Weekly Roundup – December 10, 2014
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!
News & Updates
New Review Process + Quality Checklist
Udemy’s new Review Process + Quality Checklist are officially live as of December 8! We’re excited to announce that instructor communications with the Review team will no longer take place via email, but directly on your course dashboard. Go here for most details on how this will work. Wondering about the streamlined Quality Checklist? For a look behind the data that inspired this update, check out our guide on “The Science of Student Success”.
Videopixie Pilot Program
When it comes to video production, Udemy instructors span a range from newbie to expert. If video editing isn’t your strong suit, we’ve negotiated a limited time Videopixie discount exclusively for Udemy instructors. To take advantage of this discount, click here.
The option to add closed captioning is now available for all courses and instructors! For more information on closed captioning, click here.
Mobile App Updates
- Android: Students can now fast forward and rewind lecture videos in 15 second increments.
- Android & iOS: Search and discovery features on both platforms have been enhanced! Students will now have a much smoother category and sub-category browsing experience. We’ve also added curated course recommendations such as “Like Courses You’ve Viewed” and “Like Courses You’ve Enrolled In”.
From the Community
“Just Do It!”
Udemy instructors tend to be perfectionists. They want their course to be polished and perfected down to the last detail before hitting that review button. But that can lead to what one community member terms “paralysis by analysis”. So what advice do instructors in the Udemy Studio have for first-time course creators? Just do it!
- John K: “Don’t shoot for perfection your first go round. You can always improve your lectures and course later if you need to.”
- Murielle U: “Allow for some student feedback first before you fine-tune like crazy.”
- Jed G: “Focus on the core product and vision you want to share. Refinement comes later, and trust me, you will be doing weekly even daily refinements based on the responses from students and other instructors.”