3 of the top online learning platforms

When it comes to expanding your student body or giving your current students a versatile e-learning opportunity, choosing the best online learning platform is important. Online learning platforms offer different features and benefits, and choosing the right platform can make a major difference in students’ experiences with the content you’ve created.

Online learning platforms typically feature courses designed by universities, education professionals, and tutors with strong reputations. They often feature learning dashboards, progress updates, and other tools to let students review their accomplishments and keep them engaged with course content.

In contrast, online course platforms tend to feature more professional certification courses designed by entrepreneurs. These platforms often feature quizzes and forums, but don’t always allow students to download course content.

If you’re an educator looking for an online learning platform for your course content, consider these quality options.

1. Coursera

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Coursera is a robust online learning platform that lets students access courses and earn professional certificates and degrees from top universities and companies like Duke University, Google, IBM, and more. Using Coursera, you can deliver quality learning opportunities to students worldwide.

Coursera allows you to create guided, hands-on projects, award professional certificates, and link the platform to your learning management system. Coursera also offers a resource hub complete with case studies, webinars, e-books, and reports to help you learn about the latest teaching strategies.

You’ll need to contact Coursera to get pricing information.

2. Udemy

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Udemy offers a wide range of online courses to support career development and more. Companies like Box, Nasdaq, and Eventbrite use Udemy for employee training. Udemy hosts more than 200,000 courses and boasts more than 62 million learners.

Udemy offers many resources to help you plan your courses, and you can record video with tools as basic as a smartphone or DSLR camera. Udemy’s support team is available to help you throughout the process of creating your course, and the team can also provide feedback on your course videos.

Once you launch your course, it will appear on Udemy’s marketplace. You can earn revenue from student enrollment in your course, and you can also offer enrollment incentives using Udemy’s coupon tool.

Pricing varies by course. Udemy doesn’t publish rates for teachers publicly.

3. Skillshare

user interface of skillshare

On Skillshare, students can learn everything from career skills like digital illustration and marketing to hobbies like crafting and creative writing. Skillshare currently offers more than 34,000 classes to more than 800,000 members. Skillshare members get unlimited access to all classes, as well as other perks like offline viewing and access to the learners community.

Skillshare educators have the opportunity to grow their online following and give back to the creative community. According to Skillshare, top teachers earn more than $100,000 per year on the platform.

If you’re interested in teaching on Skillshare, you’ll need to create an account and submit an application. Skillshare notifies you of approval within two weeks. From there, you can publish your first class and start earning money. Skillshare pays teachers based on metrics, including the minutes watched in their classes and meaningful engagement with members.

Skillshare doesn’t publish information on subscription prices.

Online learning support from Jotform

Jotform is a great way for educators and teachers to collect data through customized forms — with absolutely no coding required. With Jotform, you can use those forms to securely collect student data like course registrations, test scores, course evaluations, and more.

Building forms is easy, especially when you start with a form template. You can fully customize school registration forms, course registration forms, and course evaluation forms templates to meet your needs. Jotform even offers the ability to create quizzes, homework submission forms, homework survey forms, and more.

You can also add payment gateways to your forms so you can accept payments for event registrations, course enrollments, and more. Plus, Jotform Sign allows you to automate your e-signature collection process.

Once you’ve designed your forms, you can share them with a unique URL, through email or a QR code, or by embedding them in your website. Using Jotform Tables, you can track form submissions, making it easy to compile and review data. Plus, you can create your own education app with Jotform Apps, giving your students another helpful resource to enhance their education.  

The best online learning platform for your needs

As you explore the different online learning platforms available, consider factors like ease of use, the resources available for students, and the cost of the platform. Pairing a platform with the resources that Jotform offers may be the ideal combination, helping you expand your own education platform and provide your students with valuable resources.

Photo by Armin Rimoldi

A journalist and digital consultant, John Boitnott has worked for TV, newspapers, radio, and Internet companies for 25 years. He’s written for Inc.com, Fast Company, NBC, Entrepreneur, USA Today, and Business Insider, among others.

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