iQUniv in Context: Our Platform Vs. Competitors
Virtual and online education resources are more critical today to society than ever before. In the wake of COVID-19, thousands of people are stuck at home, reinventing their careers and facing indefinite school closings. Educational technology has become the singularly most vital resource available to people as we forge the path forward and learn to endure. iQUniv was developed to meet today's learners' evolving needs while retaining the most compelling and meaningful aspects of a traditional classroom: human connection, teacher and student interaction, a community of peers, and thought-provoking material.
While the iQUniv team believes in our mission and platform, we also recognize that there are plenty of e-learning options out there. Finding the best online learning platform for your needs, goals, and schedules can be daunting at best. Everyone learns and lives differently — and joins the e-learning community with individualized circumstances. We created iQUniv to humanize online learning classes and give everyone a voice to share the unique knowledge and experiences that have made them successful. This blog, however, explores iQUniv alongside three other major competitors.
Finding the Right EdTech Community For You
Knowledge is power, and the iQUniv team wants every online learner to find the perfect virtual learning community for them. Here's a breakdown of iQUniv as well as some of the parallel platforms on the market:
Udemy is a pay per course online platform that offers video-based courses on thousands of academic, professional, and personal development subjects. While creating and enrolling in classes is affordable, Udemy offers limited stylistic control to instructors. Plus, its student discounts caps instructor income quickly, and their pricing models provide 50% or less of enrollment costs to teachers.
From a teacher's perspective, this platform is suitable when seeking passive income. There is minimal opportunity for student interaction, engaged teaching, or big paydays. In fact, teachers do not have access to student emails and must price their courses within a mandatory price range set by Udemy. However, the platform's structure does not require the same time investment as other communities, which makes it conducive for highly independent instructors and students with little time to spend on courses.
While Teachable offers a more sophisticated learning platform than Udemy, its biggest downfall is its pricing modules. Teachers must pay monthly or annual fees to create courses ranging from 29.99/year to $249/year or 39.99/month to $299/month. Courses vary in terms of price for students but tend to be pricier - particularly compared to its polar opposite counterpart, Udemy.
Teachable stresses instructor autonomy. Instructors each have their own domain, which houses all of their course content. While this is great for some, it demands more of instructors in terms of marketing, advertising, and outreach. Their course enrollment rates won't benefit from traffic driven to the main Teachable website through paid and organic SEO optimization. In short, Teachable offers admirable in-depth courses, but only students and instructors with a surplus of time and funds can afford to participate in them.
ThinkFic takes an entrepreneurial approach to learning. It is grounded in business, 21st-century technology, e-commerce, and digital brand building in terms of both its course content and business model. ThinkFic could be an excellent option for those with a narrow field of interest, specifically the prospect of scaling online businesses. While their course offerings are diverse, it's a time-intensive platform that mirrors Teachable in terms of structure, pricing, and capabilities. And, much like Teachable, it can be expensive for students and instructors alike.
With an emphasis on student and instructor engagement, real-time communication, fair compensation, and diversity of course offerings, iQUniv leverages traditional learning and 21st-century technology to create a balanced online learning community. Our investment in people - in the human experience as both a student and an instructor at iQUniv - is unparalleled.
We emphasize fair compensation and instructor autonomy while still providing individualized support and the benefit of paid and organic advertising. Instructors design their courses, set their rates, interact with students in real-time, and receive 70% of enrollment fees. Plus, there is no signup or monthly payments. We understand that providing a positive space and ample opportunity for teachers, in turn, enriches student experiences and adds significant value to our overall community.
One of iQUniv's most significant assets? We're a new community just starting to make our mark on the e-learning industry. Becoming a student or teacher with us holds the promise of individualized support and attention. As an instructor, your course won't be lost in a vast sea of other classes - a perpetual problem in the digital age.
iQUniv: Fostering an Active, Diverse Learning Community
When we set out to establish iQUniv, we sought to merge traditional academic subjects, personal development courses, and professional industry-specific classwork so that people could enjoy learning again - regardless of their educational background. At our core, we are about sharing knowledge, empowering learners and teachers, and finding excitement in expanding skillsets.
iQUniv builds a framework for instructors to build a viable business, sharing what they love while providing students with a nurturing virtual community of peers and professionals across all disciplines, industries, and geographic locations.
And we're just getting started.