Planning Your Class, Choosing Your Class Topic - Teacher Handbook - Skillshare

Planning Your Class

Choosing Your Class Topic

Our classes encompass a wide range of categories, including Design, Photography, Business, Tech, and many more. You can teach any topic you're passionate about and our students are always eager to learn from new teachers who bring a unique style and perspective - that’s you! To ensure students are excited to watch and participate in your class, it’s important to choose a specific, project-based topic that you’re confident sharing.

Here are the two best practices to keep in mind when deciding what to teach:

  • Get specific

It's best to keep your class focused on a specific subject that you know well and are confident sharing. Don’t try to cover too much. A lightweight class that walks through a quick project you're comfortable with will resonate more with Skillshare students looking for an opportunity to flex their creative muscles. Here is a great example: Mary Kate McDevitt focuses her hand-lettering class specifically on vintage-style lettering. Specialized classes like this one tend to be the most popular on Skillshare because they appeal directly to a certain set of students interested in the particular topic or style. Keeping your topic focused on a specific topic or technique will also help to set it apart from other classes in your category.

  • Think about what you want your students to take away from the class

All classes on Skillshare are project-based - they give students the chance to put their newly acquired skills to practice and create something awesome to share with their community. Coming up with a project directly related to your class that is also engaging means students will be more excited to dive in and get started. Here's a great example: in SQL 101: Introduction to Database Queries, Mark Florian has his students create and query a database that uses SQLite. This project is easy to start and allows his students to immediately put the skills he covers in his class into practice. Mark chose this class topic by thinking first about a project that he knew students would be able to do after taking his class and then thinking about what skills he'd need to teach so they could successfully do it.

 

Need some help?

Check out this interactive guide for a comprehensive list of popular as well as up and coming topics! For tips on choosing a great class topic from some of our top teachers on the platform, check out this articleMoreover, try one of these creative strategies that will help you brainstorm topic ideas.

 

Once you've decided on your class topic, fill in your Class Description in the Class Overview section of your class draft. Your class description should give students a quick understanding of what your class will cover. Feel free to come back and polish it once you've recorded your video lessons and are ready to publish. Need help with your class topic? Email your ideas to [email protected] or share them with our teacher community in the Skillshare Teacher Center