8 online training examples you can draw inspiration from

Stuck for ideas with your online training? Take a look at these innovative examples from eight of the world’s leading online training organizations.

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1. Khan Academy


Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan with the aim of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The organization produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos.

Why I like it:

  • Q&A and discussion features let learners and coaches engage with each other in a community environment.
  • Good use of branching to create a seamless learning experience that is easy to navigate.
  • Gamification features (missions, badges, points) encourage learners to complete more courses.
  • Each learner creates their own personal profile which includes information about them and the courses they are participating. This helps learners build relationships with other learners and coaches.

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2. Udemy


Udemy.com is a platform or marketplace for online learning. Unlike academic MOOC programs driven by traditional collegiate coursework, Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a tuition fee.

Why I like it:

  • Wide range of courses taught by 19,000 instructors offers plenty of variety for students.
  • Simple navigation makes it easy to search and find courses you are interested in.
  • Discussion features encourage communication between instructors and students.
  • User profiles add a human element to the online learning.
  • Well-designed mobile apps provide access to all courses on-the-go.

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3. Duolingo


Why I like it:

  • You can set yourself daily goals to achieve.
  • Content is delivered in small, bite-sized learning nuggets.
  • Clear roadmap and progress markers for your learning path.
  • Placement tests to put you start you at the right level.
  • Gamified design unpins the whole experience, with key gamification features: currency, points, leaderboards, and rewards.
  • Users can vote on the best translation submitted by other users .

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4. Codecademy


Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 9 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

Why I like it:

  • Responsive design with a simple interface.
  • Clear progression and scaffold approach (lessons build sequentially on what you’ve learned before).
  • Interactive practice activities and quizzes to put learning into action.
  • The content and practice is separated into bite-sized series of very short exercises so it’s easy to roll through or get back into after a break.

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5. Lynda.com


Lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills.

Why I like it:

  • Really good granular course design: each course consists of around 40 videos, grouped into ‘chapters’ with bite-sized segments of around 8 minutes.
  • Online training is organized into ‘playlists’, collections of courses curated by Lynda.com. Anyone can create and share playlists, so learners can create their own learning pathways.
  • Multi media multi channel – includes digital materials from publishers such as Wiley, and interactive PDFs that can be downloaded and used in exercises as learners work with the videos.
  • Users can make notes below the videos which helps transform the entire UI into a work space.

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6. Treehouse


Treehouse is an online interactive education platform that offers courses in web, mobile and business development.

Why I like it:

  • Clear progression – uses ‘achievements’ to unlock new information.
  • Raises the bar with high quality studio produced video lessons hosted by in-house team of trainers and contemporary visuals.
  • Courses organized into ‘tracks’. These are pre-selected sequences of training topics that you complete in a specific order.

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7. EF Englishtown


EF Englishtown is an online English school offering elearning for adults. The organization has teaches English to 1,200 companies and has 15 million users.

Why I like it:

  • Video scenarios situate learning into real life contexts.
  • Interactive text-to-speech tool helps students practice pronunciation and dictionary definitions.
  • Speech recognition with feedback for speaking practice.
  • Snap-shot reporting to view progress.
  • Student-to-student challenges.

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8. Google Primer


Primer is the fast, easy way to learn new marketing skills.

Why I like it:

  • Breaks down information in a really simple way.
  • Lessons are bite-sized – they take five minutes or less.
  • Uses real case study material, insider tips and interactive tips and quizzes for you to see how you’re doing.
  • The offline feature means you can learn anywhere, anytime (on the underground if you can get elbow room)
  • Access via a really easy to use native mobile app.

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