Create An Outline For Your Online Course – Udemy & Skillshare
posted 08.01.2017 07:36
in E-Course Creation

Once you’ve decided what to teach, your next step is really important – course outline. It is crucial before you start any content production to have a clear, well-crafted and written down outline for your future course.

I have created many courses – more than 10 so far and the best piece of advice I can give you is this: begin with the end in mind. Write is on a sticky note and put it in a visible place so that each time when you start working on your course, you can see it.

When you are crafting the outline, try to analyze it not only from your eyes (instructor) but also from the eyes of those who are going to enroll in your course (students). Each and every chapter should be logically connected with the previous one and the one that follows.

Generally speaking, Udemy and Skillshare use the same structure. You have two things to consider: sections and lectures. So, you have to decide how many sections and lectures your course should have. In the picture, you see a screenshot example from inside my Udemy account.

Course Outline For Udemy, Skillshare, Skillfeed By Vladimir Raykov

Consider that on Udemy your lectures can be in different formats such as video, audio, presentation, document (pdf), text, or mashup. However, on Skillshare your lectures can be only in video format. It doesn’t mean that you cannot upload pdf files as additional resources to your course, but it is a good thing to know.

Even though you can create lectures on Udemy in various formats, their preferred delivery type is video, hence, at least 60% of your course should consists of high resolution (720p) video, they say.

You are free to go with an outline you want and to a huge extent that depends on the topic you are going to be teaching, but it’s good for you to have an introduction to the course and yourself, where you tell people who you are, why they should listen to you and what benefits they will get when they complete your course. A good practice is you show people (in the introduction) exactly what they will learn from the whole course. You can see an example of that in my latest course on Marketing Psychology: Influence Your Customers To Buy Now. You can preview the intro lecture.

After the introduction section, you have few or several sections that are the actual gist of your course and finally to make your students happy you can add bonus section.

If you are stuck for ideas, type the topic you are going to teach in Google Search and look for ideas. Do not underestimate this advice, because ideas are everywhere, sometimes the best can even come from a well-structured blog post. And still, remember to go for the ideas and never misuse of other people’s content.

        Main Points:

  1. Begin with the end in mind.
  2. Think about your students - create high-quality content.
  3. Decide on how many sections and lectures your course should have.
  4. Create an introduction, few or several sections with the gist of your content and a bonus section.
  5. Use Google Search if you need ideas.

I hope this has been helpful to you and good luck with creating your course outline.

-Vladimir Raykov

Stay Purposeful



from on
Is a good idea to use "Google Search if you need ideas" . I also recommend using "Google Trends" as you can see the tendency of the course to be developed.
from on
Good point, Rene.
We usually do that, when we are in "evaluation" phase. By the point where you need to write an outline for your course, you must have done your research and evaluated your idea.