How to Create an Online Course: The Official Udemy Course

Use our recommended best practices to plan, produce, and publish a well-designed, high quality Udemy course
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How to create an online course using Udemy’s recommended course creation process
How to access and use tools and resources available to you as an Udemy instructor
Use the Marketplace Insights tool to identify in-demand topics to validate or refine your course topic
Learn how to define your ideal learners for your course
Determine and write clear learning objectives
Create practical activities and assessments to drive an engaging and high-quality course
Create a well-structured course outline
Produce your course content following best practices for recording and editing your videos
Write a compelling course landing page that attracts the right learners to your course
Launch your course successfully
Use your instructor dashboard to manage and evolve your course, and to grow your audience on Udemy


  • You’ve signed up or are interested in signing up to become a Udemy instructor
  • You have an idea of the course topic you’re interested in teaching
  • You’re passionate and excited about sharing your knowledge with others


Are you excited about creating a course with Udemy, but not sure where to get started? Do you want to make sure the course you create will appeal to students? Then you're in the right place.

Introducing, the official Udemy course about how to create an online course

In this official course we will guide you through the recommended course creation process and share best practices in teaching and instructional design, as well as resources you can use to help you plan, produce, and publish your own course. Creating a course is a journey, but you don’t have to go it alone! We’re here to guide you throughout your journey.

Learn from one of our learning design experts who has partnered with hundreds of instructors to create high-quality courses on Udemy, who will walk you through the steps in the course creation process along with experienced instructors who will share tips for building an impactful online learning experience on Udemy.

Bookmark this now, reference it later

We will share a lot of helpful information and resources throughout this course. Bookmark it so that you can refer back to it as needed while you’re on your own instructor journey.

Learn how to create a course in 90 minutes

During this 90-minute course, our information-packed lectures will give you the insight and tools to make the course creation process as smooth as possible for you so that you’re confident in delivering a high-quality online course that students will love. We’ll also include practice activities for hands-on learning which you can apply directly to the course you’re creating.

Get step-by-step guidance

By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to get started creating your course - and have a solid understanding of the steps required to create an online course.

Plan your content

  • Use the Udemy Marketplace Insights tool to choose the best course topic

  • Define who you're creating this course for, what your students will achieve upon completion, and how they’ll learn it by planning learning activities and assessments

  • Create a course outline to plan the structure of your course

  • Write your course script to get you prepared to record your course

Produce your course

  • Create your course videos, resources, and activities following best practices for delivering value to your learners

  • Get tips from pro instructors about speaking on camera and setting up your recording space

  • Receive personalized feedback on your audio, video, and delivery with our Test Video Review service

  • Edit your videos to be polished and professional

Publish your course

  • Upload your videos and content onto Udemy

  • Create an optimized course landing page that will make your course more searchable for learners on Udemy and on external search engines

  • Review the instructor verification process and the course approval process

Promote your course and more!

  • Jumpstart your marketing efforts to drive student enrollments to drive ratings and reviews early on

  • Leverage your instructor dashboard to manage your course and engage with your learners

Thank you to these Udemy instructors for sharing their best practices:

  • Ceci Mansilla

  • Deborah Grayson Riegel

  • Federico Garay

  • Jason Dion

  • Johannes Ruof

  • Laura Pickel

  • Timothy Meixner

Ready to embark on your instructor journey? Let's get started!

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in becoming an instructor and creating an online course on Udemy - no teaching experience is necessary
  • New instructors looking for best practices and guidance on creating their first online course
  • Instructors who have already created a course but are interested in improving the quality of their course


Learning & Development Expert, Ed Tech Evangelist
Shelley Osborne
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Shelley Osborne is passionate about creating corporate learning cultures that enable continuous skills development and nurture a growth mindset to drive employee engagement and company performance. She has over fifteen years of experience across the education, consulting, and corporate sectors.

Recently, Shelley was the Vice President of Learning at Udemy, where she led the company’s learning strategy and continuous upskilling of employees globally. In her work, she often leverages innovative technologies and fresh approaches like virtual reality and gamification to drive lasting engagement. Before Udemy, Shelley was the Vice President of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, where she advised early- and late-stage companies on learning and talent strategy, skill development and leadership programs. Before moving into the professional learning and development space, Shelley had a successful career as a classroom teacher in Canada for almost a decade.

Shelley speaks regularly at industry events such as TEDWomen, ATD International Conference, DevLearn, and Unleash. She contributes to numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Shelley has also provided expert commentary in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Cheddar TV, Inc., and more. Drawing from her experience, Shelley is the author of an upcoming McGraw Hill book, The Upskilling Imperative: Five Ways to Make Learning Core to the Way We Work, which is slated for Summer 2020 release and examines how companies can create, implement, and maintain thriving learning cultures.

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