Online courses are becoming more and more popular every day. Technology has made it easier than ever to create a course and share it with the world. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to to get started in creating your first online course. We will cover finding a topic, recording your videos, marketing your course, and outline some of the course platforms available. So whether you are just getting started, or you have already created a course but haven’t seen the results you want, read on for helpful tips to get started.
Why should I create an online course?
Creating online courses is a great way to share your knowledge and expertise with the world and establish yourself as an authority in your field. With the right tools and offer, online courses can be a profitable and scalable online business.
There is no limit to the types of online courses you can create. Many busy professionals are seeking fast solutions to problems they may have, or they want to scale up their knowledge and expertise in different areas.
It is important when you get started that you choose a topic that you are knowledgeable about and that there are enough people interested in learning more about. You want to be able to help deliver a solution for your students.
Here are 10 simple steps to help you get started:
-Pick a topic
-Do some research
-Create an outline
-Choose a course platform
-Create your course
-Promote your course
-Launch your course
-Provide student support
-Evaluate student feedback
-Celebrate your accomplishments!
Step One: Choose Your Topic
The first step in creating an online course is to choose a topic that you’re passionate about and that you know others would be interested in learning about. It’s important to choose a topic that you’re knowledgeable about so that you can provide the most value to your students.
Step Two: Do some research
As you begin the journey towards researching your topic, the fastest approach is to reverse engineer the process. See what other courses are already selling for your topic, what sections do they include and how are they marketing the course. As you compile research, use a tool like Evernote or Onenote to keep track of all your information.
Step Three: Outline Your Course Content
Once you’ve chosen your topic, it’s time to start outlining your course content. This is where you’ll decide what topics and modules will be included in your course. Try to structure your content in a way that will be easy for your students to follow. Upcoming will be a post on structuring your course content so it is the most engaging and effective for your students.
Step Four: Choose a course platform
There are many platforms where you can host your course including Thinkific, Teachable and Kanjabi. Main considerations include pricing, number of courses you can offer under different plans, ease of use, marketing options, and if there is a mobile app.
Step Five: Create your course
Once you’ve decided on a course hosting platform, you will have steps recommended by the platform for how best to create and organize your content. Generally speaking, shorter videos are best that cover one basic topic. Users prefer to be able to complete sections rather than watching a longer section and pausing it.
Step Six: Promote Your Course
Once you’ve created and priced your course, it’s time to start promoting it. There are a number of different ways you can promote your online course. You can use social media, email marketing, paid advertising, or a combination of all three. Creating an email subscriber list is the most valuable asset you can build for your online business.
Step Six: Launch Your Course
After you’ve promoted your course and built up some interest, it’s time to launch it. Make sure you have everything in place before you launch so that everything goes smoothly. Once your course is live, start promoting it even more!
Step Seven: Provide Student Support
Once your course is up and running, you’ll need to provide support for your students. This includes things like answering questions, providing feedback, and troubleshooting any issues that come up. Many course creators create a dedicated facebook group to answer questions and support students.
Step Eight: Course Maintenance
Once your course is up and running, you’ll need to do some maintenance to keep it running smoothly. This includes things like updating your course content, adding new sections, and ensuring that everything is working properly.
Step Nine: Evaluate Your Course
It’s important to evaluate your online course on a regular basis. This includes things like tracking student progress, collecting feedback, and making changes based on what you learn. Doing this will help you improve the quality of your course over time.
Step Ten: Enjoy the Rewards!
As long as you put in the work, you’ll be able to enjoy the rewards of having a successful online course. This includes aspects like generating income, helping others learn, and building your authority in your field.