Building Your Channel, Your Next Class Topic - Teacher Handbook - Skillshare

Building Your Channel

Your Next Class Topic

It may seem counterintuitive, but teaching on a wide variety of topics can actually work against you when it comes to building and maintaining an audience on Skillshare. When students associate you with a particular topic or category, they’re more likely to come back to you when they’re ready to learn more. For example, if your first class is on botanical illustration, the students you attract will be interested in that topic. If your next class is on a related topic, you’ll have a good chance of pulling those same students back in to learn more. On the other hand, if your next class is totally unrelated, you may find yourself building a new audience from scratch. 

Sometimes the hardest part of consistent teaching is coming up with that next great topic. Here are some ideas that can help.

  1. Analyze What’s Working: Look at your existing classes, social media posts, and anywhere else you share your work. What topics or techniques have received the most engagement? Lean into content that already resonates with your audience to engage your existing following and attract new students.

  2. Survey Your Following: Surveying your following both on and off of Skillshare is a great way to discover your next class topic. You can use the “Discussions” feature on your profile to email all of your followers and ask for feedback or conduct a poll.

  3. Conduct Research: Spend some time researching emerging trends or skills in your content area.

Here is a helpful framework for planning out your next few class topics:


Class Topic 

Film Date 

Publish Date

Class 1 


Class 2


Class 3