How to Create a Course for Your Business
- By the end of the course, you'll know exactly how to create an online course for your business needs
Help you utilize Udemy's course creation resources, and introduce you to the Udemy Instructor Community
- A computer with internet connection
Welcome to the Frontier of Corporate e-Learning!
If you are excited to create innovative online courses and currently have an active Udemy for Business learning portal inside your company, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are an experienced instructional designer, a boot-strapping entrepreneur, or a creatively charged employee - nothing should keep you from sharing the skills you know best with the rest of your company. Udemy for Business course creation is all about breaking down the skills-gap by promoting internal knowledge sharing in a way that is simple, engaging, and mobile-ready.
This course is your one-stop-shop for all things related to course creation. The Udemy instructor team has created this course to be a constantly evolving resource for all of your course creation needs. Here's what we'll cover:
- What scenarios are most useful for creating an internal online course
- How to create your course, from beginning to end.
- Course quality suggestions: so you can make sure your course is up to par.
- How to pick your course topic, identify your target audience, and plan your outline.
- How to actually film your course: the nuts and bolts of capturing awesome audio and video, and high quality editing to make sure your course looks amazing.
- How to create buzz around the launch of your course internally and keep students engaged when the course is live
- Teaching tips, and how to make edits to your course post-publishing.
Additionally, think of this course as the jumping-off point for your exploration into the Udemy Instructor Community. We'll direct you to all of our resources as well as our communities where you can join the conversation and interact with other instructors from all walks of life (as well as the Udemy team).
Are you ready to push the boundaries of corporate e-learning? Let's go!
If you are not a Udemy for Business customer and would like to learn more about us, go ahead and shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Tell Me More!"
- New Udemy for Business instructors
- Existing Udemy for Business instructors improving their courses
- Any employee interested in sharing their skills internally through an online course
Welcome to the course! This is the official Udemy course on how to create your own internal facing online course for your company. We're so happy you're here. For the next hour or so, we'll talk all about how to go about planning, creating and finally publishing your course.
This is an example of a lecture description -- where we describe (in a concise way!) what we'll cover in the video lecture. Make sure to check out the lecture descriptions and supplemental material of each lecture in this course. You'll get tons of information and helpful resources.
If you are reading this and are not a Udemy for Business client, go ahead and check the UFB brochure in the attached resources and get in touch!
In this lecture we'll go over some of the most popular ways leading companies are using online courses for their business, such as new employee orientation, processes and procedures, product training and company-wide news.
In the resources below you can check out a couple of case studies on how clients like Century 21 and Esri are creating their own internal courses.
In this lecture, we'll go over how the course is structured. You'll learn about sections and lectures, and also what we'll be covering in the curriculum.
A link to lecture format is in the resources below. Note that you can ignore any references to quality review in this article; quality review is not related to course creation for businesses
The Course Quality Checklist is a tool used for courses published in the broader Udemy marketplace. You may find it useful as a checklist of recommended items for your own internal course. Keep in mind of course that the "Required" areas do not pertain to you; with your internal course you can do whatever you would like to. However, it may be useful to think of these areas as highly recommended for a great course taking experience.
Welcome to our section on planning out your course. In this section, we'll lay a strong foundation for you to build the rest of your course upon, and make the process as streamlined and easy as possible.
We'll cover picking (and refining) your course topic, setting your course publishing schedule, and creating your outline. We'll cover the theoretical and the practical, so you'll know how to actually use the Udemy curriculum tool.
In the supplemental material of this lecture, we've included our Planning Worksheet. We've also split down the worksheet into it's smaller segments for each individual lecture as well.
Picking your topic is such an important part of teaching -- after all, it is what you're teaching! Even if you know exactly what you want to teach, make sure to take a look at this article: we'll go over not just picking a topic but refining one, with the Udemy for Business audience in mind. We'll talk over:
- Picking (and refining) your topic
- Determining your audience
- Surveying the field (doing a market analysis)
We've also included the individual "Picking Your Topic" worksheet in the supplemental materials so, if you haven't already, go ahead and download it and fill it out as we go along.
In this lecture we'll go over how to think about a realistic course production timeline, all while balancing the reality of a busy work week. In the attached pdf "Set Your Schedule" we give you three different sample schedules -- one for publishing in 15 days, one for publishing in 30 days, and one for publishing in 60 days. Follow these as closely or as loosely as you like -- they're just suggestions for scheduling your time.
Now that you've set you topic and schedule it's time to get into building out your outline! A good outline will make your entire course creation process run smoothly. We'll go over how to structure your course, how to break it down into sections and lectures, and how to actually build out the outline in our curriculum tool. Let's get started!
Hoping to get feedback on your outline? Follow the directions in the links below for creating an outline with Google Docs and sharing it to the Udemy Studio. We're here to help you make your course amazing!
P.S. if you haven't already, download the "Creating Your Outline" worksheet to fill out with your own ideas as we move along.
Welcome to our section on producing your course! We'll dive deep into the nuts and bolts of how you actually film your videos for your lectures, and how to assemble your course on the Udemy site. Never created a video before? Don't worry! We'll map out our entire support system for you so you know exactly where to turn if and when you need help.
We'll cover how to select good equipment for filming, how to create a test video and get feedback on your technical setup, and how to assemble your course. In the supplemental material of this lecture you can find a personal production checklist -- use this to help check off your technical specs, to make sure you're not forgetting anything!
Throughout this section, you'll find various links to our favorite external resources -- which will all help you film and edit your course.
Equipment isn't everything -- you'll have to also think about how you're engaging with the camera, your energy levels, and whether you're communicating your passion for your topic! But equipment is important, so in this lecture we'll cover what sorts of cameras and microphones will work for shooting your course. In the supplemental resources of this lecture, we've included the individual worksheet on equipment as well.
Getting on camera is a key way to ensure your students know, like, and trust you. In this PDF lecture, bestselling instructor Alexa Fischer shares her top ten tips for getting comfortable on camera:
- Squash the thoughts that have been holding you back
- Commit to a positive attitude
- Check your equipment
- Start practicing in everyday situations
- Learn to love the lens
- Prepare, prepare, prepare
- Speak from the heart
- Set the stage (choosing your background)
- Dress the part
- It's about them, not you!
If you'd like some feedback on your camera presence from the instructor community, just upload a test video (more information in the next lecture on test videos) and post it in the Udemy Studio. Be sure to specify what type of feedback you're looking for!
Alexa personally coached two instructors from our community through the filming and production of their introduction lectures. To see their video examples along with Alexa's in depth feedback, check out the Make it or Break It link below.
As we noted in the previous lecture, getting on camera is the number one way to connect with and relate to your students. Yet we hear from many instructors that they feel scared, insecure, or uncomfortable on camera. Len Smith is here to help!
Len just published his twelfth course and has 3+ years of experience as a Udemy instructor. In this video, excerpted from Len's latest course, Len demonstrates how to film a top notch talking head video by overcoming the "But I hate my face" fear that's holding you back.
Woohoo, test videos! Test videos are optional, but are a useful route to take if you want some feedback on your technical production setup. The Udemy Review Team will work with you after you've uploaded your test video to make sure you're fine-tuning your setup for the highest level of production quality.
We'll also go over how to actually upload your test video, and share it to the Udemy Studio (Optional).
In the supplemental resources section of the lecture you'll find some common issues that the Review Team sees with videos, so you can troubleshoot your own.
In this PDF lecture (which you can also download onto your desktop!) you'll find information on the following production-related topics:
- Common video and audio issues you may encounter while shooting your course lectures
- Equipment advice
- Link to our Udemy Mentors series of articles (it will take you to our Support site)
- Link to our article on how to upload a test video (it will take you to our support site)
- A personal production checklist (where you can check off what you've done!)
- Link to the Udemy bulk uploader tool (to make your course assembly a breeze)
Want help with editing your course? Check out our Udemy's partnership with Videopixie, where we subsidize a 40% discount on editing (we made this course with Videopixie's editors!): https://www.videopixie.com/udemy
Make sure to check out the External Resources associated with this lecture as well (tips and tricks for filming and editing your videos, as well as a 50% off discount promo code for Camtasia)
In this lecture, we'll put it all together. After filming your videos, you'll upload them to your course, associate them with your lectures in your outline, and then write up some great lecture descriptions (like this one!) and upload some awesome supplemental material (like we've included throughout the course!).
This section will cover items involving course navigation and updating. We'll cover what information employees will be looking for, and where they'll find it. That includes everything from your course title and subtitle, to your course description and learning objectives. It will also cover course images and promo videos.
Having a powerful course image and promotional video can mean a lot when it comes to getting the attention of your employees. You want to come up with something that will get them excited to take your course.
Don't have any ideas for a great course image? Click on the link below to have the experts on Udemy's internal Design team create your course image specially for you. This is one of the many value added services you receive as a Udemy for Business client.
The course creation process may be done, but the course experience is just beginning. Once your course goes live there are many ways in which you can keep engaged with your employees and keep your content fresh and relevant.
In the below resources are multiple examples of tools that can be used to engage with employees with live sessions in addition to the course taking experience.
Thank you for sticking with us all the way through the course! We are hope you are excited to be an online instructor for your company, and we can't wait to hear how you engage with your students. If you have any questions, post in the discussion area of the course, in the Studio, send in a Support ticket, or upload a test video -- we're here to help. Congratulations again, and welcome to the global instructor community!
We've also gone ahead and included the most useful resources in the course again in this final lecture. If you missed one, or just want all the worksheets in one place, we've got you covered!