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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.
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.
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|Section 1: Introduction to Creating a 5 Star Course for any Platform|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's wrap up what we've covered in our introduction.
|Section 2: The Tools Necessary for the 5 Star Course|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this lesson let's wrap up what we covered in this section.
|Section 3: Some Important Ideas On How We Learn|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's wrap up what we've covered.
|Section 4: ABPP - Anything But Powerpoint|
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.
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.
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.
White boarding works great alone.
The collage effect works great alone.
Combine the two for an great approach to enhancing student engagement.
Let's go over the high points in this section.
|Section 5: Lecture Creation 101|
Your audio should flow.
No ummms, long pauses or interruptions of any kind.
If you can't edit these out them start over.
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.
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.
Let's wrap up what we've learned.
|Section 6: Working With Our Customers|
My 8 Hour Touch Point Rule
Discussions. Don't Wait for Student Questions
Send Out A Thank You Blast Using Announcements
|Section 7: Conclusion|
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.
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.
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.