Khan Academy vs. Pluralsight Skills

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Khan Academy
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization headquartered in Palo Alto that offers free online course content for students.N/A
Pluralsight Skills
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Pluralsight Skills is a skill development solution that enables employees to build in-demand skills in a way that’s personalized to their current knowledge and preferred way to learn. The course library includes content on software development, DevOps, machine learning, security infrastructure, and cloud, as well as certification practice exams, hands on learning experiences and cloud labs, and skills assessments.
$29
per month
Pricing
Khan AcademyPluralsight Skills
Editions & Modules
Learners
Free
Teachers
Free
Districts
Free
Parents
Free
Individual - Standard
$29.00
per month
Individual - Premium
$45.00
per month
Team - Professional
$579.00
per user, per year
Team - Enterprise
$779.00
per user, per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Khan AcademyPluralsight Skills
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Features
Khan AcademyPluralsight Skills
Learning Management
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Khan Academy
-
Ratings
Pluralsight Skills
7.9
7 Ratings
7% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings6.95 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings4.52 Ratings
eLearning Content
Comparison of eLearning Content features of Product A and Product B
Khan Academy
-
Ratings
Pluralsight Skills
10.0
1 Ratings
15% above category average
Structured Learning00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Course Searches00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Khan AcademyPluralsight Skills
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(10 ratings)
10.0
(18 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Khan AcademyPluralsight Skills
Likelihood to Recommend
Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a great supplement for things you already have learned, or as a mid-level course (versus a deep dive or high school/university level course). It is great for a paced learning environment if you want to casually refresh yourself on a subject or learn something new. I don't think this should be a replacement for structured learning, or if you struggle in self-paced learning environments. There have been times I would like to have been able to ask a professional (like an instructor) when struggling with a subtopic, which is possible in a classroom setting.
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Pluralsight
Awesome tool for teams looking to gain new skills or refine and update existing skills. I love the convenience of using this tool for recertification credits (i.e. PMP). Instead of identifying which classes I need to take, I can identify my interests and have recommendations presented for what paths I should take. It is a really helpful tool to create ladders for my team to transition from one role into the next. I think this is going to be a really beneficial tool.
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Pros
Khan Academy
  • The UI is great and easy to use.
  • There is a broad selection of courses, subjects, and instructors.
  • The classroom integration option is awesome.
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Pluralsight
  • Pluralsight has hundreds of authors that are constantly producing new content, which is valuable for the tech industry that is constantly moving at a brisk pace.
  • Many content authors are respected leaders in the topic they're presenting. You are able to trust that their content is thorough and authentic.
  • Niche expert-level topics are presented in a curated video format which is difficult to find anywhere else.
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Cons
Khan Academy
  • On my iPad, to change the language of Khan, I need to change the language of my iPad in the settings
  • It can be a bit messy and the category are a bit too generic, not enough per level category
  • Sometimes the quizz are too simple, it would be nice to have an extra difficult one as a bonus
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Pluralsight
  • Companies don't change technologies in their products often. For example a product that was built on AngularJS is still viable and the company may have no plans to upgrade it. Pluralsight could do a better job of providing new courses on technology that's still useful, though somewhat dated; like AngularJS for example.
  • Pluralsight has a bad habit of throwing all their courses in a large bucket. For example, when I log-in and look to see what new I often have to wade through courses on tools that a web artist or designer would use. I wish Pluralsight would categorize course and let us (their customers) flag what types of videos we wanted to see, or better yet exclude from our view.
  • Years ago, Pluralsight would let its customer download the courseware and that was great. I was disappointed when they stopped this feature.
  • I'd love to see more course where the goal is to build a particular type of software. For example, lets have one where you build a blog using ASP.NET and deploy it to Azure. Let have one where you build a survey application, etc. Learning technologies is great, but I'd love to see courses where the goal is to build a particular type of application.
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Likelihood to Renew
Khan Academy
No answers on this topic
Pluralsight
Great product and service so far. Awesome new content almost every week.
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Usability
Khan Academy
No answers on this topic
Pluralsight
Very, VERY easy to use.
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Support Rating
Khan Academy
I've only had to seek support one time. There was a glitch in one of my lessons and I submitted an email. The glitch was fixed by support within a few days, but I would've liked for it to be faster. However, I don't have a big complaint there because it is a free service.
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Pluralsight
Each feedback I do for them, I get no response. Minimal communication and followups!
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Alternatives Considered
Khan Academy
I personally found Khan Academy much better suited for adult learning of difficult or larger topics. Not so much for smaller changes that can be communicated via email. But it was more engaging and I found the information easier to digest. Change management can be tough but with the right tools it can be a breeze.
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Pluralsight
Before using Pluralsight, staff was using YouTube to help them with developing certain aspects of their knowledge. However, YouTube is much less structured/organized than Pluralsight. Pluralsight has a very wide offering of courses and it has lot of good content. One quick search and we can get started.
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Return on Investment
Khan Academy
  • It's has helped a lot of my coworkers to grasp some basic finance and computer science stuff when previously they have no idea.
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Pluralsight
  • One positive impact is it has kept our employees engaged in the material they work with every day. Instead of becoming stagnant and complacent, they are actively searching out ways to develop skills and do more with the tools available to them.
  • It saves money when it comes to offering training and development opportunities company-wide. It would be much more costly to invest in specialized training for that number of employees.
  • One potential negative is the amount of company time spent on coursework over work responsibilities. A balance must be struck and individuals should be encouraged to explore the training on their own time.
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