About This Constellation ShortList™

Learning Marketplaces provide a platform for online education, bringing the content of teachers to learners. These online marketplaces often include features of learning management systems, which allow courses and skills to be taught on-demand and at a student’s pace. Most online marketplaces offer both free and paid content.  

Performance and learning can be measured by evaluations, and course work can go toward a defined curriculum. Self-paced instruction often incorporates interactive capabilities with video chats, online communities, mentoring, live classes, and live feedback.

Learning marketplaces differ from traditional corporate learning management systems (LMS) with the ability to author, assemble, and sell courses. Many of these marketplaces can feed into corporate systems or enable classes to be hosted as needed. 

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Offer online courses and course libraries
  • Deliver gamification and incentives
  • Provide assessment tools
  • Facilitate online communities
  • Deliver live feedback
  • Enable content authoring
  • Create virtual classrooms
  • Host and sell courses
  • Provide commerce and marketplace capabilities
  • Provide a curriculum set
  • Support SCORM compliance
  • Ensure regulatory and compliance management
  • Integrate into learning management systems

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates over 35 solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • Coursera
  • OpenSesame
  • Pluralsight
  • Salesforce Trailhead
  • Udacity
  • Udemy

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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