15+ Platforms to Create and Sell Online Courses in 2019

Looking to sell online courses, but confused by all of the platform choices? In this post I draw on my two decades of eLearning industry experience to highlight the top online course platforms and help you narrow your list.

While you are here, be sure to grab the free platform selection guide to help you make the right choice faster and smarter. (And, if you are ready to create online courses and other online education content, be sure to check out the free Learning Revolutionary's Toolbox!)

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One of the most important things to know about choosing an online course platform is that most are not designed to sell online courses. They are made to deliver internal corporate training or to support academic programs.

Another important things to know is that even those that will work for selling online courses come in a lot of different flavors. Pick the wrong flavor for your business needs and you will have headaches. So, to help narrow your field of choices (and avoid headaches!), I’ve organized this post into the following categories. [Read more…]

Making Microlearning Part Of Your Business Model

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If you pay any attention to the world of corporate learning and development you know that “microlearning” has been one of the biggest buzzwords for a few years now.

What is microlearning? [Read more…]

Teachable Review

If you are selling or thinking about selling online courses, you don’t have to do much searching to come up with a Teachable review. There are plenty out there. What makes this the best Teachable review, aside from the fact that it is extremely thorough,  is that it is written by someone with:

  • More than 20 years of experience in the e-learning industry, with a specific focus on businesses that sell education (as opposed to, for example, corporate training departments, that do not have to convince their learners to buy)
  • Extensive experience designing, developing, and implementing online course platforms (I was the founder and CEO of an e-learning platform and course development company.)
  • More than a decade of experience tracking and researching online course platforms and helping organizations and individuals pick the right platform for selling courses
  • Personal, hands-on experience in creating, selling, and delivering online learning experiences

I’ve been closely tracking Teachable and other providers that have emerged as a new class of online course platforms in the past several years. These are platforms that are much more user-friendly and less costly than traditional learning management systems, or LMSes.  They are a real boon for solo edupreneurs and small companies that want to get into the online course business.  Over time, I think they also have real potential to disrupt the traditional learning management system market.

So, having said all that, let’s get started. [Read more…]

The Market for Online Courses – 2019 and Beyond

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If you are in the business of selling online courses and/or other learning experiences – it pays to know what the market landscape looks like in the foreseeable future. Without that kind of foresight, it’s impossible to be strategic and plan effectively for the coming year.

So, what can you expect in 2019 and beyond? [Read more…]

7 Key Reasons Online Course Creators Fail at Selling

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You’ve probably heard that the market for online courses is booming. That the global market for e-learning is projected to grow to more than US $240 billion by 2023, And, it seems like with a market that big, it would be relatively easy to build a thriving online course business.

The truth, of course, is that the online course business is like most other businesses. Most start-ups fail – and that includes most online course creators aiming to sell their courses.

In my experience, there are 7 key reasons that aspiring online course sellers fail: [Read more…]

Truth Is, It’s Hard

My wife (also my business partner) and I recently ran a four-week online course on how to select a learning platform. This was designed mainly for trade and professional associations. We’ve run it before and were doing it this time mainly to pilot some new approaches in advance of making it into an on-demand course. It went well, but …

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