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Weekly Roundup – January 14, 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 Year’s Challenge

The New Year’s Challenge is going strong! We’re only half way through the month and this course creation marathon has already been a resounding success with over 200 participants in the challenge – that means 200 instructors on track to publish their course by January 31. For all of you participating, be sure to read through the Learning Science tips at the bottom of the roundup and incorporate these into your draft course.

If you haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late! Check out the full schedule of tasks and then post each completed task to the Udemy Studio or the How To Create a Udemy Course course discussion board by the designated date for feedback. Each completed task will earn you points, and at the end of the month the instructors with the most points will win prizes!

Udemy App Prices Soon to Show Local Currency

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring Udemy courses to students across the globe, we’re rolling out the first phase of an international pricing system. Students will soon see prices in their local currency when browsing courses on the Udemy app! Read more here.

Follow @UdemyInstructor on Twitter

In case you missed this note last week, here’s another reminder! We have a Twitter feed dedicated exclusively to Udemy instructors. Follow us for resource spotlights, best practices in course creation and marketing, announcements and updates, contests, media mentions, and so much more.


From the Learning Science Team


Our Learning Science Team is hard at work identifying what students love (and hate) when it comes to online courses. We’ve distilled their latest findings into some actionable tips – keep these in mind as you create your next course and think about updating your existing courses too!

Are you just getting started or feeling stuck? Check out the Course Creation section of our site for step-by-step directions to help guide your process.

INCLUDE the following in Lectures 1-5:


  • Establish personal credibilityWho are you as an instructor and why should you teach this course?
  • Establish curricular credibility and describe how students benefit from the courseWhy should your students care about this topic? What can they accomplish after taking the course?
  • Address student/course fitWho’s the right person to take this course?
  • Differentiate your course from othersHow will your course be different or better?
  • Explain a concept in a clear and meaningful wayYour first explanation of a concept should prove your prowess as a teacher, so make sure it’s a good one!
Ensure NONE of the following occur:


  • Heavy accentsWe love having instructors from around the globe, but if you’re teaching a course in English, make sure students can easily understand you. If you’re looking to hire a narrator for the course, check out Voiver.
  • Poor AudioHums, hisses, and varying volume are a huge turn-off. Here are some best practices for audio recording.
  • Poor VideoYour video is required to be HD, but also make sure your slides and screencasts are clear and legible. Here are some best practices for video recording.
  • First explanation of a concept is unclear, disorganized, or boringDon’t lose your students attention early in the course!
  • Tedious software managementLengthy setups or downloads in the first 5 lectures disrupt student onboarding/orientation.