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Online Course Creation: Teach an Online Course

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11 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. How to Teach an Online Course Promo

    • 2. How to Teach an Online Course Intro

    • 3. How to Teach an Online Course Topic

    • 4. How to Teach an Online Course Elephant in the Room

    • 5. How to Teach an Online course The Virtual Classroom Technology

    • 6. How to Teach An Online Course On Camera Skills

    • 7. How to Teach an Online Course 2nd Video Rehearsal

    • 8. How to Teach an Online course Video Length

    • 9. How to Teach an Online course Interactivity

    • 10. How to Teach an Online course Structure

    • 11. How to Teach an Online course Conclusion

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About This Class

Online Course Creation can be simple once you have mastered the art of speaking in front of a camera. Imagine yourself delivering an entire course filled with great lectures. You can be the star of your own classroom--online. You can be a confident and engaging instructor of your own course.

In this Online course creation Course you will earn the following:

*How to speak and lecture with confidence throughout your online course creation process

*How to record lectures on video

*How to be confident that your course is engaging and interesting to students

*How to structure your online course creation 

This course is delivered primarily through spoken lecture. Because the skill you are learning is speaking related, it only makes sense that you learn through speaking.

The skill you will learn in this class is not primarily theoretical or academic. It is a skill that requires physical habits. That is why you will be asked to take part in numerous exercises where you record yourself speaking on video, and then watching yourself. Learning presentation skills is like learning how to ride a bicycle. You simply have to do it numerous times and work past the wobbling and falling off parts until you get it right.

This online course creation course contains numerous video lectures plus several bonus books for your training library.

"5 Stars! Very clear, very easy to follow. Really like the step by step approach that TJ putsw across. Fealing much more knowledgable snd inspired to move forward." Udemy student David Robinson

"5 stars! The instructions being presented here is the truth.they are the results of years of experience and expertise.i can really relate to the topics and the points are crystal clear.after all,the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I`m pumped to move on and absorb the rest of this course." Udemy student Youcef(Joe) seyyedi

"5 Stars! This course is so effective because TJ shows you the ropes without the confusing language that technical experts normally use. He also shows us that we can do this without becoming technical experts ourselves." Udemy Student Pete Burdon

TJ Walker has been coaching and training people on their presentation skills for 30 years. Now, through the power of Udemy's online platform, he is able to give you the same high quality training that he gives in person to CEOs, Fortune 500 executives, and Presidents of countries. Only you can now receive the training at a tiny fraction of the normal fee for in-person training.

How long this course takes is up to you. The longest part of the course involves you speaking on video, critiquing yourself, and doing it over until you like it. But if you get to the point where you love how you look and sound when you present it will be well worth the time spent. And having this skill will save you time for all future presentations in your life.

You can begin improving your presentation skills right now. You may have an opportunity to speak out as soon as tomorrow, so why waste another day worried that your presentation skills are not up to high standards. Enroll in this course today.

What others say:

“TJ Walker's single-minded devotion to presentation has made him the #1 expert for executives seeking guidance on speaking to the public and media." Bob Bowdon, Anchor/Reporter, Bloomberg Television

“TJ Walker is the leading media trainer in the world." Stu Miller, Viacom News Producer

(TJ Walker's Media Training Worldwide) “The world's leading presentation and media training firm."Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Channel Anchor

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TJ Walker

Public Speaking and Media Training Expert


TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting public speaking training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, US Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament .

Walker has more than 100,000 online course enrollments and more than 100,000 online students.

His book, "Secret to Foolproof Presentations" was a USA Today # 1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

Walker is also the author of "Media Training AZ" and "Media Training Success."

In 2009, Walker set the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Talk Radio Appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

Walker has also served as a forme... See full profile

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1. How to Teach an Online Course Promo: Have you ever taken an online training course and said I could do that. I could even do better than that. Well, chances are, you can't. You can teach your own online course. Hi, I'm T. J Walker. I've been training since the early 19 eighties, and I've been training online since the late 19 nineties. I've produced more than 100 online courses and I'm gonna teach you how to teach online help . You get over these initial hurdles, answer basic questions for you and give you a formula for creating your online course. So sign up today. 2. How to Teach an Online Course Intro: online training. It is a great way to really help a lot of people all over the world. It took me more than 25 years to teach and train my 1st 10,000 students. But through online training, I trained another 10,000 students within a couple of months on some of the online platforms I'm on. So it's a great way of reaching a mass people. It's a way of reaching people who may live in other countries, other continents who couldn't afford to come to you or for you to come to them. And it's way to make your expertise scalable. So I absolutely love online training. I hope you do, too, which is why you're in this course there a lot of good reasons to be involved with online training. One. You simply want to help people learn a new skill. Learnt some body of knowledge that will help them till you want to reduce costs for people coming to you. Are you going to them? Three. You want to make money? There's nothing wrong with that. I want to make money. It can be a great part of your business as a standalone or is a promotional for other parts of your business. So all of these air good reasons for wanting to enter online training. There's also other things, like areas where you help people from time to time, but it's not a core part of your business. Over example, I teach people public speaking and media training as my core revenue model. But nobody ever hires me to get them over their fear of public speaking. Because, my goodness, being in a room with somebody who teaches presidents and prime ministers and CEOs on CNBC, that's scary for someone who has a fear of public speaking. But by creating online course on this very topic, as I have, it allows people to learn, improve, get better and have that comfort zone of doing it in their own home, their our bedroom, their own office. So that's another value of online training, where you're simply able to reach people who, maybe for a whole variety of reasons, wouldn't engage your services, your expertise in any other way. Now, to me, the worst reason for doing online training, as you think, Oh, that's a hot topic. Let me latch onto it and make a bunch of money. Now we're gonna go right into topic, how you pick your topic 3. How to Teach an Online Course Topic: What is it you want to teach in an online course? Now, this should be an easy question. If it's a hard question for you, it may be because you haven't thought this whole thing through clearly, or you're just so good at so many things. Here is what I don't want to do is a mentioned in the previous lecture. Don't just pick a topic because you think it's hot because you think it's popular. Pick a topic because you really have a passion, for I have a passion for public speaking, speaking to the media, training, teaching. And that's why I'm doing this course and 100 others all within this particular niche. But I'm doing it because it's organic, out of my own practice. In the real world, people ask me these questions. People hire me to train them one on one in small groups and large groups, and I'm asked to speak on these topics. Isn't me just doing a Google search? Looking at how many hits are coming up each month for certain words, so I would recommend you really look at what is your expertise? What is it you're already teaching people to do whether it's formally or informally. Now, if you're a high school biology teacher and you teach biology all day, then there's nothing wrong with creating an online biology class. But you may want to do something completely different. You may have a hobby of macro May, and you want to teach people how to macro, mate. That's fine, too. But pick a topic that you have a passion for where you have deep, deep expertise. It's not simply a matter of you. Read a couple of books, and it seemed like, Ah, hot topic because people consents whether you really care about something or not, whether you have a deep rooted passion for it. And if you're giving a lecture and I do recommend that you lecture now, give homework, give assignments, making interactive, respond to your students questions and comments. But I do think you need to speak to students. There's something about the human voice seeing a human face. Talk about something that puts a spotlight on big ideas. Sure, you can assign readings, sign your own books, assign other books. But there does need to be that moment where people can hear you and see, and that's why so many online training foundations and companies require video lectures because otherwise it's just a book or it's just a multimedia presentation. People need to see you, the expert, talk about these issues and demonstrate these issues. Otherwise, why call it, of course, it's just a Pdf. So that's what I want you to think about. Brainstorm it. But I need you to come up with a title for your course, and I want you to really think about what are people going to get out of it? What skills Air people going to get out of this. So I decided in advance for this course. I want people to have the skills they need to start their own line course their own virtual course and to know how to video record their lectures to get it up, how to position it. And that's why I named this how to teach it online. Course you need something that focus, so that's your homework. Right now I want to know the title of your course and what your students are going to get out of it. 4. How to Teach an Online Course Elephant in the Room: Before we go any further, let me address the elephant in the room. I have known a lot of highly knowledgeable people throughout my career. Very, very passionate people, whether it's politics, whether it's economics, many of whom have talked about teaching, creating their own courses, online courses, most of them don't. Why use that? Is it because they don't really know enough? No, Here is my belief. Here is my assumption that most people who don't actually go all the way to teach a course are insecure about standing up and speaking. It's not a fear of public. Speaking of the sense of Oh my gosh, I'm going to shake. I'm going to get swept, but it's still a sense of I'm not quite good enough. I'm not quite comfortable. Have only had a few more guest lectures here. If only I rehearsed or practiced more here with some coach in the future that I will never see if only I had a better TV studio. These are the things that hold many people back. It's not sure lack of knowledge, it's not sure lack of expertise. It's the ability to really visualize yourself as a good teacher and is an interesting teacher, so I'm going to spend a fair amount of time on that part. It's a little different from what you might hear seeing other courses on how to be an online trainer online teacher. But I do think it's the thing that holds people back, even the courses where they're just capturing the screen of the computer and you hear the voice. Many people don't do that because they don't like the sound of their own voice. That's a big problem. So I want you to really reflect for a moment. Are you comfortable with how you come across when you speak? How you look, how you sound? I don't mean Do you love every part? I don't love everything about how I look and sound. I'd love to have a thick head of hair the way I did 30 years ago. It's not about being perfect, but are you comfortable with the idea that people can see you? Look at you, Listen to you, judge you, or if you're not completely comfortable, already willing to work on, if you're willing to work on it, I can help you get to the point where you are completely comfortable lecturing to others in an online virtual environment, but also in real life, too. So that's what I want you to think about. If you're willing to work with me, then I'm going to get you to the point where you were is comfortable in his relaxed on camera as an evening network news anchor. It can be done, but it does require work. So in the next series of lectures, I'm going to give you the specific how twos of how to actually lecture, stay tuned. 5. How to Teach an Online course The Virtual Classroom Technology: If you're going to teach an online course and you're gonna let people see you and I recommend they do, you need to have some system for recording the video. I want to give you the simplest way of doing this because I frankly don't want you wasting time for the next six months of the next six years looking for the perfect camera or for the perfect backdrop. You don't need anything fancy. It's your expertise that people are coming to their not coming to you for special effects graphics. If people want special effects and graphics and swishes and all that, they will go to a Jerry Bruckheimer Steven Spielberg movie or a George Lucas movie. They're not gonna be going to an online course now. That doesn't mean it can look awful or sound awful. But the main thing is good. Clear audio people really need to hear you, and you need decent lighting. Beyond that, it really isn't that complicated. So I would recommend a single camera on you where you're just talking to people. Don't get too fancy with your first course. Don't try to go higher production crew spend $10,000 then be regretting it six years later because your course lost 4000 or five or seven or $9000. Let's keep our cost low. You can always expand with the production stuff if you've got popular courses and you're making a lot of revenue and you can generate it, I don't think you need anything beyond a simple Webcam that you could get a grocery store for 10 or 15 bucks and you need a decent microphone. One of these that clips on goes into your computer, and you can get those for $10 sometimes. So we're not talking about anything wildly expensive. I do want to give you the basics of how to look your best on video when you're lecturing and how to avoid the most common problems people get into. So, for starters, the backdrop you don't have to have anything fancy like me and a great big studio. This isn't a great big studio. I just have a little TV behind me about a 40 inch TV. This is a $40 video clip behind, but you don't have to have that. You could have almost anything except for a window. A window is going to be too much light, your face is going to be dark, and the light from behind you is going to mess it up. So if you are using your webcam and it's on your computer and you have a window behind you , you need either closed of lines or move your computer and your chair around so that you don't have a window behind you. That's the first big tip. The second big tip. Don't use the built in microphone in your computer. Go to RadioShack. Go on Amazon and order a new microphone that plugs into your microphone and then one onto your shirt or blouse or tie your jacket. The audio quality will be much, much better. The third tip the camera. Now I do have a nice don't try to kid you. For many years I had just a cheap $60 web came. I do have an expensive couple $1000 pro Sumer camera mounted on my wall eight feet away, but you don't have to have that. All you really need is a camera at the right hype at the right eye level. The problem most people have when they're making videos and online trainings is they have the webcam on their computer screen. And if it's a laptop, it's like this. It's this low, so it's 8 10 even 12 inches below their eyes. So what happens is that cameras kind of up your nose. Well, I'm sorry. Nobody looks good from that angle. Now let me give you a very, very cheap, simple way of solving this problem. If you're using the Web cam on your laptop, that's fine. Get a stack of books like this. Put it on your desk that your laptop on top. You just want the camera to be where your eyes are. That way, everything just looks better. You'll look better. It looks more professional. It looks more like what people are used to seeing when they're watching regular TV, and it's simple. You don't buy anything. Just find a stack of books. Could be old telephone books, but that solves the problem of radio. The final big step that will help you is lighting all you really need to keep in mind is more light in front of you, then behind you, other than this little video look, there's no right behind me. I have a couple of lights in front of me, and what you really want is, you know, one sort of lighting everything. One on the sign. You really want to get fancy one behind you experiment with it until you like how it looks . There's all kinds of videos on YouTube and other training sources to tell you about lighting. I want to keep this simple. You just want more light on your face, then behind you, and you don't want the lights so harsh that it looks like a horror movie. So you got to be careful about the fluorescent lights above casting shadows in your eyes if you have two. I've done this before. Just take a couple of lamps, put them 10 feet in front of you. Take the lamp shades off or or aim it so that it's on your face. If you do that, you will look perfectly fine for most online trainings. Now, if some major University of Harvard comes to you and says we're gonna do this course and millions of people are going to see it and we have a budget of $2 million we're gonna build you a set. Fine, but If this is you doing it on your own time on your own dime. Do what I recommend here. Keep it simple. A webcam is fine. I mean, today, high definition webcams were so inexpensive. $50 or less, I would go with that. A plug in microphone lights in front of you, the camera at your eye, height and no window behind. You do that and you've got the technology side of your studio of your virtual classroom. So I need you to figure out how to do that right now, because we're gonna have to start making some videos and some of your lectures. 6. How to Teach An Online Course On Camera Skills : Now it's time to practice for our lecture. When I say lecture, I just being talked to people. What you should be doing is talking to the camera as if you are talking to one person. Because when people start to talk like this, Okay, class, Now we're gonna It really looks and sounds awful online. Remember, people could be watching you on their cell phone with ear buds, and it just sounds awful if you have that tone of voice and they can't see a whole crowd. So just act like you're talking to one person. So in a moment I'm gonna ask you to pull out yours. If you don't have your whole in house studio ready yet, I'm gonna ask you to pull out your cell phone and to practice a lecture or using a webcam to look and see how you're coming across. So here the basics. When you're speaking on camera, you want to move your head, move your face, move your body and move your hands. What a lot of people do is something like this. I want to get my notes just right. Follow my outline and you see how nothing is really moving, but my lips people can't stand listening or watching to someone like that. So it really comes down to you've got to move your head. Now that seems odd because the natural thing to do is if you're looking at a cameras to kind of go like this and to freeze your head, that's the natural thing. So I'm not telling you to act natural because this is a very unnatural environment. You talking to a camera? I'm asking you to act, but I'm asking you to act that what you do when you are relaxed, talking to a friend or talking to one student are talking to one trainee that you would help in real life. The main things to keep in mind is you have to move your face, move your by and, yes, move your hands. The idea of the old professional speaker is supposed to have their hands on the lectern. Absolute nonsense. You want to move your hands, your body, your face. There needs to be movement, and you need to sound conversational. Think to the best trainer teacher you ever saw. Junior High school, middle school, High school, college graduate school. I guarantee you. Your favorite teacher didn't read a lecture. They didn't read bullet points off of a slide. They didn't just sort of have all the words and kind of go through the They talk to you because they knew this stuff. They believe this stuff. They ate it. They slept it. They dreamt it. That's how you have to come across if you're going to teach online and reach people part of what you're doing. I hate the term motivational speaker. It sounds so cheesy and it evokes images of Anthony Robbins have your goals. That's not what I'm talking about. But if you're gonna be a good teacher, guess what? You have to be a good motivational speaker. By that I mean, you're speaking. You have to motivate people to get excited about your subject. Doesn't matter if it's physics or rock collecting. Whatever your subject is, you have to motivate them. That has to come through with your voice and your energy. You can't do that if you're reading. I'm sorry. It's not gonna happen. You're not here is a newscaster. You're here as a teacher and as a trainer. So what I'm gonna ask you to do right now is think of just a couple of minutes of content. What would you say if you could introduce a class and individual to your subject matter? Give them an overview. I want you to talk for two or three minutes. If nothing else, hold your cell phone where you can see yourself. I'd rather use a webcam. That way you can move both hands, have a little more distance and get a better sense of how the final product will look. But that's your homework right now. I need you to video record yourself, giving your first lecture on the topic of your choice. I don't care what you say yet. I just want you to get used to looking at yourself, speaking on camera and then I want you to watch the video. None of this is any good. If you don't watch, I need you to watch the video and figure out what you like. What do you not like? That's the homework. Do it now. 7. How to Teach an Online Course 2nd Video Rehearsal : I hope you've done what I've asked for so far, which is to record yourself speaking a lecturing about your subject matter for just two or three minutes and you graded yourself so you should have a stack of things you like, Which I hope is this big and a stack of things you don't like hoping it's only that big. But it may be that big. That's okay. Now, here is the absolute single most important thing I'm going to teach you in this entire course. If you do this, you're gonna go well on. You'll be well on your way to being on online teacher and will probably be a good one in a successful If you don't do this one step, there's an excellent chance you never launched your first course. So please, please, listen. Care if I'm gonna have a lot of different advice in this course, and you could ignore a lot of it, even most of it. But this is the one thing I beg you. Do not ignore the video. You just did. You looked at it. I hope you made the list of things you like don't like. I need you to do it again. And I need you to very consciously focus on just improving one thing. Try to get that one thing that you don't like the most in that stack of not likes, reduce it, trying to more of the stuff you do like review it again and see if he made progress. If you really focused on just one thing, chances are you solve that problem. I don't mean you don't like the fact that your hair doesn't look great and you're hoping it looks better the next time. What I'm talking about are things like if you spoke too quickly and you realize you sound nervous, you want to speak so quickly, slowing it down. If you speak so softly, you seem timid or scared and that you should be the student in the back of the room and not the instructor in the front. Then focus on increasing the volume. I want you to focus on things that are changeable and do it again. And here's the thing. I want you to keep recording it. Keep critiquing it again and again and again until you are happy with it. You've got to get to the point where you can watch a video of yourself and say, Wow, I could be half as good as he is or she is. I'll be the star of this online university. That person is so good I would take that person's class. I would want to listen to that person if it weren't made. That's what I need you to do. Now. That doesn't happen. For most people in one take or even two takes, take his many as you want. It really doesn't take that long, especially when you're only doing a two minute clip. You do this 30 times and review it 30 times in an hour. So I'm not asking you to devote your life in the next six months to this. Certainly a lot of you probably spent more time than that researching what camera to use for your course. And believe me, your cameras, the least important part of this process, how you come across making sure you're completely comfortable and confident that is important. It's important to you so that you actually have the will to start this course, finish it posted and promoted and feel good about it. It's also important to your students to see that you're comfortable, confident and relaxed. Now, when you're judging yourself, judge yourself on your own standard. Don't try to be Oprah Winfrey or Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan, or me or anyone else be you be the best you your but be au. That's interesting. Not somebody who is a droning, monotone data dump that's not a good teacher by anyone's standards. So I want you to come across the best you can come across, and then you'll have a system for any time. You're in front of a camera and you know what else? It gets easier every time, and it becomes impossible to be nervous right now. I gotta take I'm really relaxed talking to you. It's not because I think there's no possible way anyone could ever be a better online trainer. That's not why I'm relaxed. Relax, because I know I can't do any better than this. This is the best I look, this is the best. I said. This is how I want to come across when I'm on video. How do I know that I've watched myself on video countless times, so that's your homework right now. Don't skip this if you're just sitting back watching these videos for you, frankly wasting your time. You should dio watch videos on fantasy football or ice skating. Or you should just go to the mall. This course isn't gonna do you wanna get It's only gonna do you good if you practice on video repeatedly until you like what you see, So please do that now. 8. How to Teach an Online course Video Length: So how long should each lecture be? There's no magic length. I do think in an online environment it's best to focus on one topic. Gifts, something of value, really. Focus on one thing. Go deep, but focus on one thing. I find my videos are typically 2 to 3 minutes long. If it's something I feel really passionate about, I have a lot to say and it's just one topic. I may go eight or 10 minutes, but in general focus on one thing at a time. It's easier for your students to get in and out. Focus on that. It's also a lot easier for you to talk, just focusing on one thing without trying to remember. What's the next part of my outline? So focus on one topic you might make it a short is 30 seconds. It might be 10 minutes, but focus on one thing. So that's right, like you didn't now pick some part of your curriculum, something you like to teach and just speak. Captured on video 9. How to Teach an Online course Interactivity: the key to being a good teacher online is interactivity. You have to ask a lot from your students. It cannot simply be a lecture. Otherwise, they might as well just watch a YouTube video. You've got to give homework. You've got to give assignments you've got to test. Now. Every subject matter is difference of their different ways of doing it. A lot of people like multiple choice tests. A lot of people have other quizzes. A lot of people give homework writing assignments if you're teaching people how to write or some other intellectual body of content. Now for what I do, teaching people how to speak, I'm constantly asking people to video record themselves, watch it and critique themselves. That's the number one way I have of testing, cause I found That's really the only way to help people gain confidence in skill and their ability to teach train speak. Talk to the media, but your subject matter is different, but I have to stress. You need to constantly be asking questions, rhetorical questions, real questions of your students. Give them ways to participate, give them homework assignments, quiz them, test them. It's virtually impossible to be to interactive as long as it seems like there's a purpose. If it's just random and it seems like busywork, students will rebel against that. But the more you can interact with your students in a meaningful way, the better. And certainly that includes answering emails, being a part of any discussion groups online as a part of the class. So think now about where you're going to ask your students your trainees questions. What exercises are you going to do? Started thinking about that as we put together the full curriculum. 10. How to Teach an Online course Structure: So what's the best structure for your course? How should you outline your course? I believe if you teach people in person, the best thing you should do is to mimic what you do in real life. That's how I structure my online courses, whether it's media training or public speaking training. I try to teach my online clients the same way I do in person, and that means I get them doing exercises constantly. There's never long stretches where they're just listening to me. Now. Something's air different about online versus in person. But what you don't want to do is to just treat your online audience as a group of people, catching information and just throwing stuff at them. Now, if you are a new trainer and you're starting your training career as a new online trainer, nothing wrong with that. But what I would recommend you do is get one person, a friend, family member, colleague, teach them what it is you do one on one in person record that on you got it, your cell phone. Watch that and look at how you did it. Look where they asked questions. Look where you try to demonstrate for them or ask them to do things, then build your course around that structure, and you may find a whole lot of small videos a whole lot of small lessons. But that's gonna be much better than here's a 30 minute video. And here's another 30 minute video because it could be harder to capture and keep the interest of someone online. If it's just talking head video compared to a professor in a class, you can walk around look students in the eye. So that would be my advice. Come up with a structure that is very similar to how you would treat someone one on one and then come up with an outline for your course. Now different people are different, different in how they present here in my entire notes. For this course, I congrats at it. Look and then just talk for 34 minutes and say everything I want to. You might need more notes, but what I don't want you to do is start reading. That makes it seem like you don't know what you're talking about. Anybody and go to the Internet, go to Wikipedia, print something out and read. So I do think you need to speak to it, whether you need more notes in preparation. Maybe, maybe not. But you need to speak if you find that you're forgetting too much stuff. Typically, that means you're trying to cram way too many points in one video. Focus on one thing. Talk it out, then look at your notes and go to the next point. That's the best outline structure for most people presenting online. Now various platforms have minimums. For some, it's an hour with the content. For others, it's 1/2 an hour. Try to put everything you have that's really, really useful to people and see what you have. If it's 12 hours that maybe way too much. But if it's five minutes, maybe you don't have enough. For course, I would recommend whatever it takes to cover the stuff that you really care about him to give people the time to interact. Don't put in that unnecessary padding, but don't try to shrink it to make it brief. Very brief, Short all the time. People are signing up for your course. They want your stuff. If you have to shoot for a time period, shoot for around an hour. So although the half an hour maybe perfectly fine for many topics, 11. How to Teach an Online course Conclusion: If you come this far, you are ready to teach online again. I want you to practice on video. Get to the point where you like the video of what you're saying. Have a structure. You now have to Kary your whole curriculum. You've got to create the videos. If you don't like it, hit, delete. Redo it until you like it. Put together your outline. Give the other reading materials. If you don't have reading materials that you've written, then point people in the direction where you do recommend those other outside readers and you think they're good people. Come up with your quizzes, come up with your interactivity, come up with your homework assignments. But most important, let's get it up now. I'm not suggesting you throw out junk that you're not proud of, but too many people want to redo it and rethink it and refine it. And so much time is going by there thinking, Well, I can't use that. The style of my tie is too wide now. They're narrower, tight, and you've wasted everything. My recommendation. Follow the page of Apple. Apple didn't wait for the iPhone to be perfect when they launched the 1st 1 I remember you couldn't type a text message on averted behind to throw it away. But Apple's iPhone is still doing well because they put it out there. They got feedback. They refined it. They got it better and better. That should be your attitude. With your online course, Listen to your students. Listen to feedback. If they say something's missing, change it. They don't like something in your audio. Tweak it, make it better and better and better. The take buzzword for this is that it? Narrative. You go through different generations, make it better, refine it. That's true. You want to get it better and better and better. So my advice don't delay. Now. Don't charge $10,000 for an online course and you think is garbage. But if you think your course has a lot of great content, will really help people. But maybe isn't perfect. Put it out there. Maybe you start by charging nothing for it. Get feedback or a small fee. Something beats nothing. Get your course out there, get feedback, get better, improve it, refine it and who knows, maybe start another course and another course. I wish you great luck in your online teaching career. I'm t. J. Walker. I hope this out. Take care