Between Teachable and Ruzuku, which is the Best Online Course Platform for Your Needs?
Here’s Our Review.
Is Ruzuku the newer, better course creation software?
Or should you switch from Ruzuku to Teachable? Is Teachable worth it?
Well, Ruzuku and Teachable are two of the best course platforms right now.
We’ll give them that.
But we also know you likely won’t be subscribing to both at the same time.
So, which one is better?
We will compare more than a dozen critical areas in under 25 minutes of your time.
Let’s start with a quick overview.
Then we’ll show you the crucial differences between Teachable and Ruzuku that make all the difference in the main comparison.
What do we like about Ruzuku over Teachable?
- Adding course content is ridiculously easy compared to Teachable.
- Ruzuku offers robust teleconferences and teleseminar tools.
- Expect a vibrant discussion forum under each lesson/activity.
- It also provides phone and Skype customer support.
- Ruzuku’s domain is its ease-of-use — Basic course building tools for creating well-structured course material and self-study courses.
- It offers a good-looking course interface, too.
- You can bulk-upload (and bulk-edit) and import course content from multiple sources.
- Ruzuku has non-existent course compliance tools, which Teachable offers.
- Teachable is the more affordable option, comparing pricing to features. You won’t need to have a $149/month payment plan (as in Ruzuku) to sell memberships, for example.
- Teachable has a smoother and more optimized sales, checkout, and upselling process.
- Teachable offers more design and customization options, from templates to custom CSS/HTML features.
- It has a built-in affiliate marketing program.
- All aspects are mobile-friendly compared to Ruzuku. Teachable also offers a mobile app to support on-the-go check-ins.
- You’ll get live chat support.
- You can create coaching programs with Teachable, which Ruzuku doesn’t offer.
- The Teachable course player offers superior controls to both students and tutors.
- Teachable provides superior course analytics and reports, supporting unlimited courses and unlimited students.
They are self-hosted e-learning platforms. So you’ll have the freedom to brand, price, and share your knowledge independently.
They are also ideal for teaching more in-depth online courses as a subject-matter expert than Udemy or LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com).
Now, let’s see some differences. Shall we?
This is how the Ruzuku interface looks the first time you sign in.
It is not overwhelming with tons of menu items.
Still, there are shortcuts to creating a course, course manager, and customer support.
Compare that to the Teachable interface.
The fresh design includes tutorials on “getting started”, course creation, product launch tips, and site customization shortcuts. All that in a dashboard that doesn’t feel overbearing, either.
We like that both platforms are mobile-friendly.
Bottomline: Both course platforms offer clean interfaces that make getting to the right tools quick and overwhelm-free.
Let’s get right to it.
Teachable offers two categories.
You can teach online as an instructor with the Course product.
Or, you can provide one-on-one training sessions through its Coaching product. Become a career coach, perhaps?
Once you pick the Course option, Teachable offers tips, instructions, and a step-by-step process to create the new course. It feels easier and quicker than it actually is.
Next, Teachable has a two-layer course curriculum.
A Section acts similarly to a chapter, while Lectures are the actual course content.
The good thing is you can drag-and-drop the lectures up or down later to give the curriculum an optimal flow.
Meanwhile, creating a new course on Ruzuku is super easy, complete with tips on the side.
Look at that image a little closer.
You’ll notice Ruzuku’s course structure is layered into Lessons and Activities.
There’s also a Create Message tab. More on that later.
Now, check this out:
A Lesson represents a specific topic you want to cover, so you’ll give it a specific title. You can create multiple Lessons, each with its teachings. It is similar to creating various chapters in a book.
Activities are the actual content that your students will learn and are similar to Teachable’s Lessons.
We suppose Ruzuku calls them Activities because they are similar to a to-do list students need to tackle to proceed with the rest of the course.
Bottomline: Both e-learning platforms offer thoughtful ways to organize course content into proper flows. That should make the content less overwhelming to learn.
On Ruzuku, you’ll upload your course content under Activities.
Next, click the pen symbol next to the activity you’ve just created.
It’ll take you to a work area where you can fill in more in-depth course content.
From that image, notice that you can:
- Upload or embed an MP4 video file (480p and 2GB size max)
- Upload or embed an MP3 audio file
- Upload a non-fillable PDF file
- Add text and format it however you like
- Add downloadable resources (additional documents to support further learning)
- Include a poll to capture students’ feedback
- Prompt students to ask questions or start a discussion with you and fellow students.
What’s the primary video, audio, or image?
It means the content type you’ll upload or embed will be the main focus of learning for that specific session.
Everything else, such as the downloadable resources, text, and discussions below it, will supplement what it teaches.
For example, upload a video only if you want to turn a specific activity into a video lesson.
You can upload a Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or Google Drive file. Or embed one with a link. Or upload it from your computer.
You can include more than one content type inside the “writing area”. Insert email links, website links, images, and text where you wish. The toolbar contains them.
NB: And don’t worry too much about creating activities in the wrong order. Like Teachable, Ruzuku will let you re-order them later by dragging and dropping them up or down.
On both platforms, you can duplicate/copy the course content to use elsewhere in the course. Ruzuku will also show you how your students view the course. Or you can duplicate the course for split-testing purposes.
But what if you want to copy the content elsewhere and paste it on Ruzuku?
SCORM packages let course creators copy or move huge sections or entire courses from one platform to another, provided both platforms support the SCORM function.
Instead, we recommend you first paste it on Word 2 Clean. See all the formatting options available. Once satisfied, use the “Convert to Clean HTML” button. Follow the prompts.
Then click this icon and follow the prompts to paste the content on Ruzuku’s Code View:
You’ll likely have much fewer formatting errors inside Ruzuku as a result.
Teachable takes a different approach here.
First, you’ll be free to upload lots of content file types, including:
- HD video (720p) in AVI, MP4, or MOV formats (Embed or upload) up to 2GB in size and H.264 + AAC audio. You can also add video subtitles.
- MP3 and AAC audio files (embed or upload)
- Non-fillable PDFs
- Downloadables files, including additional resources to support each lecture
- Custom code for further customization
- Or, you can embed a survey to capture feedback
Each student has a unique learning style, so it helps to have Teachable support multiple content formats.
Second, you can upload course content in bulk to save time. Each uploaded file will automatically become its lecture, so label them accordingly.
You can also preview, edit, delete, and make the course materials downloadable. All that in one place. Ruzuku doesn’t support such bulk actions.
Third, Teachable automatically saves what you input, unlike Ruzuku, where you constantly hit the Save button.
Teachable also supports uploading content from third-party storage options, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or OneDrive. There are no additional fees for video hosting either.
Like Ruzuku, Teachable will also let you format text and insert links from the toolbar.
Oh, another thing.
You can turn any section of the course into a free preview.
If you do, any student will be able to access and view it. Then students can know what to expect and if the course is right for them.
Bottomline: Teachable offers more handy tools like bulk-uploading, bulk-editing lectures, and auto-saving. But uploading and organizing course content inside Ruzuku is more straightforward.
Scheduling and content delivery
So, how do you share the knowledge you’ve just created? Which LMS makes the process practical, easy-to-follow, and most engaging to students?
Drip content feature
Content scheduling is ideal if you want students to learn at a particular pace. The goal is to prevent students from streaming content casually. You do not want them to binge-watch your course materials for the sake of completing the course, do you?
Both platforms support scheduling content. You can decide to grant course access to a specific student or all students, too.
Alternatively, you can drip content at:
- A specific date, or
- A particular number of days after a student enrolls.
Ruzuku’s drip content feature is easy to set up as you create an activity.
Like Teachable, you can make an email announcement whenever course materials unlock. That way, students will know the materials are available going forward.
Next, Teachable’s IOS app will help students do the following on the go:
- Streaming content or video lessons.
- Read documents like worksheets and course handouts.
- Sync course progress and pick up a lesson from wherever and on whichever device they have.
- Take quizzes from an iPhone or iPad.
Again, Teachable hasn’t created a similar experience for Android device users.
Ruzuku doesn’t provide any mobile app.
Some of its sections do not appear to be mobile-friendly at all.
You may have to pinch, swipe sideways, and zoom out to see everything. But we like that all Ruzuku pages load fast.
Decent video delivery can turn an otherwise boring lesson into an interactive video session all participants love. That’s where course players come in.
Simple branding tweaks can have major differences on how your course works, looks, and feels. And that can influence your students’ virtual school experiences.
So, what are the different course player features these two have?
Ruzuku’s course creation simplicity takes a toll here.
Its course player is pretty non-existent compared to what you can do on Teachable.
The Teachable course player may have removed the Vizia tool that made videos interactive. But it still packs loads of benefits.
For example, check out these course player settings.
It can autoplay, adjust play speed and quality, and show students their course progress in one place. Plus, you can decide to use an HTML or Flash player.
Course lectures also display on the left, well-organized.
That’s not all.
Students can also see their instructor’s bio.
They can also have the lectures marked as complete automatically when they finish watching a video. Or they can manually click through to the next lesson, and the lesson will be marked complete.
On Ruzuku, you’d need to click the Course Progress tab and analyze each student’s progress.
You can also download that progress for offline analysis.
Live video streaming is a great way to engage students more directly while making a presentation.
Just go to the Add Code tab in the lecture area and embed your Ustream, Adobe Connect, YouTube, Twitch, and LiveStream sessions.
You can also host pre-recorded and live webinars on Teachable, a benefit that Ruzuku also offers.
Both platforms will also let you use an external platform such as Zoom or Webex if you choose.
Ruzuku calls its live video streaming sessions “teleconferences”. They host up to 200 participants, while webinars host up to 1,500 participants. So teleconferences would be a better choice for live coaching and webinars for general courses with more participants.
But you can also host teleseminars, online live events for instructors who have used meet-up events before or just prefer them to webinars and podcasts.
We like that Ruzuku can record the events if you choose.
It will also email you events’ details such as webinar slides an hour before start time.
And after the event, it provides the recorded file in audio and the original presentation you uploaded.
Ruzuku also supports group chats. The live chats may help engage students more, such as by taking questions and suggestions without disrupting an ongoing presentation.
Bottomline: Both platforms offer good conferencing, webinar, and live class tools. They seem a bit complicated compared to platforms like Thinkific and LearnWorlds, but they get the job done.
On both platforms, you can allow students to interact with each other and with tutors when discussing lessons.
There is a discussion button under each activity/lecture. So students won’t need to open a new tab to pose a debate like on Thinkific(review).
Students can upload images, audio, and videos (up to 300 MB) and use text to make their points.
You can also limit who joins discussions, which is handy to mediators.
That’s not all.
All tutors and students will receive automatic email notifications on what’s going on in the forum when they log out, further engaging them.
Ultimately, you can use debates to collect course feedback, a smart way to improve your coaching program.
We like that.
And if you choose, Ruzuku allows admins to send discussion summaries at the end of the week.
Teachable doesn’t send similar summaries. But we like that its discussion forum supports commenting.
The comments section is directly below the lecture materials, so students won’t need to navigate elsewhere to raise a point with you or the entire course community.
We like that, too.
Assessments and quizzes
You want students to go away with new knowledge they can apply in real-life situations, right?
Then test their understanding with exams, quizzes, and assessments.
Teachable supports creating graded and ungraded quizzes.
You can then decide to use the grades to determine who passes and who needs to retake the exams. More on course compliance options in the next section.
Keep in mind surveys (Teachable), and Polls (Ruzuku) only apply to getting feedback, not pose assessment questions.
To create a Teachable Quiz, go back to the course editor. Then follow the prompts.
Adding a quiz on Ruzuku is also straightforward.
Go to Lesson>>Add Quiz>>add your question>>Save>>Add Another to include more questions.
From there, you can edit how the quiz appears, add multiple options, and so on.
Bottomline: Expect simple quizzing tools on both platforms. If you are expecting sophisticated quizzes, multiple-choice answers, and Brillium exams, you may as well get Thinkific instead.
Instead of letting your learners coast through the course, you can require them to make some commitments.
On Teachable, you can grade exams.
Anyone who does not score higher than a specific grade either retakes the course or is considered failed out of the course.
You can also:
- Require students to follow a specific lecture order if they want to unlock the following lecture.
- Require watching a full video before proceeding to the following lecture.
- Enforce taking a quiz/exam to advance, including setting a pass mark they have to beat to progress.
These tools can help students take the course more seriously.
Unfortunately, course compliance is pretty much an alien concept on Ruzuku.
For example, you can only see students’ course progress if they deliberately click the Mark as Complete button as they finish each course activity.
Ruzuku does not have a badge or certifications system. But Teachable does.
How do Teachable certificates work?
- Pick one of three certificate templates.
- Create custom certificates using Liquid or HTML
You can then activate, deactivate, manage and delete Teachable certificates under Certificates.
Teachable will let you create and run an ongoing membership program. You can invite unlimited participants and create several subscription tiers at no additional cost.
That means you can provide learners with a members-only portal and subscription plans for accessing exclusive content going forward. The continuity program is also ideal for earning you a passive income in return.
To do that, go to Courses>>create a new course>>Bundle Contents>>Add a Course to this Bundle.
Then select the course you wish to bundle from the drop-down menu that appears.
Next, add all the courses you wish to offer within the parent bundle course. Once done, click Add Course.
Then you can do the following:
- Create membership tiers/subscription payment option (monthly or annual).
- Bundle separate courses in one offer and sell them as a discounted package.
- Group different subscribers into different membership tiers such as Gold, Platinum, and VIP Memberships.
- Drip content to subscribers.
- Upsell members on a higher membership tier.
You won’t get these privileges with Ruzuku unless you purchase the $149/month plan.
Bottomline: Teachable helps sell memberships from as low as $30/month.
We like that Teachable Reports display data down to the individual student level in ways Ruzuku can’t.
You can view lecture completions, video statistics, quiz scores, leaderboards, and video engagement metrics.
Then under each of those items, you’ll be able to compare performances by students or percentages.
For example, you can see the percentage of students who completed a specific video lesson.
Ruzuku’s analytics and reporting tools are limited and focus on student progress at a bigger picture rather than capturing the details.
Bottomline: Teachable offers plenty of both raw and filtered data, which is great for informing your next steps.
Both platforms support digital downloads. You can create course materials and turn them into downloadable resources, too.
So, feel free to package video, audio, image, and other files in downloadable form to sell them separately from other courses.
Learners on Ruzuku can add a photo and bio to their online school profile. Teachable doesn’t support this.
But unlike LearnWorlds’ advanced social profiles, Ruzuku’s community features are only suitable for discussions.
You can send emails, messages and invite students to live events. But they can’t message or receive messages directly from other students.
The same thing applies to Teachable.
Students can only engage each other during discussions. So they can’t make accountability friends within either platform, as one example.
You would have to create a Facebook group, where they can interact with each other more directly.
Bottomline: Both platforms have limited community features.
Color is a language. Your course’s color scheme can attract or leave potential students questioning whether you know what you are doing.
You won’t have much of a problem customizing your course with Teachable, though.
But keep in mind Teachable has a single theme. That can limit you if you want to explore deep customization options such as applying different looks and feel in different areas of the same course.
It also means changes you make in one instance will affect all other pages, not just one specific section.
Yet you can add a custom course logo and pick one of several color palettes and fonts.
Plus, you can use a custom domain and host a blog on the Teachable platform.
The Ruzuku platform does not support blogging. Neither does it have an integration with WordPress or any CMS tool.
Now, check this out:
Its course design and customization options are also limited to changing the course logo, font, and color scheme.
Clearly, “Limited” doesn’t begin to describe Ruzuku’s limitations here.
Contrary, Teachable lets course creators go all out and change the look and feel of their courses.
You can use its Power Editor 2.0 for custom CSS and HTML (or Teachable’s Liquid coding language). You need a Business plan and upwards to use Power Editor.
Bottomline: Teachable offers superior design and customization benefits here, from tweaking how headers and footers look to changing how checkout pages work with custom code.
Being able to manage courses is one thing. Having the tools to help you sell courses online is even more welcome.
So, you’ll want to pick a course platform with the most robust internet marketing tools to grow your online course business.
Consider the following powerful marketing strategies for your online course business.
Both platforms offer integrated email systems, which you can use to send update emails to participants. Think of welcome, drip content, course updates, and other weekly emails.
There are no sophisticated email marketing sequences or pipeline campaigns for courses here. But you can set up automatic email updates to go out to students on either online program.
Here’s how Ruzuku’s integrated email system looks:
That’s the default email.
You can also choose to personalize your Ruzuku notifications under Custom Announcements. Offer a special deal, maybe. Inform them of your affiliate program, perhaps. Thank them for purchasing the course. All that.
Under Emails>>Compose, Teachable will let you send notification emails to individual students, specific users enrolled in a particular course, or your entire student community.
Like Ruzuku, you’ll be able to personalize your messaging and email design using a toolbar.
Oh, another thing.
You can send a test email to see if it came out how you wanted.
Bottomline: The two platforms offer essential email functions. You may need to connect extended marketing integrations such as email marketing providers like ConvertKit, AWeber, or ActiveCampaign.
Ruzuku does not have a built-in affiliate program. You can invite students directly to purchase the course. but you won’t be able to partner with other people to boost your marketing efforts or sales. And that sucks.
Contrary, you can use Teachable affiliate programs to create custom affiliate marketing strategies.
For example, you can determine everything from affiliate commission rates to how long cookies take to expire, and affiliate payout schedules.
NB: You can also build a mini-blog on Teachable. It is not as robust a system as WordPress, but it can help you engage students with regular blog posts.
You’ve created and learned the ways to market your online course.
It is time to make money off it.
Both platforms support the following:
- Offer one-time offers
- Let learners buy a course in a single payment
- Bundle courses and sell them as discounted packages to boost sales
- Accept installment or continuous payments so students can purchase the course at their pace
- Accept coupon codes to offer discounts
- Offer special deals
- Use PayPal and Stripe, two common payment gateways.
But the similarities end there.
We like that Ruzuku provides the option to add conversion optimization details such as when the course opens, closes, and how many spots are available.
If you do not use PayPal or Stripe, it’ll also let you use an enrollment page link to add to your shopping cart tool or alternative payment gateway.
However, the link leads to a simple registration/payment page you can barely customize.
Alternatively, you can use the course editor to format and write out your sales copy. That is if you prefer to sell courses directly on the Ruzuku platform.
If you do not need to customize the page much, it will do. Otherwise, you may feel it is limited, especially if you plan to switch from Teachable, Podia, or Kajabi.
On that note.
Teachable offers some of the best checkouts and upselling processes of any course platform, in our experience. It is fluid and provides several ways to boost your conversion optimization rate while reducing cart abandonment.
You can expect the following:
- Filling account and payment details are on the same page, which helps reduce cart abandonment.
- You can customize the checkout page with ease to match your brand colors to boost trust.
- You can add social proof elements such as testimonials and satisfaction guarantee badges at checkout to influence more people to buy in.
- Upselling on the Thank-You page is a one-click step. You can even use a video for it.
- Use bulk discount codes to increase sales.
Then, Teachable will show you detailed sales reports to help you determine what works so you can do it again.
In terms of payments, Teachable also handles payouts if you’d prefer not to use Stripe or PayPal. But they take 30 days to process. The good thing is they handle affiliate payouts on your behalf, which you’d have to do if you use Stripe or PayPal.
Bottomline: A highlight sales and marketing feature Teachable offers is its conversion-oriented checkout process. It also supports superior custom sales pages, one-click upselling, and checkout-page testimonials.
Ruzuku and Teachable are standalone online course platforms. They are not all-in-one platforms like Kajabi or Podia.
For example, both do not have a robust email marketing system. So you may need to connect them with one of the best email marketing solutions around, such as ConvertKit or ActiveCampaign.
Ruzuku provides three direct integrations; MailChimp (mailing list) and PayPal and Stripe (payments).
You’ll have several more options as a Teachable tutor under Settings>>Integrations.
- Facebook Pixel
- Google Analytics
If you need to connect more third-party integrations to Teachable, you’ll have to use Zapier.
Teachable also supports Webhooks. So, if you are a techie and want to feed other online applications with real-time course information, such as live sales, it can help do that.
However, Teachable won’t help build a 100% white label course as LearnWorlds or Thinkific would.
Both platforms offer basic automations, like Thinkific and LearnWorlds.
You won’t get the elaborate sales pipelines and email marketing automation you’d find on Kajabi or Podia. But then, Teachable and Ruzuku do not charge as much as those two.
Still, Teachable lets course creators integrate Zapier to use automations. This is not available to you if you have the base plan, though.
But that’s a mild letdown compared to Ruzuku.
Ruzuku doesn’t support Zapier at all. You’ll be stuck with their MailChimp offering for email marketing, for example. If you have a more sophisticated tool such as ActiveCampaign, Kajabi, or ConvertKit you’ll need to run it and Ruzuku separately, which is not optimal.
We won’t talk too much about response times because those vary from person to person.
Instead, we’ll highlight the various ways you can reach Teachable or Ruzuku customer ninjas if that ever surfaces.
Ruzuku provides customer support through:
- Chat (not live)
- Facebook group
- Training course
The chat option can take a few hours to get a response. But you don’t see it offered on many alternative course platforms, so it’s good to have it here.
Contrary, Teachable offers live chat support on its Pro plan.
Next, you can access its Help Center, shoot them an email, or create a support ticket.
Bottomline: If you need to talk to someone, Ruzuku may be your best pick here, thanks to its phone and Skype support options. However, they both operate on U.S. hours, translating to hours in delays if you are based outside U.S. time zones.
Check out these Ruzuku pricing plans:
Now look at these Teachable pricing options:
What you are seeing there are Ruzuku and Teachable monthly plan fees.
An annual plan costs $10, $100, and $50 fewer on Teachable Basic, Pro, and Business plans. They are $76 (University), $66 (Up-and-Comer plan), and $24.25 (Bootstrapper) cheaper on Ruzuku.
Here are some quick takeaways as far as pricing goes:
- Teachable charges a 5% transaction fee on all Basic plan sales. Ruzuku doesn’t.
- But Teachable has a free plan while Ruzuku does not offer one.
- Expect a 14-day free trial from both platforms. So you can test which platform is ideal for your specific needs. But Teachable provides the option to extend your free trial up to 30 days when the trial nears its end.
- Ruzuku does not offer free plans. Teachable does, and it does not charge any fees for it this time.
- Teachable offers group coaching only on its Business plan, while Ruzuku offers a similar benefit in all plans.
Teachable and Ruzuku are direct competitors. That means they have a whole lot of similar features on offer. And it can be time-consuming, even overwhelming, trying to catch the small differences that make all the difference.
Hopefully, this guide has helped break down those unique selling points for you.
Still, here’s a quick recap to help you make that final decision.
Pick Teachable if you want to:
- Use an affordable course platform for beginners and veterans.
- Award course completion certificates.
- Optimize your checkout and upselling process.
- Get more course design and customization options.
- Use course compliance tools.
- Help students with IOS devices access the course through an app.
- Partner with affiliates to sell more courses
- And more…
Choose Ruzuku if you want:
- To quickly pick a course platform without killing time on a learning curve.
- A simple way to add course content fast and mistake-free.
- To get phone and Skype customer support.
- To use a robust teleconferencing and live events platform.
Now, over to you.
Between Teachable and Ruzuku, which is the better online course creation platform for you?