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 coursework 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 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.

A wave of consolidation is on the horizon as newer technologies such as virtual and augmented reality will enter this market and emerge as key criteria in future evaluations. Expect blockchain to appear as an important technology in providing authentication and verification of skills.

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
  • Support outside content
  • 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
  • Provide credentialing and badging

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 40 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • Coursera
  • Infosys Wingspan
  • Khan Academy
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Pluralsight
  • Salesforce Trailhead
  • Skillshare
  • Udacity
  • Udemy

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated at least once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

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


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