I am starting to build out my first courses (ever) on Udemy.
A little background on me. I work full-time at a university as an instructional technology specialist and I am an adjunct professor in emergency management (I used to be a flight paramedic). I am finishing a PhD (dissertation pending) in archaeology.
I can definitely do content in instructional technology/design (which should be a hot topic nowadays and a good seller). Of course I already have a lot of emergency management content ready to go because I teach online. My passion is teaching history and mythology. It is what I want to teach but I doubt that there is demand for it compared to soft skills training that are so hot right now.
The courses that that I am initially building are Mythology courses, it would be around 25 seperate courses. Each course covers the mythology of a specific region. I am calling it the “Mythology Master Series.”
After that series wraps up, I would like to do an “ancient societies master series.” After that wraps up, I will default emergency management and instructional design/technology courses.
I am interested in your thoughts. Is there a market for history and mythology content? Are my plans too ambitious? How long should I make each course? I am planning around 4-5 hours of video lecture plus quizzes (etc...) for each course.
I look forward to the input of the Udemy veterans!
I admire your ambition. I am sure all those courses would be interesting. However, I think you have your priorities backward. I would start with the last one - instructional design/technology. That will likely sell 100x any course on mythology or history. Emergency management may also be a potential emerging market on Udemy. Mythology.... I don't think so.
I teach Finance. It requires finding one client and making them so happy that the other opportunities follow. And there are huge differences among Universities. I was speaking to someone from a top school who said, I kid you not, "we put our videos on VImeo." I am thinking to myself "elearning amateur." So yes there are lots of opportunities.
I am planning to release a course titled "Teaching College and University Courses Online". I concur with @LawrenceMMiller you should publish your Elearning course first. You can use that to get Consulting Opportunities
Thanks for the advice! I will flip my course release schedule with instructional tech courses first. It works out since I am already creating training courses that I give to the faculty on a weekly basis anyway.