How to Create an Online Course for Free

How to Create an Online Course for Free 

E-Student Today, I’m going to teach you how to make online classes that attract students like a magnet. Contrary to popular belief, the process of creating online courses doesn’t require a large chunk of money. If you know what you are doing, you can develop profitable online courses at no cost whatsoever. Creating successful online courses is like building powerful magnets While money can be used to speed up certain steps of online course creation, it’s not even close to a major determining factor for success. The truly crucial factors for success in designing courses are the ten steps listed in this article. As you will come to find out soon, “take out your credit card” is not listed as one of those steps. Creating a best-selling online course requires time and effort, but not necessarily money. Above all else, researching your target audience and crafting a strong course outline will be your keys to success in the e-learning industry. In all significant endeavors, you need to plan. Your plan for making an online course should begin with choosing the primary topic of focus. Making it up as you go along has a high chance of ending up with you flat on your face unless you’re dead sure you know what you’re doing. After all, you can’t just meander around a general breadth of a particular subject for your entire course. It would be a waste of time for both you and your students.  The course subject determines your audience, your method of teaching, and a lot more factors. It’s crucial that you decide on a specific course subject in the beginning phase of creating your online course.  Be as specific as possible. Don’t try to cover too wide of a topic in your first course. A common early misconception when creating online courses is that you should create one course per one topic. From a student’s standpoint – that’s a terrible idea. Students get overwhelmed by massive amounts of all-over-the-place information within a single course. And, from a profitability standpoint – that’s an even worse idea. Focusing on short courses rather than a single huge program enables you to sell larger volumes and to improve upon early iterations. When developing your first course, make sure to leave some room for the future. These are some questions you should ask yourself when picking a topic for your course:Are you an expert on the topic?Is there enough demand for the topic?How deep will you go into the topic? Think through these initial steps very carefully. They will be the foundation for the online course you will be building. Without a solid foundation, you course is doomed to fail. Are you an expert on the topic? Ideally, you should have demonstrable expertise on the subject you are teaching. That could be either by education or practical knowledge on the subject. Having real qualifications to show to your students makes a big difference in establishing trustworthiness for yourself. Now, I’m saying “ideally”, because being an expert on the topic is not always necessary. There are plenty of massively successful online courses out there that were created by course instructors with novice-level knowledge at best. I would never advise creating online training programs on subjects you know very little about. However, credibility and authority are something that can be developed – work on that. Is there enough demand for the topic? Earlier, I told you to be as specific as possible with your course topic. While I firmly stand by that statement, it’s also worth noting that you should not pick too narrow of a course subject. Developing a course titled “The Ultimate Guide to Salmon Fishing in Akhiok, Alaska” might seem like a great idea at first. After all, you have decades of experience as a snow-covered, big-catchin’ Alaskan fisherman. There’s not a single soul who can match your prowess on the sea and you’re the definition of an expert on the subject. However, even with your best efforts you will struggle to find students for this course, as very few people will ever search for this topic.  Here’s a tip: instead of trying to guess what students want, go straight to the data. Use tools such as Google Trends to see what type of courses people are searching for. Or, check MOOC websites such as Coursera, edX or FutureLearn to see what courses are already popular.  How deep will you go into the topic? Depth also affects matters. To use our previous example of fishing: “Beginner’s Guide to Fishing” should be easier to grasp and should be aimed more for newcomers. Therefore, you should not go very deep into the advanced details in such a course. Above all else, you should focus on getting the basic points across to the students in such introductory courses. “Guide to Catching 1000-pound Bluefin Tunas”, on the other hand, may be a shorter, more concise course that can do with less hand-holding, as it’s intended for an advanced audience that already knows the basics of fishing. The ideal depth depends largely on the target audience you are developing the course for. Let’s explore target audiences and their role in a course development cycle in the upcoming step. After choosing the topic for your online course, it’s now time to identify your target audience. The target audience is the group of people to whom you are writing your course. Once again, be specific. Identifying that the target audience is “anyone interested in my course subject” is too general and non-actionable. Instead, try to identify the following key demographics of your target audience:Age. The average age of online students is 34. Depending on your course topic, this number could be different. Adjust your writing and teaching styles accordingly.Gender. On average, the gender make-up for MOOCs is 53% female and 47% male. However, in some subjects such as engineering courses, the ratio can shift heavily, with up to 85% of students being male.Level of education. The majority of online course students are highly educated with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Adjust the complexity of your course to match the educational level of your target audience.Employment status. Is your course for training already employed professionals? Or, is it aimed at job-seekers who want to start a career in a new industry?  Identifying all these demographics is not always a simple process. If you’re having trouble, try using social media for target audience research.  Using Social Media for Target Audience Research Social media can be a goldmine of information during target audience research. Other platforms exist and can be used to the same effect, but nothing works so well in establishing contact as social media. Put up a post and measure the response. What defines a healthy response will depend on your field (British Tanks After World War 2 will have a different audience compared to How To Get More Instagram Followers), so adjust accordingly. I will share you one excellent method of using social media for audience analysis:Find Facebook groups in the topic area you are planning to teach.Make a group post which describes your wish to make an online courseAsk the people who interact with your post for a one-on-one interview. Alternatively, you could setup an online course survey.Gather data about the audience and their learning wishesAnalyze the data and try to find similarities between the answers from different peopleVoila! You now know who is your target audience and what they want to learn.   Gather and Structure Your Knowledge To build a successful course, you need to systematize all the knowledge you have Once you’ve determined what you’re teaching, that you do have people to teach, and that you can teach them something useful, then you can get started on the course itself. Which means you need to get your knowledge together. You’ll need to know enough that a newcomer to the topic can learn a good deal from you, plus a little bit more than that. There always will be those students quicker on the uptake than others, or those who need just a bit more of the picture to really understand the lesson. To help them out, you’ll need to have enough puzzle pieces on hand to give to them. Knowledge alone is not enough. You also need to know how to deliver it in a way that makes sense to a student, in a manner that a student can understand. Just dumping facts doesn’t work for most people, otherwise, we wouldn’t need schools and teachers.

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