Opentute vs. Teachable



Opentute vs. Teachable: In Summary

Let’s get right down to it: Opentute boasts dozens of must-have features that Teachable doesn’t have.  Here’s just a quick list of a few of these features that our course creators tell us they can’t run their businesses without:

Kick off your course site with professionally designed site and course landing pages designed for selling education to your learners. Edit your custom theme with our editor using live preview - what you see is what you get!

Your job as a course creator is made simpler with an easy-to-use course builder and social tools that better enable and encourage asynchronous learning engagement throughout each learning journey.

On the learning side, set your learners up for success with easy social logins, automated course welcome & completion/certificate emails, a full learner dashboard with member-only content, and the right course content thanks to our course prerequisite/content locking feature.

Finally, market and sell with a public-facing website with Zapier automation, custom API integrations, robust membership site features including content via paid custom pages, channel subscriptions, numerous direct integrations with your existing business tools, and even portal license memberships.

And that’s just the list of features that Teachable doesn’t offer at all! 

We’re confident that for serious course creators looking to create, market, and sell world-class education, Opentute stands in a league of our own. 

 

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Read on below for the full play-by-play with feature-by-feature detail, and the most thorough comparison on the planet.

Who uses Opentute?

Opentute’s aim is to empower education providers who care deeply about their learner’s experience. So it’s social with live news feed, mobile-first with free apps and has ecommerce for selling recurring memberships, channel licenses and courses.

Opentute customers range from entrepreneurs growing their specialised training market - to mid-sized businesses looking to grow their companies with impactful education for their audiences.

Who uses Teachable?

Teachable’s slogan is that “Everything is Teachable” and their call to action is that everyone should turn their knowledge into an online course so that they can profit from what they know.

Teachable customers also range, and they additionally target a broader group of individuals who don’t have an existing business and are just looking to make some money online.

Both platforms allow you to create, market, and sell courses online, but with a number of key (and sometimes subtle!) differences that can have a big impact on your future success and ability to grow and scale a serious business. We’ve put together a detailed comparison guide to better highlight some of the core differences between the platforms as you make your decision.

Have questions along the way? Reach out! Our support team is standing by, and we’d love to hop on a call or chat with you about your business.

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Learning Creation

Teachable and Opentute both make it easy to create courses online. Both platforms offer unlimited hosting for content like videos, PDFs, and text, and allow you to break up your course content via lessons and chapters (or sections/activities depending on which site you’re on!) On either platform lessons can be one piece of content, or multiple pieces of content all together (for example, a video, some text, and a comment area).

Now that we have a sense of what’s similar, let’s take a look at how these two platforms differ:

Prerequisites / Content Locking

Prevent learners from skipping ahead by setting one or more lessons as prerequisites within your course (prerequisite lessons lock all following content until they’re complete).

Feature not offered

Quizzes and Assessable Checkpoints

As well as single or multi answer quiz questions (or drag/drop!) Opentute offers a uniquely social chat feature whereby learners can submit answers via chat right in the page. This may be customised to required, optional, hidden or graded and reported upon in the gradebook.

Need even more? Optionally integrate Survey Monkey or embed SCORM packages to provide detailed surveys and more interactive quizzes.

Limited

Basic quizzes allow short text questions & answers only, with optional grading (one-attempt only). No upload feature.

Slideshows / Presentations

Create Learning as an eResource and/or slideshows, with hidden sections for running live presentations.

Feature not offered

One-Click Multimedia

Add multimedia content to your course faster with one-step multimedia lessons for content like webinar links, Google docs, appointment booking tools, forms and more without complicated embedding or code.

Optionally send data (like learner’s email address) to your third-party tools for personalized learner experiences.

Feature not offered

Certificates

Customise completion certificates to your branding and theme to be provided automatically upon completion of one or more Learning modules. 

Feature not offered

Host Captivate / Storyline + more

Upload custom multimedia content directly to Opentute for hosting within your course.

Feature not offered

Copy Learning

Duplicate Learning with ease, which means it’s simple to create a set of Learning templates for creation at any time. Perfect for content that you create once and have it appear across multiple courses.

Feature not offered

Branded free apps

Enable registration directly via our free Opentute app to provide updates, discussions and learning without ever leaving your phon.

Private label portal option not offered

Email broadcasts

Collate one or more admin posts to the entire learning community via the newsfeed into email broadcasts. Better yet, enable approved experts in your learning community to create infinite groups and channels with email broadcasting, likes, sharing and commenting!

Feature not offered

 

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Market & Sell

You’ve got a course – now you need learners. Marketing and selling are primary tasks of any course creator.

First how we’re similar – both platforms offer standard integrations with external marketing related tools like Zapier, though only Opentute integrates directly with Arlo.co, a popular and powerful events selling ecommerce platform.

Here’s a deeper dive into what makes these two platforms stand apart when it comes to marketing and selling your course:

 

Learning Stories

Much like Stories on social media, enable experts to rapidly publish micro learning as posts directly from the app itself!

Feature not offered

Calendar

Create and manage events from within any post on the news feed or channels with quick access via the Opentute calendar.

Feature not offered

Recurring Membership Plans

Sell monthly access to your entire learning community portal.

Feature not offered

Multi-lingual

Launch more than one portal, perhaps offering one in Russian in Russia or French in France!

Teachable exposes some (but not all) of the site language which you would need to manually translate yourself to internationalize your site.

Time Limited Free Trials

When you selling channel licenses, provide the option for the first 30 days free, opt out any time. Better than than, Sync any Channel of users to one or more Learning modules! 

Feature not offered

Countdown Timer

One-click addition of a countdown timer to your landing or checkout pages can increase urgency on your offer.

Feature not offered

Social Logins

Optionally allow learners to sign up for your site using their LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google account for speed + ease.

Feature not offered

Gamification

Out of the box, Opentute gamifies the experience for your learning community with badges based upon your status and activities.

Feature not offered

 

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Site Design & Customization

On the surface, both Opentute and Teachable allow simple landing page design functionality and custom pages.. That’s where the similarities stop.

With an Opentute portal, rest easily knowing your site is optimised for mobile-first interaction, with the ability to publish any Learning and/or Channel publicly to encourage purchasing and sign-up.

Bespoke Solutions

Want more? We partner with Web Design Cafe to offer customised public CMS pages, integrations or whatever you can imagine!

Feature not offered – one default theme only.

 

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Learner Experience

One thing that Opentute Learning creators have in common is a desire to create incredible courses and learner experiences that they are proud to deliver. Our Learning creators know that delivering an incredible learner experience is core to their business growth – satisfied learners will tell others and will return themselves, and these learners will ultimately achieve the outcomes they were looking for which is the desire of every course creator.

Here are just a few of the ways that Opentute and Teachable differ when it comes to learner experience:

 

Course welcome & completion emails

Create custom emails on a course by course basis to welcome learners to your site and to the courses they purchase, and to congratulate them upon completion of their course.

Feature not offered

Course Completion Page

Create a custom page for learners who complete each course – congratulate them on their achievement, and perhaps prompt them to join your next course with an upsell offer! Why not offer a completion certificate too?

Feature not offered

Whitelabeled URLs

We’ve all been taught to watch the site URL to ensure we’re on the page we expect – especially when it comes to online payments! Opentute URLs always show your own URL, providing a seamless experience for your learners.

For example, checking out on a Opentute site would show “https://www.thisschool.com/users/…” in the address bar.

Signup & checkout URLs change to show sso.teachable.com instead of your own site URL, causing confusion and a lack of trust for learners.

While customers start on your site, before entering their credit card details they are taken to a new page where they see Teachable’s URL – not yours – in their address bar, even if you pay for their whitelabel feature. “https://sso.teachable.com/secure/…”

Mobile Access

Opentute’s site is designed to be fully mobile responsive, allowing your learners to seamlessly transition between desktop and mobile devices with complete access and progress tracking within your course. Try out free apps for yourself and join Opentute Hub for a full learning community experience!

In addition to mobile responsiveness, Teachable offers a limited iOS only app, which is Teachable branded and doesn’t work with course discussions or embedded content.

Custom Welcome popup

Fully customize your signed-in learner experience with a fully customisable introductory popup.

Feature not offered

 

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Teaching & Site Administration

Both platforms are designed to make it easy to create, market, sell, and manage your courses. Both ensure you own and can export your learner data, provide comprehensive progress tracking, reporting and analytics, deeply segment and email customers, allow you to enroll an unlimited number of learners, and deliver completion certificates to learners.

When it comes to administering a growing site, a few points differ:

Full User Administration

Users on your site always belong to – and can be fully administered – by the Super Admin.

Update profiles as required, including access to assign or reset passwords if needed (learners can also do this on their own).

Users on your Teachable site belong to Teachable by default.

The MyTeachable login requires your learners to agree to Teachable terms of service & privacy policy on sign up, and you have no ability to update learner names, emails, or passwords if required.

User permissions & levels

Basic

Opentute offers site owners, course administrators, affiliates & payee user types.

Admin levels are module and Learning/Channel access can be granted by existing admins or the Super Admin.

Advanced

Teachable offers the ability to specify user permissions beyond core permission levels, on their $499 plan.

 

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Advanced Site Administration & Developer Features

At Opentute, Enterprise-grade customization and features are the name of the game. Our platform is designed to be easy to use out of the box without any tech background whatsoever – but for customers who have advanced, custom requirements (or grow to have them!) our platform is built for extensibility and future growth. Developers love working with Opentute.

With no API access, SSO, themes or offline site editing options, Teachable has not been built to be extended, increasing the likelihood that you’ll outgrow Teachable as your business matures.

API (developers only!)

Upon request and in conjunction with Web Design Cafe, Opentute API allows developers to programmatically access and manage your Opentute site

Feature not offered

SSO (developers only!)

Upon request and in conjunction with Web Design Cafe, offer learners a seamless single sign-on with your existing system using JSON web tokens (JWT)

Feature not offered

 

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Security & Support

Both companies offer a comprehensive knowledge base, private Facebook community, SSL certificates, and secure cloud hosting. We both think we have incredible support (although if we’re being honest – one of the biggest complaints we still hear about Teachable is the lack of support, and being made to feel like a number instead of a person!).

Perhaps in this case, it’s best to look at what we do, rather than what we say! Opentute has a core value of being fanatical about customer success, and we believe our true colors shine through on this. Here are just a few of the ways we show this:

On-Demand Platform Training

Opentute training courses are included to help every customer succeed at no charge.

Pay to Play – Teachable U is only available once you are paying $99/mo.

Support Channels

Phone & Email support for every customer.

Email, some chat on select plans. Limited support for free customers.

Additional Support Available

1v1 onboarding, migration support, launch preparedness calls, and account managers at different plan levels.

Feature not offered.

No 1v1 or custom support mentioned.

Support Hours

Support is available 7 days a week

Monday to Friday only

At Opentute, we so believe that customer support is at the heart of what we do that *every member of our team* spends time on support every week. Learning how to support our customers is also the first task of every new employee – whether they’re on our finance team or a software developer, support is the most important job in our company.

When we do relax as a team at retreats or team events, every plan is made with maintaining our high level of support. Favorite team memories are keeping a bus full of excited retreat-bound team members quiet because we were taking customer calls while on the way, not to mention the many company-wide support bashes – complete with snacks! – where we’ve kicked off a hackathon or teambuilding event with the most important thing to our company – ensuring every customer email has been responded to, first.

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

Pricing

Teachable has pricing plans that range from free to $499/month on the top end, with enterprise options beyond that. Opentute offers free for 30 days as a trial, then just US$4.40/user monthly (Teams) or from US$390+GST/month for our Infinity plans. Both offer unlimited video hosting, bandwidth, courses, and learners. The biggest differences between the two are with the philosophy around transaction fees, which are percentage-based fees on top of your regular monthly plan costs, and with access to your funds.

Pricing

Plans ranging from $40/m to $1,990/m (exc GST)

Plans ranging from free to $499

Transaction Fees

2%

Up to 10% + $1

Instant Access to your Funds

Payments always go to your own Stripe or PayPal account immediately – there’s never a delay in receiving your funds.

Your learners pay you directly, not Opentute.

Access to your funds differs based on your payment gateway. In most cases, your learners pay Teachable, not you.

On Teachable Payments, Teachable holds your funds for as long as 60 days (On the 1st of the month, following a 30 day delay) for PayPal transactions. They additionally hold a 10% rolling holdback for 45 days on Stripe payments.

Opentute has reduced all transaction fees. Opentute now has a low 2% transaction fees on all new plans, even for free customers! This means you keep more of your money, every time.

Teachable is moving towards more transaction-based fees. Their transaction fees are as high as 10% + $1 on their free plan, and they’ve started adding new features on a percentage fee basis with their new 2% BackOffice fee that applies on every plan level.

Opentute vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison

In every category, Opentute comes out on top when compared with Teachable.

That’s it – we’re at the end! We believe this to be the most comprehensive comparison of these platforms on the planet – and we hope that it will help you make the best decision for your business. Our goal has been to be as transparent and thorough as possible, and this analysis is completely accurate to the best of our knowledge, as of July 26th 2019.

Opentute is simple to use and you can sign up, upload your course content, and launch in only a few minutes. When you’re ready for advanced features, they’re there. Opentute offers a robust online learning platform that is able to grow with any instructor. We’d love you to join us.

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