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Become an online Instructor on Udemy
Udemy is an established online training platform with over 12 million students (August 2016) from 190 countries worldwide. Udemy offers over 40,000 courses taught in 80+ languages, by more than 20,000 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 2016, I had passed that total by August. 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:
The course achieves that by breaking everything down into bites sized pieces. You'll learn how to:
About the Instructor
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.
In the last video, we were still a week away from the end of May. So how did May end up?
I've now been an instructor on Udemy for one year, so let's see how the year went.
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.
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.
Before we start planning a course, it is important to know a few quality guidelines set out by Udemy.
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 ;)
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.
The moajority of your lectures will be video format, with Udemy requiring at least 60% of lectures in this format. This lecture looks at the other criteria for your video lectures.
The article type lecture is simple a formatted document that can contain images, links, etc. It replaces the older PDF format we had in the past.
A mashup is a combination of a video and a presentation, with the two being synchronized. This lecture shows you how to create a mashup.
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?
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.
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.
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.
This document discusses monitor resolution and the resolution you need to capture videos at.
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.
Cover slides give your videos a more professional look, and introduce the lecture.
There are times when you might want to import existing video, or other media into Camtasia. This tutorial shows you how easy that is.
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.
Rather than an abrupt switch between videos in your timeline, you can use transitions to make it a visually smoother switch between the two..
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.
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.
There are a couple of quick settings to make your sound clearer. This tutorial looks at these settings.
A test video is a great way to test out your equipement and even teaching style.
This tutorial shows how to upload lectures and the options you have when you do so.
Sometimes you need to give your students a document to help them with a particular lecture. It may be something like:
Lecture resources give you the opportunity to do that, and this lecture explains how to add them.
Lecture descriptions tell your 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.
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 goals will tell prospective students what your course is about, and what they will get from it. It's important that your course goals are reaslistic and acchievable, but also accurately represent your course.
This tutorial looks at the title, subtitle and category of your course.
The course summary is your invitation to really sell the course to prospective students. In this lecture we'll go through what is required, as we write the course summary for this course.
A major source of anxiety amongst new Udemy instructors is how much to charge for their course. Let's look at this.
The very last tutorial you should record is the course introduction. Why? Let me explain...
You can make certain lectures "Free Preview", which can be used strategically to convert browsers into buyers.
Once your course is complete, submit it for review.
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.
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.
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.
Social Proof is vitally important on Udemy. With it, your course will sell. Without it, your course may go undiscovered.
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.
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.
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.
You now need to keep your courses within a certain price range.
New guidelines for instructors.
Udemy have updated their policy on external links in a course.
I run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors search engine optimization (SEO) skills, and the art of building websites with Wordpress. I have also written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon Kindle and as paperbacks, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners") and SEO ("SEO 2014 & Beyond").
As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!