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Bella
Community Manager
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Did you know that 9% of learning now happens in the background? To stay on top of this trend, we have some exciting news — CarPlay is now available for the Udemy iOS app.

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ChrystieV
Community Manager
Community Manager

We are thrilled to bring you a replay of the webinar held earlier this week, "Data & Analytics with Larry Miller". We were fortunate enough to listen in as Community Champion Larry Miller, shared his process for organizing and analyzing his Udemy data.

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RyanJaress
Community Manager
Community Manager

It’s time to get to know your fellow instructors! We’ll be hosting a virtual coffee chat on Friday, October 7th at 1:00pm PT*, and you are invited! 

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RyanJaress
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Community Manager

The month of August has come to an end and we wanted to showcase the highlights of what we covered!

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ChrystieV
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Community Manager

We are very excited to announce that on September 21st at 12pm PST we’ll be sitting down with Community Champion Lawrence Miller to discuss how he uses data to improve and make decisions for his course creation business.

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ChrystieV
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Community Manager

To thank you for all your hard work and contributions, we want to highlight your achievements and showcase your stories as Udemy instructors.

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Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello instructors,

 

We’ve received several reports of the September Revenue Report not displaying as expected, as well as Promotional Emails and Educational Announcements not being sent out. We understand the importance of these features and apologize for any inconvenience caused. Our Engineering team is working diligently to resolve both issues.

 

Please continue to report any issues to our Instructor Support team or use this thread to document them. Once we have additional information, and/or once this is resolved, we will update this thread.

 

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this matter. 

 

Teach On,

The Udemy Instructor Team

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

After more than a year of running Personal Plan (a subscription for individual learners) in select English-speaking markets, we're getting ready to include more languages and markets over the rest of the year. Brazil is up first, with subscribers able to access top courses in both Portuguese and English in the next few weeks. After that, we're looking to include German and Spanish content, with other markets to follow.

 

We've learned and changed a lot about this new offering since we first piloted it last April. These efforts have helped us guide prospective learners to the right experiences for their needs, whether that's a subscription or an individual course purchase. For example, a test in the UK confirmed the value of offering a free trial, while another proved that offering learners tools to schedule dedicated learning time helped them stay on track.

 

To read more about Personal Plan, including a refresher on what content is included and how instructors are compensated, please read on in the Teaching Center.

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

 

Hello Instructors! 

 

It’s time to get to know your fellow instructors! We’ll be hosting a virtual coffee chat on Friday, September 2nd at 9:00 AM PST*, and you are invited! 

 

What is a virtual coffee chat? 

 

The community virtual coffee chats are hour-long informal networking sessions held via Zoom. During these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to network with and get to know other Udemy instructors worldwide.

 

How does it work?

 

September’s theme is Data Analytics, so we will spend the first 30 minutes sharing best practices for understanding and analyzing data as an instructor. Then you’ll be broken up into smaller groups so that you may get to know your fellow instructors better.

 

How do I sign up?

 

Glad you asked! You can sign up right here.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, September 2nd at 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST!

 

 

*We understand that this time may not be ideal for all time zones, however, we will change the times of the coffee chat each month to accommodate different locations.

ChrystieV
Community Manager
Community Manager

We're working to get instructor emails running smoothly again.

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RyanJaress
Community Manager
Community Manager

Over the years, we've heard repeated requests from those of you who teach programming courses to improve our coding exercises tool. We’re happy to tell you that we've prioritized improvements to coding exercises in the coming months so that you can create hands-on practice opportunities that encourage course engagement. 

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ChrystieV
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructors!

 

This month we are focused on the topic of course creation and who better to share his course creation process with you than Jimmy Naraine! He is an instructor to over 315k students and has over 60k top reviews!

 

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On August 22nd at 10:00am PST we’ll be sitting down with Jimmy to hear about the course creation process he has developed that has helped him launch 37 courses on Udemy. He’ll also be taking your live questions towards the end of the webinar.

 

Feel free to kick things off by adding your questions in the comments below! 

 

Please use this link to register. Space is limited to the first 500 participants.

 

We recognize that in trying to accommodate the time zones this time might not be the ideal time frame for some of you, however, a replay of the AMA  will be available in the community later in the week.

 

*Please note that this event is being held in English.* 

 

We look forward to connecting with you virtually on August 22nd at 10:00am PST. Until then, please let us know if you have any follow-up questions.

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructor Community!

 

August is here and before you know it, we’ll all be drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes and planning our Q4 promotions, but for now, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the top discussions we saw in the community last month.

 

 

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This month we are recognizing some major accomplishments in the community! You may have noticed that in each of your profiles, you have the ability to earn community badges depending on your participation. Some of these badges are easier to earn, while others demonstrate a true dedication to the community. 

 

Congratulations to the following instructors for earning these esteemed badges! Your contribution to the community is appreciated.

 

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25 Replies Given

 

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Fun fact: there are only 25 community members who have ever achieved the 50 Discussions Started badge, could you be the next one?

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

 

Hello Instructors! 

 

It’s time to get to know your fellow instructors! We’ll be hosting a virtual coffee chat on Friday, August 19th at 9:00 AM PST*, and you are invited! 

 

What is a virtual coffee chat? 

 

The community virtual coffee chats are hour-long informal networking sessions held via Zoom. During these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to network with and get to know other Udemy instructors worldwide.

 

How does it work?

 

This month we are discussing all things course creation, so we will spend the first 30 minutes sharing best practices for creating your courses. Then you’ll be broken up into smaller groups so that you may get to know your fellow instructors better.

 

How do I sign up?

 

Glad you asked! You can sign up right here.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, August 19th at 9:00am PST !

 

 

*We understand that this time may not be ideal for all time zones, however, we will change the times of the coffee chat each month to accommodate different locations.

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Based on learner and instructor feedback from the initial rollout of these updates, we wanted to highlight the following changes:

 

  • We are extending the deadline from August 15 to August 25 for re-enabling subtitles. You will also no longer be able to turn off native-language subtitles and captions for Udemy Business courses beginning August 25. If you’re affected by these changes you should receive a reminder email this week. 
  • We will be requiring subtitles or captions for all English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian courses in the Udemy Business content collection. This excludes Japanese, German, and language-learning courses with subtitles or captions.
  • We will no longer be creating auto-generated subtitles for Mandarin courses due to accuracy issues reported by learners. We will also be unpublishing the subtitles already generated for these courses, but you are free to edit and republish them if you think they are sufficient.

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As we move into H2, we’re planning on making changes to the way we manage subtitles and captions on the platform to align closer with our accessibility goals. Historically, we’ve created auto-generated subtitles for all English, Spanish, and Portuguese courses on Udemy. This is because we believe subtitles and captions can make courses easier to comprehend with a larger audience, including learners who speak another language and hearing-impaired learners.

 

At a high level we are building upon what we’re doing today by making the following changes by the end of the year:

  • We plan to expand our auto-generated subtitles to all eligible courses in German, French, Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin by the end of the year.
  • We are investing in an improved auto-generation model to increase the accuracy of transcriptions.
  • We will provide auto-generated subtitles for courses once they reach 20 enrollments in order to prioritize courses with learner engagement.
  • We are requiring subtitles or captions for all courses in the Udemy Business content collection starting August 15th.

 

These changes are intended to help instructors cater to learners of all backgrounds and to move toward a high standard of accessibility for a growing global audience. To learn more about these updates, read on in the Teaching Center.

RyanJaress
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey there 👋

 

My name’s Ryan and I’m the new Community Manager at Udemy! I’m beyond excited to be an advocate for the instructor community! 

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Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello instructors!

 

Every quarter, the Udemy Business team analyzes and shares trends based on what employees are learning across our thousands of customers around the world. With access to billions of data points, we can provide a unique perspective on the most in-demand job skills (both power skills and technical skills) modern employees need to thrive in today’s dynamic workforce and how organizations can tie learning to business outcomes.

 

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Any surprises here? Tell us what you think about this list in the comments!

ChrystieV
Community Manager
Community Manager

Some of your reports may be delayed for site maintenance.

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Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello everyone,

 

I’m excited to announce that today Udemy published its inaugural “Social Impact Report” and I want to take this moment to thank you all for your commitment to improving millions of lives around the globe by sharing your expertise on Udemy.

 

The report spotlights so many individuals and organizations who have increased access to learning as a result of your hard work. The stories within the report are a testament to our joint commitment to provide flexible, effective skill development to empower organizations and individuals around the globe. 

 

Positive societal impact is ingrained in our business model and we know that education lifts individuals, and in turn, lifts societies. When you teach with Udemy, you create new possibilities for millions of learners across the world. 

 

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world. Whether you just launched your first course or you already have thousands of students, we’re excited to partner together to improve lives through learning.

 

Gregg

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructor Community!

 

We are excited to bring you another live community event this month! On July 27th at 8:00am PST we’ll be sitting down with our Global Social Media Manager at Udemy, Molly Hampton, in an AMA (Ask me Anything) style interview.

 

During the AMA, Molly will take your questions about all things social media! This is your opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding how to use social media or best practices. 

 

Feel free to kick things off by adding your questions in the comments below! We’ll start with those questions first.

 

Please use this link to register. Space is limited to the first 500 participants.

 

 

We recognize that in trying to accommodate the time zones this time might not be the ideal time frame for some of you, however, a replay of the AMA  will be available in the community later in the week.

 

*Please note that this event is being held in English.* 

 

We look forward to connecting with you virtually on July 27th @8:00am PST! Until then, please let us know if you have any follow-up questions.

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructor Community!

 

June is over and while you were out hitting the beach, taking a vacation, or working on your new course, we had a LOT going on in the community. Here’s what you might’ve missed.

 

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Now let’s take a moment to recognize some of our most familiar faces in the community! Each month we highlight instructors who have taken the time to make a meaningful impact in the community. This month, we’d like to recognize three instructors who had the most replies authored, Trevoir Williams, Michael Pogrebinsky & Frank Kane. 

 

Thank you for your contribution to the community!

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructor Community! 

 

Happy July! If you are new around here, you might not know that each month we kick off a new theme in the community and this month we are diving into all things social media! 

 

We’ll be hosting a social media coffee chat, discussions, and a webinar throughout the month to help you understand how you can use social media to build a personal brand and market your courses.

 

Our social media coffee chat will be held on Friday, July 15th at 9am PST/12pm EST! We invite you to join this informal networking session to meet other instructors and learn how they are using social media.

 

Register here for the virtual coffee chat. Space is limited.

 

In the meantime, leave your social media questions below so we can discuss them during the coffee chat!

 

Share your response below!

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Our marketplace is growing rapidly – from 55,000 courses in 2017 to over 196,000 courses today. With this in mind, we're working on helping courses stand out with updated packaging and pricing for certain types of content.

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ElianaC
Community Moderator
Community Moderator

Hello Instructor Community!

 

We are excited to bring you another educational webinar.  On June 30th at 12pm** PST/ 3pm EST we’ll be sitting down with Melissa Belardi, Lead Learning Designer at Udemy to discuss the 4 learning principles and how you can incorporate these principles into your courses.

 

Space is limited to the first 500 attendees. Register here. We look forward to connecting with you virtually on June 30th! 

 

If you have any specific questions for Melissa, leave them in the comments below.

 

 

*Please note that this event is being held in English.* 

 

**We recognize that in trying to accommodate the time zones this time might not be the ideal time frame for some of you, however, a replay of the webinar will be available in the community later in the week.

Eliana Cerna 

Udemy Community Moderator 

 

 

 

ChrystieV
Community Manager
Community Manager

Each month we take a moment to recognize some of the shining stars in our community & this month we are putting the spotlight on a few of our newest & most enthusiastic members. 

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Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructors! 

 

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting our third Udemy Community virtual coffee chat of the year, on Friday, June 17th at 9:00 AM PST*, and you are invited! 

 

 

What is a virtual coffee chat? 

 

The community virtual coffee chats are hour-long informal networking sessions held via Zoom. During these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to network with and get to know other Udemy instructors from all across the world.

 

How does it work?

 

June is Learning & Teaching month in the community, so we will spend the first 30 minutes discussing learning & teaching styles as a larger group. Then you’ll be broken up into smaller groups so that you may get to know your fellow instructors better.

 

How do I sign up?

 

Glad you asked! You can sign up right here.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 17th at 9:00am PST !

 

*We understand that this time may not be ideal for all time zones, however, we will change the times of the coffee chat each month to accommodate different locations.

 

ElianaC
Community Moderator
Community Moderator

As an effort to increase transparency and security for our instructors, we’re creating a new invitation and notification flow when instructors make changes to the co-instructors of a course. 

Now when you add a co-instructor to a course, the invitee will receive an email invitation to accept through a link that directs to the instructor platform.

 

Additionally, instructors with managing permissions will be notified when a co-instructor joins or leaves  a course. We hope these changes will make it easier to manage courses with co-instructors moving forward.

 

Eliana Cerna

Udemy Community 

ElianaC
Community Moderator
Community Moderator

A year into our first broad consumer subscription, we're ready to grow Personal Plan and accelerate our learning.

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Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructor Community,

 

We’re always looking for new ways to listen to and invest in our instructors; we want to provide you with the support you need to be successful. Today, we’re announcing the launch of our second cohort of the Udemy Instructor Partner Program for Udemy Business instructors.

 

What is the Instructor Partner Program?

The Instructor Partner Program is an official program for Udemy Business instructors to partner more closely with Udemy and other participating instructors. This is an opportunity for us to grow together, while we work together for a better Udemy. Participating instructors will gain access to expanded technical support, special networking events, potential new marketing opportunities, and more. 

 

The Instructor Partner Program is still new and will evolve with your feedback in our continued effort to meet your needs and those of our students. For more details on the Instructor Partner Program (benefits, eligibility, how to apply, etc.), please visit our Teaching Center FAQ.

 

If you are not currently a Udemy Business instructor and want to get more involved in the Udemy Community, check out our Community Champion program! Applications for this program open on June 13, 2022.

Bella
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello Instructor Community!

 

We are excited to bring another educational webinar! On May 31st at 4pm** PST we’ll be chatting with Trevoir Williams about all things audio & visual. Trevoir will be sharing his best tips for attaining high-quality audio & visuals for your online courses. 

 

Space is limited to the first 500 attendees. Register here.

 

If you have any specific questions for Trevoir, leave them in the comments below.

 

We look forward to connecting with you virtually on May 31st! 

 

 

*Please note that this event is being held in English.* 

 

**We recognize that in trying to accommodate the time zones this time might not be the ideal time frame for some of you, however, a replay of the webinar will be available in the community later in the week.

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