Course Creation Rock-Star - Make Your First Online Course
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Course Creation Rock-Star - Make Your First Online Course

How to research, record, and publish your online course using free and paid tools like Camtasia, PowerPoint, and Udemy
4.8 (37 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,521 students enrolled
Created by Ron Hogue
Last updated 11/2015
Current price: $10 Original price: $85 Discount: 88% off
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30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create and post your first course online
  • Identify what to teach by researching, asking questions, and listing personal experiences
  • Structure topics logically to take your students through each step in your process
  • Identify tools to use for screen recording
  • Record and edit your voice and computer screen
  • Choose the right microphone based on your budget and recording preferences
  • Build a presentation from scratch
  • Design a clean slide deck by choosing a color scheme and applying professional animations
  • Choose the best platform for hosting your course (hint: you're already here)
  • Watch behind-the-scenes videos to learn how this course was created
View Curriculum
  • A computer (PC, Mac, Linux) for recording and editing videos
  • Knowledge of word processing or spreadsheet programs for listing and organizing ideas

Start making your course with little or no experience in training. Use free tools and trial software to get started as cheaply as possible.

About this course:

  • Lifetime access
  • Extra lectures and resources always included for free
  • Unconditional Udemy 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Activities to put into practice what you learn here
  • In the Bonus area, you also get key lessons from my Camtasia Essentials course which sells right here on Udemy for $67

See how I:

  • Research a course topic
  • Structure ideas into a course outline
  • Create a presentation from scratch using free design and presentation tools
  • Record and edit audio
  • Record and edit the computer screen
  • Produce a video file
  • Create PDF resources for students
  • Upload videos to Udemy

You'll learn how to:

  1. Choose what to teach
  2. Identify your target student
  3. Set expectations for your students
  4. Collect and organize lecture topics
  5. Build a professional looking presentation
  6. Create resources and activities for students
  7. Capture the best audio possible
  8. Speak with confidence using the right words
  9. Record and edit your computer screen (screencast)
  10. Produce video files
  11. Choose the right platform to host your course
  12. Upload your course video files

... and much, much more!

You've read this far! Thank you!

Check out the free video previews so you can see how this course is presented.

Click the "Take this course" button in the top right now to begin making rock-star courses!

Ron Hogue

Who is the target audience?
  • For anyone who has not created a course
  • For anyone who has created a course but needs help creating better courses
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Curriculum For This Course
83 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:16

Welcome and introduction to the course.

Preview 01:16
21 Lectures 01:09:02

What is this course about and who is this course for?

Preview 04:10

A little bit about your instructor.

Preview 00:55

Finding your motivation for creating a course and holding on to that motivation.

Preview 02:50

Addressing objections and fears related to creating a course.

Preview 02:34

Setting expectations for the course.

Preview 01:05

Getting familiar with the Udemy layout and resources.

Getting Comfortable

Overview of "Finding Your Course"

Preview 01:08

Researching and deciding on the best topic(s) for you to teach.

Choosing What to Teach

How to view competition.


Identifying the audience for your course.


Identifying and setting student expectations for your course.

Setting Expectations

Summary of "Finding Your Course"

Summary of Finding Your Course

Overview of "Building the Course"

Preview 01:06

Compiling the information you'll need to create your course.

Gathering Content

Organizing your content into a logical path for your students.

Chunking and Outlining

Presentation tools (software) and slide layout.

Preparing Your Presentation

Using color, pictures, and motion on your slides.

Presentation Design

How to structure your presentation.

Building the Presentation

Importance of student resources and activities.

Resources and Activities

Summary of "Building the Course"

Summary of Building the Course

Resources and activities to reinforce lessons in Section 1: Planning.

Section 1 Resources and Activities
3 pages
23 Lectures 01:17:45

Producing section overview

Preview 00:44

The importance of audio quality

Preview 01:29

Overview of "Producing Audio"

Preview 00:20

A look at the audio tools that you can use.

Preview 08:11

How to best use your voice when recording.

Using Our Voice

A look at the three options you have for speaking to your students during recording.

Speaking Options

Advantages and disadvantages of using each of the three speaking options.

Speaking from Mind, Notes, or Script

How to get your environment ready for audio recording.

Preparing Your Environment

Things to do prior to recording, setting levels, and testing audio.

Prerecording and Testing

Recommendations of what to do and avoid during recording.

Recommendations for Recording

Summary of "Producing Audio"

Summary of Producing Audio

Overview of "Producing Screencasts"

Preview 00:34

A look at the tools available for recording your computer screen.

Tools for Screencasting

Getting your computer ready for recording.

Preparing for Screencast

The value of walking through the steps prior to recording and what to do during recording.

Practicing and Recording

Summary of "Producing Screencasts"

Summary of Producing Screencasts

Overview of "Producing Talking Head Videos"

Preview 02:09

Hardware and software used for recording talking head videos.

Tools for Video Recording

Things to do to get your body ready for recording.

Preparing Your Body

Conveying confidence and energy during video recording.

Confidence and Energy

Testing the recording equipment and recording your video.

Testing and Recording

Summary of "Producing Talking Head Videos"

Summary of Producing Talking Head Videos

Resources and activities to reinforce lessons in Section 2: Producing.

Section 2 Resources and Activities
3 pages
25 Lectures 01:28:35

Introduction to the Publishing section.

Preview 01:13

Overview of "Editing" which discusses editing audio, screencasts, and videos.

Preview 01:16

Introduction to editing audio.

Editing Audio

How to import audio files into Audacity and export them as an MP3.

Importing Audio into Audacity

How to edit audio in Camtasia Studio.

Editing Audio in Camtasia

Importing and editing audio to be used for background music.

Background Music

How to use waveforms to sync audio between the external mic and the video camera.

Synchronizing Audio and Video

How to edit screencasts by removing unwanted content.

Editing Screencasts

How to edit videos with Camtasia Studio.

Editing Talking Head Videos

Summary of "Editing"

Summary of Editing

Overview of "Publishing and Posting"

Preview 00:24

How to produce an MP4 video file of a talking head video in Camtasia Studio.

Producing Videos in Camtasia

How to combine the screencast recording with the talking head video to create a single video.

Combining Screencast with Video

Assigning specific settings to the production of video files. This includes setting a defined bit rate.

Custom Video Production Settings

How to create an audio-only version of your content in an MP3 format for students.

Producing MP3s for Podcasts

A breakdown in reverse (deconstruction) of how I created one of my PDF resources.

Producing PDF Resources

A look at four different options for hosting your course and the advantages of each.

Hosting Your Course

Summary of "Publishing and Posting"

Summary of Publishing and Posting

How I researched the topic for my course.

Choosing My Course

The structure and phases I used to outline my course.

Outlining My Course

How I created my presentation template from scratch - including the color scheme choice and application.

Preview 08:59

How and why you may want to compress your video files and combine them with the externally recorded audio.

Compressing Video and Combining Audio

A list of the equipment (hardware) and software that I use for course creation.

Preview 01:10

Resources and activities to reinforce lessons in Section 3: Publishing.

Section 3 Resources and Activities

Wrap up and thank you for taking my course.

13 Lectures 40:16

Introduction to the Camtasia bonus section.

Bonus 1 - Camtasia

How to install Camtasia Studio for the PC.

Installation of Camtasia Studio for PC

A look at the Welcome Screen resources available to you when launching Camtasia Studio.

Start and Welcome

Understanding the different parts of the Camtasia Studio screen.


Watching and using the Getting Started project to help you get familiar with Camtasia.

Getting Started Project

Using the Camtasia Recorder.


Understanding the Clip Bin section of the interface and the Tracks area of Camtasia Studio.

Clip Bin and Tracks

How to add different types of media (pictures, video, audio) to your Camtasia Studioproject.

Importing Media

How to add splits and cuts to your video during editing.

Splits and Cuts

The options associated with producing your video.

Production Options

Recommended production settings for producing your videos.

Production Settings

Bonus 2 - An overview of how Udemy guides you in creating different elements of your course.

Bonus 2 - Udemy Overview

An example of how I upload video content to udemy.

Uploading to Udemy
About the Instructor
Ron Hogue
4.8 Average rating
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5,532 Students
5 Courses
Technical Training Guru

Delivering technical training since 2003, Ron has taught hundreds of students everything from Microsoft Office applications to soft skills to Networking. His passion for training is evidenced in his energetic and engaging deliveries.

In 2012, Ron won two separate awards for his "Top Five-ish Screencasting Tips" video. He was recognized twice as one of the top ten New Horizons applications instructors in the world (Dec 2004 and Oct 2005).

Ron's love of learning and technology began in 1985 with a life-changing teacher and a Commodore 64 computer. He's upgraded his computer a few times over the years (it's now an i7) and continues to share what he learns.

Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL is where Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education - Secondary Mathematics. Since graduation, Ron's job titles have included Director of Education, Applications Instructor, Technical Instructor, Training and Operations Manager, Sr. IT Learning Specialist, Technical Trainer, Manager of Technical Training, and Training and Development Manager. He has facilitated Train-the-Trainer sessions to coach and mentor new and seasoned instructors. Ron has created custom courses for a variety of companies including financial institutions, manufacturing, industrial, talent management, and was even flown to Memphis to deliver a custom class at FedEx headquarters.

Delivering live, in-person training is where Ron really shines. He loves interacting with audiences and entertaining while training. He has a genuine desire for learners to understand whatever course they are taking. He will often go the extra mile to ensure that his students have everything they need to apply their learning in their projects.