Weekly Roundup – March 4, 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
Review Process Update
We’ve made a small but important update to our Review Process. Going forward, when an instructor hits the “Submit for review” button, the course link won’t go live until our Review team has taken a first look at the course. Why did we make this change? We want to ensure that problematic material, such as illegal topics, are never associated with Udemy. This will help protect Udemy’s brand as well as ensure the credibility of instructors across the site! Here’s what the process now looks like:
- You click the “Submit for review” button when your course is ready to be published
- The Review team takes a first look at the course. The turnaround time is 1-2 days, and during the interim your course will appear in “draft” mode.
- When your course has passed the first look, the course link goes live and is shareable.
- When the Review team approves your course (ie. you’ve made the required fixes to meet our Quality Standards), your course will appear publicly in the marketplace.
Adding Banners to Unapproved Courses
If a course doesn’t meet Udemy’s Quality Standards (ie. it has not been approved by our Review team) the landing page will now show the following warning:
If the course is later approved, this banner will disappear. Students can still enroll in unapproved courses, but it will be more transparent which courses have Udemy’s official stamp of approval.
Course Card Design
Course cards are what students see when browsing or searching Udemy’s marketplace for courses. We recently revamped the course card design (after several rounds of A/B testing). Check out the new design!
The first design is what students will see when browsing the marketplace. The second design is what students will see when they hover their mouse over the course.
Instructors in the News
Instructors from around the world have leveraged Udemy to change lives – their own and others. Some of these stories are so interesting or powerful that various media outlets have featured them!
From the Community
Script Writing Challenge
Your introductory lecture is one of the most important ways to grab your students’ attention….and keep it! Whether you’re creating an introduction for your first course or revamping an introduction for your tenth, follow the instructions in this article to set your first lecture up for success.
Our Learning Science team really wants to help you perfect the script for your introduction lecture! With that in mind, we have a challenge for you:
- Write your Script per the suggestions in the article and using this template
- Submit your Script via this form by March 6. The first 30 scripts submitted will receive personalized feedback from Adam Lupu of our Learning Science Team!
- Film your introduction lecture (after incorporating Adam’s feedback, of course). Then let us know in the Studio or in the comments here how the whole process went
Ask Me Anything with Ben Tristem
We ask a variety of bestselling and innovative Udemy instructors to host one hour Q&A sessions in the online instructor communities. These “Ask Me Anythings” are a chance for community members to get their questions answered in real time by instructors we consider to be true mentors. For a look at some previous AMA topics, go here.
Ben Tristem will be leading our next Ask Me Anything in the Faculty Lounge this Friday (March 6) at 10:00am PST. The discussion topic? How to make meaningful course updates based on student feedback. Hope to see you there!