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Online Course Creation, Complete Guide (Udemy Unofficial)

Do-It-Yourself Blueprint for Teaching Online and Designing, Recording, Editing, Publishing, and Marketing Online Courses
4.8 (22 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.
234 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop a high-quality online course using proven, simple tools and techniques
  • Make a different to thousands of people around the world
  • Create passive income, side income, additional revenue or teach online full time
  • EQUIPMENT: Start with what you already have, plus easy-to-use free software, and then upgrade over time
  • RECORDING: Produce quality video, including audio, lighting, videography, and backgrounds
  • CONFIDENCE: Speak with confidence and feel comfortable being on camera
  • CONTENT: Develop and organize your knowledge into valuable content for your course
  • TEST YOUR TOPIC or course idea to make sure it’s viable and profitable
  • EDITING: Know how to use free and paid editing software such as Audacity, Izotope RX3, MovieMaker, PowerPoint, Sony Vega, as well as screen casting and using a green screen
  • PUBLISHING: Be familiar with the educational platforms and marketplaces and reach millions of students who are already interested in online courses
  • BUILD YOUR OWN: Build your own website using done-for-you templates that are easy to use (even if you’re not a techie)
  • COPYWRITING: Write epic titles and subtitles that sell and effective course outcomes and descriptions for your course landing page
  • PROMOTIONAL VIDEO: Create compelling promotional videos using proven a framework
  • PRICING: Evaluate your market to know exactly what to set your price at
  • MARKETING: Market your online course using YouTube, Facebook, Interviews, Webinars and Sales Funnels
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  • Knowledge, wisdom, experience or a skill that you wish to teach others.
  • You do NOT need have an email list/audience to sell your course to—we’ll show you how to start from scratch.
  • You do NOT need to know how to teach, how to do marketing, how to edit videos, or even how to use a camera. We’ll cover EVERYTHING.

You’re sitting on a gold mine! Do you want to find out how you can make money teaching what you know and love ONLINE?

This course will teach you how to turn your expertise, knowledge, experience, or passion into an ONLINE COURSE.

***Find out more about creating an online business selling INFORMATION PRODUCTS along with your online courses in the sister course INFOPRENEUR: CREATING INFORMATION PRODUCTS AND ONLINE COURSES.***

Why create online courses?

  • You can reach more people than you can reach directly—many more, from all around the world!
  • You can record it once and have it teach people (while you get paid for it) over and over again.
  • Teaching online has the LOWEST START-UP COSTS of any online business
  • This is the RIGHT TIME because it’s a growing market and there is technology in place to make it easy for you.
  • Literally ANYONE can create online courses! You don’t need to have an established audience, know how to market, or be great with technology.
  • You can create passive income, side income, additional revenue streams or become a full time online instructor.
  • Most importantly, you add value to the world by sharing your passion or wisdom

Here’s what we’ll be covering in this course:

  • EQUIPMENT: Start with what you already have (such as a computer and a cell phone) or inexpensive equipment, plus easy-to-use free software, and then upgrade over time.
  • RECORDING: Learn everything you need to know to produce quality video, including audio, lighting, videography, and backgrounds.
  • CONFIDENCE: Speak with confidence and feel comfortable being on camera.
  • AUDIENCE: Learn how to get sales even if you don’t have an audience to begin with!
  • CONTENT: Develop the content of your course, including defining your market, deciding what to teach, creating your outline, and creating video-length segments.
  • TEST YOUR TOPICS: Learn how to test your course idea to make sure it’s viable and profitable.
  • EDITING: Beginner and advanced video editing tips and demonstrations—showing how simple the process really is, including how to edit video and audio using free and paid software such as Audacity, Izotope RX3, MovieMaker, PowerPoint, Sony Vega, as well as screen casting and using a green screen.
  • PUBLISHING: Learn about different educational platforms and marketplaces where you can reach millions of students who are already interested in online courses.
  • UDEMY: Best practices for marketing your courses through Udemy.
  • BUILD YOUR OWN: Build your own website using done-for-you templates that are easy to use (even if you’re not a techie).
  • COPYWRITING: Write epic titles and subtitles that sell and effective course outcomes and descriptions for your course landing page.
  • PROMOTIONAL VIDEO: Follow a proven framework to create compelling promotional videos.
  • PRICING: Evaluate your market to know exactly what to set your price at.
  • MARKETING: Tips and tools for marketing your online courses, including YouTube, Facebook, Interviews, Webinars and Sales Funnels.


This course is not about “getting rich quick” or “do nothing, get paid”. Creating profitable online courses is time consuming and takes specific skills, tools, and equipment.  This course is designed teach you everything you need to know in order to “do-it-yourself” and develop a high-quality course that provides valuable content AND makes you money.


We are Joeel & Natalie Rivera. Creating online courses transformed our business at a time when we needed it. After returning from our honeymoon, Joeel became ill. Spending almost a year on bedrest, we were unable to continue conducting our in-person workshops, speeches and coach training programs. However, what felt like a curse turned out to be a blessing because in 2015 we decided we wouldn’t let our circumstances hold us back and we converted all of our programs into online courses. We learned everything we could about teaching online.

Today, we have served almost 40,000 students from over 170 countries. We’re happy and healthy and our business is thriving. We live at the beach, create our own schedules, travel when we want to, and love what we do!

And, now we want to teach YOU everything we’ve learned about creating online courses, so that you can get paid to teach what you know and love while helping people from around the world.

Who is the target audience?
  • You want to become an ONLINE TEACHER/educator/instructor but you’re not sure how to get started
  • You want to GET PAID TO TEACH something you know and love but don’t know how
  • You’re an ENTREPRENEUR, side-hustler, or want to become self-employed and you’re looking for a new way to MAKE MONEY ONLINE or generate passive income
  • You’re a life COACH, consultant, TRAINER, speaker, or teacher who recognizes you could REACH MORE PEOPLE if you weren’t restricted to being there IN PERSON
  • You have KNOWLEDGE, expertise or experience in a particular field or hobby that others would benefit from learning
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Curriculum For This Course
50 Lectures
4 Lectures 28:13

Explore what you'll learn, why it's so exciting, who we are, and why we're so passionate about online courses!

Preview 05:20

The online course industry is new and rapidly growing. You can reach thousands of students from all around the world! Find out what your options are, how far you can take it, and what levels of success other online course creators are having (even when they have no experience and are teaching obscure topis like baking bread!)

Preview 05:12

The potential of online course creation is in the numbers. Find out how to grow your online course business!

The Numbers Game

Explore a variety of options for equipment and software for recording, editing, lighting and more. We discuss the benefits of each and a variety of price points. Resource links included.

Equipment and Software: What You’ll Need
Developing Your Content
6 Lectures 50:18

Before you can create an online course, you have to understand who your students are. Understanding your market helps you:

  1. Understand their needs so you can create a course that meets those needs
  2. Know who they are and WHERE they are so you can market to them
Define Your Market

Not all courses are created equally--found out the different types of courses, the benefits of each, and how to know what direction you want to go.

Types of Courses

Explore and cultivate your course ideas! If you don't already know what to teach, find out how to come up with ideas.

Deciding What to Teach

Learn how to test your course idea to make sure there is a viable market for it.

Testing Your Course Idea

Take what you know and love and organize it into teachable material! Develop the complete outline and content for your online course.

Creating Your Outline

Learn how to turn your outline and content into appropriate length videos.

Video Segmentation
5 Lectures 38:26

Don't feel bad about being camera shy--we all do! Learn a variety of tips for becoming more comfortable and feeling more CONFIDENT being recorded.

Confidence On Camera

Improve your on-camera persona. Learn how speaking on camera will help you to come across as authentic AND feel more comfortable. Includes proven insights from professional actors.

Speak to a Person

Learn how to sit or stand both comfortably and in a way that will come out well on video.

What to Do with Your Body

Learn how to speak on camera in a way that is clear, engaging, and at an appropriate volume.

Effective Voice on Camera

Learn about options or creating visual prompts and cues to help you remember what to talk about and stay on track, including white boards, hanging prompts, and teleprompters. 

Using Visual Cues and Prompts
TIPS for Audio, Lighting, Backgrounds and Attire
5 Lectures 44:14

Your audio quality is the #1 most important part of your course. Poor quality audio can turn off students and get your course rejected. Find out everything you need to know to get it right!

Sound Quality

Learn about your options for microphones, how to use them, and tips for great recordings (and avoiding common problems).

Microphone Tips

Learn why lighting is the most important factor of a great video and what you need to know, plus find out how you can light yourself professionally at a very low cost.

Lighting the Shot

Learn about options for choosing a background to record in front of, including walls in your home or official backdrops.

Choosing a Background

Learn tips for making sure what you wear will look good on camera (and what to avoid).

What to Wear
4 Lectures 44:47

Learn about different types of video presentations, including talking heads, PowerPoint presentations, animation, multimedia, and screen casting.

Presentation Styles

Learn what you need to know about how to use a video camera.

Camera Operation

Learn how to make sure you're getting a good, clear shot at the right angle so that your video looks awesome!

Getting a Good Shot

So, what do you do when you make a mistake? Keep going? Start over? Edit it out? Find out how to minimize errors and when to let them slide.

ERRORS: So, what do you do with an error?
7 Lectures 01:18:25

Learn what to expect when editing your videos (and that you absolutely CAN do it yourself).

Introduction to Editing

Learn how to edit your audio using both free/simple and paid/advanced audio editing software.

Editing Demonstration: Audio Editing: Audacity & Izotope

Learn how to use the free and simple program, MovieMaker, to edit your videos.

Editing Demonstration: Movie Maker

Learn how to record a PowerPoint presentation LIVE, including your audio voice over.

Editing Demonstration: PowerPoint 1

Learn how to insert PowerPoint slides over your voice over audio, as an alternative way to create PowerPoint videos or insert slides over talking head videos, as an enhancement.

Editing Demonstration: PowerPoint 2

Learn how to edit videos using a more advanced editing software (in this case, we are using Sony Vega), as well as how to edit a video using a green screen.

Editing Demonstration: Sony Vega / Green Screen

Learn how to use Camtasia (or other screencast/screen capture) software to record demonstrations on your computer screen.

Editing Demonstration: Camtasia Screencast
6 Lectures 53:48

Explore the possibilities for different online course marketplaces (aka platforms) who already have millions of online STUDENTS waiting for you to list your course!

Marketplaces and Platforms

Find out how you can built a user-friendly website to host and sell your own courses that is so easy even a non-techie can do it!

Building Your Own Platform

Develop your course goals, outcomes and description in a way that captures the benefits of your course, what students will learn, and utilizes important keywords (while writing it in your ideal student's language).

Course Landing Page: Outcomes and Description

Learn how to ensure your titles and subtitles are both catchy and utilize the right keywords to be found!

Course Landing Page: Title and Subtitle

Learn a proven formula for a promotional video that catches the eye of students and conveys the benefits they'll receive from taking your course.

Creating Your Promo Video

Online courses sell from $20 to $2,000... so how do you know how much to charge! Mystery solved. Find out how to set an effective price for your courses.

Setting Course Pricing
Tips for Publishing on Udemy
4 Lectures 23:17

Tips for getting your test video approved by Udemy.

Test Video

Learn how to use Facebook as a tool to improve your experience publishing courses on Udemy.

Udemy Facebook

Learn all of our greatest tips and strategies for an effective and profitable launch on Udemy.

Launching Your Course

Learn why student engagement is tremendously important and leads to repeat sales and higher ratings.

5 Lectures 54:45

Learn this important marketing strategy for cultivating a market for your courses.

Connecting to Your Market

Understand the importance of creating social proof so that prospective students have a high degree of confidence in your course and are more likely to buy.

Social Proof

Explore common marketing tools for online courses, including YouTube, Facebook and Joint Ventures.

Marketing: YouTube, Facebook, and Joint Ventures

Learn a proven strategy for creating a sales funnel that sells online courses using a free webinar and an email autoresponder.

Marketing: Webinars and Sales Funnels

Find out what is important to include in your biography, specifically for an online course, including how to convey your expertise as well as your vulnerability.

Writing Your Bio
3 Lectures 22:23

As your course gains traction and your continue to create new material, you can invest in continuous improvement!

Upgrade Over Time

Find out how to expand your reach through partnerships.


Find out how an online course can be converted to or integrated with a variety of other information products to expand your reach and capitalize on the opportunities that exist in the online business world when living in the information age!

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About the Instructor
Joeel & Natalie Rivera
4.6 Average rating
3,971 Reviews
33,411 Students
39 Courses
Top Udemy Instructor with over 30,000 students

Joeel & Natalie are firestarters, entrepreneurs, coaches and professional speakers. They are powerful, passionate, and REAL! They have had over thirty thousand students from over 170 countries take their courses. They take students beyond the typical online course experience by evoking deep, emotional reactions that transform them from within. Rather than simply learning information, students finish each course with a clear, immediate action to take and practical tools to stay empowered and achieve success.

Their goal is to challenge individuals to step outside their comfort-zones and break free of their old patterns and limitations. They inspire students to rewrite their life stories, turn their curses into blessings, discover their greater purpose, and be the change they want to see in the world.

More about the instructors:

Joeel A. Rivera, MEd: From an early age, Joeel faced adversity, including failing his first year of college and losing his brother to a car accident at the age of 19. This experience transformed his life and instilled a deep sense of purpose by inspiring him to give his brother Daniel's name a meaning by helping others find their true path. He returned to college, earning a Master's Degree in Counseling, and he is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis on happiness. In almost a decade, Joeel has reached over ten thousand people from different parts of the world as an educator, entrepreneur, speaker, curriculum developer, and consultant. His clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals and small businesses.

Natalie Rivera is passionate about empowering others to live authentically and embrace their inner callings. After a decade of living a life that wasn't hers and developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Natalie let go of everything and completely transformed. Through her journey to healing she rediscovered her true self and greater purpose—to be an entrepreneur and inspire others to transform their lives. Natalie “retired" from the rat race at 24, put herself through school as a freelance designer, and created a non-profit teen center. She is also the Publisher of Transformation Magazine.

Transformation Services, Inc. (a.k.a. Transformation Academy) offers online courses, life coach training programs, professional speaking, curriculum development, life coaching, event management, and publishing for individuals on a path of transformation.