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Welcome to Alison Publishing!

With Alison’s Publishing Tool, Educate and upskill millions for free and earn money by doing so!

From earning an income by sharing your expertise with a global or exclusive audience, to upskilling your staff or community, Alison’s Publishing Tool offers a wide range of opportunity. Whether you’d like to create a Public Course that goes live to the world on the main Alison platform, or a Private Course that you share with your own unique network of learners, Alison can make it happen for you.

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Who is Alison Publishing for?

  • Subject Matter Experts
    Do you have expertise in a certain field or skill?
  • Professional Publishers
    Are you a subject matter expert who has published online courses before?
  • Qualified Alison Publishers
    Do you want to become a Qualified Alison Publisher?
  • Businesses and Government Organisations
    Do you want to upskill your employees?
  • Non-Profit Organisations
    Do you want to bring knowledge to your community or staff?
Subject Matter Experts

Do you have expertise in a certain field or skill? Maybe your expertise isn’t that advanced, but you think you could explain basic level knowledge clearly to beginners? There could be a group of people out there, or even a market, that would be really interested in learning what you know. The Alison Publishing Tool can connect you with these people, whether it’s by publishing a Private Course that you share exclusively with your network, or a Public Course that goes live to the world on the Alison platform. Please note that, while anyone can publish a Private Course at any time, to publish a Public Course your learning content must meet a well-defined and rigorous standard of quality.

The Benefits

By publishing a course on Alison, you can open your expertise to the widest possible global market and make an income while doing so. At Alison, every Publisher can share in the advertising and certification revenue generated from their courses. What’s more, Alison’s dedicated Marketing Team will work with you to bring your course to every corner of the globe. That way, your courses can earn for you 24/7!

The rewards aren’t just financial. By spreading your expertise through a published course on Alison, you can showcase your skills, improve your résumé, and generate awareness of your brand as an expert. And what’s more, you’ll be making a real difference to the world. All of Alison’s courses are made available to the learner for free; we generate our revenue through ads and certificate sales. So, by placing your knowledge on this platform, you’ll be empowering people around the globe to receive the education they deserve, no matter what their financial background.

How can you learn more and get started?

Want to learn more? Alison will give you full and comprehensive information on how to use our Publishing Tool to create high quality courses. Discover everything you need to know here.

Professional Publishers

Are you a subject matter expert who has published online courses before? Do you have experience publishing learning content on major platforms like YouTube or platforms that are pay-to-access only? Publishing with Alison can be the next step in your professional journey. Alison’s Publishing Tool is built not only for ease of use, but also to unleash the full potential of any publisher and give them the flexibility they need to produce a course of high quality. What’s more, with a global market of 13 million learners, Alison can bring your courses to their widest market yet.

The Benefits

For professional publishers, Alison offers an alternative business channel for monetising your knowledge and skills. Our model is unique; we make everything that is essential for a learner free of charge. We like to say that everything a learner needs, is free. For anything that is nice to have, the learner pays a nominal charge to assist the running of the platform and to reward our publishers. We then share the advertising and certification revenue generated by a course with the course publisher. That way, your courses can earn for you 24/7.

What’s more, Alison allows you to publish both Public and Private Courses. Private Courses can be published by anyone at anytime and are only accessible to an exclusive audience introduced by you. Public Courses, on the other hand, go on the main Alison platform and therefore must meet high standards of quality. Once on the site, Alison’s dedicated Marketing Team will help bring your course to every corner of the globe. This will help showcase your work, improve your reputation, and generate awareness of your brand as an expert or an organisation. What’s more, with a global audience on your side your revenue stream will get a great boost!

How to learn more and get started?

Want to learn more? Alison will give you full and comprehensive information on how to use our Publishing Tool to create high quality courses. Discover everything you need to know here.

Qualified Alison Publishers

You don’t have to be a subject matter expert to publish on Alison. Publishing a high quality course involves a diverse set of skills. You need pedagogical knowledge, technical abilities, and a sense of presentation. Many subject matter experts around the world may want to create an online course to spread their knowledge, but they just lack the necessary course creation skills. That’s where you can come in. With Alison’s Self-Publishing Tool, you can become a Qualified Alison Publisher (QAP) and work with subject matter experts worldwide to turn their knowledge into a quality course.

The Benefits

As a Qualified Alison Publisher, you can share in the advertising and certification revenue of every course you help a subject matter expert to publish. This opens up a far larger revenue stream to you than if you only ever published material on your own area of subject expertise. Before long, you could have learners around the world studying courses on time management, French grammar, and American tax law, all of which you have helped to publish. These courses can make money for you 24/7, and you’ll be earning while you sleep. As a QAP you can be based anywhere in the world, from Africa or Asia to the United States or rural Ireland!

What’s more, the global market you can reach by continuously publishing courses for different subject matter experts will greatly increase your brand, allow you to develop new business connections, and showcase your abilities as a Publisher. And remember, all Alison courses are made available to the user free of charge; we make our revenue from advertising and certification sales. This means that as a Qualified Alison Publisher, you are helping to empower the world and deliver quality education to everyone, regardless of their background.

How can you learn more and get started?

Want to learn more? Alison will give you full and comprehensive information on how to use our Publishing Tool to create high quality courses. Discover everything you need to know here.

Businesses and Government Organisations

With Alison’s Self-Publishing Tool, businesses large and small can create courses that will upskill their employees, enhance their brand as industry standard-bearers, and monetise the high quality knowledge and skills within their organisation. Either through the creation of Private Courses made available to only your own employees and customers, or Public Courses that go on the main Alison platform for the world to see, Alison’s Self-Publishing Tool will provide the solution that your company is looking for.

The Benefits

There are two main types of courses you can create on Alison: Private and Public. Private Courses are only accessible to an exclusive audience that the publisher chooses. They can be made at any time by anyone. Public Courses appear on the Alison platform for anyone to use, and must meet a high standard of quality before they are placed there. These two types of courses are ideal for different business needs.

For instance, as a business manager you will be well aware of the importance of sharing as much knowledge and skills as possible between your employees. However, organising training days, group sessions, and professional development programs can present massive logistical challenges. All of these can be avoided by producing a free online Private Course for your members to take during their own schedule.

However, if you want to showcase your company’s profile as an industry leader, or as a socially-conscious organisation making high quality knowledge available to the world, why not make a Public Course for anyone to take on Alison without charge? What’s more, we’ll share the advertising and certification revenue that your course makes with you, so that you can monetise the knowledge currently housed within your company in the process.

Certain business needs could be met by either a Private or a Public Course. For instance, you could create a suite of courses with certification around your products and services. That way you could ensure that your customers and vendor staff are fully aware of how to get value from what you offer. Such courses could be made Public, or distributed to a specific network as a Private Course.

How can you learn more and get started?

There are countless other use cases for the Publishing tool within a business of any size. If you want to learn more, Alison will give you full and comprehensive information on how to use our Publishing Tool to create high quality courses. Discover everything you need to know here.

Case Studies

With a name that needs no introduction, Microsoft was one of the first external publishers on the Alison platform in 2009. Since that time, over one million people worldwide have learned how to use and become proficient in using Microsoft productivity tools with Alison.

What people often don’t realise says Alison CEO Mike Feerick is that “while the Western world knows global brands such as Microsoft extremely well, there are still billions of people worldwide who have never heard of the brand – and that goes for many of the world’s largest brands representing some of the world’s most competitive products and services. Our reach into workplace learning communities around the world, increasingly in the developing world, is an attraction to these companies, even ones as large as Microsoft”.


UK-based Walkgrove is a consortium of 250 industry experts who have a broad range of expertise and skills across many disciplines. Since 2010, Walkgrove has published on the Alison platform covering subjects such as Health & Safety, Environmental Studies, Management and Identity Theft.

Publishing on Alison serves Walkgrove in a number of ways; it provides a platform to present the expertise of Walkgrove and generate leads for further business through advertising the Company to a wide global audience. Furthermore, 24/7, its Alison hosted courses are earning additional income for Walkgrove and its own subject-matter-experts.

Jane Lunt, Client Solutions Consultant with Walkgrove states that publishing with Alison is a powerful win-win. “The beauty with working with Alison is that they manage the platform and bringing a huge audience to study our courses from all over the world. As a UK-based publisher, that is terrific international exposure for us. We continually update our courses on the Alison platform, and the service from the publishing team at Alison is speedy and professional. I would encourage other experts to monetise their knowledge and expertise in on the Alison platform”.

Not For Profit Organisation

Alison is a firmly social enterprise. Our mission is to bring free learning to the world and empower everyone with the education and skills training they deserve, regardless of their background. In pursuit of this goal, our Self-Publishing Tool enables non-profit organisations around the world to produce high quality courses on any subject they like. This allows us to educate communities and support non-profits globally, all without ever charging the learner to access high quality learning content.

The Benefits

As a non-profit, you can use Alison’s Publishing Tool to publish courses that will bring knowledge to your community, stakeholders, or staff. In some instances, you might want to make a course that only specific people can access. In these cases, you can use Alison’s Self-Publishing tool to create a Private Course. Private Courses do not appear on the main Alison platform. Instead they are made available only to anyone you share a link with. This focuses the visibility of your course within your own network, and allows anyone to create a Private Course at any time without Alison’s approval.

However, sometimes you might want your courses to be accessible to the whole world. If this is the case, you can use Alison’s Self-Publishing Tool to create a Public Course that will go on the main Alison platform (pending Alison’s approval of your course’s quality). This will give your course a massive global reach. It will also allow you to generate revenue for your operations, because we share the advertising and certification revenue of all our Public Courses with the course Publisher! So, you can help empower the world with free learning while also powering your own organisation with some socially generated revenue.

How can you learn more and get started?

Want to learn more? Alison will give you all the information you need in order to use our Publishing Tool to create high quality courses. Discover everything you need to know here.

Case Studies

In partnership with Aga Khan Foundation , a leading global development agency, Alison developed a highly-praised Certificate course on the Monitoring and Evaluation of NGO Projects. Volunteers working in the NGO sector world have completed the course. “Publishing on Alison introduced our organisation’s expertise to many thousands of NGO’s across the world” says Munir Ahmad, International Advisor, Technology and Civil Society, at the Aga Khan Foundation.

The global reach of the Alison platform was a big attraction to us, as was the pedagogic expertise of the Alison publishing team.

While our team were made of subject-matter-experts with many years of experience on the front line, the Alison publishing team made sure that the course, when published, was pedagogically sound and of high learning impact. Such a partnership, between a global free learning platform with pedagogic expertise such as Alison – and indeed an organisation with social mission such as Alison – combined with expertise of organisations like ours with a great depth of professional expertise can, on scale, transform learning, and indeed transform how people access learning worldwide”.

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