Great news –
Teachinguide has a new website and more features
For over 2 years we work daily to make Teachinguide even better for you. But now we have reached an important milestone – our new website with many more features is ready to support our mission: Helping you to succeed on Udemy!
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.
Skillshare is the most comparable online course marketplace to Udemy. Both platforms market your online course to the masses and pay instructors a course revenue share monthly. That’s about all the similarities in the Udemy vs. Skillshare comparison, really. They are pretty different platforms.
So, let’s say you are a new instructor and trying to decide which is best to start with. Or, perhaps you are already creating courses on one platform and considering hopping to the other. What would the impact be on your online course business and the way you go about it?
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.
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.
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.
In April of 2019, we conducted a survey of online teachers, most of whom were Udemy instructors. The goal was to better understand their needs and challenges. We will use this information to develop improved solutions for the upcoming v2.0 of the Teachinguide app.
As promised, we have compiled the survey responses and present them in this article.
If you’re looking for ways on how to become a Udemy Instructor and create your own online courses then you are in luck as anyone can teach on Udemy. You can also become a premium instructor and charge your students. The application is quick, simple and free usually approved within 2 days. Below are 10 simple steps for becoming a successful Udemy instructor.
1. Choose and Validate a Topic
Chances are if you are reading this, that you already have one or more topics in mind to launch your career as a Udemy Instructor. There’s a lot of advice out there about how to choose your first Udemy course topic. For instance, in this article we previously wrote, “Top Tools for Validating Your Online Course Ideas”, we explain why you should validate your Udemy course idea and provide several suggestions for how to go about it. We suggest a quick read.
The Importance of Udemy Courses Reviews – a quick reminder
Udemy courses with more reviews rank higher in the Udemy search results and are more likely to be promoted by Udemy. Reviews are what makes a Udemy course more believable especially for aspiring students that are still wary about Udemy. Udemy is becoming increasingly focused on reviews due to the sheer volume of courses and students on the platform.
Potential students look at Udemy course reviews to help inform their purchase decision. In general, courses with few or no reviews rank much lower and will attract little or no additional students. Positive reviews will encourage students to enrol in the course while negative feedback will turn away many potential students.
Happy New Year from Teachinguide! No doubt like us you are looking forward to another strong year for the online course industry. With so much growth in Udemy and other platforms during 2018 (over 80,000 courses on Udemy!), it begs the question “what’s next for 2019?”.
We’ve taken a shot at predicting some key trends that we think will drive the online course industry and influence course creation in 2019. We hope these predictions will provide some useful insights to incorporate into your 2019 online course strategy.