Weekly Roundup – July 29, 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 Community News section of the Teach Hub on Wednesdays to read through the roundup!
News & Updates
The New Instructor Dashboard
Yesterday we announced the new command center for your courses: Your Instructor Dashboard! The dashboard gives you top level information about your courses as a whole – total revenue, total students, average rating, and top student locations. It also breaks this information down to the course level, providing you with a snapshot of how each course is performing. Read more about the dashboard and then go here to take a look at your own.
Udemy Local Meetups
Udemy instructors have organized local meetups in a number of cities around the world. Are you interested in meeting Udemy colleagues in your area? Do you want to take on the role of community builder? Organizing a Udemy Local event is a fun and rewarding endeavor: you’ll be orchestrating personal and professional connections within an incredibly accomplished group of diverse individuals. Please go here to read more about the Udemy Local program and apply to become an organizer.
Best Practices for Discussions and Messages
We’ve just published articles on how to effectively use Udemy’s discussion board and messaging system to engage with your students (and stay within our policies while doing so). Click the links to read through our best practices, complete with real examples.
From the Review Team
Are you creating your first course? Are you planning to make it a paid course? It’s important that you apply to become a premium instructor before you submit your course for review. Once our Review Team has taken a first look at your course, the link goes live and students can start enrolling. If you haven’t already set a price for your course at this point, then you may end up with some inadvertent free enrollments! To avoid this, submit a premium instructor application when you’ve uploaded approximately 50% of the content to your draft course.
In the Community
We’ve put together this resource to help you create high quality lectures as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The 4-day timeline maps out the process for creating an individual lecture (although we do realize the timeline will vary based on your personal schedule and experience).
Are you ready to take on this timeline? Post your completed lecture in a new thread in the Studio with the hashtag #timeline by July 30. You can upload your lecture video as a test video or a YouTube video and share the link, or you can upload it directly to the Facebook group. Remember to be creative and innovative in your approach! If possible, use one or more of the course elements discussed in our Innovation Awards Challenge.