Creating Online Courses with Offline Material Infographic
The number of online learning providers has exploded over the past few years. It’s easier (and cheaper) than ever to become an online teacher and to create online courses. It may sound fun but creating an effective online course or building an online school is actually extremely challenging and there are a lot of little-known things that you should know before starting out on your online education journey. The Creating Online Courses with Offline Material Infographic presents 5 key tips for using offline material to create online courses.
5 Tips to Create Online Courses with Offline Material
- Get buy-in from the community. If you run a school or department that wants to create online courses using currently offline material, then make sure you get a large enough percentage of community members who want to help create those courses. One person can’t do it alone.
- Get a great online learning platform. SchoolKeep and Udemy For Organizations (UFO) are the most easy-to-use options. If you’re looking for free or cheap, try out the free Moodle option (no frills but it has a lot of users and knowledgebase / FAQs)
- Create a ‘how to create a course’ course for others to take. I know this sounds a bit silly but having a user guide that uses the online learning platform makes a huge difference and actually saves you time in the long run.
- Don’t be afraid to turn text-based documents into screencasts! If you have a professor’s work that’s dozens (hundreds?) of pages, don’t be afraid to turn it into a SoundCloud file, a screencast using Camtasia, or a visual.
- Use interactive lessons! If you can add an image, a Prezi, a quiz, or an assessment of any kind then do it. It’ll make a world of difference.
There are plenty of other tips and time-saving ideas I’ve come up with over the past few years but wanted to get some useful ideas out there. I hope this helps you out a bit if you’re looking to embark on creating your own online course!