Weekly Roundup – April 21, 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 Teach Hub on Wednesdays to read through the roundup!

Weekly Roundup

News & Updates


New Email Templates for Announcements

We’ve re-formatted the email templates students see when they receive announcements. The new design better differentiates between educational and promotional announcements. Check out an example of an educational announcement below:

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“Report Abuse” Button

We’ve added a “Report Abuse” button to course landing pages and course dashboards, as well as within lectures. If you see something that doesn’t look right, you can use the button to report it to the Udemy team. What should you report?

  • copyright or trademark infringement
  • inappropriate content
  • inappropriate behavior
  • Udemy policy violation
  • anything else that doesn’t seem right!

This gives you a quick and easy channel to contact our Policy team when you see something amiss.

Maximum Course Price of $500

Going forward course prices cannot be set above $500. Per Udemy’s Quality Standards, the maximum course price is $300 (although under some circumstances the Review Team will accept a price of up to $500). We’ve capped the price setting function at $500 to prevent the potential for fraud and to close a product loophole that allowed course prices to be raised post review. As a reminder, the minimum course price is $9. You can check out our best practices for pricing in this helpful article which also includes average course price across category and sub-category!

Studio Code of Conduct

We’ve updated the rules of the road for our instructor Facebook group – The Udemy Studio. If you’re a member of the community, please read the revised Code!


From the Community


Congratulations to the 50+ instructors who met the Five Lectures Challenge! And some extra kudos to Erin Palinski Wade, Gina Mitchell, Allison Sutter, Alex Bastardas, Tonya Crowley, and Nicole Malik for winning our prizes.

During the 5 Lectures Challenge we saw some questions around instructional design principles. As a result, Udemy’s Learning Sciences Team is leading a continuation challenge to ensure you’re using best-in-class principles to structure your lectures. If you missed out on #5lectures, don’t worry, this is your chance to join the fun! Here’s how to participate:

  1. Follow the steps in this article to design and film one of your instructional videos. The article recommends it be your first instructional video, but it doesn’t have to be.
  2. Upload it as a test video (in addition to adding it to your Curriculum).
  3. Fill out this form by April 27 to share your test video link with the Udemy team. Five participants will be chosen to receive personalized feedback from Udemy’s Learning Sciences team!
  4. Post your test video link in the Udemy Studio for feedback from the community. Use the hashtag #firstlecture so we can keep track.
  5. Finally, join us in the Studio next week for a discussion led by Udemy instructor and Learning Scientist Adam Lupu – Adam will offer some notes on what instructors are doing well (and perhaps not so well) and answer any questions you have about the process!


2 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup – April 21, 2015”

  1. Lia Dunlap, CCHT says:

    So, I was following a suggested practice of setting a “reduced” price and then increasing as I added additional resource material. I had noted that the price would increase on May 1st. So, does this mean that I WON’T be able to increase the price or that the course will be put into REVIEW until the new price is approved?

    1. Udemy Instructor Team says:

      Hey Lia, you cannot make your price above $300 without sending an email to review@udemy.com. Anything below that is fine.

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