Students, working and non-working adults around the world have been at home now for over two months due to the COVID19 shelter in place orders. As a result of extended homestays, massive job cuts, and displaced college and high school students, the world has seen a major surge in online education over the last 2 months.
Udemy Course ResearchThe very first step in your journey to becoming a Udemy online course instructor is the course research phase. If you are already well experienced in your Udemy course topic(s) of choice, it may be tempting to skip this step to online course creation. But even before you settle on your course category or topic, and before choosing a title and creating a landing page for your course, researching Udemy course topics is a key step to ensuring success. Whether you are new to Udemy or already a Udemy instructor, researching course topics and categories as a matter of ongoing practice can help you gain an advantage over your competitors and improve your chances of making money selling courses on Udemy. Why and how? There are several good reasons for doing Udemy course research - many of which are highlighted through Teachinguide’s Udemy course database. Here are a few:
- Know how much competition you have in your chosen course topic or category. Understand if there are too many or just a few competitors, who is successful, and why.
- Understand how big the audience may or may not be for your category or topic (topic validation).
- Understand what price people may be willing to pay to take into consideration content and competition.
- There may be niche topics that are valuable to your course category.
- Understand the trend in your chosen topics – are enrollments and/or google searches increasing or decreasing?
- You need to evaluate and understand what keywords related to your Udemy course rank high and what are the keywords and trends.
- Udemy is a very crowded online course marketplace and it is getting more challenging to stand out from the rest in any given course topic.
- Topic/category research
- Keyword research and selection
- Optimizing course titles and categories
- Understanding current student demand for a topic
- Understanding competition for a specific topic
- What channels and tools to utilize to find your next online course topic
- How to validate your chosen topic
- Udemy specific tools for research and validation
Udemy Course Demand Has Exploded
We recently wrote about the huge uptick in enrollments in Udemy classes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – consumer enrollments were up 425% in the first two months of the pandemic.
As a Udemy instructor, you might be considering jumping onto this trend by creating more courses. If so, it might be helpful to reconsider once more how to go about choosing a profitable Udemy course topic.
Udemy courses are still in high demand, despite the proliferation of other online teaching platforms. Teachinguide stats show that 1.17 million new enrollments were made in Udemy courses just in the past 3 months. 476 new courses were launched and 127,000 new Udemy course reviews were made. These numbers are staggering when you think about it.
So, with numbers like these you might be wondering what then are the top Udemy courses among the thousands and thousands on the platform? Where are all these new enrollments going? What topics are hot? If you are serious about getting your own courses to rank among the top Udemy courses, then it’s important to be up to date on trends.
Generating online course ideas that will make money seems to be getting more difficult for the masses of entrepreneurs who have flocked to Udemy and other online course platforms in search of financial freedom. It’s one thing to daydream about online course ideas you’d like to create. It’s another thing entirely to determine if you can turn your idea into a money-making machine.
Udemy vs. Coursera – which one is for you? There are soooo many MOOC platforms out there now it can be quite confusing for learners to decide which route to take for their specific online learning goals. Udemy, of course, is one of the most well-known platforms. So is Coursera. The Udemy Coursera battle is tough and has a lot of pros and cons. In this article, we will provide an overview of the key differences between Udemy vs. Coursera.
Why Validate Your Online Course Idea
With all the people and platforms making it possible to become an online course entrepreneur, the space is getting crowded. There are numerous examples of people making a living selling courses about all manner of topics – crafts, yoga, book binding, dog training and more. You can literally create an online course about anything – but would you want to?
Just because you may have a long list of online course ideas it doesn’t mean that courses covering these topics will sell. So, the questions to ask every time you have an online course ideas is: Is this a course that will people will buy? And if so, how many people will buy it?
In our last article, we highlighted top workplace skills for 2020. This week, we are focusing on top personal development skills.
Personal development skills are a hot topic in general right now. A new decade has begun and so potential learners will be thinking about what personal goals and characteristics they want to achieve in 2020 and beyond.
The Value of Understanding Learning Science
The majority of Udemy course creators are not professionally trained course designers or certificated teachers. That’s both the opportunity and challenge of being a course creator and a student on the Udemy platform. Have an idea, a passion, an expertise? You can simply “teach” it on Udemy. Want to learn a new skill? You can simply “learn” it on Udemy.
The Range of Online Learning Platforms
Online learning platform solutions can be a confusing market space to navigate as an online course instructor. Online course platforms range from “marketplaces” such as Udemy, where anyone can create and sell an online course of virtually any quality, to Coursera which partners only with educational institutions, to Thinkific and other LMS platforms that allow instructors to create a proprietary online course platform and market their online classes.
If you want to create and sell online courses in a so-called “marketplace” like Udemy, which makes selling online courses relatively easy, you may wonder what alternatives to Udemy exist. Given the brand recognition and market share Udemy boasts, it may be hard to figure out what other online course marketplaces exist and how they are different.
We recently wrote an article about the impact of the COVID pandemic on Udemy course enrollment. In it, we highlighted several findings from a Udemy report on the first two months of course enrollment during the pandemic. As a reminder, Udemy found that the following increases: