Our company is somewhat like Coursera for professionals in a specific industry. It is also similar to plurasight or Lynda.com with our unique twists. We are designing payment models for our instructors who are essentially contractors for us. Below is one of our payment models for instructors. I'd like to brainstorm with people here. Any suggestions and feedback are highly appreciated.
Total Payments=upfront +fixed income + royalty income
Upfront: one can choose to take upfront payment or not. Royalty will be lower for those choose to take upfront. e.g. if you take upfront, royalty will be 20%, other wise 30%.
Fixed income: a small portion of the entire revenue is shared (volume weighted average) with every instructor no matter what, even if his/her lecture is not viewed at all.
Royalty income: the rest of the entire revenue * royalty * popularity of the lecture
Popularity=unique view of the lecture/unique view of the entire library