Courses in Udemy
I was curious about Udemy as a learning management system (LMS), so I created a few courses to put on the platform that would provide you with a learning experience related to course creation.
1 – DIY Course Creation
If you’re interested in creating your own course in a DIY approach, without high-end gear or huge time expenditures, I suggest checking out my popular course:
Learn a Simple Approach for Creating an Online Video Course. The tips and tricks you’ll learn in this course will save you tons of time. I created the entire course with a very simple recording setup to demonstrate to you that the gear doesn’t have to be daunting or a huge financial investment.
2 – Create a Course from a Topic You’re Studying
If you’d really like to create a course but you’re not sure what your topic should be, you could consider creating a course from your experience of learning something new. One of the best ways to take a deeper dive into a subject you want to learn is to create instructional content along your learning journey. I’ve seen people create courses around topics like “how to set up a Patreon account” or “how to use Screenflow,” or “how to play basic guitar chords.”
To provide an example of this approach, I created a course for you about how to improve your broadcasts in Periscope for connecting with your followers. At the time I got the idea to turn it into a course, Periscope was a new livestreaming app that I wanted to learn, so I decided to capture my learning journey in course format to make it easy for you. The course was noticed by the team at Udemy, and they decided to feature it in an article on the Udemy blog. To check out my course on Periscope, click this link: https://www.udemy.com/periscope102
3 – Archive your family story in a documentary course
Another format of online course is the documentary or video course. These courses don’t typically include quizzes or assignments, and the primary form of content delivery is video. To demonstrate this type of course, I archived my mom’s story about life as a young bride to my dad during World War 2. For this course, I hired a professional videographer who shot and edited the short videos (3-6 minutes) for the course. It was my honor to get to interview my mom, Lucille Maris, on camera and capture her bit of US history by turning her story into a course.
Life of a Pilot’s Wife During World War 2 has been featured in the Online Learning Podcast. Podcast host, John Colley, interviewed me for the inside scoop about the course. Plus you’ll get to hear a few of my dad’s stories as a B-24 bomber pilot that I shared during the interview. To listen, click this link to the episode of the Online Learning Podcast.
Details about the World War II course
Learn about Lucille’s life as a young bride during World War 2 while my dad, Jim, was training as a bomber pilot. The course then takes you to the period when he was flying missions out of a base in England. His second mission as a pilot of the Bad Penny was D-Day.
Students already enrolled are telling me how they love Lucille’s recounting of what life was like on the USA home front for military families. Both she and my dad didn’t give much thought to his decision to enlist. “It was just what people did at that time.” One of my fellow course designers has said, “Your mom and dad, and others in their generation ushered in the modern world and conveniences that so many of us simply take for granted today. She is a treasure. I’m glad you have shared her with us!”
I look forward to seeing you “in class” in the near future in one of my courses on the online learning platform, Udemy.