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Weekly Roundup – September 16, 2015

The Weekly Roundup is a list of all instructor-relevant updates, announcements, and general news that has taken place in the last week. Check the Community News section of the Teach Hub on Wednesdays to read through the roundup!

Weekly Roundup

News & Updates


Instructor Stories

We have over 18,000 instructors teaching courses in our marketplace and every one of those instructors has a story. We’re lucky enough to have some of those stories shared with us in the Udemy Studio! Here are just a few:

Update to Student Satisfaction Analytics

Based on instructor feedback over the past several months, we recently made an exciting change to Student Satisfaction Analytics. Once you launch your course in the marketplace, Satisfaction Analytics provides data into how that course is doing in terms of student engagement and happiness. Now, in an effort to show you a bit more granularity into this data, we’ve separated out “neutral” feedback comments. This will highlight what you’re doing really well, and pinpoint what you could improve. In addition, we’re now providing comparative context for student feedback, so you can see how your course stacks up against other courses in your category.

If you have a published course, check out your Satisfaction Analytics to see the changes! If you’re in the process of building your first course and are wondering what we’re talking about, you can find more information here.

Trust & Safety Program

The goal of Udemy’s Trust & Safety program, which we announced last month, is to create a level playing field where all students and instructors can learn, teach, and thrive. We revamped the policies for our marketplace, all of which can be found here. We also gave instructors a one month “grace period” to learn the rules and guidelines, and to ask questions so we could help educate the community. Yesterday the grace period ended and our T&S team will start issuing strikes when policies are violated going forward. You can find information on strikes and the escalation process here.

Our team wants to make sure you understand how to achieve success on Udemy and is ready to work with you! Take our “Policy School” course and if you’re ever unsure about something, you can post on the discussion board there or write to policy@udemy.com.

Coding Exercises

Over the past few months we partnered with a handful of instructors in the development category to add practice coding exercises to their courses. Last week we released coding exercises to all HTML, Javascript, and CSS courses! Learn more about the new tool here.

If you’re teaching a course on any of these topics (or in the process of creating a course), we highly encourage you to add coding exercises. If you have any trouble, just write to instructorsupport@udemy.com for assistance. We’ll continue to monitor how the exercises impact student engagement, and we’d love to hear your feedback as well – let us know how it’s going in the Udemy Studio or the Faculty Lounge.

In the Community


Tony Alicea, all star Udemy instructor, will be leading an “Ask Me Anything” in the community tomorrow (September 17) at 10:00am PDT. For one hour, Tony will share his insight and expertise on teaching technology topics.

You may have extensive experience in Development, IT, or Software, but the hard part comes in trying to teach those skills effectively to online students! Structuring the course, staying focused in your presentation, and keeping the content engaging are all challenges you’ll face. Tony is a master at this with three bestselling courses, and he’s prepared to share his top tips with you – don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

What questions do you have for Tony? Post them all on this Studio thread. Then join us for the event tomorrow:

  1. To receive a reminder email right before the event, sign up here.
  2. Come to the Studio at 10:00am PDT tomorrow (September 17) and look for the pinned post at to the top of the group announcing the event.
  3. Post on the thread to ask Tony any questions you have about building courses and teaching technology topics on Udemy!


If you’re not a member of the Udemy Studio but would like to join, you can apply here