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Discover Why Size Really Matters When Creating a Successful Skillshare Class

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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6 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. An Introduction to this Class on the Size of Skillshare Classes

      2:00
    • 2. Since the Algorithm Change

      2:37
    • 3. Mistakes I Have Seen by Udemy Teachers

      2:57
    • 4. Mistakes I Still Make Myself with Regards to Class Size

      5:30
    • 5. A Word of Warning

      1:41
    • 6. Your Class Project for this Course

      0:51

About This Class

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Skillshare is now my favourite platform for online courses, from both an instructor and a student perspective, but despite my experience on Skillshare, I am continually attempting to find out what exactly are the different elements that go into making a successful class on this platform.

One thing that has come to my attention in the last 6 months, is that SIZE really matters when it comes to Skillshare success. Even more so since the algorithm change back in August.

And in this class, you will learn:

  • Why class size is even more important since the change to Skillshare’s trending algorithm
  • The mistakes I have seen Udemy Instructors make time and time again
  • The mistakes I myself am still making with regards to class size
  • A word of warning when it comes to the size of your classes

So enrol in my class today and learn what I consider to now be the optimal size for a Skillshare class going forward.

Skillshare Success

Here are the other classes in the series:

Skillshare Success #1: Discover Why Size Really Matters When Creating a Successful Skillshare Class 

Skillshare Success #2: Learn How to Accurately Calculate Your Premium Enrollments Each Month 

Skillshare Success #3: Discover Why Channels and Series are Key to Your Success on Skillshare 

Transcripts

1. An Introduction to this Class on the Size of Skillshare Classes: Hello there. My name is David James Horton. I'm a skill share instructor that has Bean active on this platform since April of this year . And in that time I have published over 50 classes, majority of which have bean in the writing business and technology categories. Skill share is now my favorite platform for online courses from both an instructor and a student perspective. And I'm also quite active within the skill Schaer teaching community where I am a member of the number of different skills share groups. Despite my experience and skill share, I'm continually attempting to discover what exactly the different elements going to making successful class on this platform. One thing that has come to my attention in the last six months is that size really matters when it comes to skill, share success even more so since the algorithm change back in August, and in this class you will learn what skill share themselves say about how long your class should be. The mistakes I've seen Houdini instructors make time and time again. White blast size is even more important since the change to skill shares training algorithm in the States. I myself, I'm still making with regards to class size and finally, a word of warning when it comes to the size of your glasses. So enrolled in my class today by clicking on the blue Enroll button on the right, 10 side below and learn what I consider to now be the optimal size for a skill share class going forward. 2. Since the Algorithm Change: In August of this year, skill share changed their algorithm. That how a new class trains up until now, skill share have not released any details as to how the new trending algorithm works, but it is strongly believed that it is now based largely around student engagement. And if you would like to learn more about the new trending algorithm than I highly recommend that you watch, Neil Shearing is class on the subject, and I have actually included a link to his class in the notes. But suffice to say, it is now believed that trending points are now only scored from enrollments, whether three or premium reviews and class projects from those students that have actually watched the class, which not only makes perfect sense but also stops classes benefitting from free enrollments from class hoarders who were never really ever going to watch the class anyway. And even from people who were gaming the system before by leaving a thumbs up to an unwatched class. What it means going forward is that student engagement now plays a huge part in whether or not a class will trend well and ultimately be successful. If enrollments, reviews and projects now only count if a certain percentage of a class is being watched, then it is clear that those multi our classes on the platform are now at a severe disadvantage. Even more so, if you consider that the trending score is almost certainly given a boost in the first few days of its publication, perhaps a five hour course will eventually be watched in full reviewed and then a class project completed. But is it likely it'll happen within the trending time span? Multi am. A long courses on skill share are more often not ported courses from Buddha Me. And in the next lesson, I take a look at the different mistakes that I see successful ayuda me teachers making time and time again on the skill share platform. 3. Mistakes I Have Seen by Udemy Teachers: the first rule of skill. Share success. Skill share is not due to me. The second rule of skill. Share success Skill share is not due to me pardon my paraphrasing of Fight Club, but it really is important to point this out as I see countless Huda me instructors, some of whom are huge names on the Adami platform, making the crucial mistake of thinking that they congest put their Erdimi course on skill share without changing a thing and expected to be successful. Quite apart from the fact that it doesn't look very professional. When an instructor is continually referring to Huda Meal through the lessons, there has always been something I could never grasp with this strategy. A multi hour courses always split up into a number of different sections, are new to me, which invariably focus on a particular topic or skill within the overall course. And these sections could easily be topped and tailed to become individual classes on skill share as part of a Siri's. It always seemed logical to me to split who to me courses up in this way has, besides anything else, there is the potential to make a lot more money from an engaged student enrolling in multi classes in a Siri's rather than in just the one longer course. There are also a lot more entry points into the Siri's long courses work well on Huda Me, where a student is looking to get value for money from a single purchase on skill share. Premium students have their choice of over 8000 classes and so condemned in and out of different Siri's as they please, consuming the content that they need or want toe watch. Now, if it was an illogical mistake to publish Monte our courses on skill share before August, then since the change to the trending algorithm, I believe it has now become a damaging one. Whereas before these long classes may have bean leaving money on the table, they were at least able to trend well, especially with non premium members eager to get their hands on a monkey. Our course. However, since the algorithm change, that is no longer the case, and in my opinion it will become harder and harder for those classes that are over an hour or two in length to be successful on skill share 4. Mistakes I Still Make Myself with Regards to Class Size: So here we are on the Skill share website and we are in the business category, which is probably the second biggest category on skill share after design and having bean so quick in the last video to point out them steaks made by ayuda me instructors when they come over to skill Shit, I thought it only fair to show you that I'm also still making mistakes when it comes to the size of my classes. So, as you can see, one of my most recent classes is currently trending at 12 in the business category, which isn't bad at all, as it is very competitive. But I'm pretty sure I could be trending even higher if I had done things a little differently. So this is my class about counting premium enrollments. And if you look over here in position 10 there is a class entitled How to Know the Number of Your Premium Students by Daniella Andrea Glass tea and I apologize to Daniela If I have pronounced her name incorrectly Now, I have not taken this class by Daniella, but it would appear to be a similar theme to my own class. My class actually focuses on the counting of premium enrollments, whereas Daniela's class says it is about counting premium students. But certainly they appeared to be on a similar topic. So my classes, currently 12 in business and Daniela's is ranked 10th. Despite my 142 enrollments compared to Daniela's 73. Now, it could be that all 73 of these enrollments air in fact, premium enrollments. I do know that 93 of my 142 enrollments are premium enrollments, so still quite a bit more than the maximum possible off 73 premium enrollments in this class. I also have 21 out of 21 positive reviews, compared to 19 positive reviews out of 22 for this class. So my classes slightly ahead here, too. As for class projects, Daniela's class has nine to my classes six. And so Danielle is Class is slightly ahead regarding projects nonetheless overrule. Under the old algorithm, at least I would have expected my class to be quite a bit further up. The rankings, in fact, quite near the top of the business category. Under the new algorithm, however, I am ranked two places below. So why is that? Well, I believe it all comes down to student engagement. Now. I have never taken a class by Daniella, and it could be that she's just a far more interesting and engaging teacher than I am on the face of it. Her 19 positive reviews on the 21 for my class would suggest that both of our classes are of a high quality. So in my opinion, the difference in ranking may come down to the length of the class itself. 10 minutes for Daniel s class compared to 40 minutes for mine. And the difference in ranking could be down to the shorter class, getting completed more quickly than my 40 minute one. Now just so happens that Daniel is class is a few days older than mine, which may mean that students have had more timeto watch her class. Nonetheless, I can't help feeling I have Mr Trick here by not splitting the content of my class into two separate smaller classes. After all, the class actually teaches two quite distinct processes for counting your premium enrollments. And perhaps students would have completed the first of the two classes more quickly than this 40 minute class. So, in my opinion, all other things being equal, I believe a 10 minute class has the upper hand over a 40 minute class in terms of student engagement. And it may well have been the case that a class focusing on the first process for counting premium enrollments, which took 20 minutes, for example, would have trended higher than my 40 minute class and thus have the possibility of getting more premium enrollments. And let's not forget that the students who enjoyed the first class may well have gone on to enroll in the second class as well. So I have potentially missed out on even more premium enrollments there. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and anyway, there's no real way of knowing if the two classes would definitely have Bean more successful than the one. As there is always the possibility that some of my students wouldn't have perceived enough value in each of the shorter classes toe warrant leaving a review, and this is important that we don't lose sight of the fact that an even bigger factor than student engagement in the success of a class is the quality of the content itself. Which brings us nicely to the final lesson in this class, entitled a word of warning 5. A Word of Warning: Okay, So now that you are all convinced that small is beautiful and that size does matter, I must leave you with a word of morning. Despite what I have said about the smaller the class, the better. I am not suggesting for one minute the you'll go. Why in create 10 minute classes in orderto have a better chance of trending. If we go back to the statement on skill shares home page, we need to be fully aware of what it said learn a new skill each day. The crux of the statement is to learn a new skill. So remember, ah, class should only ever be a short as the time you'll need to teach your students a particular skill. And although I always highly recommend that instructors, teachers, Siris of classes, it is with the strict provide so that each of those individual classes are complete in themselves. So never cut down on the teaching instead cut down on the waffle and the filler. And with that in mind, I think it is time I stop. Okay. Thanks for watching this class. I hope it has bean of interest. And if so, please take the time to leave the thumbs up and or a review and stay tuned for your class project, which is coming up in the next video. 6. Your Class Project for this Course: in this short video, I'm going to describe your class project for this course. Quite simply, Once you have completed each of the lessons, I would like you to work out the average length of your skill share classes and then right down the time in the project gallery. Also, let us know whether you aim to reduce the length of your future classes. Please note that if you have many classes on skills share and you don't want to work out the average over all of your classes, then just write down the average length of your five most recent classes. Thank you for watching, and I look forward to seeing the average length of your classes in the project gallery soon .