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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.

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
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.

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.

6 Online Course Design Principles

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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. 

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.

10 Online Presentation Tips for Creating a Great Udemy Course

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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.   

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.  

How to Get More Enrollments with Co-Creation of a Udemy Course

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We know that you are the expert on your topic. That’s why you share your knowledge with others on Udemy, as many other instructors do. A typical Udemy course has only one instructor, like the schoolteacher who prepares a lecture and stands alone in front of a class. That’s a pretty traditional picture. Does it need to be like this? Who said that there is only one instructor allowed? Well, there are no restrictions on the numbers of instructors. In today’s article, we would like to investigate if the number of instructors involved in the course creation makes a difference in your success on Udemy or not.

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.

Make Your Own Video Studio for Online Courses

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A Quick List to Get Going

To make your own videos for Udemy courses, it’s worth putting in a little time and investment upfront to get a great and consistent quality set up to produce your courses.  The choice of equipment can be overwhelming, so here is a brief checklist that you can follow to get going on making your own online course videos. 

Teach Online – 6 Steps to Prepare Yourself

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teach_online_6 steps to prepare yourself

Do you want to teach online? Check out this list before embarking on your online teaching journey. (5-minute read)

Teach Online – An Analogy

Ecommerce, Selling Online, Online Sales

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.

Udemy Sale Season – 8 Ways to Prepare

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Udemy sale season is on the horizon. Towards the end of October, typically Udemy course sales start to pick up a little. Udemy sometimes runs a “course creation” contest or incentives around this time of year.

Why? Because this is the time of year that potential students anticipate buying Udemy courses (or for that matter, anything) on sale. For over 5 years they have been “trained” to anticipate this time of year. So Udemy wants to be sure that the selection of courses is fresh and enticing.

That means you should be sure that your own online courses are fresh and enticing. We’ll go through what exactly this means in this article.

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