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Weekly Roundup – January 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 Year’s Challenge

 

The New Year’s Challenge continues. 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!

For anyone participating (and anyone else too) remember that including real world examples and applications is key to increasing student satisfaction with your course! Udemy students are looking for practical, skill-based learning – not theory. Make sure to use multiple examples and real life scenarios to reinforce your primary concepts. If you’ve already recorded your videos, add in some case studies or practical examples in the Resources Section.

Next up for the Challenge: Reinforced Learning Plan. Click here for a handy planning template with examples of reinforced learning!

 

Udemy Instructor Meetup in Sydney

 

The role of online teacher is more fun with a few colleagues! As a Udemy instructor, you’ve likely interacted in some way, shape or form with other instructors in our online community. But have you ever considered taking these discussions offline? Sean Kaye intends to do just that and has started a Udemy instructor Meetup group in his hometown – Sydney, Australia. The inaugural gathering will take place on Thursday, January 29 and we encourage any instructors in the Sydney area to attend (RSVP here). We all know Udemy instructors are a smart, motivated, and savvy group of individuals, so get together and inspire one another to even greater heights!

 

From the Review Team

 

Our Review Team has great perspective on the most common instructor stumbling blocks, whether related to course quality or Udemy’s platform and processes. Below are a few simple checks you should make before submitting your course for review. These will help ensure your course gets approved the first time around!

  1. Structured Teaching: Make sure each section and lecture has a title and that none of the titles are still in the default – “My First Section”
  2. Course Summary: Make sure your course summary does not include any links, coupons, photos, or excessive capitalization.
  3. Course Complete: Make sure that all your lectures are published. Do not submit your course for review if any lectures or sections are listed as “upcoming”. Once your course is approved, you can continue adding content as you complete it.