Online Course Creation (No. 3) - Launch Your Own School
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Online Course Creation (No. 3) - Launch Your Own School

Look over my shoulder as I build a course from A-Z using the Thinkific platform. It's so easy, anyone can do it.
5.0 (43 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.
1,313 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2017
Price: $175
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how to get amazing support from best-selling online instructors.
  • You will know how to upsell your students to other courses you offer.
  • You will know how to automate welcome and course completition emails.
  • You will know how to organize your computer files to staying organized and motivated.
  • You will know how to upload videos to your video library via FTP
  • You will know how to upload your course using a third-party platform
  • You will know how to write a course title and course description.
  • You will know how to upload a course banner and landing page.
  • You will know how to upload PDF course files, audio files, video files and how to create written lectures.
  • You will know how to connect your students to your email management software for complete automation.
  • You will know how to publish your course and go live.
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  • This course is for those who are planning an online course but are not sure what platform to choose.
  • This course is for those who already have an online course but want to find alternative ways to bringing their courses in-house onto their own website.
  • This course is for those who are looking for a simple drop-and-drag and copy-and-paste way to creating online courses.

Do you dream of running your own online School or Academy?

If you love creating online courses, then this course is for you.

I will show you in 8 simple steps how to create your own school or academy using the Thinkific platform. 

What are income potentials for running your own online School? 

Look over my shoulder as I share my side-by-side income comparisons between the Core Freedom Academy and my Udemy courses.

Watch over my shoulder and see how easy it is to create an online course using the Thinkific platform. 

Watch me organize my computer files, add my course title, description, upload videos, set the course price, and eventually hit the publish button.

IMPORTANT: Thinkific is a paid third-party service. However, I will show you how to get started for free so that you can focus on creating your course first while you are building your list so that you have an anticipating audience ready to buy from you before you switch to a paid account. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to teach online using a third-party platform.
  • Anyone who wants to connect their own website to their own online school or academy.
  • Anyone who is not technically savvy but wants to offer online courses on their own website.
  • Anyone who wants to build their online courses with just a few clicks.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
About This Course - Your Journey Starts Here
4 Lectures 19:55

Are you curious about what's possible running your own online school? Here are a few daily income scenarios from my own academy as well as a comparison of my income with Udemy vs. my own Academy. Enjoy!

Preview 10:06

This is your simply cheat-sheet of the topics we will be covering in this course. Print it for your own records so that when you're ready to create your own school, you can follow these simple steps.

Print This: Your Course Creation Timeline - 8 Simple Steps

Although Thinkific is a paid platform, I will show you how to start with Thinkific's free account version while you build your course and your list of potential buyers.

Getting Started on a Shoestring Budget

Just a brief professional and personal background of why I do what I do. Please introduce yourself in this section too by clicking the Q&A link underneath the video and letting us know your name, why you're here, what country you're from and whatever else you want to share.

Introduce Yourself - My Background
Getting Started For Free
10 Lectures 21:41

Watch this overview video to learn what this entire section is all about.

About This Section - an Overview

Let's look at other options besides Thinkific, and why I chose the Thinkific platform.

Other Options

This video will show you how to get your free Thinkific account set up so that you can follow me along creating your own sample course online. 

Creating Your Free Account

As soon as you have your free account you can follow this video to create your course sections, which are also known as chapters, as well as your course lessons.

How To Create a New Course, Sections and Lectures

In this video I will show you how to create your course description, as well as your course title and subtitle. This is the portion that your potential students see first.

Your Course Description - Landing Page

Every course has a banner. This lecture shows you how to upload your own banner and how to make it just the right transparency so that your title and subtitle will show up nicely.

Uploading Your Course Banner

An important part of every course landing page is to also tell your students of other courses that are similar to the course they are about to enroll. These are called upsell courses. In this video I will show you how to add upsell videos to your course landing page.

How To Upsell To Another Course

We're ready to set a course price and hit the publish button! You have the option to give the course away for free, charge a one-time fee, create a subscription payment and also offer payments plans (for upgraded accounts only).

Choosing a Course Price and Publishing Your Course

Creating Effective Promo Videos

This lecture is all about you following up on what you learned in this section. These are your steps to take to creating a course using the third-party platform. Good luck!

Now It's Your Turn
Automation Hub
4 Lectures 11:57

We've covered a lot in this section and I want to check in with you. How is it going so far? Do you have any questions? Are you learning a lot? If you're satisfied with the course so far, please go to the "review" section and leave a review so other students can consider this course too. If you want to reach me personally for feedback, please send me a personal message.

Check-In Time

This entire section is about automating your tasks, such as linking your students to your email list, and more. This is the overview video.

Automation - How To Connect The Dots

One of the most wonderful things is to automate new student welcome emails and being able to send automated congratulation emails. This video will teach you where to set this up. You only have to do this once!

Automating Your Welcome and Completion Student Emails

This video will show you how to link your students to the appropriate email list. When a student has completed a course, do you want them to get enrolled in a new course? This is where you would set up your email lists so that they no longer receive promotional emails for a course they've already taken, but instead they will receive emails for course they have not yet taken. I use ConvertKit for my email management system. Before then I used aWeber for 10 years. I don't know why I didn't switch to ConvertKit earlier, it's the ultimate automation email management system.

How To Automatically Connect Your Students to Your eMail List
Additional Tips and Tricks For Online Course Creators
3 Lectures 06:17

One of the biggest issues with new course creators is the many files that are being created for each new lecture and course. Soon the computer file looks messy and overwhelming. In this video I will show you how I name and organize my computer files so I can create new courses with a simple drop-and-drag, no matter the platform.

How To Keep Your Computer Files Organized

If you do not have your own VPS server then this lecture is not for you. If, however, you have your own server or rent a VPS server and want to learn to upload your videos to Thinkific via FTP, then this video is for you.

Uploading Videos via FTP

If you do not have your own VPS server then this lecture is not for you. If, however, you have your own server or rent a VPS server and want to learn to download your videos from your FTP to your Thinkific video library, then this video is for you.

Download Videos from FTP Into Your Video Library
Getting Support From Expert Online Instructors
2 Lectures 05:17

One of the most important components of an online instructor is to get support. Don't do this alone when there are countless ways for you to connect with other fellow instructors. You can also click the Q&A link underneath your video to get questions answered by me.

Where To Get Support - an Overview

In this video I will share with you how to get accepted into the private Facebook group of Thinkific where you will find thousands of other online instructors sharing incredible support. It's a very empowering and supportive community and answers to all of your online course creation questions are just a moment away.

Where To Get Support From Best-Selling Online Instructors
Course Summary and Bonus
2 Lectures 04:00

We've come to the end of the course. How was it? Please leave a review by clicking the "review" link for this course. Of course I'm hoping for an excellent review. If you are missing anything in this course and would like to see more, please send me a personal message with constructive feedback. I want to make sure you're all set getting your questions answered.

Course Summary

Here are course coupons to my other courses. Some of these courses go hand-in-hand with this course. For example, learn how to write a best-selling course outline. Learn how to create green-screen videos or how to turn your courses into certification courses. I've also created a digital marketing course specifically for online course creators to help you get the word out for your courses. Take a peak and enjoy the special Udemy discounts!

Bonuses and Discounts
About the Instructor
Cha~zay Sandhriel Ph.D.
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11,244 Students
21 Courses
Best-Selling Udemy Instructor, Author and Podcast Host

I absolutely love teaching and your success in every way is important to me!

As a best-selling Udemy instructor with more than a dozen online courses, I also run the Core Freedom Academy with over 14,000 students worldwide, and I am ready to share what I know.

I have been a public speaker, workshop leader and online course creator for more than 14 years. I've spoken on stage with Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad Poor Dad) and also taught at the Learning Annex in San Francisco for over three years.

I teach courses in the field of professional and personal development and new courses are constantly being developed.

Today I draw on my further education as a metaphysician, holistic life coach, certified hypnotist and trained grief and suicide hotline counselor. I’m also a non-denominational ordained minister, a Reiki Master and I teach courses in EFT (emotional freedom technique) and dowsing.

It all started in the world of business. I’ve worked for the Swiss Government and Private Banking Industry, before moving to Silicon Valley putting together teams for technology start-up companies. A tragic loss in 2006 left me homeless for 7 months while I withdrew from society to reinvent myself and my life.

The courses I teach today come from my school of hard-knocks

I’m a huge fan of living the mobile lifestyle. Less is indeed more and being able to live wherever I want to is possible thanks to being an online instructor. My life lessons are woven into all of my courses.