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With technology and innovation, every kind of workaround we have become easier. Therefore, not using the easy way to deliver what you can be a sin now and the receivers may not be willing to walk the hard path. The year 2020 has shown us what quarantine is like but it has also shown us how many things can be done from the comfort of your home.

Physically going to attend classes can not only be costly but exhausting as well. If the students or employees can learn what they want to learn in comfort, they will be more productive and interested. And, that brings us to the world of E-learning.

Luckily, there is no lack of a learning platform for teachers. But, there are certain things that you must consider when choosing the platform. Or else, you will only get frustrated and your students will lose more interest.

The best eLearning platforms for teachers can be categorized according to their nature, features, and usage. These can be divided into the following categories:

  • Collaboration Tools – Google Classroom and Seesaw
  • LMS – Kajabi, LearnWorlds, Ruzuku, Academy of Mine, Canvas Network, Chamilo, Edmodo, EduBrite, Moodle, Open-edX, Podia, Schoology, Talent LMS, Thinkific, Udutu, WizIQ, Teachable
  • Marketplace Online Platform – LinkedIn Learning, Udemy
  • WordPress LMS Plugin – Learn Dash, Learnpress
  • WordPress Theme – WPLMS, Eduma

So, let’s find out about the various best elearning platforms available and the things you have to consider to choose one. These platforms have been serialized randomly, not according to their best features.

1.  Google Classroom and G Suite for Education

Google Classroom is such an E-learning platform that does not exactly create a traditional classroom but provides the tools that you use in a classroom. Apparently, it lets you post things, collect data and assignments, assess easily, etc. However, it does not let you conduct a class. Posting announcements on google classroom is a great feature and is often used along with the physical class activities.

Pros:

  • It is extremely easy to learn and use- it takes about fifteen minutes to half an hour to understand how it works.
  • Notifies you with emails.
  • It makes the routine activities very easy by organizing it better.
  • No concern about the price- it is free.
  • Provides the best of Google- Google Docs and Drive.

Cons:

  • It could use Google hangout tools to be more interactive.
  • It does not provide a complete classroom environment where lectures could take place.

Pricing: Free

If you are not planning to give lectures but only announcements, assignments, and interactions through comments then Google Classroom will be good for you. Google Classroom makes keeping track of activities really easy. Assessment of the students is simple and the students can easily see it as well. It does not require a lot from the students either.

2.  Seesaw

Seesaw lets not only the teachers and students interact but they give access to parents as well. In fact, Seesaw lets both the teachers and students post videos or pictures, or just write-ups. As a result, the students, especially the younger ones can share their creative ideas with both their teachers and their peers. Furthermore, parents can see a video of their kids if the teacher posts it. This platform makes keeping track of work, announcements, and assessment very easily.

Pros:

  • Quite an interactive app for teachers, students, and parents.
  • It relieves the stress of the parents as they can interact with the teachers and see their kids in the class easily.
  • It simplifies the process of assessment, assignment submissions, and more.
  • It allows the students to think out of the box and share their creative ideas.

Cons:

  • The user interface is not the best- the posts can be very unorganized, making it hard for students and parents to use.
  • It lacks a few features that could have made it a better platform.

Pricing:

Core features are free but extra features need subscription.

If you are teaching a class of kids then Seesaw may be a great online platform for you. It does not limit activities to only the class activities but really lets the students share things that are not caught in the class. As a teacher, you can help the kid with such learning through Seesaw. All these while also posting the important lessons of the day along with your class tasks.

3.  Kajabi

If you have a business and you are looking to reach out to more people while using the platform to host more content then Kajabi may be the one. Apparently, Kajabi lets you offer online courses, post content online, reach a target market, upsells, downsells, Webinar funnels, etc. It gives you a structure that you can work on and guides you throughout the whole process.

Pros:

  • It is quite organized.
  • It offers almost everything you need for consultation, sales automation, and posting content online.
  • You will find it easy to work with.
  • You do not have to look for multiple platforms to get various jobs done- Kajabi does it all for you.

Cons:

  • It’s expensive.

Pricing: Paid trial

It is for those businesses that already have a good income and wants to expand. Because the expenditure Kajabi brings is not negligible.

4. Learn Worlds

If you are planning to take a course online then the most time-efficient way of interacting is going live. This platform allows you to do that and also post videos, documents, and more. It is easy to use but you do not get a lot of flexibility when using it. You will find easy to edit options but it won’t allow bulk uploads. Other than that, it also lets you conduct quizzes, post certificates, and assess the students.

Pros:

  • It has tools that make taking courses easier.
  • The engagement and interaction are really good on this platform.
  • The assessment method is easy and fruitful.
  • Quite simple to use.
  • It has features to ease creating content for you.

Cons:

  • Not a lot of flexibility.

Pricing: Paid trial

Those who want a variety of interactive features for their students can try the LearnWorlds out.

5.  Ruzuku

Are you looking for an easy to use LMS (Learning Management system) to offer courses to your students? Then, Ruzuku does not require you to be an expert on such platforms. In fact, it is an easy to use platform that has loads of features to make things easy for you. It guides you step by step when you create content, offers you a number of styles to choose from. Furthermore, it’s a live webinar, and communication systems make it quite interactive.

Pros:

  • Very easy to use.
  • It offers you a few styles to choose from- as the outlook matters.
  • It makes the course quite interactive.
  • Organized in a good way.

Cons:

  • It offers a few features only to the people who pay most- like quizzes and certificates.

Pricing: Paid but have free to try facility

If you are willing to have it easy but pay more to get all the features then Ruzuku may be a good choice for you.

6.  Academy of Mine

Have you looked at various e-learning platforms and been dissatisfied? Do you want something you can customize? Then, the Academy of Mine platform may be what you are looking for because you can customize it according to your needs. Not only does it offer the regular features you expect but it goes beyond that. You can upload SCORM files and you can build your website up quite easily.  Other than that, there is no limit to the number of students you can get enrolled.

Pros:

  • It lets you customize according to need.
  • The features you get are both common and uncommon- you will surely be satisfied.
  • It is easy to use.
  • Customer Support is very supportive.
  • Good capacity- compatible with most devices.

Cons:

  • The guide can be confusing- the initial setup may be a bit difficult.

Pricing: Paid

If you want to go through the process of building your own way of imparting education and training then the Academy of Mine is a good start.

7.  Canvas Network

The Canvas Network lets you conduct courses for various purposes. You can upload content and you can interact with your students to some extent. It lets you use the various colors and styles of its own layouts and tools- which can be a bit limitedly variable. Other than that, it sends notifications to email, keeping you updated. It runs on both computer and mobile but the two may offer different kinds of access.

 Pros:

  • Compatible with different devices.
  • Easy to use.
  • Multiple layouts and styles to choose from.
  • Accepts contents of various forms.
  • Keeps you updated.

Cons:

  • A bit limited flexibility.
  • App and computer version offers different accessibility.

Pricing: Free

If you are only looking to educated people, you can try this out. It’s not the most interactive, however.

8.  Chamilo 

Chamilo is another basic E-learning platform that is easy to use and available for many. It is a cloud-based one which makes its capacity quite huge. You can conduct courses, and it supports most kinds of content. Furthermore, it lets you conduct assessments easily. What you may have some trouble with is the heavy database and the time required to build the course.

Pros:

  • It offers educational tools.
  • It supports most types of content.
  • Huge capacity.
  • Students will find it very easy to use.

Cons:

  • Not the easiest for the teachers to build on at the beginning.

Pricing: Free

It is suitable for almost anyone from any background of the study.

9.  Edmodo

If you want to focus on something narrow outside class with a smaller group of students then Edmodo might be the best option. It lets you interact with the students by supplying them with a code and locking participation. You can assess, post, and communicate with both students and parents. It helps you share informative stuff outside the classroom. Furthermore, it can be connected to google thus you can receive the email.

Pros:

  • Easy for the teachers and students to use.
  • It offers basic classroom tools and makes the tasks easier.
  • Notifies and keeps track.
  • A simple interface.

Cons:

  • It could have more features.

Pricing: Core features free for teachers, Schools need paid version

10.  EduBrite

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EduBrite offers you editing features along with interactive and assessment ones. You will find each feature easy to use with a lot to choose from. While it is flexible, you may get tired of its flexibility if you do not need much flexibility. When it comes to content, it allows you to use multiple sizes and types of content.

Pros:

  • It helps you create and edit content.
  • Quite a number of options to choose from.
  • Easy to use.
  • Keeps track of everything- quite organized.

Cons:

  • It can be lengthy to work with as it offers a lot of options.

Pricing: Paid

It is great for people who need a lot of options to choose from.

11.  Moodle

If you just want to offer and assess then Moodle offers you just what you need- nothing more. It lets you post lectures, conduct quizzes. But, it is not great at being interactive or analysis.

Pros:

  • It lets you post and provide content easily.
  • Easy to take quizzes on.
  • Backs up data- quite safe to use.

Cons:

  • Not very interactive.

Pricing: This is Open-source and completely free for Self-Hosting. Paid for Moodle Hosting

It is for those who would only like to lecture, not discuss.

12.  Open edX

Open edX not only lets you upload various kinds of content but it also helps you keep track of what your student is learning. You can even customize it to some extent to build your own learning tools.

Pros:

  • Very easy to use with various features.
  • Keeps track of things.
  • It can be customized to some extent.

Cons:

  • It can be lengthy and complex to set up at first.

Pricing: Open-source free program

It is for those teachers who want the learner’s experience to be easy.

13.  Podia

Podia offers you a simple platform to offer your courses and digital downloads without the complex process of marketing. You just have to create your content and post in on podia to reach your target customer and then offer it to them.

Pros:

  • Very easy to use.
  • Affordable price.
  • Markets simply- email marketing and more.
  • Store all in one place.

Cons:

  • Not very customizable.

Pricing: Paid but have free trial facility

It is for them who do not want to go through the complex marketing process.

14.  Schoology 

Want a platform that lets you improve the student’s performance? Schoology lets you post content and also assess performance. Furthermore, it lets you interact with people. It is compatible with easily available devices and most types of content.

 Pros:

  • It offers a lot of features.
  • It makes the assessment easier.
  • It helps to improve performance.
  • Easy to keep track and also use.

Cons:

  • Sometimes the getting notifications option malfunctions.

Pricing: Free for individual, Paid for Enterprise

If you want to improve a student’s performance- Schoology is a good platform.

15.  Talent LMS

It is a simple cloud-based e-learning tool that helps you shape your online courses very easily. Apparently, it lets you use any kind of content and adapts as per your requirement. However, it won’t offer you a lot of customization.

Pros:

  • Very simple to use.
  • It allows different kinds of content to increases excitement.
  • It has a lot of features you can use to provide a better learning experience.

Cons:

  • Not very customizable.

Pricing: Free, Paid

It is good for corporate training and also schools.

16.  Thinkific

Thinkific helps you to sell courses online. You can also customize the look of your courses and use your own domain name. One interesting feature that It includes is a voiceover PowerPoint presentation.

Pros:

  • It helps you sell courses easily and its free option is quite generous.
  • Easy to use features and friendly interface.
  • Compatible with mobile.
  • Customizable to some extent.

Cons:

  • No chat option.

Pricing: Free, Paid

If you want a platform that will allow you to easily create content and also provide it to your users in an easy to understand way, then Thinkific is a great choice.

17.  Udutu

This platform helps with group learning by providing the basic course tools with tasks, meetings, and exercises. It helps you scale progress as well.

 Pros:

  • The teaching tools are quite helpful in keeping track.
  • Affordable option.
  • Easy to use.

Cons:

  • It’s not innovating much or including new features with time.

Pricing: Free, Paid

It is a great option for corporate training facilities. However, not for those who want audio and video recording options.

18.  WizIQ

If you want to teach just like you do in a classroom, you can do it using WizIQ with its onscreen whiteboard. It also lets you use almost any format of the file and keeps track of student progress and rank.

Pros:

  • It has an onscreen whiteboard and many tools to help to teach.
  • Keeps track of progress.
  • Easy to use.

Cons:

  • It does not have a good capacity.

Pricing: Paid but have free trail facility

Suitable for smaller groups of students.

19.  Teachable

Teachable lets you customize your online course to a great extent. You can upload any kind of content but longer ones will need you to post links. It is easy to use as well.

Pros:

  • Quite customizable.
  • Supports most types of content.
  • Compatible with most devices.

Cons:

  • A bit expensive.
  • Hard to build at first.

Pricing: Paid

It is for them who are looking for a customizable online platform.

20.  LinkedIn Learning

If you want to market your courses in the right place, you will find nothing better than LinkedIn Learning. It helps you find the right market and also provides your content easily. You will find it very easy to use as well.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • It helps you find the right students.
  • Easy interactions.

Cons:

  • Not many know of this feature of LinkedIn.

Pricing: Paid but have free trial facility

If you think your target market is on LinkedIn, it is a great place to start.

21.  Udemy

If you teach a rather unique subject then Udemy may be a good place to start. It offers a great number of courses and it is very easy to use as well. However, the reviews of all courses are not great as Udemy has not set a good standard- which could affect your course image.

Pros:

  • It offers many courses.
  • Very easy to use.
  • A nice format to follow.

Cons:

  • It does not have a set standard- which could affect your course negatively.

Pricing: Free

22.  Learn Dash

LearnDash is the WordPress Plugin. If you want to use WordPress to build your courses then Learn Dash is a great option. It also has features that help you integrate more tools with it and also track progress.

Pros:

  • Very simple to use and set up.
  • Compatible with multiple plug-ins.
  • Tracks progress.

Cons:

  • Not with the most understandable user interface.
  • You need to learn WordPress.

Pricing: Paid

23.  LearnPress

LearnPress is also a WordPress Plugin. If you are a beginner in the e-learning world then LearnPress will make things easier for you. It gives you multiple things to choose from and lets you build step-by-step. An integrated payment system and easy addon options make it even better.

 Pros:

  • Easy to build a course online.
  • A number of features including easy payment.
  • Quite flexible.

Cons:

  • Not the best customer support.

Pricing: Free, Paid

24.  WP LMS

This Learning Management System (LMS) theme transforms your WordPress into an LMS. You do not have to put in much effort and you can also market your courses through the WooCommerce platform.

Pros:

  • It helps you set up the online course just the way you want to.
  • It gives you a platform to market your course.
  • High flexibility.

Cons:

  • Some time and expertise needed to set the course up.

Pricing: Paid

25.  Eduma

This is a platform that offers you great WordPress themes that you can use to create courses. It also has a number of interactive and documentation features. You can market your courses through the WooCommerce accessibility.

Pros:

  • The themes are great.
  • The plugin options.
  • Easy marketability.
  • Many features.

Cons:

  • Not the best SEO results.

Pricing: Paid


How to choose the best eLearning platforms for teachers?

Once upon a time, people sued to face problems due to the unavailability of platforms. But, now people face problems because there are so many platforms and features available, they end up choosing the wrong one. So, let’s find out how you can choose the right one.

1.  The control you want over the Platform

Do you want the Elearning platform to be fully hosted by your organization? Or, do you just want to use something that is available in general? The more control you want to have over the software, the more you will have to pay.

There are various kinds of Elearning platforms for teachers and other trainers based on the control you have over them. For example, self-hosted e-learning platforms are those that a third party creates for you, and you host under a separate domain name. You can create the platform based on your preferences, pay for it, and then take complete charge of it. But, you will need technical knowledge for this.

The second kind is where a third party both creates the website for you and hosts it. So, you have less control over it but your need for expertise is lessened. But, you have to pay more for it.

Then, there are the E-learning marketplaces. You do not have to do much but just pay for the courses you get online and make them available for the students and employees. If you trust the procedure of teaching of the website then you can rely on such platforms.

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The last one is the most common one. These are the ready-made self-hosted software. You create your own course, syllabus, assessment, everything, and you just use the platform to deliver it to your students. The course material can be created by MS PowerPoint or by ready-made eLearning authoring software.

As you can see, the more control you want, the less available and more complex the platform is. The less control and expertise you have, the more available the platform will be.

2.  Your Purpose

Why are you using the Elearning platform is a question you have to answer. Are you trying to teach something or are you just trying to make your students compliant? Is your purpose worth the expenditure an e-learning platform will require?

You have to determine your purpose and the money that you have to spend on it. Then, you can narrow your choice down.

3.  The Audience you have

Some E-learning platforms will let you deal with a mass audience- like if you are conducting a class of 50 students, it will let 50 students use it at a go. Again, there are platforms that do not work well with too many participants. So, determine how many audiences you will have.

Next, you have to see if your audience will have access to the platform. If your student or employee cannot even enter the platform, there is no point to it.

Finally, the skill level of the student really matters. If the student cannot understand how to use the platform- he cannot easily do it. The user interface and the knowledge required to use the platform are matters of consideration here.

Also, your audience should have access to the devices required to use the platform. Or, you may have to choose an e-learning platform that is accessible to everyone from one device that you own.

4.  The Skills and Expectations you have

As the teacher, you will host and it can get embarrassing if you do not know what you are doing. Therefore, consider what you can and cannot do. Can you build a course? Do you understand the assessment method of the platform? Can you tackle a problem if it arises?

Furthermore, you have to consider what the platform can give you. Do you want it to be easy to use? Do you want it to have its own assessment system? What other features do you want to have?

Some features include tracking, reporting, testing, customizing, etc. The design of the platform also matters. Do you want your students to choose from a course catalog? So, consider such features that you need the platform to have. Or, at least consider the features that will make your task easier.

5.  The Requirements- All Kinds

Not only do you have to have access to the hardware and software of the platform but so does your students. Do you need to use a computer? A phone? The Internet? You probably do but do your students have access to these devices?

So, the compatibility of the e-learning platform is very essential to consider. Furthermore, if you have someone in charge of maintaining the platform, is the person is skilled enough. What skills does he need? Answer these questions to see if the platform will be suitable for you or not.

Another prime consideration, as already mentioned in the price. What do you have to pay and what do your students have to pay for it? This can also include internet costs.

In conclusion

Choosing an online e-learning platform is hard. You have to consider your side, the course’s side and also the learner’s side. It is not only the features of the platform that matters but how easily you can use it matters as well. So, now you know what these platforms can offer and what you may have a problem with- choose wisely. 

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