How to teach an online course
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You want to make online courses, tutorials or demos but you don’t know where to begin? Top-selling instructor, Huw Collingbourne, reveals the secrets of making professional videos on an amateur budget. Huw has taught more than 43,000 students on Udemy. He recorded all his videos single-handedly in a tiny room at home with budget-priced equipment. If Huw can do it, so can you. This course shows you how.
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|Section 1: Getting Started|
You want to teach online but you don’t know where to get started – that’s what this course explains!
|Section 2: Video and audio|
Cameras come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Don’t be too eager to buy an expensive model.
You’ll need a stand to keep your camera stable. Here I explain how to choose and use a tripod.
Good audio is vital for an online course. Here I explain some of the microphones you might want to consider.
If you need to take action videos a super-portable camera such as a GoPro is just the ticket. As I explain here, you can even ‘wear’ a GoPro!
|Section 3: Setting up a home studio|
One of the characteristics of a poorly made course is that it uses bad lighting. Here I explain how to avoid that problem.
Maybe you don’t have the space for a dedicated video studio. No problem! Here I show how I set up a studio in a cramped and noisy corner of my house.
|Section 4: Editing and presenting|
You will need some video-editing software and you may also want to record from your computer screen. That’s the subject of this lesson.
So you are sitting in front of your camera and now it’s time to start talking. Should be simple? Or maybe not…
Huw Collingbourne is the technology director at SapphireSteel Software, developers of the “Sapphire” Ruby IDE for Visual Studio and the “Amethyst” IDE for the Adobe Flash Platform. He is author of The Book Of Ruby from No Starch Press. He runs Bitwise Courses and teaches courses on a range of programming topics.
Huw has been a programmer for more than 30 years. He is a well-known technology writer in the UK. For over ten years he wrote the Delphi and Java programming column for PC Plus Magazine. He has also written numerous opinion and programming columns (including tutorials on C#, Smalltalk, ActionScript and Ruby) for a number of computer magazines, such as Computer Shopper, Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine, PC Pro, and PC Plus. He is the author of the free ebook The Little Book of Ruby and is the editor of the online computing magazine Bitwise.
In the 1980s he was a pop music journalist and interviewed most of the New Romantic stars, such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, Boy George, and Depeche Mode. He is now writing a series of New Romantic murder mysteries.
At various times Huw has been a magazine publisher, editor, and TV broadcaster. He has an MA in English from the University of Cambridge and holds a 2nd dan black belt in aikido, a martial art which he teaches in North Devon, UK. The aikido comes in useful when trying (usually unsuccessfully) to keep his Pyrenean Mountain Dogs under some semblance of control.