More and more companies are using external online courses to train their employees.
This does not necessarily require their staff to click through dull presentation slides any more.
Today, various learning platforms offer high-quality courses based on modern video content and in-course interaction.
Below, we present an overview of the 6 most important e-learning providers for companies of all types – from medium-sized to large organizations.
The world's largest platform for online courses from universities and other institutions. Some courses have already exceeded one million enrolled learners.
For companies, Coursera for Business offers access to their professional learning portal. LMS integration is available upon request. You can compile courses for your employees yourself or with the help of Coursera experts. Learning analytics tools can be used to evaluate the learning behavior based on data reports.
There are various pricing plans available (Basic / Team / Enterprise), starting at approximately $100 per user per year for small businesses. For larger companies, individual agreements can be negotiated. Reference customers include L'Oréal, Philips, Infosys and Pfizer.
EdX is well-known for its high-quality video courses from top U.S. universities such as Harvard and MIT. It is the only non-profit organization among the major course providers.
With edX for Business, thousands of courses are accessible to corporate customers. Similar to Coursera, courses can be integrated with your own Learning Management System and in-depth learning analytics data is available. Price quotes need to be requested and negotiated individually.
The most important European provider of online courses based in the United Kingdom. Part of Open University, the largest distance learning university in Britain.
Their corporate business (FutureLearn Workplace Learning) is still in its infancy. Most customers are headquartered in their home market in England, such as the retail chain Marks & Spencer. Prices need to be requested individually.
Unlike the three course platforms mentioned above, content at Udemy does not come from universities, but from independent experts in their respective fields.
Learning and development departments will find the relevant content at Udemy for Business. Here, companies can get access to the 2,500 most relevant training courses from the Udemy range. There are different pricing plans (Team / Enterprise / Nonprofit) from about $240 per user per year for companies up to 20 employees. Reference customers include Apple, PayPal, Volkswagen and Adidas.
Skillshare offers a large number of short, practical video lessons (often less than an hour long). It's not so much about lengthy educational courses, but more about instantly adding specific skills needed for day-to-day tasks.
With Skillshare for Teams, organizations can choose from over 15,000 short video lessons, starting at $99 per user per year for small businesses. Reference customers include Disney, Adobe and Virgin Media.
6. LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning evolved from Lynda.com and other predecessor platforms. It uses insights from its professional network about the skills that are in high demand among employers.
With LinkedIn Learning for Companies, it provides learning content that is intended to close the skills gap between existing and required skills. Prices need to be agreed individually. Interested organizations can test the available functions with a free demo version.
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In a separate article, we have provided an overview of e-learning and its potential.