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
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  • Lectures 83
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

LATEST: Course updated again November 2015.

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!

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Ron Hogue

What are the requirements?

  • A computer (PC, Mac, Linux) for recording and editing videos
  • Knowledge of word processing or spreadsheet programs for listing and organizing ideas

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Welcome and introduction to the course.

Section 1: Planning

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


A little bit about your instructor.


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


Addressing objections and fears related to creating a course.


Setting expectations for the course.


Getting familiar with the Udemy layout and resources.


Overview of "Finding Your Course"


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


How to view competition.


Identifying the audience for your course.


Identifying and setting student expectations for your course.


Summary of "Finding Your Course"


Overview of "Building the Course"


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


Organizing your content into a logical path for your students.


Presentation tools (software) and slide layout.


Using color, pictures, and motion on your slides.


How to structure your presentation.


Importance of student resources and activities.


Summary of "Building the Course"

3 pages

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

Section 2: Producing

Producing section overview


The importance of audio quality


Overview of "Producing Audio"


A look at the audio tools that you can use.


How to best use your voice when recording.


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


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


How to get your environment ready for audio recording.


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


Recommendations of what to do and avoid during recording.


Summary of "Producing Audio"


Overview of "Producing Screencasts"


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


Getting your computer ready for recording.


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


Summary of "Producing Screencasts"


Overview of "Producing Talking Head Videos"


Hardware and software used for recording talking head videos.


Things to do to get your body ready for recording.


Conveying confidence and energy during video recording.


Testing the recording equipment and recording your video.


Summary of "Producing Talking Head Videos"

3 pages

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

Section 3: Publishing

Introduction to the Publishing section.


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


Introduction to editing audio.


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


How to edit audio in Camtasia Studio.


Importing and editing audio to be used for background music.


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


How to edit screencasts by removing unwanted content.


How to edit videos with Camtasia Studio.


Summary of "Editing"


Overview of "Publishing and Posting"


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


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


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


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


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


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


Summary of "Publishing and Posting"


How I researched the topic for my course.


The structure and phases I used to outline my course.


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


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


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

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


Wrap up and thank you for taking my course.

Section 4: Bonuses

Introduction to the Camtasia bonus section.


How to install Camtasia Studio for the PC.


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


Understanding the different parts of the Camtasia Studio screen.


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


Using the Camtasia Recorder.


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


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


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


The options associated with producing your video.


Recommended production settings for producing your videos.


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


An example of how I upload video content to udemy.

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Instructor Biography

Ron Hogue, 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.

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