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Teach Online – 6 Steps to Prepare Yourself

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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.

5 Trends in Online Learning for 2019 and beyond

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With tips for how to incorporate them into your online courses

The Online Learning Industry Evolution

Online learning platforms come in several forms – MOOCs, online universities, corporate elearning, K12 education, learning management systems like Teachable, and of course, Udemy and similar platforms such as Skillshare.

The online learning industry is clearly here to stay – and growing still. Estimates vary as to how big the online industry will become over the next few years, but they generally range from $200– $300 billion.

Teaching Styles – Online Course Application

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Why Teaching Styles Matter

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A question every online instructor should consider

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.

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.

Online Teachers Survey Results 2019

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(3 minute read)

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.

8 Tips for Becoming a Successful Udemy Affiliate

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(5 minute read)

Udemy instructors have love/hate relationships with Udemy affiliates. On the one hand, a Udemy affiliate takes a percentage of your course sales. On the other hand, Udemy affiliates bring in sales you would not otherwise have. 

After creating Udemy courses, some instructors decide to take matters into their own hand and become a Udemy affiliate themselves. After all, if you are going to earn passive income, teaching online is just one way to do it.

Why not become a Udemy affiliate as well and increase your passive income?

Become a Udemy Instructor – 10 Steps

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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 Udemy instructor career.  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.

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.  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!

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 ship shape, you could lose student interest. They won’t finish your course or will leave poor reviews and you’ll be leaving money on the table.   

Udemy Competitors – Avoid Them With Niche Topics

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In a previous post in which we discussed options for researching online course ideas, one recommendation we made was to find niche topics that are not yet highly competitive, and/or pick an increasingly popular and growing niche topic for which you could carve out a place that is differentiated from other competitors. 

This week we are bringing you some examples of niche course topics we found that have few Udemy competitors, but which include courses with “Hot and New” badges – demonstrating there is some level of demand for the niche. We’ll look at whether or not these topics are viable as a niche strategy and why, and discuss why courses in them might or might not be successful.

The 10 Most Popular Udemy Courses (This Week)

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Top 10 Udemy Courses This Week
Top 10 Udemy Courses This Week

Learn from top Udemy Instructors’ Success

Did you know that just in this past week there were over 1.1 million new student enrollments on Udemy and over 475 new Udemy courses launched?  With such large numbers, how can you know which Udemy courses are the most popular and why?

This week, we are highlighting the most popular Udemy’s courses right now, as calculated by our TeachinGuide app.  Knowing what the most popular Udemy courses are and examining why they are popular can provide valuable information that you as an instructor can use to promote and improve your own course standings.  This informatio is also useful for Udemy affiliates who are promoting the “most popular Udemy courses” to their readers.

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