How to teach an online course

Make professional instructional videos – on an amateur budget…
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2013 English

Course Description

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.


  • Cameras
  • Microphones
  • Lighting
  • Backdrops
  • Create a home studio
  • Solving audio problems
  • Video editing
  • Screencasting
  • Scripting
  • Presenting

What are the requirements?

  • Enthusiasm, dedication, determination to achieve the best results possible

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create a home studio on a budget
  • Achieve professional-quality video and audio
  • Become an effective online educator

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to teach online
  • Existing online teachers who want to improve video and audio quality

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.


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…

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Instructor Biography

Huw Collingbourne, Director of Technology, SapphireSteel Software

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.

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