Ever since social media became the biggest internet craze, the internet and social media have almost become synonym terms. But we all know that’s not true. The internet is an oasis of knowledge, first and foremost. You can find everything you might need, at the tips of your fingers. Now, if you’re an expert in something or if you just feel like you have some knowledge that you want to share with the world, you can. There are many ways to do so, and making a course is one of them. If you’re ready to do so, here’s what you need to know.
The Right Type Of Course
What kind of knowledge do you want to share? Are you perhaps a linguist, wanting to help people become bilingual? Are your topics broader, or do you plan on teaching the world about a niche, super-specific interest? In any case, you ought to decide on the right type of course for that. There are many different options, you ought to choose if you want your course to be synchronous, meaning that it happens in real-time in a virtual classroom, or do you want something different? There are a plethora of possibilities and you ought to choose the right one for the topic you want to cover. Don’t be afraid to try out different types and figure out what works right for you!
Choosing A Platform
In this digital age, the age of the internet, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to just about anything. So naturally, there are a bunch of platforms where you can find different courses. Starting from youtube tutorials to many pdfs on different sites, the options are practically endless. But when you’re choosing the right platform for your course, you should consider websites made specifically for that. Doing a side by side comparison of such creation tools for courses will help you determine the right one. But it’s highly recommended you choose such a platform, as it gives you specific insight regarding students you can’t just find on youtube. Think this through, as it’s a very important factor!
Depending on the type, of course, you decide to make, you can decide on the format you’re going to spread your knowledge in. There are many different formats. Maybe you want a video course, or maybe you want to send people a series of pdfs. No matter what, it’s important to consider how much your format, be it video, audio or written text fits with what you’re teaching. It’s important to be concise and to avoid wordy complicated sentences. Don’t be afraid to put in a lot of examples if you can, depending on the subject matter. Again, no matter which format you decide on, giving examples and giving your students something concrete to grasp will help them learn the subject well. So just choose something you’re comfortable with! Don’t be scared to experiment though.
Create Engaging Content
Living in this digital age affects people’s attention spans greatly. As amazing as it is to be able to have all the information you want and need in seconds it made us very impatient and unable to wait. It can be hard to sit through a video that just takes a while to get to the point. That’s why it’s very important to have your course be engaging, so you would stand out, and just so people would listen. Tell a story. Don’t be scared of getting personal in some bits, it can be inspiring. Give examples. Get emotional! Getting your students inspired starts with creating content that evokes emotion from them. Edit your text or video in a way that will make it feel authentic and interesting. Making your content engaging is probably the most important thing you can do when creating a course, so let all your creativity loose!
Being able to spread your knowledge feels amazing. It can feel very rewarding, especially if you have an audience of students who are actively participating. Teaching has been one of the most valuable professions, ever since ancient times. But now, living in this time and age when you can reach people all across the globe, inspire them, and let them learn from you, teaching is elevated to another level. But creating your first course can also be stressful, you might not know where to start or how to continue with all of that. That’s why this list will be a great guide for you to begin your online course journey and become a teacher of the modern era. Best of luck!