Well, I finally hit the “Submit” button on my course! I’m so happy it’s all done. It seems like it took FOREVER.  Before I get into the frustration from the feedback I got from Udemy, I want to talk briefly about the valuable lessons I learned while creating this course.

First of all, I didn’t outline the course. This in itself made it very daunting to put together.

What I did was, I pulled some content that I had already and I used what I thought would make the course diverse and  interesting. Since I didn’t know a whole lot about the topic, I thought this would be a good way to start.

Negative. What I should have done instead, was my research first (to get some ideas) and then I could have pulled the content I needed to fulfill those ideas.

As I created the course, I kept thinking of things to add to the course. This is because I didn’t have a solid plan in place or an idea about the final result. This taught me a huge lesson about course creation:

1. Write down the idea.

2. Do research about the topic.

3. Outline the course based on that research.

4. Find content to create the course.

5. Go through the course and fill in any missing pieces.

It’s just that simple.  Sometimes we make things more complicated than it needs to be.

I am proud to say that I ended up with 25 published items, which is more than I thought I would have. I’m thinking about adding on an audio at the end, just to close it out.

Now, back to my frustration. It’s really to be expected though. Udemy usually always finds something that needs fixed for the course to go live. Here are my issues:

Please remove any links in biography that drive students to courses or products outside of Udemy. These are a violation of our terms when they appear on marketing pages. For more information on where to include resources check out this article: https://support.udemy.com/customer/portal/articles/1617089-adding-links-to-your-instructor-bio?b_id=3056

Ok, so I had some links in my bio that should not have been there. Hmmm, that was interesting because they never said anything about that when I did my first course. So I took them out.

The current audio volume is very low for your lectures and will need to be enhance in order for your students to be able to hear you. (Lectures 2, 6, 9, 16, 18)

Now, I couldn’t understand how the audio was low on all of these videos. I found this to be true for video 6 and video 9 but not the others. The rest of them sound the same so I’ve already re-recorded video 6 and video 9 and will re-submit to see what they say next.

Here’s the feedback I got for “recommended” fixes:

Video lectures should alternate between the different lecture types and also between different presentation styles such as talking head,slides,screencasts,drawing boards. For more info about the types of lectures you can use check out the following article: https://support.udemy.com/customer/portal/articles/1505390-video-lecture-format-quality-standards?b_id=3056

Interesting. I have video (slides), and a couple of random videos that aren’t presentations, that should be good enough for this particular course. I’m not knocking what they are saying, but for THIS course, what I have should work out fine.

We strongly encourage you to Include a concluding lecture as the last lecture of your course to review what was covered, offer congratulations & thanks for completing your course, and offer ways continue their learning.

Right. I plan to get on that asap.

All lectures should have descriptions. For more about why lecture descriptions are so important, and to get some inspiration for your own, check out the following article:https://support.udemy.com/customer/portal/articles/1587916-add-lecture-descriptions?b_id=3056

I’ll be honest…I got lazy. I didn’t feel like putting in all those descriptions. But I will go back and do it anyway.

Adding supplementary materials to your lectures is a great way to take your course to the next level (e.g. worksheets, project files, documents, readings, etc.) See https://support.udemy.com/customer/portal/articles/1587918-adding-supplemental-material-to-lectures?b_id=3056

Yeah, did that already. Not sure if he even looked.

Looks like you need to improve your promo video or add a voice over. This is your course commercial, so the better it looks, the more students will sign up!

I happen to like my promo video, but I do agree with the voice over. I tried to do the voice over but it didn’t work out so I left it like it was. I’ll have to go back and try it again.

So, that concludes this part of the study. Once I get the course to go live (by fixing everything) then I can start the marketing process.

 

 

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