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Online teaching can be a new concept to many but we've got you covered. We help you understand the required and recommended practices if you want to stand out and succeed.
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A complete course should have the following

Minimum Requirements

If you want to publish your course on our platform, you have to adhere to these minimum requirements.

  • At least 3 separate topics
  • At least 30 minutes of content
  • Quality and valuable content
  • HD video quality (At least 720p)
  • Audio that can be heard from both left and right
  • Audio and video should be synced
  • Audio that does not echo
Minimum Requirements
A complete course page should have the following

Minimum Requirements

If you want to publish your course on our platform, you have to adhere to these minimum requirements.

  • A well written course title and subtitle
  • A high quality course image
  • A brief, honest, well written course description
  • A credible and complete instructor bio and profile picture
  • Clear course goals, target audience, and requirements that are easy to understand
Minimum Requirements
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Learn to create your first online course step by step!

Is this the first time you're building an online course? don't worry. We have written a detailed blog on how you can signup as an instructor, add a new course on your course builder and publish your course.

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  • In HD, 720p or 1080p
  • Clear, not blurry, so students can see you and your content without strain.
  • Steady not shaky
  • Well framed and zoomed in appropriately so students can easily follow along with what is on their screen.
  • Well lit and free of distractions in the video frame.
  • No background noises or hums (generally comes from electronics, appliances, environmental noise, and mic setup issues).
  • Little to no echo (generally comes from un-dampened hard surfaces in your recording space or from recording in a very big space).
  • Good base volume that comes from both earphone buds.
  • A 2-5 minute introductory lecture tells students what to expect in the course and each section/topic.
  • Each section has a clear goal or primary skill, with all lectures building to reach that subgoal.
  • Each lecture has 1 main concept and message.
  • Each section has at least 1 learning activity,
    such as a project or quiz to give students a chance to apply what they’ve learned practically.
  • Lectures are between 2-10 minutes in length.
  • You share useful content early in the course, avoiding spending too much time on things that can be taught later.
  • Lecture formats vary throughout the course. Too much screencast or talking head can become tedious. Choose your lecture format based on the material you are teaching. Article (text) lecturesand practice activities are great too.
  • What skills they will learn in your course.
    Start your course goals with strong action words that complete the sentence, “At the end of the course, you will be able to…”
  • Who the course is made for.
    Use descriptors such as level, industry,
    and learning intent to differentiate your target student. Saying your course is for “everyone” really means it’s for no one. Think “Early career classroom teachers,” or “Small business owners looking for tips on…,” etc. rather than, “anyone interested in the topic.”
  • What kind of experience you’ll provide.
    A 2-3 minute promo video gives students a taste of your teaching style. We recommend summarizing the goals of the course and
    sharing what’s exciting and different about your course, so that students feel more confident in their purchase decision.
  • What key lectures will cover.
    Lecture descriptions add a layer of polish to your course curriculum and can make students more confident in their purchase decision.

How To Plan Your Course

Answering the following questions below will help students decide if your course is right for them.

  1. Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
  2. What will students learn throughout this course
  3. Who are your target audience?

    Planning your course in advance will allow you to create a concise learning path for students and help you once you start filming. Think about the details of each lecture including the estimated video length, skill you’ll teach, how you’ll create introductions and summaries, and practical activities you want to include.

    To make things easier for you we have made a course structure that you can access from Here!

    Note: After opening the link, you will have to make a copy for yourself and then edit it as you like.

    Alternatively, if you wish to make your own template, we recommend you divide the course into 3 sections;

    1. Introduction
    2. Subject
    3. Conclusion

    Introduction:

    An introduction will ideally be the first 5 – 10 minutes of your course. The goal at the beginning of your course is to motivate and hook your students. Start your course with the following:

    Intro lecture: It should not be more than 2–4 minutes. Introduce yourself and explain why you are the best person to be teaching this course. Set clear expectations, tell the students what they’ll learn from your course and what they’ll be able to do by the end of your course.

    Immediate win: Provide value right away. This shouls be given ideally within the first 5 lectures of your course. This could be an exercise or reflection activity that is a way for students to prepare for the course or practice what they’ve already learned and dive right into the material.

    Subject:

    This is the main part of your course. This is where you will train your students on the skills that they intend to learn at the end of your course. This part of your course should include sections, lectures, practice activities, and reference materials:

    Sections: Focus on covering one new and relevant skill per section. Make sure all the sections add up together to deliver on all the skills your course promises to address in your course goals.

    Lectures: Each section should ideally contain 3–8 lectures. Stick to 1 concept per lecture and allow the students to make progress every few lectures. Ideally, a video should not be more than 3–15 minutes long. To create effective videos, choose the appropriate lecture format, based on the type of content you want to present.


    Practice activities: Include at least 1 practice activity per section. This is to give students the opportunity to practice the skill/learning outcome of the section. As you create your course outline, consider different projects, quizzes and exercises you can integrate into your course to help students practice and build on the concepts they’ve learned.

    Reference materials: Don’t forget to make a note of any additional resources you want to add in each section, like checklists, worksheets, templates, visual aids, pdf notes, and additional links, as necessary.

    Conclusion:

    Ideally you should conclude your course with a strong finish. Students who feel rewarded are more satisfied with the course and generally leave more positive reviews. To make an impactful end to your course, you can add a final and a bonus lecture at the end.

    Once you’ve finished structuring your course using our template or by creating your own. You need to start filming and editing your content. We understand not everyone is tech savy and to help you we have mentioned some helpful tips that you can follow. Feel free to reach out to us in case you need any further help or guidance.

    • Take breaks and review frequently.
      Check often for any changes such as new noises. Be aware of your own energy levels. filming can tire you out and that translates to the screen.
    • Being on camera takes practice.
      Make eye contact with the camera and speak clearly. Do as many retakes as you need to get it right.
    • Set yourself up for editing success.
      You can edit out long pauses, mistakes, and ums or ahs. Film a few extra activities or images that you can add in later to cover those cuts.
    • For screensharing, clean up.
    • Move unrelated files and folders off your desktop and open any tabs in advance. Make on-screen text at least 24pt and use zooming to highlight.
    TALKING HEAD & SCREENSHARE EQUIPMENT

    Video and Editing Equipment

    These options are just suggestions from SkillsGator. You are free to use any hardware or software as long as it meets universal online teaching standards.

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    Equipment

    • Microphone (Lapel)
    • Microphone (USB)
    • Camera
    • Lights
    • Editing Software
    • Webcam
    • Screensharing Software
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    Budget option

    • Phone's microphone (Free)
    • Tablor Noise Cancelling (Rs. 749)
    • Any Smartphone (Free)
    • Home Lights (Free)
    • iMove, Windows Movie Maker (Free)
    • Soapbox Chrome Extension (Free)
    • Quciktime, Screencast (Free)
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    PRO OPTION

    • Wright LAV 101 (Rs. 599)
    • Blue Snowball (Rs. 5,299)
    • Canon EOS1500D (Rs. 27,990)
    • Studio Light Pro Set (Rs. 5,000)
    • Adobe Premier Pro (Rs. 1,200/month)
    • Logitech C920 (Rs. 12,490)
    • Camtasia (Rs. 7,500)
    For Professionals
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