Business/Industry Directories: Education
The 12 popular business listings, industry, or niche directories for companies in the educational innovation or tech industry/vertical include eLearning Industry, EdSurge, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, CommonSense.org, Edshelf, Training Industry, The Elearning List, CB Insights, Tracxn, Christensen Institute, HolonIQ, and Encoura.
We started the search by looking for a comprehensive and precompiled list of popular business listings, industry, or niche directories for companies in the educational innovation or tech industry. We used different reliable media sites, blogs, news sites, and update sites in the educational category. That includes Dive, EduWeek, The Learning Network, Edudemic, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, and others. However, the search did not yield fruitful results. The only information we found was a list of product listings according to reviews or performance but nothing on directories or listings.
We then manually searched for business listings or product listings related to education innovation or education technology. We then compiled them in the spreadsheet. We used Hyperstat to find their total monthly visits, and we used the total monthly visits to determine the popularity of the directory. We then picked the seven sites with the most monthly visits. Numbers 8-12 were meant for the market maps. We also looked into each of the websites to determine the size of the directory, age or year the directory began, and the quality of the listing (possibly from reviews of the listing or industry expert analysis of the directory for the industry).
We then looked for educational market maps and compiled them in the spreadsheet. We used Hyperstat to determine the market maps’ monthly visits, and we used the monthly visits as the determinant of popularity. We then ranked each map from highest to lowest, and chose the top market maps and compiled them in the research brief. Additionally, we added the link of the directories and the market maps to the proper headers provided in the research brief.
The eLearning Industry was founded in 2012, but its directory started about three years later (October 2015) with only a limited amount of listings. Athena Health, Acer, and USA Today labeled the listings of eLearning as “easy to work with.” Additionally, the directory is arranged by tool categories. It includes authoring tools, content providers, translation providers, LMSs, course marketplaces, voice actors, web conferencing software, software vendors and online language providers. Moreover, the directory has about 1,677,840 monthly visits. The directory size lists 1,938 companies.
Edsurge was founded in 2011, but the directory started in November 2015 with a limited amount of listings. The product index caters to the community with products being categorized by their use such as school management, post-secondary and educational content and apps for K-12 curriculum. Additionally, the products were reviewed by teachers, and they found it easy to use. However, they also stated that some products needed improvements.
Edsurge receives about 639,730 monthly visits. Its directory size includes 2,548 providers of Edtech products.
The Center for Learning and Performance Technologies started in 2000. However, the directory started 11 years after its founding with over 2000 listings. It contains tools that include instructional tools, content development tools, social tools, personal and professional tools and content. Jane Hart, the founder of the website, stated that users enjoy the product. Furthermore, users find the products to be "useful and seamless."
The website has about 364,590 monthly visits, and it offers approximately 1,000 tools made for learning and education.
Common Sense Media was founded way back in 2003. At the time it was reviewing different movies, games, and more. The directory was then made in August 2016, with a few listings. The directory includes edtech tools for various topics such as arts, English language arts, Health and wellness, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages. Teachers reviewed the products to be beneficial and interactive. Furthermore, the website receives 283,500 monthly visits and has a directory of 3,379 edtech tools.
Edshelf started its directory in 2012. It has a directory of websites, mobile apps, and desktop program. These are reviewed by teachers and parents, who find the tools to be excellent and engaging. The website receives 75,930 monthly visits and has a directory of 180,000 education apps and 4,000 tools.
Training industry was founded in 2004, but the directory started in October 2008. Its directory has categorized its suppliers with different kinds of tools such as authoring tools, business, compliance, custom content, LMS, and LCMS. The website receives about 26,040 monthly visits. Additionally, it has a directory of 5,396 suppliers.
Elearning List is a marketplace for e-learning services and solutions. It was founded in 2008. It categorizes its users by their use which include authoring tools, consultancy, mobile learning, voice and audio services, and LMS software. It receives about 6,750 monthly visitors, and it has a list of 686 online training companies.
CB insights market map was published in 2017 with more than 90 companies. These are well-funded companies that specialize in educational technology. They are divided into 14 categories which include Broad Online Learning, Learning Management Systems, Career Development, Early Childhood Education, Language Learning, Tech Learning, Study Tools, and others. The website receives 1,961,010 monthly visits.
Tracxn’s market map was published in 2016 with about 653 companies. The report of the Tracxn aids various people who are part of the academia such as teachers, students, and even administrators. It increases their efficiency and enhances overall literacy. Moreover, Tracxn receives about 510,000 monthly visits.
The Christensen Institute published its market map in 2018. It has listed over 100 companies. The market map provides edtech tools that help students connect and establish new relationships all over academia. The institute has about 36,000 total monthly visits.
HolonIQ published its market map in 2018. It has about 30+ Blockchain Startups as part of its listings. These Blockchain Startups help on creating alternative solutions for education, learning, and skills. They have also varying categories such as Peer to Peer System, Payments, Knowledge, Marketplace and Certification of Learning and Skills. Moreover, HolonIQ receives a total of 24,510 monthly visitors.
Encoura published its market map (The Higher Education Technology Landscape) in 2018 with 100+ product providers as part of its listing. It has about 13,110 monthly visits.