I received another question from a reader today that I’m hoping someone out in the blogosphere can help answer. Usually I think of freelance e-learning developers developing content for a specific client with a specific audience in mind. However, this reader is looking for something else:
Which sites, if any, accept e-learning courses from freelance courseware developers?
Based on the related discussion on the e-Learning Guild site, he’s hoping to find a site that would host the courses he creates and share a portion of the revenue with him. Someone else recommended Lynda.com, which is looking for course authors but probably isn’t quite what he’s looking for.
I know of several places where content can be donated or shared with a Creative Commons license. This isn’t a complete list, but a place to start:
None of those would help him if he’s looking for payment though. Is there a general portal for e-learning courses somewhere that accepts and sells basic content, where a freelancer could create content related to his or her expertise and sell it for a share of the profits?
Update 8/18/08: On the eLearning Guild discussion, Coggno was suggested. This actually does appear to be a site where you can sell self-paced courses as a freelancer. See the comments below this post for other ideas.
Update 1/28/13: Open Sesame didn’t exist yet when I originally wrote this post in 2008, but they are definitely a large force in this market now.
Update 7/14/15: Check out this list of 15 Platforms to Publish and Sell Online Courses.
Update 1/4/2020: Edward Klein has a comparison of the pros and cons of the top 10 Online Course Platforms.
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