12+ step by step tutorials that will teach you everything you need to know about how to make an online course from home
When it comes to creating an online course, the biggest hurdle most people face is not knowing where to start. The process can seem overwhelming, and without a clear path to follow, it can be tempting to just quit before you even begin. But there’s no need for that!
Feel free to read along or watch the video ( for fast and better understanding)
In this article, we’re going to break down the steps you need to follow on your journey from online course idea to final product. We’ll also identify some essential tools that will help you along the way. Let’s dive in!
Brainstorming your idea
The first step in creating your own course is to take some time to brainstorm ideas for what you want to teach. Some people already have an idea in mind, but if not, here are some tips on how to come up with one:
List things you are passionate about and/or have experience with. For example, if you are a freelance graphic designer, you could make a course on how to get clients as a freelancer. If you’re good at cooking, you could create a cooking class.
Think of the problems that people have in your area of expertise, and think of ways that you could help solve those problems. For example, if you’re an accountant, you could make a course on how to organize receipts so that they’ll be ready when it’s time for taxes.
When it comes to creating an online course, it is very essential to research other courses that are similar to yours.
After all, you don’t want to create a course that’s just like everyone else’s. You need to be able to identify what differentiates you and your course from your competitors. So, before you get started, it is important that you know as much as possible about what makes other courses stand out.
To start, visit sites such as Udemy and Skillshare, which are popular for online courses. Find the “categories” page (or something similar), then search for a topic related to your area of expertise. For example, if you’re an experienced software developer, search for “software development” or “coding.”
Then, look through a few of them and make notes on the following:
What makes these courses stand out?
How can I create a better course than this one?
What do I like/dislike about this course?
How to come up with a topic for your online course
Given that you have a passion for teaching, its time to think about the topic of your course!
Making an online course is like writing a book. You can write about anything and people are going to buy it. Besides, you dont need to be a professional writer to write a great book.
The same goes for making an online course. You dont need to be an expert or even have previous experience teaching.
You can also make an online course with low-quality equipment and in poor video quality. Im not saying that you should do this, but if you know how to teach, people will buy your course regardless of the quality of your production.
I could go on about this for hours, but let me give you some practical advice instead.
- Think about the people you’ve helped in the past.
- What could you teach people that would make their lives better?
- Look at what’s popular.
- What topics are trending on Google, Twitter, and Facebook?
- What videos are popular on YouTube and Vimeo?
Creating content for your course
Now that you have an idea of what your course will be about, it’s time to create the materials, or content, that you’ll use to teach your students.
Here are the steps to create your online course content:
- Decide on a format for your course.
- Create slides and/or script for lecture videos.
- Record and edit your lecture videos.
- Create assignments, quizzes and tests.
- Design branded visuals for the course (optional).
The easiest way to film your online course
The single most important thing you need to make an online course is a camera.
A DSLR camera is best, but you can use a webcam or smartphone if that’s all you have. The quality of the video is more important than the equipment.
Find a quiet room with good lighting and move the furniture around so you have some space to stand or sit and speak with your hands. If you can, hang up a plain background behind you, like a white sheet or some curtains.
I filmed my first online course in my spare bedroom, perched on the edge of my bed!
But try not to obsess over the technical details. You will be surprised at how quickly you can get comfortable in front of the camera and how easy it is to overlook poor quality video once your audience knows what you look like and sounds like.
There are three basic ways to film:
Self-taping – this is the easiest, cheapest and most accessible way to get footage for your course. You can do it from home, at a time that suits you, without any need for additional equipment or people.
You’ll simply set up your camera (or mobile phone) on a tripod and press record. After editing your video, you can add slides, graphics and other polished elements with our course maker.
Professional filming – this option is best if you want to create an online course that looks very high quality. A professional videographer will film, edit and publish your course for you. Depending on how much help you want, they might also help you write a script or storyboard.
Semi-professional filming – this is where you ask someone who has some video production experience (a friend or colleague) to help you film your online course. This is usually cheaper than hiring a professional but gives the same finished result (provided they know what they’re doing).
How To Create A Section & Video In Your Online Course
In this video, I will show you how to create sections and videos in an online course.
First, you need to know the difference between a section and a video. In the most basic terms, the sections are the containers that hold your videos.
So, you’ll have one section for each key topic and then you’ll build your videos inside that section. You can use this to organize your course into logical parts, or chapters if you prefer that analogy.
So let’s get started!
How To Create A Quiz In Your Online Course
A quiz is one of the most effective ways to engage your online course students. Not only do they add a bit of fun and interactivity to your course, but quizzes are also a great tool for testing knowledge.
In this Video tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a quiz in your online course using Thinkific’s powerful quiz builder.
So let’s dive right in!
Create a Learning Plan for Students Before You Create Your Online Course Outline
Before you create an online course outline, it’s important to put together a learning plan. This is a broad overview of how you want your students to progress. This is where you step into the shoes of your students and imagine how they will learn the information and skills you’re teaching.
It’s also important to think about how they will get access to this information, as well as how they will be assessed on their knowledge. The learning plan doesn’t need to be complicated; just make sure you’re thinking about all the ways your students will interact with your course content.
Learning Plan for Students
Sections 1-4 walk students through the process of creating their first campaign. They will be able to follow along in real time, following all the steps I list out for them.
Section 5 walks students through how they can optimize their campaigns once they’re live so they can get better results.
Developing and Implementing an Engagement Strategy in Your Online Course
As we have seen, if you want to create a highly engaged learning experience for your students, you need to carefully think about how you will elicit relevant and meaningful interactions. This is one of the most important aspects of your instructional design because it sets the tone for the course.
Once you have identified the types of interactions you want to create in your course, you need to design strategies that will support these activities. You must think about the types of technology tools and resources that you will use to achieve these goals. You also need to consider how these strategies can be implemented throughout the course.
Make your course engaging by being transparent and approachable, making the content easy to follow, and trying out new technologies.
Online courses have grown tremendously in the last decade and will continue to do so. The learning landscape is changing and more people than ever are using their mobile devices to learn. This new paradigm of learning requires a different approach.
Checklist before launching your online course
Before you launch your course, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my course going to be valuable?
- Will people actually want to buy it?
- Have I tested the concept with a small group of potential students?
- How will I market my course?
- How will I reach potential students?
- Where will I host my course?
Selling your course on Udemy
Once you’ve finished your course, you can publish it to Udemy.com and start making money!
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Create a Udemy account.
2. Choose a category for your course and create a course description.
3. Create a short video trailer for your course. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to make a video — we’ll show you how to use easy online tools to make great videos that will help you market and sell your course.
4. Record the audio for your course’s first lecture and create the accompanying slides or screencast. We’ll give you detailed instructions for recording each lecture in the best way possible, so that it looks great on Udemy and helps you sell even more courses!
5. Upload all of your files to Udemy and publish your course to the marketplace!
Selling your course on Teachable
Teachable is a popular online course platform that allows you to create and sell online courses. It’s a great tool to start with because it provides a robust set of tools for creating your course and managing students. Teachable lets you do everything from setting up your learning management system (LMS) to accepting payments to hosting video content.
If you want to start selling your course right away, Teachable is an excellent option. However, it’s not the only option. There are several other platforms that offer similar services, including Thinkific and Kajabi.
Promoting your course on social media
After you’ve published your course, it’s time to start promoting it online. Here are some tips:
Be active on social media. Social media is a great way to get the word out about your course and engage with potential students. Even if you don’t have a large following, simply posting about your course can help you reach a wider audience.
Encourage your friends and family to share your posts. They can help spread the word about your course and provide valuable feedback on what works and what doesn’t.
Use hashtags when posting on social media. Hashtags make it easy for people to find your content even if they aren’t following you or know your name. You can find relevant hashtags by doing a simple Google search or using tools like RiteTag and KeywordTool.io to identify the best hashtags for each post.
Optimize for search engines (SEO). Use keywords in the title of each post, as well as in the body of the text, so that people searching for related content will find your site. Also include images and videos that link back to your website, since many people use image search engines like Google Images or Pinterest to look for information.
I hope you have got the answer to your question how do I start my own online courses. Just check out the above points and get started with digital teaching.