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How to Create a Course

How to Create a Course (Share Your Knowledge)

The online education industry is set to surpass $240 billion by 2021. For this reason, many educators want to get involved in creating online courses.

In this article, we will discuss online courses. We will examine how to produce, finish, and publish these courses. We will then review how Direct Knowledge provides a platform that is designed for successful delivery of online courses. Our platform allows you to sell your courses directly to students. The classified ads system allow for you to request or offer services related to creating your online course.

How to Create a Course Article Outline

  • How to Produce a Course
    • Successful Course
  • How to Finish a Course
    • Best Advice
  • How to Publish a Course
    • Publication Methods
  • Self-Publishing at Direct Knowledge
    • Classified Ads
    • Become a Vendor

But before we go into too much depth about what Direct Knowledge offers, let’s look at how an aspiring course creator could go about launching their very first online course. If this sounds like it’s of interest to you, keep reading below.

How to Produce a Course

Producing your very first online course can be a very intimidating task. Despite having a great depth of knowledge in your content area, you may still feel that you’re not prepared to create your course. In fact, many educators, despite years or even decades of experience in the classroom, feel that they’re not ready to create an online course. While it is true that online courses have specific challenges and needs that may not be there for a typical face-to-face course, there are steps you can take to increase your chance for success.

For example, according to thinkific.com, you can follow these 10 Steps to Creating a Wildly Successful Online Course:

  1. Pick the Perfect Course Topic
  2. Ensure Your Course Idea has High Market Demand
  3. Create Magnetic and Compelling Learning Outcomes
  4. Select and Gather Your Course Content
  5. Structure Your Modules and Course Plan
  6. Determine the Most Engaging and Effective Delivery Method for Each Lesson
  7. Filming, Recording and Editing Your Online Course
  8. Setting Up (or Choosing) Your Online School
  9. Getting the Perfect Pricing Model and Feeding into a Bigger Education Based Business Model
  10. Launch and Ongoing Marketing

Producing a Successful Course

The list above does a pretty good job of breaking the course creation process down into manageable steps. You could divide the process above into three larger categories:

  1. Brainstorming / Research
  2. Creation / Production
  3. Launch / Marketing

First, you need to choose a topic that fits the strengths you have. Be sure that you really have the depth of knowledge needed in an area to create a course on it. Also, when choosing that topic, make sure there is a demand. If no one wants to buy a course on your topic, it doesn’t matter how well it’s designed.

Next, you have to choose exactly what content you will include in your course that’s related to your topic. You also need the technical skills to create your course. You’ll want to determine how you’ll create the course. For instance, what portion will be video, what will be presentations (i.e. Prezio or Powerpoint), how many documents you’ll include and what file types (Word, PDF, etc.)

Finally, you’ll will need to pick a platform for your course. Will you try to host it on your own website? Perhaps you’ll make it available through a popular online course website. But before that, what if you’re having trouble finishing your course? If you’re getting stuck somewhere in the middle of the process, read below for some tips on how to finish your course.

How to Finish a Course

For some, finishing an online course can be even more difficult than starting one. Often times, new creators come to the idea of creating an online course with a great deal of enthusiasm. But as they work for weeks and sometimes even months, they get bogged down and their energy dissipates.

What can you do to avoid that from happening? If it’s already happened to you, what steps can you take to push through to the finish line and finish your course?

Best Advice for Finishing Your Course

First of all, make sure that you follow the steps we outlined above for successful creation of an online course. Often times, professionals will skip or skim through certain steps that they feel are not as important. This is a big mistake.

On foundr.com, they have an article that details how to create an online course. You can find more great advice there for creating your course. However, let’s focus on the steps that are related to finishing the course. First, make sure you have properly outlined the topics you want to cover. Laying out a detailed road-map is key to success. An outline allows you to track your progress as you move from step to step. You see how much of your course you’ve completed and how much you have left.

Next, be consistent and disciplined. Creating something new takes a tremendous amount of effort. In addition to the effort it takes, new issues will always arise that can take your attention away. Do not let that happen. Be diligent. Give yourself deadlines and stick to them.

Finally, involve peers you can trust. Look for feedback on the work you’ve done so far. Ask others in your field how it could be improved. You may even want to offer what you’ve created so far to a student to try it for free and give you valuable feedback. If you stick with it, you will finish your course. Once that’s done, you’ll need to decide how to publish it and make it available to the public. In the next section, we’ll discuss publishing your course.

How to Publish a Course

With a completed online course, you will now need to find a way to make it available to the public. In general, these publishing methods can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Online Course Marketplaces (OCM)
  2. Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  3. Software or Plugins on Your Personal Website

Online Course Marketplaces (OCM)

These marketplaces provide somewhere for you to sell your online course to the public. For instance, let’s say you’ve created a course in analytical chemistry. You would be able to go to one of these marketplaces and sell your course right next to all of the other chemistry and science courses. In this case, you’d join a large community of others looking to sell their courses to the public.

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Learning management systems are software that you can use to handle all of your online course delivery. These software applications are designed specifically for e-learning. Essentially, you would pay to use one of these software programs to manage all of your online course content. The software is already designed for you, so you simply pay to use these programs and can then make your course available to students.

Software or Plugins on Your Personal Website

This category differs from LMS because you will need to design these software programs or plugins yourself or pay someone to do it for you. This option can require a great amount of technical skill in either creating the program or plugin or hiring someone able to do so. Choosing this option would only be recommending for the most technically savvy creators, and even then, there may still be more benefits to using a recognized and well-respected LMS or OCM instead.

Self-Publishing at Direct Knowledge

Direct Knowledge provides a platform for professionals to self-publish their online courses. Here on our site, you will find an online community of other professionals as well as students. Through our community, you will have direct access to students who are looking for educational content. Direct Knowledge allows you to self-publish many different types of content, including articles, books and, of course, online courses.

Members of our online community can interact with each other in many different ways. For the purpose of self-publishing your online course, our classified ads are perhaps the most important way. Through our classified ads system, you can request assistance from or offer assistance to other professionals. This assistance is vital when you’re looking to successfully create and then launch your online course.

Let’s take a closer look at how our classified ads work.

Classified Ads

Direct Knowledge offers sixteen categories of classified ads. As mentioned above, these ads are intended to be a way for professionals to request or offer services. The primary purpose of the ads is for publishing content. In this way, these ads can be critical if you need assistance in finishing your online course. Because there are sixteen categories of ads, we’ve broken them down into three easier to understand groups.

  1. Ads for Services While Working on Your Publication
  2. Ads for Services After You’ve Finished Your Publication
  3. Classified Ads for Services to Use at Any Time

Ads for Services While Working on Your Publication

This is the largest category for classified ads at Direct Knowledge. These are the services that will help you get through the work of creating your online course. Some examples of relevant services in this category are Writing Services and Video Production Services. Writing services allow you to request services from other writers. You may want someone to help you co-create your online course. Or you may simply want someone else’s help to write just one section of the course. Video production services can be essential to the creation of a successful online course. If you’re not technically proficient in producing video, then you’ll want to request assistance from another professional here. Having high quality video content is essential for any online course.

Ads for Services After You’ve Finished Your Publication

Services in this category are for once you’ve finished creating your online course. For example, you may want to request either Translation Services or Marketing Services. Translation services allow you to translate the language of your course content into another language. What if you’ve completed an online course in English, but you then find there is a large market of students requesting access to your content in Portuguese? If that’s the case, you’d be able to request that assistance from another expert here. Marketing services can help to bring customer attention to your course. In this category of ad, you can request marketing help ranging from blog posts to mentioning of your course at a professional conference.

Classified Ads for Services to Use at Any Time

This is the smallest category of classified ads on our site. These two ads fall outside of the typical content creation cycle, so they’re listed in this category. The two ad types are for Legal Services and Miscellaneous Services. Legal services can be requested from professionals, if you are having a legal issue of some sort. Perhaps someone has illegally copied the content of an online course you’ve created. Request help here. Miscellaneous is very much what you would imagine from the label. If a services doesn’t fit into another category, or maybe fits into all the categories, you can create that ad here. Put simply, if a services doesn’t strictly fall into one other category, make that ad here.

Now that you’ve read all about the Direct Knowledge platform, you may wonder how you can publish your course through our site. In the next section, we’ll describe the process of becoming a vendor on our site.

Become a Vendor

You’ve reached the final step of your online course creation journey. You’ve created your online course. With our advice above, you were able to finish it. Congratulations. Then, after reading about the benefits of Direct Knowledge, you’ve decided to publish your course through our site. How can you do that? Well, you will need to become an approved vendor. Here are the requirements for becoming a vendor through Direct Knowledge:

  • We accept submissions only from registered users.
  • Submitters must grant Direct Knowledge a license to distribute the work, which must be irrevocable and non-exclusive.
  • Alternatively, submitters may certify that the work is available under another license that conveys these rights.
  • Submitters must agree to the Direct Knowledge terms of services and privacy policy.
  • Authors must provide a course description, both a long description and a short description.
  • Institutional affiliation for the author(s) must be provided.
  • Course creator(s) biography must be included.

Join the Direct Knowledge Community

In order to become a vendor on Direct Knowledge, you first need to join our community. At Direct Knowledge, we believe it is important for anyone looking to publish through our site to be a registered user. We hope for not just sales of your course, but also for your active involvement in our educational online community.

With our ability to publish articles, books, and your online courses, it’s easy to see why so many professionals are choosing to join Direct Knowledge. Now that you will be joining us, it is time to Register to Become a Vendor. We look forward to seeing the online courses that you create and share through our site.

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