Online course design should look to traditional course design principles for inspiration as these are rooted in years of research on instructional design practices. So when you sit down to design your next online course, keep in mind a few key course design principles that will help guide your content creation and organization. How you incorporate these may differ slightly depending on which online course platform you are using and what the end purpose and audience for your online course are.
How to create an online courseWelcome to our section about how to create online courses. We know its overwhelming in the beginning and you wonder where to start with the whole process. Well, luckily you found us and this page. Here we will publish regularly foundational and advanced articles and resources to help you get started. We want you to be absolutely ready to create online courses but there are many important topics throughout the process.
Create a course for online platforms
- Become clear on your objectives and goals
- Outlining an engaging course
- Choosing the right course style
- Deciding on and getting the equipment ready
- Designing Compelling Slides
- Filming Your Course
- Optimizing Video and Audio
- Preparing the Course Landing page and the Launch
Teaching online courses brings with it a set of challenges not found in a traditional classroom setting. Online instructors often fail to make the connection between what happens in a physical learning environment – whether that be a classroom, training facility or conference room – and what they do when teaching or creating online courses. Whether you’re using Udemy, Teachable or an LMS to teach your online courses, you can benefit from knowing a few general teaching best practices.
Here’s a list of best practices that will help you think about what you need to do in your online courses that help to replicate what most instructors would do when teaching in person.
Successful online course creators seem to be multiplying exponentially in recent years. Back in the early days of Udemy, earning 6 figures as an online course creator was a novel idea. Now stories abound of online course creators making big-time careers out of creating all manner of courses, and then after being so successful, helping others to propel themselves into the world of online course creation.
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.
The work associated with online course development can be a daunting prospect, especially for new online instructors. Even for experienced online instructors, keeping up with all that needs to be done to run and grow a legitimate and successful online course business can be daunting sometimes.
One solution to these challenges is to outsource some of your online course development tasks. Outsourcing is the process of hiring (usually via an online job platform) someone or a team of people to do some of the online course development work.
Why Think About the Cost to Create Your Online Course
Most people who decide to create their first online course or who want to start an online course business are primarily focused on how much money they will make. However, what they fail to assess is the cost of online course development. Just how much does it cost to develop an online course? As with any business, thinking about making money is the fun part. The cost of getting into the business, however, not so fun. Yet, it’s worth doing some thinking upfront about whether you are looking to spend closer to $0 in costs to create your online course, or if given your goals, you might want to spend more here and there on certain things.
Do you want to teach online? Check out this list before embarking on your online teaching journey. (5-minute read)
Teach Online – An Analogy
As we all know from shopping on Amazon or eBay, doing something in the physical world versus the virtual world differs in many ways. How do you shop on Amazon? Well, you’ve probably had a lot of practice shopping in the brick and mortar world. So you use what you know from that experience and then adapt it to shopping in the virtual world. Over time while shopping on Amazon, you try and learn new things – for instance, Amazon Prime or Subscribe and Save, and then tweak your shopping experience accordingly.
Why Teaching Styles Matter
Understanding teaching styles, like learning styles, is part and parcel of being an effective teacher. We thought it suitable to follow up our previous article on learning styles with some similar advice on teaching styles and how to incorporate them into your Udemy course.
Why are teaching styles important to consider as an online instructor? Well if there are a variety of learning styles, then it follows that a variety of teaching styles should be considered to adapt to the various learning styles.
Learning styles are a big topic in the realms of traditional classroom education. Teachers hear a lot about different learning styles and how they should try to adapt their teaching methods to different kinds of learners. A lot of research has been done on the topic of learning styles and suggestions abound for how to cater to different learning needs in the classroom.
Have you considered as an online instructor that the thousands of students who enroll in your course might have several different learning styles? You might ask yourself why do learning styles matter – it’s just a $10 course? Well for starters, personal learning styles, in part, affect the learning outcomes for your students. By default that affects the ratings and reviews they give your course.
Online presentation skills do not come naturally to every aspiring Udemy instructor. Yet your presentation skills can dramatically impact the quality and learning outcomes of your online course. Making a Udemy course is possibly one of the most complicated yet fulfilling profession. Think about it, how many times have you sat in a room listening to a presenter and found your mind wondering and yourself waiting for the talk to be over? How many bad YouTube videos have you skipped over looking for something better and more fun to watch? You don’t want your students to start feeling the same way halfway through one of your lessons or your course! Here we will give you some tips not just on how to create a Udemy course but on how to make it an engaging one!
We do live in the age of YouTube, live streaming and instant gratification. So, if your online presentation skills – and we mean both video and PowerPoint skills – are not in tiptop shape, you could lose student interest. They won’t finish your course or worse, will leave poor reviews and you’ll be leaving money on the table. Making a Udemy Course that’s poorly reviewed and with no students would just be a waste of both time and resources.