How to teach online courses - a practical guide from a pro

4.4 (45)
Обучение платное
1.5 час курса
Курс от Udemy
Чему вы научились?
A solid foundation in great online course design skills, and a way to really engage with your students
Gain the skills to identify good online course ideas that you are passionate about and are marketable
You will better understand the mindset and motivations of your future students, and teach directly to those
Solid practical direction and examples on mapping out your sections and lessons
Make informed decisions on whether to go with head and shoulders direct to camera video, slideshows, screencasts, or something else completely
Confidence in knowing what to actually say in a lesson
Evaluate and reflect on course design and teaching approach
Handle both positive and negative feedback from students
A whole load of motivation, taught by an instructor who loves the job and wants to see you do well!
О курсе

This course will give you the skills you need to teach online courses with confidence, even if you don't have a background in teaching.

Have you seen courses on Udemy, Skillshare and YouTube and thought, "hey, I could make a course about that!" but then didn't follow through because you weren't sure of exactly how to approach the full learning design or structure or weren't sure about what sort of equipment you'd need?

Or perhaps you've seen all those "passive income" blurbs and suspected that there's probably a bit more to it than just shouting your general knowledge into a microphone?

This course will help you to plan, create and teach an amazing online course that students will love, and it's taught by someone who has over a decade of experience in creating online courses and teaching others how to do the same.

Why choose this course over any of the others?

The other top "teach on Udemy" courses are wonderful, and I have incredible respect for their instructors. This course stands out from the others through a much greater focus and detail on those starting steps for thinking of your ideas, connecting with your passions, and helping you understand how to best connect with your future students.

If you're considering taking multiple courses to best understand how to make online courses to sell through Udemy, then I suggest pairing this course with one of the others that focuses on marketing - that way you'll get a great educational approach for making a fantastic course here with these methods, and then follow with solid processes for marketing and launching your course with one of the others.


"Ricky takes a step-by-step approach to explaining how to plan and structure a course; how to design a course for maximum student engagement; and how to foster a good rapport with students throughout the course." - Autumn Gal

"Ricky showed me how to structure my course and how to make my courses engaging and interesting for all who will be watching." - Zoe Martin

You will discover how to create your course from start to finish in easy to understand and simple practical steps:
  • What to teach that connects with your passions and expertise
  • How to test if there's a market for your course idea
  • How to develop a teaching approach
  • How to develop a detailed course plan
  • Various ways to present lessons so that your students engage more
  • What to actually say in a lesson to improve your students' understanding
  • Essential production tips
  • Methods to evaluate your course
  • How to use student feedback to improve your course

Every lesson in this course has a practical skill that you can learn to develop your own course plan and teaching approach. You can get started pretty quickly and work on your own courses progressively while learning here.

So, if you'd like to teach online then take this course now, and I'll see you inside!


Welcome to the course, and thank you for signing up!

This welcome section will outline what you'll learn, who I am, and how to best approach this course.

My aim is to show you the steps to take a course idea floating around in your mind, and to come up with a solid course plan and teaching approach that your students will love.

Thanks again, and have a great time in this course on how to plan, design and teach online!

About Ricky

Hi again, here's a quick blurb about me:

I'm Ricky, and my background is in educational design, teacher support, and multimedia - particularly in online learning. I help people to teach online, and I've been doing this for years.

I also run a site named ...maybe that's how you found this course?

Pleased to meet you, and let's get going with the course!

How to approach this course for maximum benefit
This course is structured in a fairly chronological order, so it makes sense to go through the lessons in order from start to finish, rather than jumping all around the place and skipping lessons.In this course, we will:
  • Look at what you are thinking of teaching
  • Figure out an approach and plan for your online course idea
  • Check out some different ways of presenting video lessons
  • Explore how you actually teach a video lesson
  • Discuss ways to keep your students active and engaged
  • Touch on the process of creating and delivering online courses
  • Evaluate and reflect on your course and feedback from students
Don't forget to use the discussion spaces and messaging tools if you're ever confused or want to discuss something further. Or... you can use it now just to say hello!
Why teaching a subject you're passionate about can make all the difference

Everybody is a wealth of knowledge on so many topics, be it a programming language, how to make amazing pastry, embroidery, a language... you don't need to be a super-expert, you just need to know more than the people you're hoping to teach.

The one major thing you do need is an absolute passion for what you want to teach - if you're not interested in your own course, why should anybody else be?

You also need enough substance in the topic to create a course of decent depth, so if you've got a passionate topic in mind, see if you can come up with at least 5 different things that a student needs to know.

How to validate your ideas to ensure a successful course
So, you've got a topic you're passionate about, and some substance behind it... now we need to see if there's anybody out there actually interested in doing a course on this topic.The process of checking out whether there's a market for an idea is called "idea validation", and in this lesson we're going to do some really basic idea validation by testing our idea against the search engines inside of Udemy, and YouTube.If we can find an existing pool of courses on a similar (or exact same) topic with students/viewers in them, then we know that our idea definitely has a target audience interested in this topic.
What if other people are already teaching the same thing?

Should you be worried if someone else is already teaching a successful course on the topic you want to teach?


  • It shows you a clear proven market for your course
  • You'll have something unique and wonderful about your take on the topic
  • You'll attract the kind of students who like to take multiple courses in the same topic for greater depth of information.

Don't stress :)

You are awesome!

So, you've thought of a topic that you're passionate about and has substance and a market of potential students?

Yay! Good job!

Have a short break, then be ready to knuckle down and get into the next section on planning your approach.

Checklist for testing your course idea

This checklist runs through the main themes of this section on figuring out what you are going to teach. Completing the questions in this list will help you have a better definition of your course idea, as well as check the market for potential students.

Who are your students and how can you best relate to them?
Teaching, in any form, is all about your students. It probably sounds obvious, but I want you to keep it in mind as you design your course.It's really hard to think up a course that is going to be suitable for absolutely everybody - some will find it too basic, some too advanced, others won't see any relevance to their needs. Instead, decide on a particular type of audience to teach to - beginners, start-up business entrepreneurs, non-techy seniors, etc...Once you have decided on an ideal target student, you can think about why they are doing your course (looking for techniques to make a product, lifestyle skills, etc) and you'll be able to teach directly to those motivations and needs.
  • An interest in teaching online, and the passion to want to do it well :)
Ricky Vuckovic
Ricky Vuckovic
Online education mentor, media producer, creative technology
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