Weekly Roundup – June 17, 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!
News & Updates
New Category and Subcategory Pages
In early May we launched a large-scale A/B test for redesigned category/subcategory pages as well as search results. The test surfaced positive results all around and the new design will be rolled out to all users in the next few days.
Search: The new search experience displays courses in a list view, allowing students to more quickly scan through information – this design increased average course conversion rates (via search) by 10%.
Browse: The new category and subcategory design spotlights more personalized results and more curated content: surfacing the right course, for the right student, at the right time. Students can also more easily navigate related courses and topics.
More information on the new designs can be found here.
Course Creation Camp
300+ instructors are participating in this month long course creation “camp”. If that doesn’t include you, it’s not too late! Camp consists of 6 tasks to complete throughout the month of June, with the goal of publishing your course by July 1. Each task completed (and shared) will earn you points, and at the end of the month, instructors with the most points are eligible to win prizes. Check out the full schedule of tasks here and then join us for camp!
From the Review Team
Udemy’s 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 few tips directly from the Review Team:
- When submitting a test video, be sure to fill out your equipment information. This allows our team to provide more specific, personalized feedback and advice.
- Remember to include an introduction lecture! In the last month, 38% of courses submitted didn’t get approved because they were missing an intro lecture. This article goes over how to script and film your intro. To view our complete guidelines for Structured Teaching, go here.