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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.

Online Teaching – 8 Tips to Get Started

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Teachinguide often receives requests for assistance from readers who need help getting started in online teaching and course creation.  We decided to put together 8 first steps to take and factors to consider if you are contemplating making a move to teaching online.

Online Teaching Options

How you proceed breaking into teaching online will depend very much on your teaching and domain experience – whether you have any at all, have a lot, and everything in between.  So, keep this in mind as your read.  In addition, you must consider whether your goal is to make some cash on the side or to make an entire career of teaching online.

Here’s a list of some of your options:

5 Top Selling Udemy Course Instructors – What You Can Learn from Them

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5 Top Selling Udemy Course Instructors – What You Can Learn from Them

Those who get into online teaching and course creation have, among other goals, the primary goal of making money. You may be looking for some extra income, wanting to leave your day job entirely, or want to make money following your passion. The big question is: How can you become good enough and popular enough on Udemy or other platforms to do that? Who are the top Udemy instructors and how do they create top selling Udemy courses?

One way is to learn from people who have achieved strong financial results by creating the most popular Udemy courses. This is not so easy to do – Udemy has over 25,000 instructors and 85,000 courses covering over 1000 topics as of September 2018. So how do the top Udemy instructors do it?

10 Tips for Generating Online Course Ideas

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Generating online course ideas that will make money seems to be getting more difficult for the masses of entrepreneurs who have flocked to Udemy and other online course platforms in search of financial freedom. It’s one thing to daydream about online course ideas you’d like to create. It’s another thing entirely to determine if you can turn your idea into a money-making machine.

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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

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.   

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.

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.

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