I've been experimenting with Camtasia, as well as with varying my pacing, and I'm wondering how this seems, overall. Lecture 7 in my first (forthcoming) course.
Here's the YouTube link and I'll also try attaching it to this message, though this often fails with my slow DSL connection.
@DavidBookbinder I did not know that you are a psychotherapist
When i saw you talking about balance i guesed that you are a psychology specialist
You work is very good, i wish you good luck with youe course
Looks great (again!) now publish the course(s) already! I have nothing to say to work on, it's as perfect as it gets. If I didn't know I would presume you had been teaching online for a while.
Well, @AliciaPaz AliciaPaz, I will happily hit Submit ... as soon as I'm finished with the next 50 or so lectures!
I'm planning to finish three more and then publish it as a "beta" course, then go on to record the rest of the lectures and start editing them while I get feedback on the content itself from beta testers from my mailing list and wherever else I can find them.
Now that I think of it, if you know anyone who would like a free version of the finished course in exchange for beta testing the 10 lectures, two handouts, and one quiz that will make up the beta course, feel free to send them my way.
The whole course will probably be a few hours long. Thanks (again) for your encouragement -
Depending on what you are looking for I wonder if my "Beta" testers would be happy to do the same for you. I have a fairly large network globally in mental health not just professionals and would be happy to be a beta myself. Let me know what you are looking for.
Good job! My courses are 4-5 hours/35-45 lectures (DBT mindfulness is 2.5hrs/25 or 30 lectures and that was a stretch!) and most of the MH courses are typically shorter, but students seem to want more information/shorter videos over the opposite.
Also, totally my own opinion and there aren't many mental health professionals on this platform for more feedback, but it's not that popular of a subject meaning, for the most part, it's a slow climb to build students, social proof and income. I didn't make more than maybe $20/month until over a year in and now it's in the few hundred range (I only teach DBT- 6 courses and have 0 desire to teach anything else so it's cool w/ me to just update and add courses slowly!)
Of course make a quality course (I don't doubt it will be,) but also don't be so much of a perfectionist (or procrastinator) that you don't hit publish as soon as you can to start getting that momentum going. One last bit of rambling- my top source of website traffic (80-90% of my students are organic or affiliate) is social media- Instagram and Twitter! For us, it can be scary, but I connect with more potential students and professionals for referrals and find it "light" work posting an image and text about MH, recovery and sprinkle in my courses. Plus it's free when most other paid marketing has given me almost nothing or lost money. I have also had good luck w/ Linkedin, sharing posts, blogs, new courses, and making free webinars/live FB videos to gain students and once again will be happy to share your completed courses once public with my people off Udemy.
Signed the Millenial Therapist,
Hi, @AliciaPaz. Thanks for your ideas on promoting mental health courses on Udemy, your experience in monetizing the courses and having realistic expectations about income, and your offer about beta testers.
In creating a partial beta course, I'm interested in several factors:
1) Is the material engaging and accessible to its intended audience?
2) Are there structural or technical aspects I can optimize, both in the videos themselves and also in supplemental materials like handouts and quizzes?
3) Does the order of the lectures work well, or need changes? The course includes both theory of the Art of Balance system and practical skills such as the three-breath meditation. I'm looking for the best way to mix these to keep students interested, but also provide an experience that enables them to adapt the system to their own lives and their own resources.
I'm interested in feedback from other mental health professionals and instructors, but I'm especially looking for beta testers that are similar to my future students. I'd also hope that the beta testers would go on to take and review the whole course, though they needn't feel obligated to give me detailed feedback beyond the 10 lectures in the beta mini-course.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to continue this part of the discussion offline.