Over the past few years,  internet has grown so robust that the availability on resources are of unimaginable magnitude. With people sharing content here and there; interaction has helped society build  online schools and tutors. This in turn lead to new turns wanting to reach more students by migrating from the traditional offline tutoring to creating online courses with the goal of reaching more student or audience.  This article will walk you through creating and building your very own first online course 5  quality steps.
These steps are listed below:

Step 1:  Identify your goals

Step 2:  Prepare yourself

Step 3:  Publish A content

Step 4:  Interact and tweak

Step 5:  Marketing

 

Let’s jump right in…


Step 1:
 
Identify your goals

Decide on a topic

The first thing to consider when creating a course is to decide on what the course would be about.  Here you will decide on the area/ niche or field to teach.
This step directly involves choosing a topic
Say ‘how to ride a bike’, ‘how to play piano in 1 week’ or any great idea you might have. This way, anyone visiting your course can tell if the course is meant for them or not.
If you are unsure of what to teach, you can make web searches about trending topics, also you could ask your potential audience what they want to learn…Asking from 5 to 10 audience are usually enough.
A rule of thumb is to teach what your audience is interested in because this
This increases your chances for more sales
Just note that you want your audience to me interested so choose the course topic your people want

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Prepare yourself

Decide on a medium

How will you get this across to your audience? There are tons on mediums online today.
Publishing text on a blog, doing live audio broadcast or a video broadcast are all mediums. You can choose to do a webinar, a YouTube video, sell on Udemy or create an audiobook.
The effective idea is  that whichever medium you settle for has to be a proper channel for dispensing the online course you have chosen to create. For example, it would be hard and rather unproductive to teach an audience how to ride a bike via audio; a video will best suite that.

Prepare an outline

Prepare a table of content, this will serve as a map that will guide you through the content you will create. It doesn’t have to be too concrete or detailed, it can always be a draft. The core thing here is to have something to work with. The reason it has to can be a draft is that it is subject to change. You can choose to add or remove some items based on the feedback you receive from your audience. It can also act as you battleplan, to get you prepare from questions the audience might throw your way.

Evaluate your knowledge

Ask yourself if your actually know the topic you have. If you are not confident about the topic; you don’t have to pull out. Simply evaluate your knowledge by taking online tests on the chosen subject; there are plenty of free online tests you can take. Evaluate yourself and take some more time to re-acquaint yourself with the subject you have chosen to teach. Note that you don’t have to be an extreme expert to create your course.

 

Step 3: Publish A content

Yes, we made it here; after; the evaluation and preparation; it’s time to create the actual content. Did we miss something before now? Nah, doesn’t matter, what matters more at this stage is creating the content. The faster you create the product, the faster you know what your people want.
If this is the first content in a list, it has to be the introduction. You’ll want to get your audience acquainted with what your course would be about. So the first video should be a brief overview of the course you’ve chosen to teach.

Make it brief

One of the biggest challenges in creating a course is to determine what to include and, what to leave out.
Too much content is always overwhelming. Less is more.
Your video course can have as little as 1 video spanning 30mins and still be very informative.
One way to filter your content is to think about what your audience “needs to know” vs what is “nice to know”. 
You can create content that is more specific by asking yourself, “What is the problem my audience want to eliminate?”

 

Make it visual

Making your content visually appealing can keep the interest of your audience in your content. Adding relevant images, animations or videos to your content can help your audience remember what your course was about. In an audio lecture, you can help your audience visualize your content by providing real world examples.
Using a template that is repeatable can help you get past the barrier of “this is a lot to do” by seeing the steps and making progress quickly and can help make the content more visually appealing to your audience.
The goal here is to be interesting.

 

Use Tech tools

Independent on the medium you’ve chosen for your online course, there lots of software you can use to make your workflow easier and faster.
From screen recording software like Camtasia studio, video editing software like Adobe after effect, audio editing software like Adobe Audition to publishing tools like Microsoft word; the counts keep increasing.
Use software to better perfect your workflow

Publish

Yes, publish the content. Don’t wait till the whole course is completed. Publishing each content immediately can help quickly get feedback from your audience and help you set you on the right path.
The content doesn’t have to be perfect, they might not even notice. Publish it.

 

Step 4: Interact and tweak

Upon publishing your first or second video, you could have begun getting comments from your audience.  You would want to use this comment to tailor your next content.
Say an audience complained that the video is too fats; you may want to address that by adjusting the speed of the video a bit. Some might it sound is too low, you may want to adjust that. You should address each comment with appropriate reply with appreciation.
The goal here is to build quality level of relationship with your audience while refining to improve your content because this often determines how well your audience or business will grow.

 

Step 5: Marketing

Growing your audience will not only grow your business but also grow your confidence. You don’t have to complete your online course before you start publishing or marketing it. You publish and market simultaneously.
You can gain more audience through paid online advertising or by referring friends from your social media pages.

 

 

 

Finally, those are the 5 steps needed for creating your first online course. If you made it here, Congratulation!
Here is a quick video to help fixate the quality steps involved in making your first online course:

I hope this article has been informative enough to help you create your first online course.
I have also put together some slides to help you fixate the points involved in how to create your first online course.

If you have questions, suggestions or concerns regarding how to create your online course, kindly comment below; I’ll love to hear from you.  

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