Online Course Crash Course: Win at Teaching Online Courses
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Start teaching Udemy and self-hosted courses, with the latest techniques of a bestselling instructor. Udmy-unofficial
4.5 (458 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.
13,388 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2016
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Choose an online course topic
  • Choose equipment that will record professional videos
  • Write a course title and description that sells
  • Price their course so it sells on Udemy and elsewhere
  • Write promotional announcements that work
  • Promote their courses with YouTube videos
  • Increase student interaction
  • Self-host their courses on their own
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  • Students should understand that this is a free mini-course that covers only a handful of key topics related to teaching online courses. This isn't a complete training program that will teach you everything about teaching online courses.

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

Want to make thousands teaching online courses?

Interested in teaching courses on Udemy, Skillshare, or any other online course platform?

Want to teach courses on a self-hosted Teachable (formerly UseFedora), Zippy Courses, or Patience site?

Bestselling Udemy instructor Phil Ebiner gives you his best advice for teaching online courses in 2016.

This mini-course will teach you:

  • How to choose your first online course topic
  • Should you create a flagship or niche course?
  • The equipment that I use for creating courses
  • How to choose a course title that will sell more
  • How to price your courses on Udemy and elsewhere
  • How to write promotional announcements that sell
  • How to increase interaction in your courses
  • How to make more money by self-hosting your course

Please enjoy this course. I hope you truly enjoy it!


Who is the target audience?
  • New online instructors without any experience
  • Online instructors looking for the latest tips and advice
  • Experts wanting to make money with their knowledge
  • Freelancers wanting to earn extra money on the side
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Getting Started
1 Lecture 06:27

Welcome to this course! In this video, learn more about me and my journey as an online instructor.

Hot Topics for Teaching Online Courses
10 Lectures 56:09
In this video, I give you strategies for choosing your first topics. It's more than just about the money you'll make.
How to Choose Your First Topic

Here's a quick message from Phil about leaving a review for this course.

Is This a 5-Star Course?

In this video, I talk about two different strategies to creating courses - creating a flagship masterclass complete course... or a more specific niche course. Which is better? Find out inside.

Should You Create a Flagship or Niche Course?

In this video, you'll learn the equipment I use for three different video setups - a professional talking head setup, a quick and easy talking head setup, and a voice over/screencast setup.

Equipment I Use to Create Online Courses

In this video, you'll learn how to write a title and description that will entice students to purchase your course.
How to Choose a Course Title That Sells

In this video, you'll learn how to properly price your course to make sales on Udemy (and off of Udemy).
How to Price Your Courses to Sell More

In this video, you'll learn how to write promotional announcements that actually sell courses.
How to Write Promotional Announcements That Sell

In this video, you'll learn how to promote your online courses through YouTube - and how to make sales this way.

How to Promote Courses on YouTube

In this video, you'll learn the ways I've been using to increase student interaction in my courses.

How to Increase Student Interaction (and why this is a good idea)

In this video, you'll learn how to increase you earnings with self-hosting. Use a tool like Teachable or Zippy Courses to create your own online school and make bigger sales.
How to Self-Host an Online Course
Thank you and Bonus Lecture
3 Lectures 01:38
Here's a detailed 30-day blueprint for how I had my most successful Udemy course launch.
Phil Ebiner's Udemy Course Launch Blueprint
14 pages

This lecture contains some amazing discounts to other courses that you might be interested in to further your knowledge.

Bonus Lecture: What's Next for You?

If you’ve listened to any podcast, taken a course, or read any blog about building an online business, you probably know by now that having an email list of your own is important. Some would say that is the most important thing to focus on when you start a website. As you poke around my site, you’ll notice how I try to get people onto my own list. This is something I’ve been doing for a while now, and have seen my list grow past 5,000 subscribers.

Email Marketing for Online Course Creators
About the Instructor
Phil Ebiner
4.5 Average rating
26,532 Reviews
309,899 Students
76 Courses
Best Selling Instructor, 300,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.

Video School Online Inc
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308,029 Students
66 Courses
Become a Better Creator!

Learn creative skills, from absolute beginner to advanced mastery. 

Video School Online exists to help you succeed in life. Each course has been hand-tailored to teach a specific skill. I hope you agree!

Whether you’re trying to learn a new skill from scratch, or want to refresh your memory on something you’ve learned in the past, you’ve come to the right place.

Education makes the world a better place. Make your world better with new skills!

Our courses can be watched 24/7 wherever you are. Most are fully downloadable so you can take them with you. You can also view them on mobile devices with the Udemy mobile app.

All courses have a 30-day money-back guarantee so that you can check it out, make sure it’s the right course for you, and get a refund if it’s not!