You may be new to teaching, or looking to turn your weekend hobby into a career. Either way, you'll be looking for a way to host your classes, courses and workshops online and grow your audience.
When deciding on what platform is right for you, you need to take into account the tools and features each platform offers, and how these will benefit you. This list will break down the very best teaching platforms out there right now.
The Top 10 Best Teaching Platforms to use in 2021 are:
- Airbnb Experiences
- LinkedIn Learning
- Youtube Live
1.Use Obby to teach in-person and online
Obby Tools is a platform that helps you do just about anything when it comes to teaching, making it one of the best teaching platforms around. No coding is necessary to use their software, which is fully branded to your site and sits neatly within it.
Secure payments are taken via Stripe, your full availability and schedule is managed, and their full CRM (customer relationship management) suite allows you to connect with your students and manage bookings with fully automated emails and reminders to all students.
What really sets Obby Tools above the rest is it's ability to host and manage both in-person and online classes. Class page designs for each have been fully optimised for the best user experience.
You also have the flexibility to host both live online classes (via Zoom, or a video conferencing software of your choice) and pre-recorded content (again, via a video software of your choice like Vimeo).
Need to send out materials or kits to your students? They've got that covered too, with their Learning kits feature that can be attached to any online class or sold separately.
Another benefit of using Obby is immediate access to their learning Marketplace. Through their site, they have helped over 50,000 students find the perfect class or teacher for them.
Your class schedule and availability is automatically synced with the marketplace, so there is no additional work for you. You can just sit back, relax, and wait for new customers to come to you.
Thinkific is a powerful software that allows you to build a beautiful and professional looking website in minutes, with no coding experience required.
Creating online courses is easy with their drag & drop and quick upload features, and they support a rich plethora of multimedia content, including video, Google docs, Typeform and more.
Although Thinkific only allows you to host courses online, there is a each number of ways you can customise your course and make it your own.
Private courses, multiple instructors and drip schedule content are only some of the features you can use to suite your needs.
Udemy have a huge community of 35 million students worldwide. Using their teaching platform to host your online course means you will have access to all of these students across more than 180 countries.
Setting up is as simple as planning your course and recording a video, then you can get connected to build and grow your community of students.
Udemy are there to help you along the way, with free courses of their own on how to create the perfect course - example worksheets and videos are available too.
Teachable promises to help you teach the way you want to learn. With the ability to host recorded and live online courses via their platform, you would be hard pushed to find a slicker site.
Although Teachable does not have a website builder feature, you can easily link to Teachable under a custom domain name and customise your Teachable content to match your website.
Teachable also make it easy to track your sales and student insights with comprehensive dashboards online. Using their Calendly integration you can arrange one-to-one live sessions. This won't work so well if you are looking to host group classes live online, but it works well enough as a neat scheduling tool.
Skillshare is all about creativity. Unlike most of the platforms on this list, Skillshare is not just a software to help any type of teacher host their classes online, they are primarily a student facing website for teachers to share their passion and skills with students.
Skillshare have a specific vision for their classes (think Masterclass, but you don't have to be a celebrity to be a teacher!), meaning there is less flexibility as a teacher. You need to adhere to their guidelines for a class and you need to be a creative.
If this is you, then it's a fantastic place to grow your following of students. Their website is professional, stylish and easy to use - so it's a great place to start!
CourseCraft is a great place for first time teachers who need help and guidance creating their online courses. With easy to use templates and colour schemes, you can get your course created without hassle.
If you already have courses online, uploading these to the platform is also swift and easy too.
A key feature of CourseCraft is that they host everything for you, and make it easy to connect your course to your own website. With custom branding you can also match your course to your own website for a seamless customer experience.
7. Airbnb Experiences
Airbnb Experiences offers something slightly different to most teaching platforms - their reach across both the learning and travel industry worldwide. It's also one of only few on this list that allows you to host live online classes, and in this case, only live online classes.
Airbnb also have certain quality standards - expertise, access and connection - that they require all "hosts" to have become creating their online class. Classes are subject to application, so there is an extra step to the process of getting set up.
Once set up, however, you have access to Airbnb's huge community, with your class automatically available on their marketplace and marketed to both travel and experience customers - a great way to grow your audience.
Eventbrite is more than a teaching platform, with it's main focus on ticketing for events. However, more recently they have started to host online events and allow for hosts and teachers to run classes online using their platform.
Eventbrite's software is very well established as an analytical and ticketing tool, so it allows for lots of flexibility with your online class, courses workshops, and maybe even events.
It allows for both in-person and online content too so the world is your oyster. A stand out feature is their marketing tools, allowing you to target, share and track all students coming your way.
9. LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning is a teaching platform for business centric teachers and instructors. You are required to have specific expertise from a set number of subjects that relate to business.
If that's the case for you, this is a great place to reach large numbers of students in a small amount of time, as you'll be instructing groups within companies, as opposed to individuals purchasing your course.
All you need to do to get started is create a sample video of your course, and once accepted, LinkedIn Learning takes care of the rest. You'll join a large community of passionate instructors, with access to a large community of companies and students.
10. Youtube Live
Youtube Live is something you may already be familiar with in your personal life. With millions of viewers every day across thousands of channels hosted from anyone as big as Sky News to your local Yoga instructor, Youtube Live certainly puts you in front of a big audience.
As a teaching platform, Youtube Live is useful as the literal way you can host your class, course or workshop live, but does not have any way to take bookings, manage customers or reach out to your audience.
In this way, it's another great way to reach a large audience quickly and grow your community, but you may need to switch to another teacher platform (e.g. Obby) once you have established your student base.
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