Let’s assume you’ve already created an outline for your course as well as figured out your audio/video equipment and settings. Now you’re ready to move on to the most fun part of the course building roadmap: content creation! Your Udemy course can have anywhere from five to 400 lectures. Establishing a process early on for creating all those individual lectures will ensure your experience is as smooth and efficient as possible. This article proposes a timeline you can use to plan and produce your course lectures. Let’s get started!
Plan: What format will your lecture take? Will it be live action? Presentation style? Screencast? Decide on the best medium for delivering the content for this particular lecture. And remember, students appreciate a variety of lecture formats – this means you can get creative and mix it up! Once you’ve decided, set up your production space accordingly. If you’re planning a presentation style lecture, at this point you should also create your slide deck.
Script: Based on your outline, list all the individual points you want to cover in the lecture. Your script could range anywhere from a list of bullet points to the exact word-by-word narration you’d like to deliver. Which way you go depends on your own teaching style and confidence level, as well as the chosen video format.
- Lecture Format: If your planned lecture is a screencast explanation of using WordPress tools, then a bulleted list with abbreviated notes is a great way to go. On the other hand, if your planned lecture is a live action video of you telling a story or narrating a case study, then a detailed script can help you avoid ramblings and speak to the camera with confidence.
- Personal Style: If you’re accustomed to recording your voice and feel comfortable with extemporaneous explanations, then a detailed script may not be needed. If putting your face on camera or speaking into a mic is a new experience for you, then we highly recommend writing a detailed script.
- If you’re not sure which method is best for you, try both! Then take a look at both recordings – one will undoubtedly look and feel better than the other.
Rehearse: The more times you rehearse, the more comfortable you’ll feel. While scripting is great, you don’t actually want to sound scripted to your students. Multiple rehearsals can help you sound natural and enthusiastic. If you’re not speaking from a script, rehearsing can help your mind recall the words and phrases that work best, as well as help you avoid tangents and stay focused. Try rehearsing in front of the mirror, or if you can, with a friend!
Record: The big day has arrived! Turn on the camera and/or mic and do your thing. Don’t be afraid to make multiple recordings if you don’t like the first one (or even the second). The following recording tips will make the next step, editing, much easier:
- Start each recording with at least 5 seconds of silence before you begin to speak. This allows your editing software to build a “noise profile” – if you have any background hums or hisses, it can identify them and strip them out.
- If you make a mistake in the middle, keep the camera/mic running but pause for a few seconds and then start over from where the mistake occurred. You can edit out the mistake later rather than starting the whole lecture anew.
- Don’t be afraid to pause between key points, or even between sentences, to gather your thoughts and composure. Again, you can remove these long pauses in the editing stage.
Edit: Now it’s time to perfect your video. As noted above, you can cut out mistakes and pauses. You can also play with the contrast and volume. And finally, you can enhance your video with text annotations, animations, or graphic overlays.
Upload: Once your video is ready, upload it to your course! You can upload a single lecture right from the Curriculum page, or you can use the bulk uploader to add it to your library.
Most lectures aren’t complete without some fun and engaging extras. If you referred to any student activities in the video (worksheets, exercises, projects, etc.) create these assets and then add it to the lecture using the Add Resources button. Now is also the time to write a concise yet descriptive lecture description.
Congratulations, you just created a lecture from start to finish! We realize that everyone’s timeline will look a little different, so if it took you just one day to create the lecture, great! If it took you a little longer, think about how you can streamline your process for ease and efficiency. You probably have a few more lectures to go before the course is done, so now it’s time to repeat, repeat, repeat…