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I am currently preparing my first course that it is somehow fun and at the same time a hard thing for a beginner , I learned editing from scratch and recording audio ,which is something new for me to do , but also enjoyable and intresting

Question : Old instructors ,was it difficult  to create your first course ?

Thanks in advanceSmiley Very Happy

 

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For me, the first course was the easiest one to create. That's because my attitute was all wrong. It was just bunch of simple videos put together to a semi-concise way. Not much thought went into it and I didn't even bother editing the videos much at all. I made the course available for free, and got thousands of students in just a couple of days. Then made it paid course, and sat back and waited for the money...that never came. The course was of course a flop, and it deserved to be. I ended up unpublishing it and started to work on another course. This time, I put everything into it...and it was hard work indeed. But 10 courses later, I never looked back. The point is, the creation gets easier as you know what you are doing. The editing is done more efficiently, you pick up few tricks that make your workflow more fluent. But it still takes the same hard work as ever, if you are trying to create something great.

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I am a new instructor as well and it's a huge learning curve! I spent a year researching sound/camera/setting and learning software. Now I am uploading lectures and even that's tricky and taking ages. Next time, I will do it differently. You live, you learn!

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Yes, Lizzy agrees. It's hard, but what makes it fun is that we're learning something new every moment.
I wish you success and great luck in your first course Smiley Very HappySmiley Very Happy

what's important is never ever give upSmiley WinkSmiley Wink

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I am getting there. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

 

Good luck with your course. 

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I started January this year (2019) and still at it. It takes hard work, I agree. And a lot of it! During the ”dry spots” of developing my first course, I remind myself to have fun and connect with WHY I am doing what I am doing it. Just this past week, I felt disillusioned and overwhelmed - still so much to do! I just know that I can't stop now. I have to stay at it. And then I come to this platform and feel encouraged - I am not ALONE in this. So I am at it again towards completing the last major phase of creating my FIRST Udemy course.

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Hi Avril , im  in  the  same  situation as you, sometimes i feel tired but I keep reminding myself that there is no  option for giving up now, just  keep going,and  I tell  myself that even if I submit the  course may not be very  successful at the  beginning, for this , I have to prepare  the  2nd course and the  third and we will not stop until we succeed  , right? so  keep going  

 

 

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The answer is "yes." It took me a good six months to develop my first course, even though it was based on training I had done for many years and a book I wrote. The content wasn't my problem, the video skills - in particular lighting, was my big challenge. I wasted a huge amount of time trying to fix things I screwed up on the first take.

 

Two year later, after several more courses, I went back and completely re-recorded my first course, all fourteen hours of it. 

 

Lawrence M. Miller
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Wow wonderful thing Mr. Lawrence, the amazing thing that commitment has given a result.
I always read your articles , you may not know this but when When I frustrate, I re-read them again lol Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy

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That is sweet! I am glad they have helped.

 

Persistance pays!

 

Lawrence M. Miller
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Lighting has taken me months of experimentation. I am working on my videos now and feel the endless perseverance is paying off. I hope others agree. Perhaps I should post something...

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Hi, I'm new and It was not problem for me to create my course wich I created in 2010 powerpoint. but I can't find out how to upload my course to the Udemy platform..  I don't know how you found it when you tried to upload your course.  

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@ShaunPoole67 Are you just trying to upload your PPTs? Udemy is a video format platform. Your course has to be in video (MP4) format. 

 

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Hi Lawrence, Yes I'm trying to upload my Ptts.  I have Powertpoint 2010 and I have the whole thing completed 53 slides with Audio over the top of each of them.. For some strange reason the whole thing works in my play back but when I saved as a movie file I can't hear any audio at all.  I have no idea why.. I then put the file into Windows movie maker and layered the Audio over the top and when I save it,,... it works fine.  I tried up loading just one of the slides to Udemy  to see if it would work and it keeps saying upload failed.  Now it saves it as a WMV file.. I can't get it to save as an MP4.. I have no idea how to get it into MP4 format.  I was wondering if it was because of the WMV file is why it doesn't like it.  I was hoping there was a video showing how to do it but I can't find one.   Do you have any ideas that might be helpful..   Thank you. 

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In the Edit course section, it is under the Curriculum tab.

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Hi Lizzy,  yes that's where I've been trying to upload my files is in the Curriculum tab.  Cheers. 

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Just letting you know I finally worked everything out and found out my problem was on my windows computer there was some kind of software problem.   I use my Mac,  and use new software and everything worked out well.  I was having so much trouble because I was doing what I was told but behind the scenes my software wasn't letting my videos show when uploaded.  All fixed now and my first course has gone live today.. Thank you to for your help..  Kind Regards Shaun. 

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Nah, my first course was really easy to create. I sat down in one weekend, recorded the whole thing through, didn't do any editing, and then submitted it!

 

And then the quality-control guy wrote back and said that technically the course would pass AV check and could go on the marketplace, but it wasn't very good and probably wouldn't do very well. He gave a bunch of specific and general suggestions.

 

That day, I was furious and thought "F@ Udemy, I know how to teach!" And it's true -- I had been teaching "live" for years. But I had no idea how to create an online course, which turns out to be totally different than being in front of actual students for 50 uninterrupted minutes. The next day my temper cooled. I swallowed my pride and looked at my course and his suggestions from an objective perspective. And that guy was right of course. 

 

So then I spent around a month and a half to remake the 4-hour course. I was probably working 20 hours a week on it. I resubmitted and the course was approved. And then I made more courses, and each one was better than the previous. I also added more to that first course and now it's around 6.5 hours. That first course is not a top-seller, but it does pretty well and I'm happy with it.

 

So that's my story. I am grateful that the Udemy AV person took the time to give me honest feedback, rather than just being lazy and approving it. (I thanked him profusely for his help.) 

 

The good news is that after your first or second course, you will spend more time on the fun part of making courses (i.e., actual content), and a lot less time on the annoying part of making courses (getting the AV just right, figuring out how to use the editing software, etc.).

 

Good luck!

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I'm glad I knew your udemy story , it's motivating , I also thought I would finish the course quickly but it took two months right now ,and I did nt  finish it yet.

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Two months isn't a long time to spend on one course, especially if you are doing it part time. Keep it up!

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When I started, I figured "let's try this Udemy thing - what do I have to lose apart from a couple weeks' of time?" That couple of weeks turned into a couple of months, and my irrational determination to spend no money in the process made it more painful than it had to be, as I had to work extra-hard to squeeze decent results out of free software and the hardware I had on hand.

 

Glad I stuck with it though! Udemy changed my life, and also the lives of many of my students.

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thanks for your  reply Frank , your  coures are amazing , that's why it changes your life , and students lives 

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For me first course creation was not difficult as I had created in just 2 days over weekend. Right now that course is not public. The amazing part is its review process. It was in review for around 2 months before getting published. First review team provided some feedback and I did accordingly but some feedback I was not getting so I left course over there. That was March 2014. I got busy in my office work and never looked back to my Udemy account and course was still in review.

 

But destiny had some different plan for me and not wanted to end my journey very soon with Udemy.

After 2 months, In end of April 2014 Instructor Community Manager (Eliza) mailed me and told me that she was reviewing my account and found that my course is really close to get approved. She asked me what happened and told someone from team to help me. That person helped me and I did some corrections for few days and my 1st course got approved.

 

So this is my memory for my very first course on Udemy.

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Destiny plays a role sometimes, and helps us to achieve what we want, happy to know your story 

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I am in the same situation, actually i am preparing my first course and i am in 70% but i have to work very hard to complete the 30%. The problem for me is that i am very perfectionist, i try to do everything perfectly and that takes a lot of time.

I hope that it will be one of the best courses in the arabic content specially in python programming langauge.

Wish all the best for you friends

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Perfectionism makes you unable to move forward, so I think you should submit it if you finish it , and update it later

Good Luck Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy

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Thank you @MarouaOuakrim , perfectionism is terrible, i really want to finish my course and submit it but i am still working on the last 5 sections...It will be submitted soon.

Good luck for you

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Hey, @RamziDeveloper 

 

I don't think perfectionism is always a bad thing. Many of the world's most successful people are perfectionists!

 

It's only a problem if you are using it to procrastinate but it doesn't sound like you are. 

 

It takes a lot of time to attend to the details. The only question to occasionally ask is whether anyone else will notice. If not, there might be a better use of your time.

 

Good luck with your course!

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@Lizzy Thank you so much

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Hi @MarouaOuakrim I'm an old instructor. I came to the platform 5 years ago whilst I was recovering from Breast Cancer. I was looking for a way to earn some money to pay my bills whilst I was recovering. I have over 20 years experience of stand up training and a mountain of material that could be easily converted or so I thought. Things were easier 5 years ago but also there was far less Udemy support to get your course live. I really struggled with the tech side of creating a course and it took me a whole 6 wks to create just my test video and 6 months to get my first course live. 
My 2nd course was created in 3 weeks and was on Procrastination lol. And then my next course was created in 24 hours! Yes really! And my 4th course a was a free course just for Women. I now have 10 courses. 
So my first year on the platform was very tough and a steep learning curve. I spent a ridiculous amount of time motivating and helping other instructors get their courses live and go on to greater success when really I maybe should have focused on my own courses. But I am a coach in real life so it's in my nature to help others. 

So 5 years down the line I can say I'm still learning. I completely envy those tech minded instructors for me that is still the struggle to convert all my material.

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@DeniseFletcher  Thank you Dennis for your reply ,You are a strong woman, your story is very inspiring Thank you again, I am also currently struggling to just submit my first course,Sometimes I feel frustrated, sometimes I feel like I am chasing a distant dream, and I procrastinate because of the fear of failure , by the way your article https://community.udemy.com/t5/First-time-Course-Creation/Course-Creation-Blockages-AKA-PROCRASTINAT... about procrastination was very helpful , thanksSmiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy

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Don't give up  @MarouaOuakrim 

 

The darkest hour is just before dawn!

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@Lizzy  Thank you Lizzie for your encouragement, I wish you successSmiley Very Happy



 

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Thank you @MarouaOuakrim - my nickname is The Procrastination Queen lol.
Strong message to you now though ( I am always better with other people remember) 

YOU MUST GET YOUR COURSE LIVE IN THE NEXT 4 WEEKS

Why? 

BLACK FRIDAY SALES

Black Friday is one of the peak sales periods so if you want to be successful then your course needs to be in prime position for the feeding frenzy. Let that drive you. 

IT CAN BE DONE

The best thing to do about fear of failure is to treat the course creation as a continual improvement project rather that a one off get the course live. If it is a continous project then the first stage is to get it live - only then can you start to improve, tweak, add to and learn more.

Fear of failure is a fail in it's nature. Because if you don't take the plunge and get it live then you fail already. Yes if you get your course live it might not be the big winner you hope for and it could be a fail HOWEVER you will be so much further on in your learning. And learning is the real path to success. 

GO FOR IT! Message me if you need a bit more ooomph! 

 

 

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@DeniseFletcher thank you so much, i intend to get it live before black friday.
thanks for your kindness for helping us ,we newbies.Smiley Very HappySmiley Very Happy

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@DeniseFletcher 

Thanks for sharing your story and for spending your valuable time helping out us newbies! I hope you are happy and healthy with lots of new ideas for courses. 

 

I spent a year on research and learning skills. Watched lots of promos on Udemy.  Now I have 3 courses on the go! None published but 2 almost fully uploaded. There is a method to my madness!

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@LizzyIf you have 2 nearly fully uploaded then you're nearly there. You just need one live ASAP -Go for it! Just because getting the course live is one challenge but the real challenge is once the course is live - the marketing is whole different game. 

Because of Black Friday the market place will be awash with new courses by the end of October which will mean your course will be up against lots of other new courses. So for you it would be good to get one course approved ASAP and get the social proof so you are primed for releasing the 2nd course in time for Black Friday Smiley Happy 

Let me know if you need a bit more of a shove. 

 

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Thanks @DeniseFletcher 

I will get them all live by Black Friday. You are right. I am going to send the first one for Udemy review. I will check if it's all there and do that today.

Thanks for the push. It helps!

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For me, the first course was the easiest one to create. That's because my attitute was all wrong. It was just bunch of simple videos put together to a semi-concise way. Not much thought went into it and I didn't even bother editing the videos much at all. I made the course available for free, and got thousands of students in just a couple of days. Then made it paid course, and sat back and waited for the money...that never came. The course was of course a flop, and it deserved to be. I ended up unpublishing it and started to work on another course. This time, I put everything into it...and it was hard work indeed. But 10 courses later, I never looked back. The point is, the creation gets easier as you know what you are doing. The editing is done more efficiently, you pick up few tricks that make your workflow more fluent. But it still takes the same hard work as ever, if you are trying to create something great.

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@PavolAlmasi  Thanks for sharing your story , at first, I thought it was easy to make a course, but this is not true, it requires hard work and perseverance

thanks

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So I will do a quick response on @JasonDion's behalf. His first course was rough. He had been teaching in class and was about to transition into online teaching at the college he was at due to having to travel for his day job. So, the last session of his Network+ class he had, he recorded the entire thing and put it up on youtube for the students to reflect on. It was bad. It was a poor set of slides and him talking into one of those ball mics that was set up on a podium-but he paces while he talks, so sound would fade in and out. A friend of ours suggested putting it up on Udemy to see what could happen. He launched it the week after Black Friday 2016 and it made $56 in that short month-which was more than we ever expected. 

 

After seeing that this could be possible, Jason went and wrote and recorded a new course. First, he went and watched all the training videos Udemy provides about how to best create a course. That course did ok, so we did another, and another. Over time we now have over 25 courses, and have refined our skills so far beyond what they were at the start. I am now the full time video editor leaving him as the head instructor, and we have a team of VA's that help keep up with reviews, questions, etc.

There are a TON of great courses on Udemy that will help you learn how to edit in what ever platform you are using, and other courses that show the benefit of different cameras and mics. I highly suggest doing a search of the community to look for posts about these things to find the right ones for you and your budget as you get started out. We started with $20 mic and a cheap but decent webcam.


*Brains behind Jason Dion*
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@TameraDion  Thank you for your reply and for your advice. I took some  editing courses ,it was difficult for me to create a course and I never knew where to start , but it's easier now.

thanks for sharing your story.
I have read @JasonDion  article . It has benefited me a lot and I changed some lessons because of it,
https://community.udemy.com/t5/First-time-Course-Creation/Four-essential-tips-for-increase-your-chan...

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Jason is a great teacher in any medium and loves to help others as time permits!


*Brains behind Jason Dion*
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