Simple But Effective Ways Of Creating E-Learning Material
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Simple But Effective Ways Of Creating E-Learning Material

Develop and publish your E-Learning content quickly and easily within a week.
3.4 (5 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.
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Created by Christopher Tan
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • to be able to quickly and easily create and publish e-learning content
  • to be able to create engaging content that will capture the users' attention.
  • to be able to apply good pedagogical practices.
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  • screen recording software
  • good microphone
  • Powerpoint software or equivalent
  • VideoScribe software (optional)
  • camera (optional)

Learn how to create quality e-learning content quickly and easily. In fact this Udemy course was created and published in only one week. With the simple but effective techniques that I will show you, you can do the same as well.

Learn about the advantage of creating recorded powerpoint slides. Also learn about other e-learning content strategies including text and images, Udemy Mashups, Software and Online website demonstrations, etc...

Good Pedagogical practices are also demonstrated:

  • Keeping your videos bite-sized
  • Sticking to and emphasising the main points.
  • Preparing a script and narrating clearly.
  • Getting the user's attention.

Finally learn about the hardware and software tools that you need to create quality e-learning content. In this course, I will be demonstrating the use of a MacBook Pro together with a Zoom H1 Handy Recorder.

Who is the target audience?
  • E-learning instructors
  • Udemy instructors
  • teachers
  • educators
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
2 Lectures 07:28

This lecture introduces this e-learning module.

Simple but effective ways of building an
E-Learning course

Use VideoScribe or something else to get attention

VideoScribe can help you create engaging and animated videos quickly and easily. You can animate text and images and synchronize the animations to a voice over. It is technically not difficult to create these animations.

Record Powerpoint Slides to quality video

Prepare your Powerpoint Slides and simply record them with a voice over. It is important to make sure that the audio that you are recording is clear and audible. Recorded Powerpoint Slides in video form can help you get your message across to the user quickly and easily.

Record Video that is relevant to the subject that you are trying to teach

For example, if I wanted to teach cooking, I would record myself preparing ingredients and cooking the dish. If I wanted to teach piano playing, I would record myself playing the piano, of course. If I wanted to teach software skills, I would record demonstrations of software usage using a screen capture program.

Use different forms of electronic media where appropriate

This can be in the form of text, images, MP3 files, Microsoft Word files, PDF files or any form of electronic media that is relevant to the subject being taught. Note that some people prefer to learn by reading rather than by watching a video.

Deliver your content through the LMS or online

I love the Udemy platform and I think that it is a great Learning Management System. However, the choice of delivery is really up to you. Remember to structure your content well so that it is bite sized and easily understood by the person who is viewing it.

Preview 02:27

In this lecture, I introduce the popular Udemy Platform and present some modules that we have developed and published on this platform.

Udemy is mainly an asynchronous e-learning platform. This means that the teacher and students are not online at the same time. Thus, it is important to post high audio video with clear narration in order to get your message across to your students or audience.

Preview 05:01
Setting Up and Sound Check
3 Lectures 09:08

Find out how to do simple setup for recording your e-learning materials. I am using a Zoom H1 Handy Recorder and a MacBook Pro.

Setting Up The Equipment

Here, I demonstrate a quick improvised method of reducing the amount of background sounds, in particular aircon sounds. Basically, it involves putting a pillow in a box.

Preview 03:44

It is important to check the sound quality of your recordings.

Which do you prefer? The mike in the box with the pillow, mike in the box without the pillow or just the mike on the table?

Sound Check
Quick but Effective E-Learning Content
12 Lectures 37:49

This lecture describes the general steps in preparing e-learning content for production and publishing.

I think that Scripting is a very important step. It will save you tons of time if you have a properly prepared script when recording. Of course, if you are familiar enough with the material you can record without a script but there might be that occasional pause when you stop to think.

General Steps

In this lecture, I describe how to record Powerpoint Slides and use this as video as part of your E-Learning content.

If you are using a Mac, you can use QuickTime to record your computer's screen.

Recorded Powerpoint

In this lecture, I discuss the straightforward but useful method of presenting E-learning material using simple Text and Images.

Text and Images

In this lecture, we look at the Mashup feature that is available in Udemy.


In this lecture, we look at how Excel spreadsheets can be used to teach financial concepts.

Excel Demonstrations

You can also use screen capture to demonstrate the use of online web resources.

Usage of Online Resources

A carefully prepared Case Study is also very useful to teach concepts.

Case Studies

Sparkol VideoScribe can easily be used to attract the user's attention and make the content delivery more interesting.

Sparkol Videoscribe

Here's a free E-Book about Video Scribing courtesy of


VideoScribing - How Whiteboard Animation Will Get You Heard
60 pages

Here's a simple six step process for creating PowToon animations.

How To Create PowToon Animations

This video explores the usage of the Word Swag and Recordium apps.

Word Swag and Recordium apps

Here's a video that I recorded based on a JPG Poster that was downloaded from:

Simple but Effective, don't you think?

Recording from a JPG poster
Other Details
2 Lectures 03:22

Here are some of the technical details of the hardware and software that I used to create the e-learning materials.

The Zoom Q2HD is an excellent tool as well:

Technical Details

This lecture concludes this e-learning course.

About the Instructor
Christopher Tan
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Church Pianist

I am a classically trained pianist who loves to play the old hymns. Hope you like my playing and explanations. I attend True Life Bible Presbyterian Church and also the Far Eastern Bible College in Singapore. I work as an IT Manager and enjoy creating media related to e-learning. I hope that you like my courses on Udemy. Thanks.