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10 Steps To Creating A Wildly Successful Online Course

Arnaud Lejand
Arnaud Lejand


If you’re like most people, you’ve probably thought about creating an online course at some point. And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably also thought about how difficult it is to create a successful one.

But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. By following these 10 simple steps, you can create an online course that not only meets your students’ needs, but also helps you achieve your business goals. So let’s get started!

Figure out what you want to teach

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, but it requires careful preparation and consideration. When deciding what to teach, it helps to first roster your skills and passions to identify potential topics. After narrowing down possible subjects, ask yourself some questions: Does this topic interest me? Is this something I can see myself teaching over an extended period of time? Are there any changes or updates that need to be made? Gathering as much information as possible is essential before committing to a lesson plan. The great thing about teaching is that there’s always room for creativity! By continuously coming up with fresh ideas or new approaches, you can ensure that the learning process is both engaging and enlightening. Ultimately, no matter what you decide to teach, it should be an enjoyable experience for both teacher and student alike. So don’t be afraid to get creative – come up with something that excites you and go from there!​

Do your research

Everyone knows that research is important, but few people realize just how far-reaching it can be. Whether you’re trying to learn about a new profession or find the best deal on cell phone service, doing your research can save you time, money and stress in the long run. This isn’t just limited to the corporate world; in everyday life, a simple search can offer insight into which brands have better customer service or higher quality products. However, researching doesn’t end with googling for information; it also means seeking out new books, attending lectures and reading articles from different perspectives. In short, getting to know a subject inside and out means not leaving any stone unturned – and that may be the most valuable lesson of all! So if you ever feel stuck without an answer – don’t forget to do your research! It might just open up an entirely new world of possibilities.

Create an outline for your course

Creating an outline for a course can be tricky, but with the right approach and some help from a few trusted friends or colleagues, it can be manageable. First and foremost, figure out how much time you need to cover all of the topics in the course. This should include any lectures, labs, projects, or other activities that will be included in your course syllabus. Once you have that number of hours accounted for, you can start mapping out when each topic should be covered. From there, factor in any deadlines for assignments or quizzes related to each topic which will need to be included in your timeline. After getting everything laid out on paper (or wherever you decide to make your outline!), seek out feedback from trusted sources who have either taken your class before or are experts in the field – their knowledge of what material should come first and which elements could use more time may prove invaluable! With all of this information gathered together into one cohesive outline, you should have all the details necessary to help make your course a success!

Choose a delivery format

When it comes to the delivery of important information, the format you choose makes a huge difference. Do you want your message to arrive via slow boat postcard or supersonic rocket with a view? Sure, a blinking billboard might have some flair… but most likely you’ll end up with an overdose of ringing ears. You could opt in for smoke signals, but they’re so hard to read. A good old-fashioned telegram just might be the key to success in conveying what needs to be said indeed. However, while all of these conveyances certainly have their place and use – in the modern world it’s technology we have come to trust and abuse. When looking for a way to get your important content delivered quick and direct – digital is the word that tops our list of how we best connect! Whether it’s an online course or membership suite deliverable, digital is the answer to ensure recipients find it reliable! The bottom line is this: when choosing a delivery format – digital is king! And don’t forget about audience preferences for sure: cater your format accordingly and you’re sure to win big too! So keep in mind when things look grey and you’ll be evergreen: pick from amongst digital options even more so than teen!

Find the right platform to host your course

It can be daunting to embark on creating an online course – and the first major decision you have to make is which platform you’ll use to host it. There are numerous platforms out there offering various features and functionality. So how do you pick the right one? The answer, of course, is trial and error. It’s important not to get too attached to one platform, because chances are that no single platform will offer everything you’re looking for. Instead, take some time to test them out and see what works best for you – different platforms offer different features and could potentially enhance the teaching experience. Additionally, price is always a factor when comparing platforms so make sure to consider this as well. It’s impossible to know up front which platform will work best for your course – but luckily by trying them out you’ll eventually find the perfect fit! As they say: practice makes perfect. Good luck!

Course materials and content creation

The sky might be the limit when it comes to course materials, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for creativity. At its best, a well-designed course materials page can provide an inspiring and personalized learning experience for students of all ages. By collecting, organizing and presenting course content effectively, instructors can reach every learner in their class with maximum impact. Of course, creating engaging, informative content requires time and effort – whether you’re drafting your own lectures from scratch or curating existing material from reliable sources such as textbooks or online lectures. With careful planning and ongoing experimentation, educators can help their students reach their fullest potential by crafting memorable and relevant materials for each lesson. The perfect material won’t write itself, but the rewards of a well-crafted curriculum will more than make up for any extra effort it takes to craft ideal content. . . . . . . . . It goes without saying: when crafting course materials for your classroom, thoughtful selection is key! After all, inspiring education never stops surprising us. And with great material come great responsibility – the responsibility of providing educational value that goes beyond simple facts and figures. After all, education isn’t always about memorizing facts – it’s also about developing critical thinking skills that our students need in order to move forward in life! So get out there and create something truly remarkable today! You never know – it might even leave your audience speechless! What could be better? We’ll leave that up to you!

So there you have it! These are the key steps to creating an online course that sells. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you can always reach out for help. We offer affordable and high-quality course creation services that will take your business to the next level. Contact us today to get started!

Arnaud Lejand
Arnaud Lejand

Marketing researcher and Senior Media Buyer at Course Incubator. Arnaud has over 6 years of experience in marketing gained in agencies, Online Courses and education businesses.

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Arnaud Lejand

Marketing researcher and Senior Media Buyer at Course Incubator. Arnaud has over 6 years of experience in marketing gained in agencies, Online Courses and education businesses.

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