A bachelor’s degree has always been the gold standard in qualifying for jobs. But college tuition has only been getting more expensive and has more than doubled since the 1980s. So how can the average person keep up? Enter, online courses. In 2020, online education and teachers are more in demand than ever. Online courses have been gaining popularity. People can take niche courses specific to the job they want. This makes it an affordable and flexible option not just for people who can’t afford a college education, but even for people in the workforce who want to acquire and brush up on skills.
If you’ve considered creating an online course but aren’t sure where to start, then keep reading. When thinking of your course, it’s important to understand why there are courses that don’t work.
You have probably come across many online courses and chances are, you might’ve even taken some yourself. Why don’t all online teachers succeed? And why are there online courses that fail? Here are the mistakes people make when creating a course:
Now that you have those points to consider, let’s go over some steps you can take to create and sell an online course.
One of the best practices for creating an online course is to set clear expectations of what a person will achieve by taking it. What will your student be able to do after completing the course? -The answer to this question will help you set your course goals and objectives. Having this outline will also give you an idea of what tools you’ll need to set it up. Electronic courses aren’t just a set of slides, but can also make use of interactive multimedia, tests and videos.
Consult with someone who’s already created an online course. Getting firsthand advice from someone who’s already been through the process will give you a deeper understanding of what it takes to prepare materials necessary for online courses. You can also find good information by joining online communities that discuss online courses. Interact and build relationships with people who are in the process of making a course and also those who already have the experience.
Start by jotting down your main subject, list subtopics you want to discuss, and details you want to break down into different sections. Gather all the content you have: ideas, slides, lecture notes, videos, audio, etc. Then start to build and organize your outline with all your existing content plus new materials you’ve gathered. This will be the foundation for your course that you can continue to develop.
Once you get a better picture, you can decide what online tools can help enhance your course to make it dynamic and engaging for students.
It isn’t necessary to spend on expensive platforms to create and promote your course. What is more important is the practical value your course promises to deliver. Here are several platforms you can use:
Once you have a chosen platform and have your course outlined, it's time to start developing your content for the course.
Start creating videos as well as supporting materials such as PDFs, workbooks, etc. This is the point where you’ll see if you need to revise the course outline and determine which sections need additional materials.
Also, you need to consider that students learn best with a variety of learning aids so make sure you have a good combination of videos, illustrations, text, and quizzes.
The better your students understand your material, the better their results. And ultimately, the better your feedback will be.
A pilot launch will allow you to find weaknesses and inaccuracies before releasing it to the rest of the world.
The participants of your pilot launch will be able to offer you feedback and insight on how to improve your course. And this will also give you an idea if your course is successful in achieving the goals and objectives you outlined.
Now that you’ve tested your course, it's time to publicly launch it.
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