With so many online course platforms on the market, it can be challenging to decipher which is best for your needs. So, to shed some light, we’re comparing two players in the e-learning industry: LearnWorlds vs Teachable.
Hopefully, by the end of this review, you’ll be better positioned to decide which (if either) is the better fit for your venture.
Let’s start by exploring their key similarities and differences, then jump into comparing the features and prices.
Teachable vs LearnWorlds: Their Main Similarities
- Both Teachable and LearnWorlds enable you to offer students graded quizzing and course completion certificates.
- When you sign up for Teachable and LearnWorlds’ cheapest packages, you’re charged a transaction fee whenever you make a sale. However, if you upgrade to one of their higher-priced plans, these fees are waived.
- Both LearnWorlds and Teachable come with similar marketing features, including coupons, free courses, and various payment options.
- They both offer a free trial to help get you started. However, Teachable’s free trial is just 14 days, while LearnWorlds’ is 30 days.
- Both LearnWorlds and Teachable make it easy to build an online school and connect a custom domain.
- Both e-learning platforms offer free SSL certificates with all packages.
Teachable vs LearnWorlds: Their Main Differences
- LearnWorlds allows you to create student communities, whereas Teachable doesn’t offer similar functionality.
- LearnWorlds’ course builder places a heavier focus on video content.
- LearnWorlds provides a broader range of quiz and assessment types. Whereas, Teachable limits you to multiple-choice questions.
- You have to opt for LearnWorlds’ most expensive plan to launch a white-labeled website ($249 a month). In contrast, with Teachable, you’ll unlock this with its mid-tier package ($99 a month).
- LearnWorlds offers users 24/7 support via email. Alternatively, you can telephone LearnWorlds Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 17:00 EST (UK and US numbers available) or use their live chat service. However, Teachable only provides support via email and live chat during business hours (8:00 to 20:00 EST).
LearnWorlds vs Teachable: Their Core Features Compared
Now, let’s see how the key features (course building, quizzing and testing, certificates, community building, marketing, and payment options) of these two e-learning platforms stack up to each other.
The course builder is the meat of any e-learning platform. The building blocks your editor provides have a direct bearing on the kind of learning experience you create.
That said, let’s see how LearnWorlds and Teachable compare when it comes to course building features.
Teachable’s web page builder is incredibly intuitive. You just drag the elements you want to use and drop them wherever you want on the page. And, rest assured, your finished work will be completely responsive. It doesn’t matter what device students use to access your content; they’re sure to have a great experience!
Alternatively, you can work with a website you already have up and running by linking it with Teachable — so whether you start from scratch or pick up on a work in progress, the choice is entirely yours.
When it comes to course creation, you can use video, text, image, audio, and PDF files. Once you’re finished creating your course materials, it’s easy to import them to Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.
If you want to dig deeper into your online store’s customization, use Teachable’s power editor. This provides direct access to Teachable’s code, so if you have the know-how, you can make advanced edits to bring your exact vision to life.
Another nifty feature is that the text on your Teachable site automatically translates to reflect your student’s native language.
On top of that, there are plenty of course compliance tools available. This means you can require students to pass a quiz to a certain standard or complete specific lessons or modules before proceeding with the course. You can even limit the number of quiz retake attempts students can make and send an alert when students use up all their attempts.
Teachable also offers an easy-to-navigate SEO setup. This comes in handy for ensuring your online school is search engine friendly.
The sheer number of helpful drag and drop building blocks Teachable provides for course creation is commendable. These include:
- Banner blocks
- Text blocks
- Image with text blocks
- Curriculum blocks
- Featured courses blocks
All these blocks are self-contained, so the customizations you make to one won’t affect the others, making it incredibly easy to use and navigate.
When it comes to course creation, LearnWorlds’ focus is video content.
Within a matter of clicks, you can automatically extract an interactive transcript of your video. This comes in handy for making your video content more accessible and easier to navigate. Plus, you can add all sorts of things to your videos to make them more engaging, including titles, image overlays, links, interactions, and questions.
You can even choose and design the learning pathways students take. For instance, you can drip-feed content to them. Or, create pre-set performance thresholds to ensure students go through your course content sequentially. Alternatively, you can empower students to consume your course at whatever pace they wish, and in whichever order.
I also love that LearnWorlds’ course player enables students to highlight course content and add notes as they go through the lessons and modules. This works wonders for creating a truly interactive and engaging student experience.
Course Building – Winner: Teachable
If you’re really keen on video content, LearnWorlds is the best choice for you. However, Teachable wins out in the end as the better all-around course builder with a more significant number of building blocks at your disposal.
Quizzing and Testing
Quizzes are an effective and interactive way of engaging students with your course material. It also gives you and your students a chance to evaluate their progress.
So, without further ado, here are the quizzing and testing options LearnWorlds and Teachable both have to offer.
You can set graded quizzes, which works wonders for monitoring your student’s progress. While this is a neat feature, it’s somewhat limited.
Teachable’s quizzes are restricted to only multiple-choice questions and true/false responses. If you’re hoping to set students open assignments, this isn’t an option.
However, you can use these quizzes as a compliance measure — something students have to complete and pass before proceeding further along your course.
In contrast, LearnWorlds’ testing engine is nothing short of sophisticated. You can create pretty much any quiz you want: graded, ungraded, open/closed questions — you name it, you can do it with LearnWorlds.
With LearnWorlds’ Pro plan (and higher), you can create and use a question bank. This is where you make a giant pool of questions that you can call upon to set up your quizzes. Needless to say, if you’re looking to create randomized tests, this is the easiest way to do so.
Quizzing and Testing – Winner: LearnWorlds
It’s plain to see that LearnWorlds offers more where quizzing and testing are concerned. Its range of quizzing options is second to none.
However, if quizzes and tests don’t form a considerable part of your course, Teachable’s offering may be substantial enough.
Nothing is as satisfying as hitting a milestone, and completing an online course is no exception. This is why offering students digital certificates to reward their hard work is a fabulous way of rounding off your online course creation.
Not only does this work wonders for cultivating a sense of achievement, but it also exudes professionalism, which helps to establish you as an industry authority.
Teachable makes it easy to design and issue course completion certificates. There are three templates to choose from — all of which lay an excellent foundation for a professional-looking certificate.
Just add your own logo, text, and signature, and voilà, you’re good to go. Alternatively, you can create your own designs from scratch.
LearnWorlds, too, enables you to reward students with course completion certificates. You can create personalized certificates using PDF templates and an online PDF editor to add the user’s name and course.
Since you’re creating your own PDF docs, the design is entirely up to you. Once complete, just upload it to the LearnWorlds platform, and you’re good to go!
Unlike Teachable, LearnWorlds doesn’t officially issue course completion templates for you to edit. Still, on their blog, you’ll find several course certificate templates created with Canva, so this is certainly an option available to you.
Then, all that’s left is to link up a ‘completion action’ with the certificate to issue them at the right time. You can award certificates for finishing part of a course, as well as for full course completion. For example, once a student passes a quiz, this action could trigger the issuing of a certificate.
Lastly, it’s up to you whether students can share certificates on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.
Certificates – Winner: Teachable
Both Teachable and LearnWorlds make it easy to create course completion certificates. However, Teachable makes certificate creation slightly easier with its templates.
Establishing a community surrounding your online course is as much a marketing feature as it is an excellent way of enhancing the student experience. When you enable students to unite over your course materials, you give them a safe space to ask questions, network, and make friendships.
And who knows? Once they form personal connections with your brand at the heart of those relationships, your students are far more likely to sign up in groups for your next courses. So, with all that said, how do Teachable and LearnWorlds compare?
We can reach a quick conclusion here. Teachable doesn’t offer any community-building features — you can’t even create a discussion forum on your courses. To work around this, you could open a private Facebook group that’s only available to course members.
With its built-in social networking feature, LearnWorlds excels in this area. Here, everyone enrolled in your courses gets a public profile that represents them.
Your students can communicate and network with one another, making it easy to share their experiences, swap ideas, tips, discuss any issues, provide feedback, and communicate with the instructor.
Community Building – Winner: LearnWorlds
LearnWorlds wins this round. They provide an innovative way of cultivating a sense of community and engaging students with your course content. Unfortunately, this is an area in which Teachable severely lacks.
Once you’ve created your course, you need to market it. You could have the best class in the world, but if no one knows about it, no one is going to buy it! This is where marketing features come in handy.
Much of Teachable’s in-built marketing functionality hinges on its affiliate marketing platform. This enables brand advocates to advertise your offering on their website or social media platforms. Then, anytime someone purchases your online course using your affiliate’s designated link, they’re credited for the sale and earn a commission.
This works wonders for improving your profit margins and inspiring loyalty amidst your audience. You can specify which courses are available to affiliates to market and easily manage your ambassadors’ payments while controlling what percentage the affiliate will get.
Teachable also allows you to create and promote free courses. These are often just the ticket for encouraging potential students to engage with your content before committing their hard-earned cash.
You can also generate customer coupons to make your offer more appealing.
Lastly, you can build attractive, high-converting sales pages using Teachable’s page editor, which uses the same intuitive drag and drop function I’ve already mentioned.
Unlike Teachable, LearnWorlds doesn’t have an in-built affiliate marketing program.
However, you can design beautiful sales pages that include one-click funnels. It’s easy to create and publish opt-in forms where customers can sign up to learn more about what you’re offering.
On top of that, you can also build customizable checkout experiences that instill confidence in your customers. At this point, you can upsell your products and services, enable customers to use their coupon codes, and offer shoppers course bundles and subscriptions.
Marketing – Winner: Teachable
All in all, both LearnWorlds and Teachable’s marketing features are pretty basic. Neither offers much in terms of email marketing. But both provide coupon and landing page creation.
That said, Teachable has the slight edge here with its long-established in-built affiliate marketing platform.
The payment options available to you have a massive bearing on your conversion rate. With that in mind, here are the payment options offered by LearnWorlds vs Teachable.
Teachable provides a wide range of flexible payment structures you can offer students, including:
- Membership subscriptions
- Single, one-off payments
- Course bundles
- Payment plans
What’s more, Teachable accepts over 130 currencies via PayPal, Mobile Pay, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
LearnWorlds and Teachable are somewhat similar where payment options are concerned. Leanworlds also enables you to offer students:
- Course bundles
- One-off payments
Learnworlds accepts multiple currencies and five payment gateways, including PayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout, Shopify, and PagSeguro.
Payment Options – Winner: A Tie!
Where payment options are concerned, LearnWorlds and Teachable aren’t too different — they both offer a wide range of payment options that can’t be scoffed at. It’s a tie!
LearnWorlds vs Teachable: Customer Support and Training
If something goes wrong, who can you turn to? This is where customer support and training is imperative. Let’s see what both LearnWorlds and Teachable offer where customer care is concerned.
Teachable only offers support during business hours via support tickets and live chat. But, Business plan subscribers can also participate in group coaching calls. Here you’re in contact with a customer success manager who will provide tailored advice on improving your courses and moving your business in the right direction.
As of June 2020, Teachable now also offers all paying members (regardless of which paid-for plan they’re on) access to their exclusive community! This is big news for Teachable members, and it’s been a long six years coming — but the new community offers industry-relevant discussion, privacy, and a space to speak freely about the intricacies of running an online business.
Teachable promotes their new community as a tailored space, with members automatically grouped with other users at similar stages in their business career. As your business grows, you level up within the community too.
Finally, Teachable also offers TeachableU, its online ‘University.’ Here, you’ll find several training courses and self-help guides on how to make the most out of Teachable. Their online knowledge base is also brimming with tutorials.
LearnWorlds offers 24/7 support. On top of that, if you’ve opted for the Pro Trainer plan, you’ll also receive an onboarding call to help you get up and running.
Alternatively, if you’ve subscribed to the Learning Center plan, your onboarding experience is amped up a notch with two hours of premium onboarding. Here, an expert will walk you through importing courses, branding tips, getting set up, customizing your online school design, and much more.
If you don’t have time or aren’t sure how to migrate your content over to LearnWorlds, the support team can also take care of that for you.
Customer Support and Training – Winner: A Tie!
Both LearnWorlds and Teachable provide hands-on support teams, so should you ever get stuck, you’re never on your own. Plus, both platforms offer extensive online knowledge bases that should cover most of your questions.
LearnWorlds vs Teachable: Pricing
No matter the platform you choose, ultimately, the goal is profit with your online school. So, you’ll need to weigh up your costs and expenses.
It’s up to you to find the service that provides the best value for money — especially if you’re working to a strict budget. Here’s how LearnWorlds vs Teachable compare on pricing.
All of Teachable’s pricing plans boast unlimited video uploads, course creation, and hosting. You also get access to integrated payment processing, student management features, lecture comments, basic quizzes, 0% fees when you ‘sell’ free courses, and VAT (value-added tax) for EU customers.
The Free Plan
Teachable offers a freemium package. This comes in handy for testing out Teachable’s course builder and familiarizing yourself with the software’s core features.
Interestingly, Teachable doesn’t mention their free plan on its pricing pages, so you’ll have to hunt around a bit to find it. That said, the free plan comes with some pretty severe limitations. Most notably, you can only register up to 10 students, and you’re charged a whopping 10% and $1 on every sale you make.
The Basic Plan
Teachable’s cheapest paid-for plan is its Basic package, which sets you back $29 a month (when billed annually). For which, you get:
- A reduced transaction fee of 5%
- Unlimited numbers of students
- Up to two admin-level users
- Access to an integrated email marketing platform
- Access to Teachable’s third-party integrations
- Access to online training with TeachableU
The Pro Plan
Teachable advertises the Pro plan as its most popular. However, there’s a substantial hike in price with this package. It will set you back $99 a month (based on annual billing). However, you will unlock loads more features.
As well as everything in the Basic program, you also get:
- 0% transaction fees (which is a huge bonus!)
- Five admin-level users
- Access to priority customer support
- Set graded quizzes
- Launch an unbranded website
- Access to advanced reports
- Award students with course completion certificates
The Business Plan
Then, there’s Teachable’s most expensive and extensive package: the Business plan. This will cost you $249 a month (based on annual billing).
For this, you’ll get everything in the previous programs, plus:
- Up to 20 admin-level users
- Import students manually and in bulk
- Assign your team custom user roles
- Access to advanced theme customization
Like Teachable, there are also three paid-for packages available, which we go into in more detail below.
The Starter Plan
This costs $24 a month, and like Teachable, it also comes with a transaction fee. But instead of 5%, you’re lumped with a $5 flat fee on every course you sell.
That said, you can create as many paid-for courses as you want. But, you can only make three kinds of web pages with its page builder: homepages, course catalogs, and a login page.
In terms of payment gateways, you can integrate with:
On top of that, you can seamlessly integrate with several third-party apps, and you also get a custom web domain and SSL certificate.
The Pro Trainer Plan
LearnWorlds’ Pro Trainer package is the next step up and will cost you $79 a month. With this program, you get everything in the Starter plan, plus:
- Five admin- or instructor-level users
- Unlimited courses and landing pages
- Access to a blogging functionality
- 0% transaction fees
- Offer customers installment plans, subscriptions, and memberships
- Create a fully customizable checkout page
- Download premium integrations
- Create questions banks
- Award students with custom certificates
The Learning Center Plan
LearnWorlds’ most expensive plan comes in at $249 a month. This entitles you to everything in the previous two programs, as well as:
- 20 admin- or instructor-level users
- White-label options
- Upload students in bulk
- Publish interactive videos
- Access to more integrations
Pricing – Winner: Teachable
As you can see, LearnWorlds requires you to shell out for their most expensive plan just to launch an unbranded website. Conversely, Teachable only requires you to pay for its mid-tier program.
If you’re taking online course creation seriously, it’s imperative you brand yourself. This is key to exuding professionalism and building credibility.
LearnWorlds vs Teachable: Final Thoughts
Ultimately, both platforms provide similar services (easy-to-use course creation features, course completion certificates, SSL certificates included with all their packages, etc.) for similar prices and suffer from similar drawbacks (neither offers much in the way of email marketing or funnel building and both charge hefty transaction fees with their lower-tier plans).
So, all in all, you can’t go too wrong with either. But, there are a few factors to decide on before making your final decision.
LearnWorlds is more suited to those further along in their careers. They make it easy to migrate your content to their platform and continue growing your business.
Also, thanks to its community-building features, LearnWorlds really lends itself to building thriving and engaged audiences. Not to mention, the platform boasts powerful video content tools with flexible payment and quizzing options.
Teachable, on the other hand, is a little easier to use and better suited to beginners. Its quizzing functionality isn’t as advanced, but they offer a wide range of building blocks for your courses.
If you’re still not sure, why not give their free trials a shot? This is the best way to test out their interfaces and see which course editor works best for you.
Whichever you decide, we’d love to hear how you get on in the comments box below!