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How To Create Online Courses

Most bloggers write articles, and implement Ads into them. They make decent money. Others sell stuff. They make OK money. Then their’s those who know how to create online courses, and sell them.

I can’t guarantee a course will sell, or that it will make your site famous. Just like you can’t guarantee your course will be the “Best Course Ever”. But I can still teach you how to create a course in the first place.

How To Create An Online Course

If you want to know how to create an online course you have to decide a few things first.

The Genre:

Will your course be about Cooking, Grammar, or Dog Training? Choose anything you want.

Just make sure that whatever you choose you have a good knowledge in. You can’t just create a course about something like Astrophysics if you have no idea what it is in the first place.

Yes, you can learn as you go, while creating the course. But if you don’t understand your subject 100% when you first start then your course won’t be any good at all.

The Type:

In this Article I will teach you how to create 3 Different Types of Courses:

  • How To Create A Video Course
  • How To Create A Slideshow Course, And
  • How To Create A Quiz Course

While your reading all you need to do is decide which one of these courses most appeals to you, and to your subject.

Cooking Courses work best as Video Courses, and so do Gaming Courses.

Whereas Grammar Courses work best for Slideshows, and Mathematics Courses go great with Quiz Courses.

Then there’s things like Home Improvement. Home Improvement works amazingly as Video Courses so that you can see the repairs being done.

But Home Improvement also goes Hand-In-Hand with Slideshow Courses, where you can see the instructions step by step visualize in front of you.

And Guess what? Home Improvement works with Quiz Courses too. So that you can quiz them on what to do, and what not to do.

We call those Versatile Subjects. They work with everything. That’s why Versatile Subjects often form the most Advanced Courses. Because you can add Videos, Slideshows, and Quizes into that course.

I won’t lie: You can add Videos, Slides, And Quizes into any course. But sometimes certain subjects just don’t go well with certain types of Courses And the overall effects of the course taker are negative.

So let’s learn!

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How To Create A Video Course

If you want to create a video course you have to be Outgoing, And Kind. But those are a given.

You’ll also want to be Trustworthy, and Appear smart. Believe It or not, but people may actually trust you more, and perceive you as smarter if you wear a Sweater Vest, and Big Bulky Glasses.

Then Brush Your Teeth, And Smile… A Lot. Infact you should always be smiling. If your not smiling your talking, and if your not talking your smiling.

It will also help to speak confidently. As if you’ve known your viewer your whole entire life, and you two grew up together. Speak like your only speaking to one person, and never get to Specific.

Never hint that more than one person may be watching your video, and never hint that the person may be a Male or a Female. That way you don’t leave out anyone, and you Connect fully with everyone.

Now it’s time to create!

The best part about Video Courses is that you don’t need to download certain plugins to make them work. You just create the video, and post it to a page on your site.

When creating the video just start out by saying “Hi! My Name Is So-And-So! Today We Will Be Discussing *Enter Subject Here*”.

The first thing you’ll want to do after that is mention the subject that you will be dealing with in this video.

NOTE: Videos In Video Courses should be 10-20 Minutes Long, And Video Courses Should Have At Least 10 Separate Videos Dealing With 10 Separate Issues.

What I like to tell people is this: Each subject has 3 core parts. The Problem, The Solution, And The Reason.

What problem will you deal with in this Video? How do you fix it? Why are we fixing it?

When filming You could be standing in front of a Camera, or you could be sitting in a chair. It doesn’t matter. So long as you are on Camera.

In this example let’s say we’re teaching a dog how to sit.

First Open The Video: “Hi! My Name Is Caden738, And This Is Part One Of The Doggy Obedience Course!”

Then Mention The Subject: “Today Our Subject Is Teaching Your Dog How To Sit“.

Then Mention The Solution: Just Mention It. Don’t give instructions yet.

Then Mention The Reason: “You want to teach your dog how to sit to increase his, or her obedience

Next Go More In Depth On The Solution & Offer Visuals: This is the lengthiest part of the video. This is where you mention every aspect of how exactly to make your dog sit, and also show them how to do it step-by-step.

Lastly Close The Video: “Ok Thanks For Watching! I’ll See You In Part Two Of Doggy Obedience: Teaching Your Dog To Lay!”

By following those 6 Steps you can create an Episode for any Video Course.

Extra’s:

Some extra things you can do are:

  • Bring A (Maybe Professional) Guest Instructor On The Video
  • Occasionally Cut Away To Show Photographic Visuals
  • Tell them where they could buy any necessary items (WARNING: Never Name-Drop A Large Corporation for Legal Reasons. Just say “A Local Hardware Store” Or–In The Example Up Above–“Get The Treats Necessary To Teach Your Dog How To Sit At The Local Pet Store”.

How To Create A Slideshow Course

To create an online Slideshow course you need one of two things: A Slideshow Plugin, or Block Editor.

The Block Editor:

The Block Editor is now the Go-To Post setting for WordPress Sites. You can enable it easily because when you first login to a post from WordPress.com you’ll be asked if you want to enable Blocks for that post.

Essentially once you have Blocks Enabled for a post you just need to click the little “+” Sign, and in the search bar look up “Slideshow”.

Click “Slideshow”, and next all you need to do is insert photos with captions, and images that will teach the reader. I understand it may sound complicated, but look at the example down below:

  • Create an online video course
  • How to create a video course
  • Create an online course

Some things that I don’t mention in the slideshow are things such as Dimensions. For this Slideshow I used a 16:9 Ratio. That means that my photos dimensions are 16-By-9. A a square Photo is 1:1, and a tall thing one is 1:2.

When creating slideshows try to use something like 16:9. It’s long, but also short. Squares, and stuff like that just don’t work when it comes to slideshows.

Another thing I don’t mention is Background. For my slideshow I used a Gray Backround. Now this is untraditional, as your common Slideshow may has a white background, however it still flows, and looks nice. When choosing a backround for your Slideshow choose one that matches the backround of your website, but that doesn’t completely emerge itself.

You see my sites backround is white. So if I had used white as the background for my Slideshow how would you have noticed it? I mean you would have noticed it, but it would look weird right? That’s why I chose Gray. It matches white, but it doesn’t blend in, and merge.

Lastly something you may want to consider is Directions. Add a little arrow at the bottom of your Slides just so that people know that they need to swipe. It may sound stupid, but sometimes people get confused, and need directions plain, and clear.

Slideshow Plugin:

If your looking for a Slideshow Plugin than MetaSlider is the answer. Metaslider–Which is Oddly NASA Approved–Is a Fast, and Simple Slideshow Plugin.

Before we dive too deep into the schematics you may be wondering something that has baffled Philosophers for thousands of years: Why?

Except your not asking “Why?” As in “Why are we alive?”, or to answer some spiritual question your asking “Why Should I Use A Plugin When I Can Just Easily Use A Block?

To be Honest: Its because while Blocks are amazing, they aren’t specialized. Blocks are made to work, MetaSlider is made to Work, Optimize, Simplify, and Improve. MetaSlider will always improve, and get better in its field, whereas Blocks will stay the same basically.

MetaSlider is easy Too: Download It, and Find It in Your WP Admin. It will then give you instructions as to how to create a Slideshow. After all that’s done just find a post, convert it to blocks, click the “+” Sign, and search MetaSlider. The last thing you need to do is find that specific Slideshow, and your all done!

NOTE: You can also input it with a Shortcode

The Biggest difference is that MetaSlider is a little bit more… Clear. For the first example the photos are a little bit more grainy. With MetAslider I can also optimize for SEO, and do a plethora of other things that you’ll find out about when you download it.

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How To Create A Quiz Course

Both of the Courses that I’ve showed you so far can incorporate Quizzes. However what we’re talking about here are courses that specifically center around Quizes.

When creating a quiz course what you do is A) Write an Article detailing the subject, and then B) At the bottom of the Article input a quiz, and ask them to answer questions on it. Believe it or not, but that’s the entirety of a Quiz course.

It’s just an Article with a quiz at the bottom.

During this moment, and time WordPress doesn’t offer any Blocks for quizes so you’ll need to download a plugin. I recommend MTouchQuiz.

Like MetaSlider its Simple: Download, Go to the WP Admin, find it, go to it, click Manage Quizzes, and lastly click “Create New Quiz”.

Then all you have to do is enter in the details. Once you download it, and open it, you’ll understand everything. Check out our example down below:

Example Quiz

Are You Ready?
Start
Congratulations - you have completed Example Quiz. You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%. Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%
Your answers are highlighted below.
Return
Shaded items are complete.
123End
Return

NOTE: You input the Quiz through a shortcode. The shortcode is

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By caden738

Editor-in-chief at theH2DIgroup.com, Darkleigh.com, and Brightleigh.com. Other info about me can be accessed at my me website caden738.wordpress.com

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