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March 21, 2023
Convenience has become a major factor consumers consider when purchasing products, enrolling in courses, and more. Since 2020, the luxury of doing almost everything online (working from home, online shopping, streaming newly released movies from your couch, etc) has become common practice even in 2023.
Online courses have taken the online world by storm. Gone are the days when you must register for a 2-day course in another city – you can do it all from the comfort of your home now! With online courses becoming more and more normalized, how can you create one that is both quality content and successful? Here are 10 elements of a successful online course that your industry’s consumers will enjoy.
There are hundreds of different online course platforms that offer various additional features. It’s essential to do extensive research to see which platform can offer the best quality for your course. Here are some of the popular online course platforms and their pros & cons:
While the online course is on the steady increase, it’s crucial to make sure that there is demand for your course idea & that it will become successful. Completing extensive research ahead of concrete planning and course creation will give you key indicators of if your idea will be a successful one. To validate your concept for the course, it’s important that you understand the consumer’s pain points & collect market trends, analyze the data, select your topic & plan your pre-launch.
While creating an online course, one of the most important things to identify is the learning outcomes of your course. What would you like learners to take away from your course? Providing a clear visual to your potential students of what they will be able to achieve by the end of your course is non-negotiable. This will provide clarity to the consumer, and allow for higher conversion rates and lower complaints.
The organization of an online course can make or break the quality of the course. Structuring the course outline and modules efficiently is a very important step in the course creation process. Giving students a downloadable course outline that highlights everything that will be covered in the course and the modules is a great way to allow transparency for expectations. If you have a very broad topic for your course (i.e. Digital Marketing), it would be very helpful for your students to have various modules surrounding the different learning objectives and information regarding digital marketing.
Now that you’ve picked the topic, researched the demand, planned out your outline, and organized your modules, how will you deliver the content? When deciding the best options for creating an online course, each student learns through various different content styles. The important things to consider when creating an engaging course are:
There are many different ways to make an online course engaging and accessible for all. Taking the time to find the right options for the industry you are catering to will have an overall positive impact on your students. A course that is both engaging and accessible is more appreciated than you would think – no detail is overlooked by consumers!
Once you have created the course, produced the content, and organized the modules, you should be ready to set pricing. There are various different ways to price your courses, and we have created the ideal pricing guide for you to consider (link to pricing blog post here).
You are at the final step… planning out your launch! You have put in the work by brainstorming, researching, creating, producing, and pricing. Now it’s time to release your project into the world! Creating a marketing plan for your launch will allow time for people to learn about the course, look into its value for them specifically, and consider enrolling or purchasing. An efficient marketing plan can greatly impact your overall sales and success, so it’s important to strategize. Here are some things to consider when deciding how to market your online course:
Course creation can be a very overwhelming experience. One of the best pieces of advice we live by is: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Preparation and organization will be your best friends throughout the course creation process. As long as you remain fully prepared and take your time, we are certain that your online course will be both successful and profitable for you. If you are looking for some assistance with course creation and have no idea how to start, we can help you out!
Click below for my free worksheet, walking you through creating a unique idea for your online course!