The 5 Star Course On Creating 5 Star Courses
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The 5 Star Course On Creating 5 Star Courses

There is a formula but you have to follow it.
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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.
36 students enrolled
Created by Mike West
Last updated 11/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • You'll have everything you need to be able to create a highly reviewed online course.
  • You'll understand the importance of teacher/student interaction and be able to interact with your students in a way that benefits your course.
  • I'll give you a template you can apply to your courses that will guide you through the course creation process.
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  • You need nothing to take this course but the ambition to craft a well balanced, highly reviewed online course on any platform.

Without very good reviews and testimonials your course won't do well.

I know this is a little harsh but it's the truth.

The great news for all of us is that the magic formula is already out of the vault.

All we have to do is apply it to our passion.

In this course we will look at a very simple formula I’ve used to receive very high course ratings.

I’ve never paid or asked for a review… directly.

Warning: If you’re caught paying for reviews on most platforms, including Udemy, they will ban you.

You don’t have to, I’ll show you how to get them honestly.

I’ll show you how to do it ethically and indirectly.

All of us know that without positive reviews our course will most likely not do well.

In this course we do more than explore the mechanics of course creation.

We will cover the most overlooked and most important facet to course creation – human interaction.

We will cover some mechanics but any course presented well should have positive course reviews.

I’ll teach you how to work with students so they feel a part of the learning experience.

The best part about this approach is its simplicity.

No rocket science here. Just common sense applied to online learning.

Great content, presentation, audio, video and communication will provide you with everything you need to receive high course rating and positive testimonials.

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TIP – Did you notice my last statement? I didn’t write… "please take my course." I didn’t write… "my course is great." I gave you a firm command. Enroll Now!

Also... notice that there are no words capitalized in my course descriptions above. Words that are capitalized have become synonymous with yelling.

Lastly, I used one exclamation point. If you add 2 or 3 you are yelling. I know these little tips seem insignificant but they aren't.

So, use commands at the end of your course descriptions and at the conclusions of your courses.

Who is the target audience?
  • You'll be able to spend you time focusing on your courses's content and not the mechanics of what constitutes a great course.
  • If you are a course author or desire to be one then this course is a must see.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Introduction to Creating a 5 Star Course for any Platform
6 Lectures 09:23

What's this course really about.

What are you going to learn.

In this lecture we are going to learn what this course is about.

Preview 01:19

Your time is limited.

Unless you design courses for a living, spend you time concentrating on content specific to your skill set.

Spending time arguing about what you believe constitutes a good course from a structual point of view is a waste of your time.

Preview 01:36

Should you take this course?

If you create online courses on any platform then this course is a must see.

I'll give you tips throughout the course to add a final polish to all of your courses, no matter what the content.

Preview 01:40

Let's walk through my reviews.

They aren't perfect but with a 4.67 over 8 courses they are very good.

You can get the same results by following some simple rules.

Preview 02:29

These are the two core fundamental elements to every single successful online course.

Without these two you will fail.

Take your time in the beginning to get these right.

Preview 01:19

Let's wrap up what we've covered in our introduction.

The Tools Necessary for the 5 Star Course
7 Lectures 12:39

This course was built for one reason.

I want to give you the skills necessary to obtain those 4 and 5 star ratings you have to have for your course to do well.

Preview 03:28

Although most of your content should be video, it's really important that you combine content to make the students experience more exciting.

Mixing content helps reduce the boredom often associated with watching the same content over and over.

Let's Look at the Content Distribution of The First Section

There's a lot out there but the quality often depends on many things.

You'll need software that can not only capture great video and audio... you'll need software with a very good editing tool.

What Software are You Going to Need for Creating the Perfect Course?

We should sped time focusing on the content of our courses, not the structure of them.

The core structure has already been built for us... all we have to do is follow it.

The Structure Has Been Created for You. Just Follow it!!!

You have a lot of options.

However, too many options help to create purchase anxiety.

Read the Amazon reviews and choose one that is right for you.

What Microphone Should I use? You Have Options.

Blogging is one of the best ways to create credibility.

In this lecture let's learn about what we can do to use blogs to promote our course and build relationships.

Why Blogging Is So Important. Blogging Has Several Big Benefits

In this lesson let's wrap up what we covered in this section.


10 questions
Some Important Ideas On How We Learn
5 Lectures 09:50

Long lectures won't help you keep users focused.

Actually, it will do the opposite.

We need to very cognizant about how long our courses are and we need to mix content after a log lecture.

The 13 Minute Lecture. Why Anything Greater Won't Be Retained.

White boarding works better than just about any other tool... including the much loved talking heads.

Why does it wok so well?

Let's learn why it works so well and why you should be using it.

The Psychology Behind Whiteboarding

PowerPoint is the most overused presentation tool on the planet.

It's probably also one of the least effective at keeping your students attention.

Let's look at why PP may not be your best option for your course.

Why Powerpoint Isn't Your Answer

We are consuming video faster than just about any other content.

In this lecture we are going to look at some of the statistics around that consumption.

This is really good news for you and I.

Video Usage Statistics In the United States. Great News For You and I

Let's wrap up what we've covered.


10 questions
ABPP - Anything But Powerpoint
5 Lectures 18:56

Collages as a learning tools are gaining a lot of ground.

They have the same effect as white boarding.

The idea is that only one main image is shown at a time while other images are on the periphery.

Our interest is held because we want to see how the images relate and what they are.

The Collage Effect. As Mesmerizing as White Boarding. Simple to do.

Let's learn how to create a collage of random pictures and use them in our lecture.

These work well with voice overs and text sprinkled throughout.

The Collage Effect With Random Photos

I'm not endorsing any specific product but I just wanted to show the basics behind white boarding.

It's effectiveness as a presentation tool is far superior to just about any other medium including the much loved talking heads.

There's something mesmerizing about watching these images appear in front of our eyes.

VideoScribe. Use White Boarding Software To Engage Students.

White boarding works great alone.

The collage effect works great alone.

Combine the two for an great approach to enhancing student engagement.

Using the Collage Effect With White Boarding

Let's go over the high points in this section.

Lecture Creation 101
4 Lectures 06:12

Your audio should flow.

No ummms, long pauses or interruptions of any kind.

If you can't edit these out them start over.

A Cup of Coffee With a Friend

Creating an outline... no matter how rough... is a great place to start.

Browsing courses and looking at he outline others have created may help beginners.

If you are nervous start with the content you are most familiar with.

Some Tips On Crafting You Lectures

Here are 7 tips to get you thinking about quality online courses.

No laws here, just some suggestions that should guide you through the process.

7 Real World Tips You Need To Know

Let's wrap up what we've learned.


5 questions
Working With Our Customers
5 Lectures 06:18
My 8 Hour Touch Point Rule

Discussions. Don't Wait for Student Questions

Send Out A Thank You Blast Using Announcements

Constantly Engaged


5 questions
2 Lectures 01:45

A brain dump is like a stream of consciousness.

There's no real structure to the document, just bits of information that are like tips and tricks.

I hope you will find some parts that can be immediately used in your courses.

Download My Braindump Checklist Here

We've covered a lot of disparate topics in this course.

Let's walk through what you need to succeed in your journey as an online author.

Let's Wrap Up What We've Learned
About the Instructor
Mike West
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49,716 Students
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SQL Server and Machine Learning Evangelist

I've been a production SQL Server DBA most of my career.

I've worked with databases for over two decades. I've worked for or consulted with over 50 different companies as a full time employee or consultant. Fortune 500 as well as several small to mid-size companies. Some include: Georgia Pacific, SunTrust, Reed Construction Data, Building Systems Design, NetCertainty, The Home Shopping Network, SwingVote, Atlanta Gas and Light and Northrup Grumman.

Experience, education and passion

I learn something almost every day. I work with insanely smart people. I'm a voracious learner of all things SQL Server and I'm passionate about sharing what I've learned. My area of concentration is performance tuning. SQL Server is like an exotic sports car, it will run just fine in anyone's hands but put it in the hands of skilled tuner and it will perform like a race car.


Certifications are like college degrees, they are a great starting points to begin learning. I'm a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).


Born in Ohio, raised and educated in Pennsylvania, I currently reside in Atlanta with my wife and two children.