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After you’ve done your research on your audience, you created a course outline, and you’ve pulled together your materials, it’s time to put it all into action. It’s time to actually create your online course! How excited are you?
There’s been a lot of prep work to get to this stage, but there’s still one more decision to make– which one of the many online course platforms will you use?
There are so many different avenues to approach online course creation and each platform is tailored to either specific types of creators or how the creator chooses to teach. For example, you might really enjoy getting in front of a camera to teach a lesson while another teacher would rather create intricate slide shares as their main content material. The good news is there is an online course platform out there for each of you.
If you’re ready to find your answer to this question, here are the online course platforms most used by our users:
Teachable was created to be a simple, all-inclusive course platform filled with the features instructors need to create and sell online courses. They believe that everyone has valuable skills to share and so created a way that anyone could easily build a beautiful course to share those skills.
Currently, Teachable has more than 20,000 active courses, more than 5 million students, and more than 10,000 instructors online. Those instructors choose Teachable for its simple and powerful learning tools, the complete ability to customize their assets, and the advanced marketing and analytics capabilities.
If you’re on the Free plan, Teachable will take 10% of your course price. If you’re on the Basic plan, they will take 8%, and if you’re on the Professional plan, Teachable will take 5% of your course price.
Skillshare was built for passionate teachers and students that want to learn for the sake of learning. That means you won’t find any get-rich-quick or schmoozy self-promotional videos. It’s all about empowering students and teachers to improve their lives and pursue the work they love.
Skillshare’s over 16,000 course marketplace runs the gamut of creative endeavors (photography, film, writing, culinary skills, etc), but the most popular classes focus on design, personal branding, and marketing. Each class runs between 10-25 minute and is broken down into short, bite-sized videos so students can watch and learn at their own pace.
And with $5 million in teacher revenue so far, it’s safe to say that what they’re doing works.
After you have 25 students enroll in your class, you earn $10 for every person who signs up for a Premium Skillshare membership via your referral link. You’ll also get a portion of the “royalty pool.” It’s a bit complicated, so you can check out how that is divvied up here. For a quick gist– it usually breaks down to $1 to $2 for every Premium member who enrolls in your class.
Thinkific’s mission is to make it easy to teach online. And they did just that. With the combination of an intuitive course builder, email marketing capabilities, and insanely responsive customer support, it’s no wonder that more than 35,000 instructors choose this platform for their online course creation needs.
Thinkific provides a full-featured solution to help you create, deliver, market, and sell your online courses. And it’s for more than just online entrepreneurs. Speakers, authors, independent experts, and companies alike use it to quickly create courses on their own sites.
On the Free plan, Thinkific charges 10% of transaction fees, and on the Essentials plan, they charge 5%. The Business plan and above do not have transaction fees. All funds are sent directly to your Stripe account where you can choose how often to receive a payout.
Podia is the new kid on the block. While it started as an online teaching platform for tutors, it eventually pivoted to serve online entrepreneurs who wanted to build their business by creating and selling products.
While other course creating platforms are just that, Podia is an all-in-one solution. You can create branded online courses, products, landing pages, and a storefront to house them all in. And it’s simple and intuitive setup, creation, and payment structures are an online creator’s dream.
You keep 100% of your course. (Minus credit card transaction fee).
Note on the graphic at the end of this post, it was created when Podia was named “Coach”, so keep that in mind when comparing the chart!
If Podia is the new kid on the block, then Udemy is the veteran. Udemy is by far the largest online course creating platform with over 12 million students and more than 20,000 instructors. It may not be as flashy or as beautiful as some of the newer platforms, but with that many students roaming their marketplace, it’s safe to say their network is unmatched in the online course creating world.
Udemy offers a simple, straightforward way to assemble content like PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and videos into a coherent course experience. While you give up a lot of the customization options of other platforms, some consider the large marketplace access enough of a give and take.
If someone comes to your course through Udemy’s marketing efforts, they take 50% of the enrollment fee. But if you bring them in yourself, you get 97% (Udemy has a 3% transaction fee).
Did you find an online course platform that fits your needs? Make sure you take a look at all of them before you make up your mind. You want to make sure that the one you land on will be one you are happy with for a long time.
What are some things you’re looking for in online course platforms? Let’s talk about it in the comments!