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Weekly Roundup – January 7, 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

Do your 2015 goals include a Udemy course? Join the New Year’s Challenge and resolve to publish your course by January 31. 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 – at the end of the month the instructors with the most points will win prizes! Remember to include the hashtag #NewYears with your posts to help us keep track.

Hot Topics

Wondering what to teach on Udemy? You should always teach subjects you know and love, and if that includes a topic on our Hot Topics list, then all the better! We’ve identified topics with high student demand and low marketplace supply. Can you fill one of these needs?

Follow @UdemyInstructor on Twitter

We have a Twitter feed dedicated exclusively to Udemy instructors. Follow us for resource reminders, best practices in course creation and marketing, announcements and updates, contests, media mentions, and so much more.

 

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. Here are a few tips directly from the Review Team:

Script Your Course

We want to stress the importance of scripting out and rehearsing what you plan to say to your students before recording your lectures. This will save you the pain of editing out mistakes and also improve your delivery. If you believe scripting isn’t for you, at least try it out for a few lectures and compare!

When scripting your introductory lecture, be sure to include all of the following:

  • Establish your credibility – Tell students who you are and a bit about your experience
  • Who is your ideal student? Let students know who should (and shouldn’t) be taking your course
  • Give a brief overview of what students will learn and what they can accomplish after completing your course

Touching on these three points will provide your future students with all the information they need to be successful (and to enjoy your course)!

Apply to be a Premium Instructor Early

If you’re planning to charge for your course, don’t wait until the last minute to fill out a premium instructor application. This will ensure that when you submit your course for review, your payment information is all taken care of! We suggest that you apply to be a premium instructor after you’ve uploaded 50% of your lectures. For more details about the premium instructor application process, click here.