Teach on Udemy- Become an Online Instructor - Unofficial
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A step-by-step guide to becoming a great online Instructor. No experience required.
4.9 (40 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
795 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 11/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $95 Discount: 89% off
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use Camtasia Studio to record screen capture video and edit into a final course video
  • Navigate around the Udemy system, identifying good course opportunities
  • Pick and use the correct software and equipment for creating high quality video tutorials
  • Plan out a course and understand how to structure the course.
  • Use several different lecture formats to deliver the course content
  • Add quizes to a course, to test the understanding of their students
  • Add a variety of different effects, transitions and callouts to a video, to better engage the student
  • Effectively use zooming and panning to make sure students on mobile devices can easily follow the course as well
  • Successfully submit a course to the Udemy review team and get it accepted
  • Correctly price their course
  • Understand the importance of free preview lectures
  • Create and deploy coupons
  • Create hyperlinks to their course, ensuring they'll get maximum royalty on any sale
  • Promote their course using a variety of free methods
View Curriculum
  • Students will need an enthusiastic approach to teaching.
  • You will need to invest time into your course creation
  • While this course shows you how to use Camtasia Studio for free for your first course, you should think of investing in this software when you can afford to, for subsequent courses.
  • You can use a free microphone for your first course, but I highly recommend a specific quality (though cheap) USB microphone for better audio quality when you can afford to.

This course is not sponsored by or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.

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:

  • Learn How to Quickly Create High Quality Udemy Courses and Become a Successful Online Instructor

The course achieves that by breaking everything down into bites sized pieces.  You'll learn how to:

  • Create high quality Udemy courses quickly.
  • Brainstorm course ideas, and use those brainstorming sessions to structure your course.
  • Earn a monthly passive income from your courses.
  • Use the same tools that professionals use, absolutely free for the first month.
  • Promote your courses using free resources. 
  • Get lots of students quickly, and the importance of social proof on Udemy. 
  • Promote your courses in a way that maximizes your royalty per sale. 
  • Price your courses for maximum sales.

About the Instructor

  • Learn from an ex-school teacher, with over a decade of online teaching experience.
  • As a newbie instructor on Udemy, Andy went from $0 to over $3,000 per month within 3 months on Udemy.

Course Summary

  • This course takes you by the hand and guides you through the design and implementation of your very own Udemy course.
  • We'll start off by taking a look around Udemy, what they offer and how you can identify areas you might want to cover in your own course.
  • I'll then introduce you to the tools you will need for the course, including the trial version of Camtasia Studio. You'll have 30 days to use the trial, which should be plenty of time to get your first course up and running.
  • We'll then brainstorm the topic we want to teach by mind-mapping, and then turn that mind map into a skeleton structure for your course.
  • Once that's done, we'll take a look at the various lecture formats you can choose from. You'll also learn how to create quizes to let your students self-test as they go.
  • Since Udemy prefer video format lectures, that's what we'll focus on. You'll learn how to create screen capture video tutorials, and then edit and upload them to build your course.
  • After you go through the final steps to upload and submit your course, you'll learn some easy ways to promote your course and the best price to charge.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone wanting to become an online instructor on Udemy
  • This course is for anyone that wants to make a second (or even primary) income, teaching online.
  • This course is not for anyone that does not have at least a few spare hours per week to work on their course
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Curriculum For This Course
52 Lectures
7 Lectures 51:39

Important information on getting the most out of Udemy courses.

Preview 14:16

Let me introduce myself and the course you are about to take. As part of that introduction, I'll show proof of my own Udemy earnings, and remember, these are from working part-time on my Udemy courses.
Preview 10:17

In the last video, we were still a week away from the end of May. So how did May end up?

Preview 00:22

I've now been an instructor on Udemy for one year, so let's see how the year went.

Preview 2 pages

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.

Finding your way around Udemy

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.

Free v Paid Courses

Before we start planning a course, it is important to know a few quality guidelines set out by Udemy.

Udemy Quality Checklist
What you'll need
2 Lectures 11:00

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 ;)

Brainstorming & Planning a Course
3 Lectures 27:39
Mind Mapping

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.

Course Organization - Sections, Resources, Descriptions & Lectures

Creating the Skeleton for your course
Types of Lectures on Udemy
5 Lectures 17:25

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.

60% Video

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?

Do you need to write a 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.

Adding a Quiz

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.

Demo Quiz
2 questions
Video Screen Capture Tutorials
12 Lectures 01:04:32

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.

Capturing the screen

This document discusses monitor resolution and the resolution you need to capture videos at.

Preview 4 pages

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.

Tips on recording the screen

Cover slides give your videos a more professional look, and introduce the lecture.

Tutorial Cover Slide

There are times when you might want to import existing video, or other media into Camtasia. This tutorial shows you how easy that is.

Importing Media into Camtasia

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.

The Video Editor

Rather than an abrupt switch between videos in your timeline, you can use transitions to make it a visually smoother switch between the two..

Adding Transitions in your Video

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.

Adding Callouts

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.

Zooming & Panning

There are a couple of quick settings to make your sound clearer. This tutorial looks at these settings.

Video Sound

Compiling the Video for Udemy

A test video is a great way to test out your equipement and even teaching style.

Creating a Test Video
Putting the course together
12 Lectures 59:09

This tutorial shows how to upload lectures and the options you have when you do so.

Uploading Lectures

Sometimes you need to give your students a document to help them with a particular lecture. It may be something like:

  • PDF document
  • Text file
  • Spreadsheet
  • Code example

Lecture resources give you the opportunity to do that, and this lecture explains how to add them.

Adding a Lecture Resource

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.

Adding a Lecture 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 Image

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.

Course Goals

This tutorial looks at the title, subtitle and category of your course.

Course Basics

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.

Course Summary

A major source of anxiety amongst new Udemy instructors is how much to charge for their course. Let's look at this.

Course Pricing

The very last tutorial you should record is the course introduction. Why? Let me explain...

Creating your Course Introduction Lecture

You can make certain lectures "Free Preview", which can be used strategically to convert browsers into buyers.

Free Preview Lectures

Once your course is complete, submit it for review.

Submitting your Course to Udemy

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.

My Initial Rejection and Resolution
Promoting your Course
7 Lectures 35:55

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.

Linking to your course for maximum income

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.

How much per sale?

Social Proof is vitally important on Udemy. With it, your course will sell. Without it, your course may go undiscovered.

Social Proof

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.

Facebook Groups

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.

Fast-Track Promo

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.

Free "Leader" Course
Udemy Updates
4 Lectures 02:12

You now need to keep your courses within a certain price range.

Course Price & Coupon Update - August 2016

New guidelines for instructors.

Trust & Safety

Udemy have updated their policy on external links in a course.

External Linking in Courses?

BONUS : Resource list
About the Instructor
Andrew Williams
4.5 Average rating
4,545 Reviews
34,009 Students
23 Courses
Wordpress & SEO Expert, teacher and author

I have written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners 2017") and search engine optimization ("SEO 2017 & Beyond").  I also run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors and newsletter subscribers a number of skills required for running a successful website.

As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!