How to Create Your Udemy Course

The official (produced by Udemy) guide to creating your own Udemy course, from start to finish.
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Welcome to the Udemy Instructor Community!

If you are a new instructor on Udemy, or an existing instructor looking to pick up some new tricks, you've come to the right place. 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, continually updated resource for all of your course creation needs. Here's what we'll cover:

  • How to create your Udemy course, from beginning to end.
  • The Udemy quality standards: 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 position your course for success in the marketplace, using your course image, promo video, and landing page to convert students.
  • The Udemy review process
  • Promotional strategies, 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 (as well as the Udemy team).

Ready to start your course creation journey? Let's go!

What are the requirements?

  • A computer with internet connection

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you'll know exactly how to create your Udemy course
  • Help you utilize Udemy's course creation resources, and introduce you to the Udemy Instructor Community
  • Give you the skills and information you need to become a top Udemy instructor

Who is the target audience?

  • New Udemy instructors
  • Existing Udemy instructors improving their courses

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.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course

Welcome to the course! This is the official Udemy course on how to create your own Udemy course (a tongue-twister, we know!) We're so happy you're here. For the next hour or so, we'll talk all about what course quality is on Udemy, and how to actually go about creating and 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.


Welcome to Lecture 2! 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.


In this lecture we'll go over how to actually use Udemy to take the course! We'll go over where to find resources, and how to ask a question.


We want to make sure you're aware of all the resources available to you as you start your course creation journey! This lectures goes over the top three resource centers on Udemy.


In this text lecture, you'll find step by step directions for joining our active and vibrant instructor community, the Udemy Studio.


We'll go over all the key points from this first section: Introduction to the Course. We'll highlight some key takeaways to make sure that you remember what's what!

Section 2: Your Perfect Udemy Course

In this lecture we'll go over a very important part of the publishing process -- the Udemy Review Process! After you hit "publish", your course will be reviewed by our Udemy Review Team. We'll evaluate your course based on our Quality Checklist (see the supplemental resources of this lecture).

If you've followed the directions in this course, your course should be A-OK on all of the items and you'll be approved onto the site! If you have a few items to take care of, we'll send you some feedback (over email, from and work with you to make sure you get the support you need to get your course onto the marketplace.


The Course Quality Checklist is super important, so we decided to give it its own lecture. If you haven't already, download the PDF onto your desktop to keep track of your progress (the checklist is interactive!)


In this lecture, we'll cover the four elements of a quality Udemy course (which we've shortened to DEEP to help you remember):

Differentiate: Choose and refine your topic to stand out in the marketplace. Think of how you structure your course -- how will it be unique?

Excel at Production: If students can't see you or hear you, they can't learn from you! Make sure your technical production skills are up to par.

Exceed Expectations: Make sure your students know what they will get out of the course, and then shatter their expectations! Try to go above and beyond for your students.

Polish your Product: When you publish your course, make sure it's primed for promotional success in the marketplace by following our guidelines.


Principle #1:

Differentiate: How are you going to stand out from the competition and really shine in the marketplace?

This lecture will walk through the basics of how to differentiate yourself from the competition -- we'll talk picking and refining a topic, structuring your course, and planning out how to be unique.


Principle #2:

Excel at Production: If students can't see you or hear you, they can't learn from you! Make sure your technical production skills are up to par.

This lecture will walk through the basics of how to put together a terrific, well-produced video-based online course. For more supplemental materials on production, check out Section 4.


Principle #3:

Exceed Expectations: Make sure your students know what they will get out of the course, and then shatter their expectations! Try to go above and beyond for your students.

This lecture will focus on the ways that you can establish appropriate and specific expectations for your course. Students are your customers, after all, and this lecture will detail why it's so important to delight them!


Principle #4:

Polish your Product: Put the finishing touches on your course that will help your ideal students find it in the marketplace. Prepare your course for promotional success.

Your Udemy course will be a living, breathing, dynamic experience. This lecture will focus on polishing your course so that it's ready to excel in the marketplace, and then improving it over time to make sure that you're always putting your best foot forward to students.


We'll go over all the key points from Section 2: Your Perfect Udemy Course. We'll highlight some key takeaways to make sure that you remember what's what!

Section 3: Intermission: Get Involved With Us!
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Section 4: Planning Your Course

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 marketplace 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 set a realistic scheduling plan for yourself. 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 link below to create an outline using Google Docs and share it with 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.


We'll go over all the key points from Section 3: Planning Your Course. We'll highlight some key takeaways to make sure that you remember what's what!

Section 5: Producing Your Course

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.


In this lecture you'll meet two Udemy Instructors, Emanuele Venditti, and Kellie Edwards, who will walk you through how they created the videos they're appearing in. You'll learn how to annotate your videos while filming them, and how to set up an easy Talking Head shot.

Most of all, you'll meet different instructors and get a sense of the many different ways you can build your own course.


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.

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.

We have an entire library of resources to help you film and produce your course! Check out the Resources below for a wealth of information on a variety of production related topics.
Bestselling instructor Alexa Fischer is ready to share her top ten tips for getting comfortable on camera!

In this video instructor Daniela Guido shares her top tips for showing your personality on camera.

  1. Be real, but not creepy
  2. Be prepared
  3. Entertain your students
  4. Be respectful of your students' time
  5. Don't be a copycat
  6. Shoot each lecture video 2-3 times

To learn more about Daniela, check out the link to her instructor biography in the Resources section.


In the last lecture we shared some tips for getting comfortable on camera, but that's not all you should think about before hitting "record". In this lecture, instructor John Colley discusses how you can use your tone of voice to engage your audience.

Your tone of voice can say a lot. It indicates how excited or passionate you are about the topic. It communicates how much authority you possess on what you speak. It can enhance your students’ comprehension with appropriate volume, emphasis, pausing, and inflection.

In this video, excerpted from his course Public Speaking MasterClass, John goes through a few of the most important elements baked into your "tone of voice" and how you can use them effectively.


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 three 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.


In this lecture, we'll put it all together. After filming your videos, you'll upload them to your Udemy 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!).


We'll go over all the key points from Section 4: Producing your Course. We'll highlight some key takeaways to make sure that you remember what's what!

Section 6: Polishing Your Course

Welcome to our section on polishing your course! The hard part -- your course videos -- is over, so congratulations with that! In this section we'll go over "putting the icing on the cake" -- how to prepare your course for promotional success in the marketplace. We'll cover:

  • Course Landing Pages, and how they can help your course convert new students.
  • Course Promo Videos and Images and how to best represent your course to the world
  • Pricing your course, and how to apply to become a Premium Instructor

In the supplemental resources section of this lecture we've included our entire Polishing Worksheet, which you should download and use as you follow along with the rest of the lectures in this section.


Learn what a course landing page is, and why it's important for converting new students. We'll talk course summaries, titles and subtitles, and your instructor bio. We'll also go over, at a high level, what students are expecting to see when they come to your course landing page, so you can make sure you're positioning yourself for success!


Think of your Promo video and Course Image as your commercials for your course -- they're going to draw students in, and hopefully hook them! We'll go over how to make your promo video and course image conversion machines -- how to keep them short, sweet, and powerful marketing tools for your course.

To take advantage of our free image design service, fill out the request form here. After submitting the form, you'll be given the option to download a placeholder image.

3 questions

In this quiz we'll see how well you were paying attention in the previous lecture, where we go over course image standards! If you want a hint, we recommend taking a look at the supplemental material in the lecture on course images.


We've come to a fork in the road -- will you offer your course for free, or for a price? Either way, you can't go wrong! Check out this lecture for help on how to determine your price, as well as how to become a Udemy Premium Instructor.

If you decide to charge for your course, it's important to understand how Udemy's revenue sharing agreement works. Check out the resource below for a link to our revenue share breakdown.


We'll go over all the key points from Section 5: Polishing your Course. We'll highlight some key takeaways to make sure that you remember what's what!

Section 7: Publishing Your Course

Welcome to our last section before our course conclusion -- Publishing Your Course! Congratulations on making it this far! We've gone over how to plan your course, how to produce it, and how to put the final polish on it, and now we'll go over how to publish it. This section will go over the Udemy Review Process, and we'll give you some tips on promoting your course, teaching your students, and updating your content.


In this lecture, we'll go over what happens after publishing -- the Udemy Review Process! Every course that is published on the site is reviewed by our Review team to ensure marketplace quality. We'll then send you feedback, and either release your course directly onto the marketplace, or work with you over email to make the required changes to your course before it's released.

If you see "Needs Improvement" on your course, that means you still have a few changes to make before your course is released onto the site. Just send an email over to and we'll send you over some updated feedback.

Remember, we're here to help you get your course approved, so just reach out and let us know any issues you're having!

Here is what the "Needs Improvement" looks like:

2 questions

We'll go over some of the key points from our lecture on the Review process to make sure you're really taking in the important parts of this central process!


In this lecture, we'll very quickly cover where to find promotional resources -- make sure to check out the external links for all of our promotional tips and tricks. Also, make sure to enroll in our Udemy-produced course on Promoting Your Udemy Course [COMING SOON]. In that course, we'll go over in depth every aspect of promoting your course and positioning it for success.


Now that you've created your entire Udemy course, you can move on to the fun bit -- actually teaching students! We'll go over the different ways you can engage your students, including answering questions, sending out announcements, and hosting live sessions to complement your recorded material.


So, your course is published. Congrats! BUT -- what if you want to make changes to it after publishing? What if you want to adjust the price, add in some new keywords to your course summary, or add in some new bonus lectures? Have a new idea based on your Instructor Analytics or student feedback? No problem! Take a look at this lecture to see how to make changes and updates to your course after publishing.


We'll go over all the key points from Section 6: Publishing Your Course. We'll highlight some key takeaways to make sure that you remember what's what!

Section 8: Course Wrap-Up

Thank you for sticking with us all the way through the course! We're so excited to have you as a Udemy instructor, and we can't wait to see your course, how you engage with your students, and all of the passion that you bring to your topic. 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 Udemy instructor community!

We've also gone ahead and included every supplemental resource 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!


We'll risk ruining the magic of this course and let you backstage to show you how we built this course. In the lecture you'll see our planning document, and we lay out all of the steps we took to getting this finished product. Feel free to use this style of planning for your own course, or to modify it to better fit your needs. Or, post in the discussion area with how you're structuring your course creation journey -- we'd love to hear!

We've also included an editable planning document in the supplemental resources so you can use it for your own course planning process!


In this Bonus lecture you'll see the latest and greatest research from Udemy's Learning Science Team on what makes an amazing course. Make sure to check out the links at the bottom of the article to make sure you don't miss the helpful infographic.

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