Teach Online Courses – A Checklist of What You Need to Know to Successfully Teach Online

teach online coursesTo teach online courses successfully it is important to make sure you have considered all the necessary steps before you get started. That way you can ensure a smooth transition between your initial idea and actually getting the course in front of students.

If you are considering creating a course on Udemy, there are many resources that can help you achieve a positive outcome.  A great place to start are the webinars available on the Udemy website.

To keep you on track as you create your course, here is a checklist of seven areas to consider as you prepare to share your area of expertise.

1. Level

When you are designing your course, have a clear vision of the level of skill and experience your students will have. By anticipating your students’ needs, you can design beginner, intermediate or expert level courses (or all three!).  Just always be clear about the level of expertise being taught in your course.

2.  Structure

A successful course rests on how well you plan it. Think about how best to impart your knowledge to your students. Ensure that your course always follows a logical path and that the students will receive the information in a sequence that is going to make the most sense for them. If it is a beginners’ class then make sure that all the basics are covered before you move ahead to more complex parts. Even intermediate and expert level students can always benefit from a reminder of what they already know.

3. Content

As you plan out the structure, also include detailed notes of what content you are going to include. You should set clear goals for what you want your students to learn and outline objectives so that they can reach these goals.

Also remember that the content should be interesting, relevant and should keep the student motivated throughout the course. It is better to break content down into smaller chunks so that the student has a sense of achievement as they work through the material. The best part of learning for a student is when they emerge from a course really feeling like they have learned something new.

4. Presentation

If you want to teach online courses that are both memorable and effective, then make them multimedia. Students learn through many different styles; some absorb information through text, some through audio and others through video. Therefore, if you include all three elements in your course, you are appealing to the full range of learning methods.

By including video, and this should compose at least 60% of your Udemy course, it makes it much easier to convey certain concepts. It is often more effective to show someone something directly, than it is to tell them about it. Think about when you learned to drive. You studied all the theoretical knowledge, but it was only when you got behind the wheel that you actually started to feel like a driver.

5. Equipment

Before you even begin to teach online courses, you want to be sure that you possess all the necessary equipment. Almost every smartphone and camera can now shoot video, so the bar to getting started is not set impossibly high.

Udemy has some great guidance on what equipment to use. Check out their list of recommended equipment, which is both high quality and affordable. As you progress you can invest in this in order to make the experience for your student even better.

6. Marketing

You can create the best course in the world but it is not going to be effective in helping others to learn, until you actually get it in front of students. Marketing your course therefore is a vital step in making it a success.

When people arrive at Udemy they are already looking for educational courses. This is a huge benefit for the course instructors as it makes it much more likely that visitors are intent on making a purchase. Udemy has 1 million students undertaking courses at any time and over 2 million people visit the site every month.

You can also help to market your course by writing about it on your own website or blog, through guest posting on other blogs in your niche and by helping people in forums. All of these things help to establish you as an expert and thus people are more likely to want to learn from you.

7. Reward

You want to teach online courses because you love your subject and you like helping others to learn about it. However, the reality of life is that you also want to earn a financial reward. Udemy helps you to do this, not only do 96% of course instructors earn from their courses but the average revenue they generate for themselves is $7,000. With no set-up or ongoing costs involved, it’s also easy for anyone to get started. Any students you bring to your course you get to keep 100% of the revenue, less payment processing costs, and any that come through Udemy you get to keep 50% of the revenue. As millions of people are viewing the site every month this has the potential to lead to numerous sales for your course.

If you consider each of these seven points on the checklist you can see that to teach online courses is both achievable and rewarding. Udemy offers a platform for creating, promoting and selling your course. It also offers a wealth of material to help you make your teaching the very best it can be.

Take a look at the introductory video on how to become an instructor and then explore the huge library of help and advice on creating your course. The main benefit to Udemy though, is that it offers you an established audience of people who are ready and wanting to learn about almost every subject area. Bring your expertise to the table, follow this checklist and you will soon be reaping the benefits.