Understand how to create an online course, from conception to distribution
Online courses were already part of our learning routine and gained even more space with quarantine. There are countless options, of different segments and formats, that facilitate the study of who is at home. In the case of the content producer, the time is ideal to adapt the face-to-face courses to the digital environment.
And this text is for you, who have the idea of an online course or classes, but don’t know why where to start. We have prepared a step by step, which will help you to set up your project, from the organization of the content to hosting on the platform. Check it out below!
Step 1: Content preparation
The first step to be taken is the preparation of the course material. The ideal is create a simple lesson plan, dividing the content by class and / or modules. It can be created in a Word document, spreadsheet, online mind map or any format, which allows you to view and organize what will be taught in a simple way.
It is also necessary to think about class time. For this, the audience of the course, the format and, mainly, the online environment, which is much more immediate than the face-to-face, must be taken into account. Normally, simple lessons have up to 5 minutes long. More complex classes or tutorials, they usually have to 7 to 20 minutes.
Tip: separate graphic materials to be used during the class, such as photos, videos and infographics, to make the content even more interesting and visual.
After making the lesson plan, scheduling the time and separating the materials that will be used, create a script for classes, with all the information that needs to be transmitted to students, and can be written in plain text or key points. For those who are not familiar with the camera, it is recommended to rehearse the script before recording, to train the content and have an exact idea of the duration of the classes.
Questions about script? Check out our post!
Tip: for those who want to improve performance and have more ideas of language and format, it is nice to look for references from courses and presenters, who will serve as inspiration for the creation of your project!
Step 2: Recording and Editing
After organizing the content, the second step is recording and editing the course. To record the lessons, it is necessary to have basic equipment, such as camera, microphone and lighting. There are different models on the market, as we describe in this post, which can serve those who want to produce more professional quality courses.
For those who make a simpler recording, the camera and microphone of the cell phone can be used, as long as they have good quality. It is also possible to record on the computer, using the webcam and microphone, with extensions such as Screencastify.
Tip: choose the scene for the recording well. The background should be neutral, like a white wall, and the environment should be quiet, to aid in the audio quality.
Check out 7 scene composition tips for your recordings!
After recording the content, it is necessary to edit the video and audio files. Today, the most used editing software is Adobe Premiere and Final Cut, but both are professional and paid. For those who are beginners and looking for simpler programs, you can use Movavi – which is paid, but has an affordable price – or Openshot, which is completely free.
Step 3: How can I enrich my course?
With so many online classes available, it is interesting to enrich the course, to stand out and receive a good evaluation from students. Making extra materials available on the platform, such as spreadsheets and exclusive PDFs, add more value to the content. Practical classes, like tutorials with screen recording, can make the content more dynamic and understandable for those who are watching.
Another option to make the course even more attractive is to play with the lesson formats. In addition to traditional classes, in which the content writer speaks directly to the camera, it is possible to bring new formats to the public, such as chat, in which a guest participates in the class and talks to the content writer on a specific topic, in a lighter way. .
Tip: recording the course on a Recording studio it can also be a differential, since it conveys more professionalism and the course gains quality as an audiovisual product. THE Digital Voxel offers a complete solution for those who want to produce online courses, which has the creation broadcasting design, recording in Studio, with different resources and equipment.
Step 4: Hosting Platform
After the course has been edited and the support materials ready, to be made available to students, it is time to launch. If the course is free, it can be hosted on social networks like Youtube or Vimeo, where the content is available to the public free of charge.
On the other hand, if you want to monetize your course, you need to distribute it through a hosting platform. There are national and international websites that offer the service, through paid plans. On the platform, it is possible to organize the contents in a personalized way and to charge the course in an easy way.
THE Digital Voxel it also has a hosting platform for you to distribute and monetize your course. Contact us to learn more!
Get your project off the paper by following our step by step. And count on Voxel Digital to put your online course into practice.