Create your Course
Structure your course. Based on your course goals, plan out each section and lecture of your course, what you’ll cover, and how you’ll cover it. Generally, each section should map to one specific skill you’re teaching. While mapping your outline, think about the format you’ll use for each lecture.
Create an introductory lecture. Ensure the introductory lecture articulates the reasoning behind how you’ve designed the curriculum, summarizes practice activities you’ll be covering, addresses who should take the course and what they’ll get out of it.
Provide value right away by diving into the heart of your content in the first section of your course. The earlier the better! Ideally, we recommend providing a “quick win” within the first three lectures. This is something that is easy enough for beginner students to do, yet provides them with a feeling that they’ve progressed in a topic early on.
Address one skill per section. Give students a chance to make progress every few lectures. Each section should map out to one of your course goals and be devoted to a specific skill. A section should only contain 3-5 lectures and focus on helping students acquire one new relevant skill.
Stick to one concept per lecture. Don’t try to cover too much in a single lecture. Keep it simple, stick to one specific concept and address 3-5 points about that concept.
Make sure your sections add up to the course goals. While each section should help students acquire one new skill, all the sections together should add up to deliver on all the skills your course promises to address in your course goals.
Keep it modular. Each section should be devoted to a specific skill, where the section can be consumed by itself if a student wants to learn only that skill. The titles of the sections and lectures should be clear so students understand what skills they’ll gain.
Cover the needed material. Ensure that the course doesn’t cover too much or too little. You should be focused on ensuring that the material covers everything needed to achieve the course goals, but not so much information that it is overwhelming or distracting from the goals.
Sequence the content. Sequence your sections and lectures so that there is a continuous learning path and there are no gaps.
Choose your format. There are three different lecture formats you can use when creating your course; video, article, video and slide mashup. Each format can be useful depending on the goal of your lecture.
Create practice activities. Practice activities are hugely important! Students on Udemy want, more than anything, to apply what they’ve learned. Practice Activities help them do just that. As you map out your course outline, consider different projects, quizzes and exercises you can integrate into your course to help students practice and build on concepts they’ve learned. Learn more about practice activities here.
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