing!
  • Doesn’t have direct compliance with SCORM or xAPI
  • No free trial available

Check out LearnDash’s complete review if this is something you’re looking for.

Bottomline: LearnDash is a great choice for those who want a powerful and flexible online course platform based on WordPress at a reasonable cost. It requires good technical skills to even get started, but it provides unparalleled flexibility by plugging right into the WordPress ecosystem.

TutorLMS

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TutorLMS is one of the most popular WordPress LMS plugins. It is simple to use and provides a lot of features for creating, managing, and selling online courses.

Some of its key features are:

  • Frontend course builder
  • Advanced quiz builder
  • Automatic emails
  • Multi-instructor feature
  • Multiple payment gateways
  • Learning path management
  • Course prerequisite checks
  • Gradebooks
  • Content drips

TutorLMS & LearnDash both costs at $199/year.

TutorLMS is a relatively new plugin. There are fewer features, integrations, and third-party add-ons available. All the features available in TutorLMS are also available in LearnDash, plus more (mainly due to integrations with established players).

But needless to say, TutorLMS feels fresh, and I really liked the UI/UX of the front-end drag-and-drop builder – it’s one of the cleanest I have seen.

LifterLMS

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LifterLMS is one of the feature-rich WordPress LMS plugins that offers powerful features. These include – multi instructor, course export, discussion areas, course reviews, quizzes, quiz timers, content dripping, etc.

For marketing, it supports upsells, coupons, bundles, pre-selling, affiliates, and much more.

For student engagement, it supports: Achievement badges, Certificates, Personalized email, Social learning, Private coaching, Text messaging. Etc.

It also supports memberships for you to earn recurring revenue. The membership features include Course bundles, content Restrictions, private group discussions, etc.

If you compare LifterLMS with LearnDash, LifterLMS is more expensive but it offers a free plugin to get started. Also, LearnDash is more popular than LifterLMS.

Course platforms for students

Udemy

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Udemy is an online learning platform that offers courses on a wide range of topics for learners of all levels. The platform boasts over 155,000 courses taught by expert instructors, making it one of the largest and most diverse learning platforms available.

For learners, Udemy provides an opportunity to learn new skills or improve existing ones, all from the comfort of their homes. The courses are designed to be engaging and interactive, with a variety of resources such as videos, quizzes, and assignments to keep learners engaged.

It also offers a range of features that make it an attractive option for businesses and organizations looking to upskill their employees. Additionally, Udemy for Business provides a centralized platform where managers can track employee progress and assign courses accordingly.

Pros:

  • A wide range of courses available on diverse topics
  • Courses are engaging and interactive, with a variety of resources to keep learners engaged
  • Easy course customization for businesses and organizations
  • Udemy for Business provides a centralized platform for employee upskilling

Cons:

  • The quality of courses can vary depending on the instructor
  • No direct interaction with instructors
  • Certificates of completion lack credibility compared to other options like Coursera
  • Courses are not accredited, which may be a drawback for learners seeking formal recognition

Udemy offers both free and paid courses, with prices ranging from as low as $9.99 up to $199.99. The platform also offers a subscription-based service, Udemy for Business, that starts at $360 per user per year.

Bottomline: Udemy can be a helpful platform if you’re just starting out as an online course creator. Since its revenue share is very high, to create a sustainable business, you’ll eventually need to build your own audience and brand.

Skillshare

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Skillshare is an online learning platform offering courses on design, photography, video, writing, and more.

Its affordable and accessible courses are taught by experts in their field.

The platform offers a wide variety of courses suitable for beginners and professionals alike.

However, some courses may lack depth, and the platform does not offer certification upon completion.

If you’re looking for more in-depth courses or certification, Udemy or Coursera may be better options.

Pros:

  • Affordable and accessible courses
  • Courses taught by experts in their field
  • Wide variety of courses to choose from

Cons:

  • Some courses lack depth and may not be suitable for advanced learners
  • Limited interactivity with instructors
  • No certificates or degrees are offered upon completion

Bottomline: Skillshare is a great platform for creative instructors, but it may not be the right fit for technical or business-focused topics. Unless you have a huge audience, you can’t earn good money from their royalties system. It’s a volume game.

Brilliant.org

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If you’re looking for a way to boost your skills in math, science, and computer science, look no further than Brilliant.org. With interactive lessons that are both fun and challenging, Brilliant can help you build the quantitative skills you need to succeed in any field.

I really liked their interactive classes on computer science, especially Artificial Intelligence. It helped me understand how AI is inspired by our human brain, and how it is used to create better search algorithms.

It really helps students in STEM fields learn the foundational skills from first principles (bottom-up approach), and then apply them in creative ways. It comes with 60+ bite-sized courses to expedite your learning process.

One more thing I really liked is how it challenges you with strategic problems and when you solve them, you not only improve your problem-solving ability but also increase your understanding of the concepts.

After using Brilliant, there’s no going back to old theoretical explanations.

Coursera

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Coursera is an online education platform that offers courses from universities all over the world. Some top universities that offer online courses through Coursera are Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton.

With more than 5,300 courses, it offers a wide range of subjects, from business and management to science and technology. Take courses taught by experts in your field or explore topics of particular interest to you.

Some of the most popular courses are:

  • Machine Learning from Stanford University.
  • Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects from Deep Teaching Solutions.
  • Foundations of Project Management from Google.
  • English for Career Development from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python).

Plus, many of the courses are free. You just need to sign up on the Coursera website, and you can get started right away. But if you need a certificate to show for your work, you’ll have to pay a fee.

Pluralsight

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Pluralsight is the perfect place to learn about technology, offering over 7,000 courses from 1,500 instructors, including experts from Google and Microsoft. The self-assessment feature helps you find the right course for you.

Here are the top features I liked the most with Pluralsight especially compared to Udemy:

  • Paths: Curated selection of courses based on interests and weaknesses, with progress insights on your own personalized dashboard.
  • Flow: Visibility into your work/course progress with the team for immediate feedback and accountability.
  • Skill Assessment: Test to identify the skills you are lacking in and recommend courses.
  • Cloud Labs: Pre-configured cloud station for practising learnings from courses (for cloud computing).

On the other hand, Udemy courses are just pre-recorded videos (with some quizzes, of course), making proactive student engagement optional.

When it comes to pricing, you need to pay $19 per month to get unlimited access to Pluralsight. Compared to it, Udemy feels quite cheaper (especially with those $10 coupons).

But if you plan on taking multiple courses on a monthly basis, Pluralsight can save you more money.

LinkedIn Learning

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LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) helps businesses and professionals develop the right skills (mainly soft skills & professional skills) to build their careers. With over 27 million users and 17,000+ courses, it is one of the largest online course providers.

It recommends courses based on people’s roles, learning activities, skills, and more. It has a Q&A section to increase the user’s engagement.

To access the quality of the courses, you can sign up for its one-month free trial. If you are keen to adapt to new skills and want to advance in career growth, LinkedIn Learning is the best to go with.

Khan Academy

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Khan Academy helps students learn various academic subjects like math, economics, computer science, history, etc. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a free, world-class education to anyone.

Students can study independently outside of the classroom using exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. But the one thing students hate about this platform is its reward and punishment feature for tests/quizzes (punishing will demotivate the students and prevent them from retaking the tests).

If you are genuinely interested in learning the concepts to grow further in your academics, Khan Academy would be the best choice.

Conclusion

If you’re primarily a course creator, Thinkific is the optimal choice due to its focus on course creation features. This is especially true considering recent changes to Teachable‘s pricing and management. But it has only a basic community feature.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective all-in-one solution, Podia offers a premium experience, albeit with less depth to its features.

For those in need of advanced marketing capabilities, like in-platform automations and funnels, Kajabi is worth the premium price.

Alternatively, if you are tech-savvy, comfortable with WordPress, and looking to save money, WordPress-based LMS solutions like LearnDash are worth considering, but be prepared for potential maintenance time expenditures, especially during WordPress updates.