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How to create an online course

Welcome 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.

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  • 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
and some more. Consequently, there is a lot to learn, huh? Therefore make sure to stay current with our block and this section. We will keep you posted on new developments and articles with our newsletter. So make sure you subscribe. So happy reading and create online courses that really engage students and help to make the world a better place. Get in contact if you have questions.

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an Online Course?

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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. 

10 Personal Development Skills Courses to Create in 2020

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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.

Online Learning Platforms – 5 Marketplace Comparisons

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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.  

10 Steps to Online Course Creation

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The journey to creating an online course involves a multitude of decisions and steps.  It can be a daunting prospect to get started, especially for those new to online course creation.

Even if you have created an online course before, you may be looking to improve your course creation process.  You might be having less success than you would like and are wondering where you might be going wrong. Regardless of your situation, some questions you might have included:

4 Learning Science Tips for Course Creators

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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.

5 eLearning Best Practices

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eLearning vs. Udemy

A generic definition of “eLearning” would be “any learning that happens via electronic media”. In this sense, Udemy courses fall under the umbrella of eLearning.  Udemy i a MOOC  (massive open online course) platform that has its own LMS (Learning Management System) that allows course creators to create and sell a course.

However, eLearning is an industry that goes well beyond the Udemy platform. eLearning has come to mean something slightly different than what Udemy courses offer.  Nowadays, the term “eLearning” and the “eLearning industry” generally refers to what we think of as “corporate training”, or, “online education” in a school setting, such as K-12 programs. 

Teachable vs. Thinkific – a Quick(er) Comparison

The debate about Teachable vs. Thinkific , arguably the top two online learning platforms, is an ever evolving one. All kinds of opinions from experienced instructors who have used both platforms can be found online in lengthy, in-depth analyses and comparisons of Teachable vs. Thinkific features.

If you are a Udemy instructor who is experiencing some success, or who has ambitious online teaching goals, you will no doubt come to a point where you will want to start looking at Teachable and Thinkific more closely to see what your post-Udemy move might be. The Teachable vs Thinkific battle has long been raging and is the subject of many debates. In this article, we will discuss the difference between each online learning platform.

Mini Course – What Is It and Why Create One?

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Mini course do not necessarily jump to mind for most would be course instructors because on platforms such as Udemy, Skillshare and others the length of your course matters in terms of rankings, pay and credibility.   But ask yourself,

Do you have 100 hours to spare? How about $1000?  Have you ever taught a class? How ‘bout an email list and sales funnel – is your database of contact 1000 friends strong?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, but you want to launch an online course, you should consider creating a “mini course”.

7 Learning Styles and Udemy Course Design

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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.

Teaching Online Courses – Best Practices

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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.

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