Teach on Udemy- Become an Online Instructor - Unofficial
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Teach on Udemy- Become an Online Instructor - Unofficial

A step-by-step guide to becoming a great online Instructor. No experience required.
4.6 (65 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,018 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
Current price: $65.99 Original price: $94.99 Discount: 31% off
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use Camtasia Studio to record screen capture video and edit into a final course video
  • Navigate around the Udemy system, identifying good course opportunities
  • Pick and use the correct software and equipment for creating high quality video tutorials
  • Plan out a course and understand how to structure the course.
  • Use several different lecture formats to deliver the course content
  • Add quizes to a course, to test the understanding of their students
  • Add a variety of different effects, transitions and callouts to a video, to better engage the student
  • Effectively use zooming and panning to make sure students on mobile devices can easily follow the course as well
  • Successfully submit a course to the Udemy review team and get it accepted
  • Correctly price their course
  • Understand the importance of free preview lectures
  • Create and deploy coupons
  • Create hyperlinks to their course, ensuring they'll get maximum royalty on any sale
  • Promote their course using a variety of free methods
  • You should have a basic knowledge of using your computer.
  • Students will need an enthusiastic approach to teaching.
  • You will need to invest time into your course creation
  • While this course shows you how to use Camtasia Studio for free, you will eventually have to invest in this software, or use one of the free screen recorders and editing suites mentioned in the course.
  • You will need a microphone. Any microphone can be used, but I highly recommend a specific quality (though cheap) USB microphone for better audio quality when you can afford to.

This course is not sponsored by or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.

Become an online Instructor on Udemy

Udemy is an established online training platform with over 295 million course enrolments (April 2020) in 65+ languages.  Udemy offers over 150,000 courses, taught by more than 57,000 instructors. 

In my first year as a teacher on Udemy (2015), I made an income of over $50,000 - you can see the proof in the first few preview lectures in the course.   In 2020, at the time of writing this, I have 28 courses and over 87,000 students.  Udemy has huge potential for a relatively passive income, and Udemy is still growing.  

No list required...

That's right, I made the majority of that income without using my own list.  Udemy have their own fantastic promotional tools, and I'll show you how to get up and running with them as quickly as possible. 

Unsolicited Testimonials: "Thanks for this course as it started me off on Udemy. Progressing well with my Udemy business still growing on 8 courses now with monthly over $700 last month should be similar this month. " Rob Wilson (October 2015).

"A very big thank you, Andrew, for the course on creating a Udemy course. What was insurmountable...has been achieved. I've wanted to teach online, and knew I had great content...but it simply seemed too daunting. Well, I went live just today. And it's because of your course.
I'm taking your advice on making it free for a while to gain students. So far, I have 300. Your course was exactly what I needed. From one teacher to another...Thank you".  Mike (March 2016).

So what will you learn in this course?  Well the main goal is to:

  • Learn How to Quickly Create High Quality Udemy Courses and Become a Successful Online Instructor

The course achieves that by breaking everything down into bites sized pieces.  You'll learn how to:

  • Create high quality Udemy courses quickly.

  • Brainstorm course ideas, and use those brainstorming sessions to structure your course.

  • Earn a monthly passive income from your courses.

  • Use the same tools that professionals use to create your first course.

  • Promote your courses using free resources. 

  • Get lots of students quickly, and the importance of social proof on Udemy. 

  • Promote your courses in a way that maximizes your royalty per sale. 

  • Price your courses for maximum sales.

About the Instructor

  • Learn from an ex-school teacher, with over a decade of online teaching experience.

  • As a newbie instructor on Udemy, Andy went from $0 to over $3,000 per month within 3 months on Udemy.

Course Summary

  • This course takes you by the hand and guides you through the design and implementation of your very own Udemy course.

  • We'll start off by taking a look around Udemy, what they offer and how you can identify areas you might want to cover in your own course.

  • I'll then introduce you to the tools you will need for the course, including the trial version of Camtasia Studio.  You'll have 30 days to use the trial, which should be plenty of time to get your first course created.

  • We'll then brainstorm the topic we want to teach by mind-mapping, and then turn that mind map into a skeleton structure for your course.

  • Once that's done, we'll take a look at the various lecture formats you can choose from.  You'll also learn how to create quizes to let your students self-test as they go.

  • Since Udemy prefer video format lectures, that's what we'll focus on.  You'll learn how to create screen capture video tutorials, and then edit and upload them to build your course.

  • After you go through the final steps to upload and submit your course, you'll learn some easy ways to promote your course and the best price to charge.

This course is suitable for anyone with a desire to teach, no experience required.

By the end of the course, you will know how to design a comprehensive, quality course and then record and edit high quality instructional video lectures. Using Udemy's intuitive instructor tools, you'll be able to upload your course and promote it using your own coupon codes. The best part of all is that Udemy will also be promoting your courses for you.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone wanting to become an online instructor.
  • This course is for anyone that wants to make a second (or even primary) income, teaching online.
  • This course is not for you if you do not have at least a few spare hours per week to work on their course
Course content
Expand all 52 lectures 03:48:40
+ Introductions
6 lectures 32:30
Let me introduce myself and the course you are about to take. As part of that introduction, I'll show proof of my own Udemy earnings, and remember, these are from working part-time on my Udemy courses.
Preview 08:52

In the last video, we were still a week away from the end of May. So how did May end up?

Preview 00:21

I've now been an instructor on Udemy for over 5 years, so let's see how my career on Udemy panned out.

Preview 01:05

Udemy is a well established platform for online learning and this lecture will show you just how popular it is and why you need to be teaching your courses on Udemy. We'll also have a look at the Udemy interface, and highlight the features you'll need to find the best possible course for you to teach.

Preview 09:30

As instructors, you can create courses that are free or paid. There are differences between these types of course, other than the obvious, and this lecture highlights an important difference.

Free v Paid Courses

Before we start planning a course, it is important to know a few quality guidelines set out by Udemy.

Udemy Quality Checklist
+ What you'll need
2 lectures 07:32

There are free tools you can use to create Udemy course videos, but they are not ideal, and will end up taking you longer to produce inferior videos. Let me show you how you can get your first course up, using the full version of Camtasia Studio - the tool most professionals use.


Sound quality can be the difference between a professional Udemy course and a bad one. I recommend you invest in a quality microphone using some of the money you saved this month on the software ;)

+ Brainstorming & Planning a Course
3 lectures 28:33
Mind Mapping

Let's have a look at the structure and organization of a Udemy course, so we can work out how to translate our mind map into the course skeleton.

Course Organization - Sections, Resources, Descriptions & Lectures

Take the mind map and create a skeleton course, ready for your lectures as you create them.

Creating the Skeleton for your course
+ Types of Lectures on Udemy
5 lectures 16:56

The majority of your lectures will be video format, and Udemy requires at least 30 minutes of lectures in this format.  This lecture looks at the other criteria for your video lectures.

Video Lectures

When you teach, you need to talk to your students. Are you comfortable speaking without any kind of script, or do you need to create a cheat sheet of prompts, or a full script?

Do you need to write a script?

One of the lecture types is video slide & mashup.  This lecture explains what that is.

Video Slide & Mashup

The article type lecture is simple a formatted document that can contain images, links, etc.  I like to make these in Word first, as it gives me a great resource to also offer as a PDF.


Udemy like their instructors to create a quiz or two, to test their students. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a quiz, and the options available to you. In the next lecture, you can try the demo quiz we create here.

Adding a Quiz

This is a short demo quiz.

Please note that in October 2015, Udemy stopped supporting fill-in-the-blank questions, so even though I showed it in the previous lecture, I have removed it from this demo quiz.

Demo Quiz
2 questions
+ Video Screen Capture Tutorials
13 lectures 01:02:49

The main type of video I record is screen capture, so let's see how to do that with Camtasia, and the settings you'll need to use for Udemy video lectures.

Capturing the screen

This document discusses monitor resolution and the resolution you need to capture videos at.

Notes on Screen/Capture Resolution

When recording you will make mistakes, but don't despair. It gets easier, and I'll show you how to handle errors to maximize your time.

Tips on recording the screen

Cover slides give your videos a more professional look, and introduce the lecture.

Tutorial Cover Slide

There are times when you might want to import existing video, or other media into Camtasia. This tutorial shows you how easy that is.

Importing Media into Camtasia

The video editor can be daunting if you are new to video editing. This tutorial looks at the editor, and explains some of the key features you'll use as you edit your own videos.

The Video Editor

There are a couple of quick settings to make your sound clearer. This tutorial looks at these settings.

Video Sound

Rather than an abrupt switch between videos in your timeline, you can use transitions to make it a visually smoother switch between the two..

Adding Transitions in your Video

Callouts offer you a way to grab your student's attention. There are a variety available to you, and we'll look at the most useful ones.

Adding Callouts

Udemy require that all important information is visible to your students, and the zoom and pan feature of Camtasia is perfect for that. This tutorial explores the zoom and pan.

Zooming & Panning

Sometimes there are things going on in your video that your students to not need to watch in real time.  This video shows a nice way to speed up those boring bits.

Speeding Up Sections of Video

This video shows you how to render the video in the correct format, so you can upload to Udemy.

Compiling the Video for Udemy

A test video is a great way to test out your equipement and even teaching style.

Creating a Test Video
+ Putting the course together
12 lectures 46:02

This tutorial shows how to upload lectures and the options you have when you do so.

Uploading Lectures

Lecture descriptions tell your potential students what the lecture is about.  In this tutorial, we'll add a description to a video, and look at what you should include in your description.

Adding a Lecture Description

Sometimes you need to give your students a document to help them with a particular lecture. It may be something like:

  • PDF document
  • Text file
  • Spreadsheet
  • Code example

Lecture resources give you the opportunity to do that, and this lecture explains how to add them.

Adding a Lecture Resource

All courses you create should have a bonus lecture as the final lecture in the course.  This is the main marketing tool that Udemy gives you.

The Bonus Lecture

The very last tutorial you should record is the course introduction. Why? Let me explain...

Creating your Course Introduction Lecture

This lecture looks at the course landing page, and how to build that.

The Course Landing Page

Your course needs an image which is shown in the search results on Udemy. A good image will get the attention of searchers, and needs to stand out from the crowd. This lecture shows you how to get a free one designed for you.

Course Image

This lecture looks at the "target your students" section for your course.

Target Your Students

A major source of anxiety amongst new Udemy instructors is how much to charge for their course. Let's look at this.

Course Pricing

Once your course is complete, submit it for review.

Submitting your Course to Udemy

The course you saw me submit in the previous tutorial was rejected for one reason. Let me show you what that was, and how I fixed it.

My Initial Rejection and Resolution

You can make certain lectures "Free Preview", which can be used strategically to convert browsers into buyers.

Free Preview Lectures
+ Promoting your Course
7 lectures 31:56

If you link to your own courses the own way, you will leave money on the table. Let me tell you the mistake I made.

Linking to your course for maximum income

How much money do you make per sale of your course? Well that all depends on where the sale came from, and whether a coupon code is involved. This tutorial explains the income structure.

How much per sale?

Social Proof is vitally important on Udemy. With it, your course will sell. Without it, your course may go undiscovered.

Social Proof

95%+ of all course sales will be using coupons, so this lecture explores coupons, how to create them and how to find sites to deploy them.


There are a number of Facebook groups that you should join as an instructor. Some of these offer you advice and help, while others offer you opportunities to post coupon codes for your own courses.

Facebook Groups

With any new course, getting social proof quickly is essential to better rankings, and better conversion rates. This fast-track promo method will help you do that.

Fast-Track Promo

I have used something I call the "Leader Course" method to good effect in increasing my earnings on Udemy. Let me tell you how it works.

Free "Leader" Course
+ Udemy Updates
4 lectures 02:22

You now need to keep your courses within a certain price range.

Course Price & Coupon Update - April 2020

New guidelines for instructors.

Trust & Safety

Udemy have updated their policy on external links in a course.

External Linking in Courses?

This bonus lecture is a resource list with links to the resources mentioned in this course.

BONUS : Resource list