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Decide Whether or Not Creating an Online Course is Right for You

Eric John Campbell, Author

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12 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Course Promo

      1:41
    • 2. Introduction

      3:38
    • 3. About Your Instructor

      4:36
    • 4. Online Course Fundamentals

      6:43
    • 5. Common Objections That Stop People

      5:01
    • 6. Benefits for Yourself

      3:22
    • 7. Benefits for Your Students

      2:30
    • 8. Different Uses for Online Courses

      3:22
    • 9. Required Skills to Teach Effectively

      4:11
    • 10. Amount of Time and Money Required

      6:07
    • 11. Conclusion

      5:04
    • 12. Sign the Create a Course Commitment Sheet

      2:02

About This Class

Check out the new course on this topic titled: "Everything You Need to Know Before You Decide to Create an Online Course"

Transcripts

1. Course Promo: By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently decide if it's worth investing your time and money into creating your own online course. I've been teaching online courses for over 2.5 years now, and I have over 40,000 students enrolled, and I absolutely love it. I think online courses are an incredible way to generate passive income for yourself and also to share your best content with students all over the world. I've had a lot of other people ask me about whether or not they should create their own online course, and my answer has always been It depends. There's a lot of different factors that someone wants to consider before they invest their time and money into creating that first course. So this course itself is broken into four different sections. In the first, I'm gonna talk about the fundamentals online courses. In the second, I'll talk about all of the pros or reasons why you want to be an online instructor. In the third, I'll talk about all the challenges or reasons why you wouldn't want to be an online instructor. And finally, in the last section you'll have all the information, you need to confidently make that decision for yourself. This course is designed for anyone that's been thinking about whether or not they want to create their own online course. By the end of this course, you will either confidently be committing yourself to create in your first online course. Or you might decide that it's not worth your time and money at this point. Thank you for checking out this video, and if you are curious about creating an online course, I highly encourage you to enroll in this course right now. 2. Introduction: welcome to this course. My purpose and why I created this course for you is I've had a lot of people asked me if they should create their own online course. And my answer has always been It depends. And there's so many different factors that you want to consider before you decide to invest your time and money to create your first online course. And that's why I designed this course itself to answer all of those questions. So by the end, you could make a very confident decision that, yes, you want to create your own online cores or No, you heard enough about it that you think it's not the right thing for you to do it this time to help you make that decision. This course is broken down into four main sections. In the first section, you're gonna hear all about online correspondent rentals. And my goal here is I want you to feel more confident that you truly understand what an online courses and the different ways that you can use it. In the next section. I'm gonna be sharing with you all the pros about why you'd want to create your own online course, and these pros include benefits for yourself as an instructor, such as a source of passive income and a way to build credibility. And it also includes the benefits for your students, such as being able to learn your best material from anywhere in the world. Once we talk about all the pros, we're gonna move on to the challenges or reasons why you might not want to create an online course. And these challenges include the three skills that you really need to be an effective online instructor, and also the amount of time and money that you can inspect to invest with your first online course. Once you finish those three sections, you're gonna move on to the last section of this course, and in that point you're gonna have all of the information that you need to make a confident decision about whether or not created an online course is right for you. And if at that point you decide yes, you want to create your own online course, then I've created a create a course commitment sheet for you to sign, and this is a great way to keep you accountable with that goal. You said, to help you learn the material that I'm teaching in this course as easily as possible. I've created this course outline for you, and this is a pdf that's attached to this video that you can download right now. And inside this outline, you'll find out the goal for this course, which is to make the decision about whether or not created an online course is right for you. And you also find out the four different sections that the course videos are broken up into and even the names of every single video in this course. And on top of that, I've also included text descriptions of what I talk about in each of these videos. And the reason why I have done this is I know that all students learn differently. And if you're someone that learns material more easily by reading, this is gonna be a great way to reinforce what I'm teaching in my videos. Another benefit for you and having this course outline is you may need a piece of information that you remember I talked about in one of my videos, but you forget exactly what that piece of information is. Instead of having to re watch the whole video just to find that one thing out. You can skim the notes for that video and easily find out that piece of information you need. Go ahead and download this outline right now and it'll be a great guy to have with you as you go through this course in this video, I talked about how this course is laid out and what you can expect to learn. And in the next video, I'm gonna give you some background about myself as an online instructor. 3. About Your Instructor: my background as an online instructor truly starts when I was 13 years old, and at the time I was playing this online video game called Dreamscape, and I wrote a guide on how to make money in that game and sold it on eBay. And since then I've been hooked to starting random online business ideas. So then fast forward until I was a sophomore at Penn State University, and at that 0.1 of my random business ideas was importing men's magnetic therapy bracelets from China and selling them on eBay. I remember it was around February and it was raining outside and I was bored. So I decided to create a course that taught people how to import these bracelets and sell them on eBay. And I had no expectations about making any money or even getting a lot of students to join . But I created that free course in less than a day. I went to bed. I remember they would send an email every time a new student enroll. So when I woke up, I had 50 new emails with all these students, and I couldn't believe it. I was so excited and happy and Since that point, I have been creating courses ever since, and the first course that I ever created ended up getting over 10,000 students in it. And once that core started to get some traction, my second course ever created was a course that also taught how to import products from China. But it just went into greater detail than the 1st 1 and that was my first paid course, and how I marketed that is, I told everyone in my free course, If you want to learn more about this subject, you can spend $20 you get lifetime access to this paid version that teaches so much more. And I remember making the first couple $100 off that course, and it's an incredible feeling. It feels completely different than working at a job and having someone pay you on a paycheck in a weird kind of way. This really felt like I had earned this, and since that point I've been absolutely hooked. I have created online courses in a bunch of different subjects, such as copyrighting, lean startup and collaborating with other instructors, and I can't see myself stopping any time soon and at this point, I have over 40,000 students enrolled in my courses and how I got the idea to create this course right here comes from my mom. And after two years of creating online courses, I was talking to my mom one day and she said that she really wants to create her own online course, and she doesn't know how to get started. And I realized there was 10 different places I could send her that each teacher one thing that she has to know. But there wasn't a single place where I could say Go here and you'll learn how to create your own online course. And I knew that my mom not being the most tech savvy person in the world, she wouldn't want to go and spend all their time trying to figure out how to connect the pieces from these 10 different websites and how to set up all the technology and get it working. She just wanted to share what she knows her expertise and created online course. She don't want to deal with all the hassle, figuring the rest out, and I have done this personally. I had to figure all this out in the beginning, just like all the other online instructors. And it's just it's really complicated when you get started. But the thing is, it doesn't have to be. In hindsight, I realize if someone had just shared with me the exact right things to Dio, I would have saved so much time and money. And so I've decided to take on that project. So this is the first course in a collection of courses, and the goal is to take someone that has no experience teaching online courses and take them all the way to creating and marketing their first online course. And it's designed for someone that's not the most tech savvy person in the world, and I'm gonna walk you through every single step of the way. So that means, how do you outline your course? How do you prepare the camera or the recording software? How do you set that all up? Every single thing I'm gonna walk you through exactly how to do it. So this is by far the most ambitious project I've ever taken on. But I think it's gonna be the most valuable project for you because if you want to create an online course and share your expertise with the world. You shouldn't have to focus on figuring out all the complicated, boring technical stuff in this video. I talked about my background as an online course instructor, and in the next video, I'm going to start talking about the fundamentals of online courses. 4. Online Course Fundamentals: in this video. I'm gonna explain to you some fundamentals about online courses, and you're gonna be getting a lot of information. So don't worry about remembering it all at this point. The purpose about why I'm creating this video for you is I want you to feel more confident that you have a general understanding about online courses and also for you to start coming up with some ideas about the type of online course that you want to create. The first thing I want to talk about is what exactly is an online course, and the definition is recorded lectures or videos that can be accessed by students over the Internet. Now you may also hear other terms such as muche or E learning, which are other ways of pretty much saying online course. And I've included their definitions here. But it's really not anything you need to worry about. It's just if you hear those terms in conversation or on the Internet. No, that person is referring to an online course when it comes to the types of videos. In an online course, there are two main ones that you will see in pretty much every online course, the first type of video is the type that you're watching right now, which is a screen capture. Right now, I'm talking into a microphone that's connected to my computer through a USB cable, and we're both looking at the power point that's open on my screen and other things that you could show with the screen capture is walking someone through? How do you do something online on a website or how to use a piece of software? The other type of course video you'll see, is live video, and in that type it's you either sitting or standing in front of the camera, And this helps you build more trust with your viewers. Now, when your first creating your online course, you're gonna be doing most, if not all, screen capture videos. And that's because screen capture is significantly easier and cheaper to create than live video. The next question is how long is a typical online course, and they can range anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 plus hours. But for most courses, the sweet spot is 1 to 4 hours, and the goal with your course length should be to make it as short as possible while still communicating the most important information. That's because shorter courses are actually better for your student experience, and this is the biggest mistake that first time online instructors make is they make their course too long, and they fill it with tangents or stories that don't help their students learn what they came to learn and instead are distracting and a waste of your students time. So what we want to do is fill throughout all of the filler talk that doesn't help our students actually learn the content, get rid of that and just focus on the most important information. And this is a way of communicating to your student that you value their time and you're not gonna waste it on stuff that's not gonna help them. The next thing is price and online course prices vary from free to thousands of dollars, but what's really interesting is as a general rule, the more a student pays for a course, the more value they're going to give it. So I have an example. Here we have course A and course be they have the exact same content. The only difference between the two is course a is free or $0 course B is $200. And if your student pays to enroll, in course being they're more likely to have a higher participation rate. Get more results by doing what you instruct them to do in the course and even give that course. Ah, higher rating. And the reason why is we value the things that we pay for. So when we pay for something such as this course, we think to ourselves, there must be a reason why I paid so much for it. And therefore I think it's more valuable and this is something that we usually do subconsciously. But you can think back to the last time you splurge a little bit and spent mawr on a more expensive product or service. It's interesting how we tend to value those things weigh more, and the key insight here is if you're teaching a course that has really valuable information that you believe in, then you have a duty to actually charge more for that course, because it's gonna give a better learning experience to your students and depending on the content you're teaching, it might even change that student's life and the reason why bring this up is I know when your first creating. Of course, one of the hardest things is to get used to people paying you to enroll in something that you created on your own. So this is why I want to share. If you're really passionate and believe in what you're teaching, then by charging more, you're not only helping yourself, but you're actually helping your students as well. Now the next thing I want to talk about is the platforms. Or, in other words, where do you actually put your online course on the Internet when it's finished and there's two different types of platforms you can put it on. The first are third party platforms, and the general rule for third party platforms is it's less work on your end. But you also make less money, and how these platforms work is you upload your course, and then once it's uploaded, you're done and they do all the marketing for you. They'll help students find your course and eventually pay for it, but they take a huge percentage of your profit to do this for you. Then you have self hosted platforms where the general rule is you put in more work, but you have the potential to make a lot more money. And that's because thes are websites that you own and you put your course on your website. And then it's your responsibility to do all the marketing. You have to find the students, drive them to your website and ultimately convinced them to pay you. Many learning instructors host their courses on multiple platforms at once, so you don't have to choose just one or the other. You can do both, and what I recommend is you start with the third party platform. And then in the future, if you gain a following, you can always health host your courses yourself. So that's it. Don't worry. I know I talked about a lot of information, but this was just a no overview. Hopefully, to make you feel like you're more familiar with the idea of online courses and in the future I'll go into each of these in more detail when we need to. In the next video, we're gonna be talking about what are the type of people that are creating these online courses 5. Common Objections That Stop People: in this video, I'm gonna talk about the three biggest objections that people have that stops them from creating an online course. And the first of these is I don't have any teaching experience. So there's this really common belief that in order to be a good online instructor, it helps a lot. If you were a teacher in the real world, and if you don't have that real world teaching experience, then you can't be a good online instructor. And I think that belief is just completely false. I think most of the successful online instructors today don't have any real world teaching experience in their past besides helping friends or showing other people how to do something. And the reason why I think this is the case is it's just a different set of skills that's required to teach in person versus teaching online. Now, later, in this course, I'm gonna talk about the three skills that I believe every online instructor needs to have or grow. But just know at this point that if you don't have any real world teaching experience, that's not going to stop you from being a really great online instructor. The second objection that I want to talk about is the belief that a lot of people have that they don't know enough about their subject to teach it. And I think this is really interesting for two reasons. And the first is no matter how much of an expert you are on your subjects, it's always gonna feel like there's so much more that you can learn. And that's because no matter what your subject is, it's impossible to know everything about it. So just know that that feeling that, yeah, I know a lot, but I could know so much more. That's a very human emotion, and you're gonna feel that no matter how much expertise you have, so don't let that stop you from creating online course. And the second reason why I think this objection shouldn't stop you is it can actually be more helpful for your students if you're not too much of an expert in your field. And I know that sounds very counterintuitive, but there's some really good reasoning behind it. So let me give you an example. Let's say that you're an expert photographer and you're gonna teach a course about photography. Well, if You're so much of an expert that you've been doing photography for 20 years. It's gonna be very hard for you to relate to your students that are just picking up a camera for the first time. And then, on the other hand, let's say that you've been practicing photography for a year and you know a lot about it. But you may not be that big of an expert yet, but the advantage here is you can talk to your students that are just picking up a camera and relate to them so much more effectively. You can say to them, I remember that feeling of when I first picked up my camera and I thought that this thing was gonna happen. But this happened instead. And I just remember how frustrating that WAAS, and just that ability to relate to students is gonna help so much when you're teaching. The last objection that stops a lot of people is this belief that they're not a tech savvy person, and I think there is a very good reason why a lot of people have this objection. And that's because if you want to create an online course and you just do some searching on Google. You will find one article that says, Here are the five things you need to do to start teaching online and then another article. Here's how you set up the camera. Here's how you set up the software and I know how overwhelming and confusing that IHS And it took me a very long time to figure all this stuff out. And it's like a puzzle just connecting the dots. So I think there's a very good reason why a lot of people are not teaching online courses because they don't think they're tech savvy enough or they don't want toe waste all their time and effort trying to figure this thing out, which they know could be frustrating. And so that was my real purpose in creating this course for you. And so in this course and the rest of the courses in this collection, I'm gonna walk you through every single step of the way. Whether you have a Mac or a PC, I'm gonna show you how you can map out your ideas, how you can create an effective online course and how you can market it. And don't worry, because I know it's a really big undertaking, but if you break it down into small enough steps, it's actually very easy. And it doesn't have to be an overwhelming process. In this video, I talked about the three most common objections that stop people from creating their own online course, and this also marks the end of the first section of this course. So now you have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of online courses, and in the next section we're going to start talking about the pros about why you want to create your own on the course, and the first video in that section is gonna be talking about benefits for yourself as an online instructor. 6. Benefits for Yourself: Welcome to the second section of this course where I talk about the pros about why you'd want to create your own online course. In this first video, I'm gonna be talking about the benefits for yourself as an online instructor, and there's three main benefits. The first is creating your own online course gives you a source of passive income, and I think passive income is by far the best type of income possible. And what it is is it's continually getting income while doing very little work to maintain that income. So, for example, you put a lot of time and effort into creating a high quality course, and then, once you're finished making that course, you upload it and put it for sale. And then you continue to make income or sales while you do very little work to maintain that course. And what excites me so much about passive income is not only does it free up more time in your life to do the other things that are important to you, but it also frees up your time to work on other business projects. So let's say that you spend a lot of time, you create this very high quality course, and now that courses making money for you. But you don't have to do a lot of work to keep it going. Now what you can do with your extra time is invested into another course. That's gonna be really helpful. The students and you normally wouldn't have had this time to create more great content for students if you were busy at a job or somewhere else, we had to continue to work just to make a living. So generating a source of passive income is a very attractive idea to a lot of people. And I believe it is the biggest reason that draws people to want to teach online courses. One big benefit for yourself for being an online course instructor is it gives you credibility and whenever you're teaching. So let's say that you're really good with photo, Shaw, and you want other people to hire you for your photo shop skills. What you couldn't tell them? I'm really great at photo shop here. Some of the work that I've done and maybe that will get you hired. But if you were to also tell them I'm teaching 10,000 students, photo shop online. All of a sudden, other people are gonna take you way more seriously with that skill set and immediately you become more of an expert in that subject that you're teaching. Last benefit for yourself when it comes to teaching online courses is it reinforces what you already now. So they say that the best way to learn something is to actually teach it. And this is what I did with one of my courses. I teach a course on copyrighting, which is how you use your words to get someone to take an action. And when I decided to create this course, I actually knew very little about copyrighting. And I told myself, What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna read the best books on this subject. And every time I learned something new, that's really important. I'm gonna actually teach it in the course. And so, by teaching this course and copyright, I was reinforcing all of these concepts that I was learning at the same time. In this video, I talked about three benefits for yourself that you get when you teach online courses. And in the next video, I'm gonna talk about the three benefits that your students get when you teach online 7. Benefits for Your Students: in this video, I'm gonna talk about the three biggest benefits that your students get by you teaching an online course and the first is your students. Get access to your best content for a cheap price. And I think this is truly one of the most awesome things about online courses with an online course. If it's a well done online course, you're not including any fluff, and it's just the most important points that you want your students to take away, and they just get that dose of the good stuff. It's like a really good book, but even better, because it's even mawr straight to the point. And now you can package it and sell it to a student for a very cheap price and still make a lot of money to support yourself and allow you to make more content in the future by selling to a lot of different students. The second biggest benefit that your students get when you teach it online course is this incredible content that you've created can now be accessed any time a student wants from anywhere in the world, and that's truly incredible when you think about it instead of teaching a course at a university where students have to come at a certain time to hear what you have to say. Now, whenever it's convenient for your student, they can click the play button and they're immediately hearing your best stuff. That's a really powerful tool, and it's gonna lead you to have students from all over the world. I have students from at least 40 different countries, and it's amazing to think that people from all over the world are watching content that you've created, and it's actually helping make their lives better. The last benefit that I think is really powerful, that your students get when you teach a course is if the course is done well, it really gives your students confidence in themselves. So I think a great course really empowers the student. It makes them feel like they can do the thing that you're teaching and think about the last time that someone taught you how to do something and you felt like you truly understood what they taught, and it allows you to do something that you couldn't do before. Isn't that an awesome feeling? Well, now you can help thousands of people from around the world get that feeling around whatever subject you're teaching in this video, I shared the three biggest benefits that your students get when you teach it online course . And in the next video, I'm gonna talk about all the different ways that you can use online courses. 8. Different Uses for Online Courses: one of the main reasons why I'm so excited about learning this skill of creating online courses. Is there so many different ways that you can use them in this video? I want to share with you five of my favorite uses for online courses, and my hope is that this video inspires you to start thinking creatively about how you yourself can use online courses. The first use is the one that we're most familiar with, and this is the one time purchase in this example. We put up a course for sale or student pays $99 then they get lifetime access to the scores . And this is a great way to use online courses to make passive income. But there's also a lot of other different ways that we can use online courses. The next method is the subscription model. Let's say you teach a bunch, of course, is that all fall under the same topic? Well, here you could charge your student $20 a month to get access to all of those courses at once. In the advantage for the student is they save a lot of money in the beginning because they don't have to buy all of these courses individually, and the advantage for you as an instructor is you have a much more stable income that you can expect to get every single month. Another model is using online courses to automate your business. In this example, let's say you're an accountant and you spend about one hour explaining to each and every client how to prepare their receipts. If you create a really well thought out course that explains how to do this, you're gonna save a ton of time for both you and your client. That's an hour less that you have to spend with, um, for every single client. And now your client can do this at home whenever they have free time. And they don't have to spend this much time in your office. Another use for online courses is product or service tutorials. Let's say that you own or work for a start up, and you want to show your users how to use your software. You can use the traditional help box with a bunch of tax and some images, but if you were to go above and beyond that and create a really well thought out online course that explains how to use your software. You're gonna create such a better experience for your user. Finally, what I believed to be one of the best uses for online courses that isn't really being talked about is as a tool to build trust with your student. And that's because when a student goes through one of your courses, they see you as the expert in whatever you're teaching. So, for example, let's say you're a premium plumber in your area that offers a better service at a higher cost. You could put out a free course called Five Things to Check before you call a plumber. And once a student goes through that course, they're not going to call a random plumber in the yellow page book. They're gonna go to you, because in a way, they've kind of built up this relationship of trust with you. And as an added bonus, you're going to screen out the people that would have calls you but don't really need your plumbing services. In this video, I gave you my five favorite uses for online courses. My goal in this video was to help you start thinking creatively about how you can use your own online courses. In the next video, I'm gonna talk about what the required skills are to be an effective online teacher. 9. Required Skills to Teach Effectively: welcome to the third section of this course in this section. We're gonna be talking about the challenges that you're gonna be facing If you decide to teach your own online course. And in this first video, we're gonna be talking about the three skills that every online instructor either needs to already have or develop. And these skills are empathy, patients and the ability to be well organized. And so I'm gonna talk about why each of these three skills is important, and the first is empathy. And I believe by far empathy is the most important thing that an online instructor needs to have. And the reason why is what students really mean in order to learn is someone to relate to them. So if you can make your student feel like you understand that, then there's so much more likely toe actually listen to what you have to say and to take action on it. And for that reason, it's more important for you to be good at relating to your student than it is for you to be really knowledgeable on your subjects. So, for example, right now I'm explaining to you about online courses and if I was the best online course creator in the world, that wouldn't help you learn how to create your own online course. I could spend this whole course talking about all of the fancy advanced tactics that I've learned from other Top course instructors. But if I'm not relating to you and what you're going through right now as a first time course crater, then I would just be overwhelming. You and I would be talking like crazy. Think to someone that, you know that's really, really knowledgeable about the work that they dio. But whenever you talk to them about that work, you can never follow what they're saying. That's what it feels like when a course instructor knows a lot about their topic, but they're not able to relate to their students. The second skill that it's important for an online instructor to have is patience. That's because you're gonna be spending the majority of your time teaching something that you already know really well, and at times it can feel boring. And also, when you answer student questions, it can feel like I've answered the same question many, many times. But that's part of being an online instructor, and you just have to go with the flow and answer these questions and be patient. The last skill that you either need to have or developed is to be a well organized person. And this is really important for your students because if you're unorganized person than the videos in your course will have a logical flow to them. For example, when you started out in this course, I gave you an outline that showed you every single video that I was gonna share with you in this course, and by separating the videos into different sections, I'm sure it made it easier for you to absorb the material, and on top of that, the sections had a logical flow were a Section one where I shared the online correspondent Metals made sense when it transitioned into the pros, and that also made sense when it transitioned into challenges. And also everything leads up to the skull of making that decision about whether or not you want to create your own online course. So that logical flow, of course videos comes from being a well organized person, and it's gonna make a tremendous difference for your students for the alternative. Imagine taking a course from a disorganized instructor were they could share one video that teaches one thing, and then the next video is completely unrelated to the video before it. And it feels like you're jumping around concepts the whole time. That makes it very hard for your student to learn. In this video, we talked about the three skills that you'll either need to have or grow to be a successful online instructor. In the next video, we're gonna talk about the amount of time and money that you can expect to spend when creating your first course. 10. Amount of Time and Money Required: If you're deciding whether or not it's worth it for you to create an online course, there's probably two things that you're thinking about the most. And that's the investment of your time and money. In this video, I'm gonna talk about how much time and money you can expect to use when creating your first online course, and I'm gonna start out with the money. If you remember back to an earlier video, we talked about the two different types, of course videos. The first was a screen capture were you speak into the microphone that's plugged into your computer and then record was on your computer screen. And that's the video you're watching now. And the second was live video where you're speaking in front of the camera and if you recall from earlier we said that screen capture is what you're gonna want to use in the beginning because it's significantly cheaper and easier. And then in the future, if you get more advanced, you're gonna wanna start playing with live video. But for now, when you want to create screen capture videos, there's only two things that you need to purchase. The first is a nice microphone, and the second is screen recording software. Now, when it comes to the mike to use the most popular one without it down is the Blue Yeti Mike , both beginning and expert online course instructors both use this mike. It works for Macs and PCs, and you could expect to spend $130 for it. And then the other thing that you're going to need to get is a pot filter. And this is something that sits right in front of the mike and remove some popping noises when you pronounce your peas or bees, which really it sounds like it might be trivial, but it makes a huge difference, and it's only an extra $10. Now, at this point, you may be tempted to use your built in mic into your computer, but I would highly recommend that you don't do that. And that's because the audio quality with the built in mic is not great at all. And that makes it very distracting for your students to learn from you as an example to show you what I mean. I've switched now to recording the audio from my computers built in my and you're probably Lucy, noticing that the quality is significantly less and it's probably making it harder for you to learn is a student. But then, on the other hand, with the blue Yeti mike, you get really nice crystal clear audio, and that makes it much easier for your students to focus on what you're saying and not be distracted by a lack of audio quality. When it comes to the type of screen capturing software that you want to use, there's two main options. You have screen flow, which is by far the best option for Mac, and you have camped Asia, which is the best option for PC Now. I know these pieces of software are expensive, but I like to think of it as an investment. And these tools give you everything you need to edit high quality online course videos, whereas a lot of the other free are cheaper alternatives. Do not, and I also think since this is the software you want to be using, eventually it's best to just buy it and start learning how to use it. Now, instead of using a different piece of software and then switching over to this software in the future, but that's it. Once you've bought a nice microphone and your screen capturing software, then you have everything you need to start creating screen capture videos and really your first online course. Now, when it comes to the live video, there are so many options for the cameras, and since it's gets more complicated, I just don't want to get into it now because you're just starting out. So just skip the live video for now. In the future, when you're ready for it, I'll have another course that explains how to set it up. But just know that if you already have a nice camera and you want to try doing something with live video, that the quality of the sound is more important than the quality of the video. If that doesn't make sense to you now, don't worry about it. You don't need to focus on live video instead. Just think about if it's worth your time and money to do the screen capture. And that way you can create your first online course. Answering the question about how long it will take you to create your first online course is very hard, and I wish I could just give you a straightforward answer, such as? On average, it takes 50 hours to create your first course. But the truth is, there are so many different factors that affect this, such as you may be someone that works really quickly, or you also could be someone that tends to take their time when they get worked on. Also, the material that you teach. It might be something that you have to spend a lot of time preparing for. Or you could be such an expert in it that you can just start up the camera and go ahead. The one thing I do want to say about the time required is your first course is gonna take significantly more time than any other online course you're going to create. And that's because what you're doing is you're learning a brand new skill. So I like toe. Think of this time that you're spending great in your first course as an investment. It's gonna take you an extra long time to set up that screen recording software on your computer for the first time and also to just get comfortable speaking in front of a microphone especially if you haven't had any experience with that before. But that's okay. That shouldn't be a reason to get discouraged and to say to yourself, online courses take too much time. It's not worth it for me because you may take 100 hours creating your first online court. But then the second online course will only take you 30 hours or even less, depending on how long the courses in the type of content. In this video, we talked about the amount of time and money that you can expect to invest when creating your first online course. And in the next video, we're going to review everything that we've learned so far, and ultimately, it will be time for you to make a decision about whether or not you want to create an online course. 11. Conclusion: congratulations on making it to the end of this course in this video. I'm going to review everything that we've learned, and by the end, I want you to start thinking about whether or not you've decided to commit yourself to teaching your own online course. We started this course off by talking about the fundamentals of what makes up in online course. We saw that the definition of an online course was videos that could be accessed over the Internet. We talked about the two different types of videos that you'll find in online courses. There was a screen capture, which is the type of video you're watching now, and there's a live video. We then talked about how the course length can vary tremendously, but as a general rule, the shorter you can make your course while still communicating the most important information, the better. We also talked about how the prices, of course is convey vary anywhere from free to thousands of dollars, and we learned that really interesting marketing insight that the more student pays for your course, the more they'll actually value it, and as a result they'll get better results and are more likely to give you a higher review . Then we talked about. Once you finish creating your online course, where do you actually go to publish it? And we talked about the difference between third party platforms where you put up the course and they do all the marketing for you and self hosted platforms where you do more of the marketing. But you also have the potential to make a lot more money. After talking about the fundamentals, we talked about the pros about why you would want to teach an online course. The main ones were. You can create a stream of passive income online courses, give yourself a lot of credibility. And whenever you're teaching and for your students, they get your highest quality content whenever they want from anywhere in the world. So I think it's one of the most powerful ways to share your teachings with a lot of people . We also talked about when a course is done right. It gives your students tremendous confidence in themselves. And then finally we talked about some different uses that there are for online courses, and I shared my five favorite ones, which, with one time purchase the subscription model, using online courses to automate parts, your business, using online courses to have product or service tutorials, and also how you can use courses to build trust with your students. After talking about the pros, we also talked about some cons are challenges to teaching online courses and the first word we talked about the three skills that you're gonna need if you're gonna teach online. And these three skills were empathy so you could relate to your student patients so you can thoroughly teach something that you already know well yourself and also being a well organized person. And we mentioned that it helps tremendously if you already naturally have these three skills. But if there's any of them that you need to learn, you can do that also. And the more you teach, the more you'll practice and develop these three skills. Then we talked about how the process of learning to create online courses is very time consuming, and if you have a very busy schedule, then you may not want to commit that much time to teaching an online course. And finally we talked about the initial investment you'll need to teach in online course and specifically we talked about what you need to create screen capture videos, Since that was significantly easier and cheaper than doing the live video. And to buy the mike and the screen recording software, you can expect to spend around 2 to $300. My goal in creating this course was toe ultimately prepare you to answer this one question . Do you want to create your own online course? By now you have a general understanding of the fundamentals of what makes an online course , and you've also seen some of the pros or in the cons or challenges to doing so. And at the end of the day, it's your choice about how you want to spend your time and money. So think about this question in this video. We reviewed everything that we learned so far in this course and in the next video. If you've decided that, yes, you want to create an online course, then I've created something called a course commitment sheet for you to sign. The idea for the sheet comes from a really well known book called Influence, and one of the main idea is that the author talked about was this idea of consistency. So if you read the sheet and sign it and say to yourself, Yes, I've decided that I want to teach it online course, Then you're more likely to stay consistent with what you said earlier and follow through and create your own online course. 12. Sign the Create a Course Commitment Sheet: by now, you've made it to the very final video, this course and you've made the personal decision about whether or not you want to teach your own online course. Congratulations. That's also and now you have everything you need to be confident about that decision that you've made. If you've decided that, yes, you want to teach an online course and you want to keep yourself accountable for that, Then I've created something called the course commitment sheet. The idea for the sheet comes from a really well on book called Influence. And one of the things the author talked about was this idea of consistency. So if you sign something now, saying that, yes, I commit myself to creating an online course in the future, you're gonna want to stay consistent with that decision you've made. And I want to do this because right now you may be fired up and saying, Yes, I can't wait to start my online course. This is gonna be so much fun. But in the future, maybe it starts to get a little tough and you start to have some doubts, like who am I to be teaching a course or this one technical thing is a little overwhelming . And I'm just a little lost right now. And I don't want you to quit when you hit that roadblock. And so by signing the sheet now, you're setting an intention in your mind that you're gonna want to be consistent with in the future when things might get a little bit tougher. So I've attached the sheet. You can download it now, and I just ask that you read it. And if it sounds good to you, sign it and store it somewhere where you can always look back at it. Pause this video now, and don't move on until you've printed out and signed the Creator course commitment sheet. In this video, we signed the creative course commitment sheet. Congratulations. You have finished this course. That's awesome. By now, I hope you feel confident in the decision that you've made. And I hope that if you decided, yes, you want to create your own online course that you're feeling excited about the journey ahead of you