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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How many human senses exist? Right, there are six senses. When we talk about online teaching, instructors have to make do with only two senses: seeing and hearing. Today’s topic is about the hearing part and therefore your voice.
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.