Thursday, January 7, 2016

Creating Online Courses Through Udemy

Why Online Learning

I remember when online public schools started up in my state and parents were able to sign their children up to do their schooling online. I was one of the first parents in line to sign up my oldest daughter. Some time later, I began taking online college courses. I loved it, and to this day I still take online courses, the latest course being in videography for my upcoming YouTube channel.

I'm not the only person loving online learning. If you head over to, you will see thousands of courses being offered, many of them having hundreds of students, and sometimes thousands of students. People can learn just about anything by taking an online course, and if they take courses in computer programming, they can bypass the expense of college, and still get a good job in their field of choice (or start their own business). Considering that college costs more than it's worth and it is still not a guarantee that you will get a job, online learning is a natural alternative for many people.

Check Out Other Courses

Before you begin thinking of the course you would like to create, I recommend you go to and check out their course offerings. There are plenty of free courses you can take, so sign up for a few and begin taking them. Study how the course is presented and how different instructors make their video content. Take notes about what you like and what you should avoid when creating your own content.

Your Knowledge Base

Next, you need to decide what you are capable of teaching. What is your knowledge base? Computer skills and graphic skills can be taught via an online course. Any hobbies that you have can also be turned into a course. Make a list of your skills and previous job experience. You will base your course off of one of the skills you put on this list.

Find Your Niche

Finding a niche for your course is just like finding a niche for your next book. You take a large subject, such as knitting, and break it down into the next niche, such as knitting -- left handed. You can create at least two courses from this basic breakdown: The Beginners Guide to Knitting Left Handed and Advanced Knitting for Left Handers.

Course Name

How you name your course will determine how many people find your course. It is just like naming a nonfiction Kindle book: you need to be precise in the description of your course. The two course names I came up with above give a definitive description of what the course is about. If you were creating a course on color psychology, you wouldn't name it Feeling Blue. Nobody will know what your course is about. If you name is Color Psychology for Businesses, everyone who reads the title will have a clear idea of what your course is offering.

Creating Your Course

When creating your course, at least 60 percent of your material should be video. On a Mac, you can use iMovie to make your recordings. Avoid using PhotoBooth because the video quality if very poor. You can also use Quicktime Player to do a screen recording. Select the Built-In Input selection under Microphone so that Quicktime records both your screen and your dialogue.

You will also need to create an account on, the best site out there for creating and selling online courses. If you already followed my instructions to try out a few courses, then you already have an account set up. Click on the Become an Instructor link and you can begin the process of setting up the name and descriptive info for your course.

Udemy makes this process easy and provides newcomers with all the information they need, so I am not going to type in a bunch of technical filler here.


You will want to advertise your course in as many places as possible. Namely, through your website or blog and through your social media accounts - all of which you should have set up.

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