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15th December 2021

Top 10 best rated e-learning courses 2021

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Top 10 best rated e-learning courses 2021
  • Specialized career topics (The Power of Introverts) and philosophical topics (The Paradox of Choice) performed surprisingly well

  • The ranking is based on ratings from almost 200 online training courses from education providers such as ZEIT Akademie, Big Think or Rapid Learning Institute, which were published on in 2021

  • Courses from independent coaches such as Morten Wolff or Dirk Kreuter, for which only limited production resources were available, also received top ratings

Berlin/Bochum, December 17, 2021: Which e-learning training courses from providers such as Zeit Akademie, Pink University, Big Think as well as independent coaches were the most popular in German companies this year? The learning platform published the top 10 best-rated online courses today. The data is based on the ratings of more than 200,000 users in over 300 German companies – including Otto Group, Ottobock, VW and DZ Bank.

RankRatingTopic/SpeakerCourse description
1.8,86 / 10Forget the Pecking Order at Work
Margaret Heffernan, TED
Organizations too often place the focus of their value on star employees who outperform others. But this isn't what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan offers a radical rethink of workplace cohesion, and what this means for leaders.
2.8,79 / 10Successful Negotiation
Matthias Schranner, ZEIT Akademie
FBI-trained ex-police officer Matthias Schranner presents the most important principles of successful negotiation: Learn how to analyze a negotiating partner, how to understand the motive behind the position and the importance of formulating your own goal in concrete terms.
3.8,71 / 10The Paradox of Choice
Barry Schwartz
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. Is there any way out of this paradox?
4.8,68 / 10Confidence: Strengthening Hope for the Future
Ulrich Schnabel, ZEIT Akademie
What does your physical posture have to do with your mood and confidence? What is the principle of resonance? How can you benefit from it? And what can we learn from young people about confidence? All this and more awaits you in this course!
5.8,63 / 10The Psychology of Selling
Morten Wolff, Unfck Sales
Understanding the psychology behind your customers' buying decisions makes selling much easier. In this course, you'll learn techniques and strategies based in psychology to make better, quicker, and more efficient sales.
6.8,61 / 10Sustainability: Protecting our Ecosystems
Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, ZEIT Akademie
Climate change poses a major challenge to our ecosystems, altering the way in which both humans and animals live. But what sort of changes are we facing and what can we do about them? That's exactly what Dr. Antje Boetius explains in this course!
7.8,60 / 10The Power of Introverts
Susan Cain, TED
Our world prizes extroverts, but Susan Cain, a champion of introverts everywhere, makes a case for the contemplative. She's leading a social revolution that's showing people that looking inward is a virtue, not a problem.
8.8,60 / 10Confidence and Competence: Empowering Women
Claire Shipman, Big Think
From as early as grade school women are taught to be polite and follow rules. This can lead to the development of perfectionism and can inhibit confidence. How can we empower women to embrace their best selves? Claire Shipman gives you helpful advice on this topic.
9.8,52 / 10How to Help Employees Bounce Back After Failure
Rapid Learning Institute
Failure is part of the job! While some employees will be able to handle their mistakes with grit and resilience, others might find it difficult to recover from a job gone wrong. Learn how to keep your employees motivated, especially through their struggles.
10.8,47 / 10Up- und Cross-Selling
Dirk Kreuter, Reuter Training
More revenue can be generated with additional sales. In this course, Dirk Kreuter shows which types of sales there are and which strategies can be used. At the end of the course, everyone can create their own product list to systematize additional sales.

* Average rating of courses launched on between January 01, 2021 and December 10, 2021 that received at least 300 ratings. Only the top-rated course of a course series was listed in each case

"What certainly stands out is that even very specialized or even philosophical topics were rated very well. That is something we didn't expect," says founder Stefan Peukert. 

For example, our number one e-learning course "Forget the Packing Order at Work," Margaret Heffernan explains why companies should refrain from promoting so-called high potentials - a practice that remains very common in HR policy. In our second runner up "The Paradox of Choice," Barry Schwartz explains why the age of "free choices" often makes people more dissatisfied instead of happier, and how you can escape this paradox. 

Not only companies specializing on learning content, but also independent coaches with little production effort have achieved top ratings. This is shown by the rankings of two e-learning courses from the sales sector whose creators are considered experts in their discipline: "The Psychology of Selling" by Morten Wolff made it to sixth place, while "Your Path to Becoming a Sales Professional" (only available in German) by Dirk Reuter came tenth. 

"Overall, I'm pleased that our strategy of working with the best partners to offer an even greater variety of relevant content has been so well received by our users. We have already received great feedback for our in-house productions such as the Digitization Basics course with Frank Thelen and Rolf Schrömgens. But our courses from this year with the specialized partners score even better than anything we've had on the platform so far," Peukert concludes.

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