Once you know what you want to teach and what resources you want to sell with your course, the first step is to carefully plan your course.
Here are our top tips for planning a great Tuborial course:
Define your Outcomes
Write down exactly what you want your students to be able to do at the end of your course. How will they demonstrate their knowledge? Are there sub-skills they need to learn before they reach the final level you are aiming for? Why have you ordered the course in the way you have?
Not only will answering these questions be useful for you, but it can be a helpful guide to share with your students at the start of the course, to let them know what they are going to learn, in what order and why.
Define your Audience
Who exactly are you teaching? How much do they already know about your topic? Think about the language you will need to use, the concepts you will need to explain and the examples you will need to provide to pitch your lessons at just the right level.
Write a Script
Even if you know your subject inside out, you’ll almost certainly find that delivering the information to camera is hard if you haven’t planned out what you’re going to say. Write yourself a script that uses clear, simple language to explain the points you are aiming to convey.
Divide it up
Your course will be easiest for your students if you are able to divide it up into bite-sized chunks of information. At Tuborial we call these pods. Aim to deliver just one learning objective per ‘pod’. Ideally each pod will be between 2 to 7 minutes long.
Plan your Visuals
How are you going to visualise the concepts you are teaching? Demonstration? Animation? Remember that the way your students see what you’re teaching them will play an important part in how successfully they learn it. Have you accounted for the visual demonstration in your script?
Do a Test Run
Once you’ve figured everything out, schedule in a few test runs to make sure everything is as good as it can be. Are your demonstrations clear? Does your voice emphasise the right points? How are your timings? A few dress rehearsals can really help iron out any cracks and ensure you create the best course possible.
At Tuborial we want all our courses to be of the highest possible production standard.
Here are a few quick guidelines to help you get started.
Not confident that you can film and produce your Tuborial yourself? We can film and produce it for you! Contact us to find out more
You don’t need to go out and buy a top quality video camera to create your Tuborial, but you do need to make sure you have equipment that will be appropriate for the job you are doing. Smartphones and hand held cameras can take great quality video these days, but it’s still a good idea to have something to help prevent simple errors such as camera shake or poor sound quality.
Make sure the shots you take are demonstrating the skill you are trying to teach as clearly as possible. Do you need to change angles throughout? Will it help to show the same skill from a few different viewpoints?
While one camera angle may be fine, will it make for a more interesting video to mix things up a bit? You may want to film your Tuborial a few different times from a few angles then edit together.
You know your script word for word, but have you practiced your presentation? If you’re appearing on camera in your Tuborial it’s worth running through this a few times and even watching yourself back. Not everyone enjoys seeing themselves on screen, but it can really help you get the best end product.
Finally, don’t forget that a smile, enthusiasm and a natural, relatable persona go a long way to enhancing your students’ enjoyment of your course. If you’re having fun, it’s likely they will too!
Once you’ve finished filming it’s time to edit. Things to consider at this stage include:
How are you piecing together the different takes?
How are you dividing up your lesson?
Do you need to add title screens or contents slides to the start of each lesson?
Will recaps of previous learning or tests throughout the lesson help?
How are the sound and picture quality?
Do you need to adjust anything?
Are you adding effects such as music or graphics?
You can find some great, inexpensive editing packages available to help you put your course together. Read our recommended list of video editing packages
Will you be adding any extra exercises for your students to complete once they have finished a particular module?
Tests can be a great way to help students check their own understanding and cement their learning. Think about the format that these will take. Multiple choice? Free writing?
Tuborial is a shop window and classroom where creators sell their products direct to learners.
Here are a few quick guidelines to help you get selling.
Keep your product relevant to your course
Make sure your product is relevant to your course and its learning outcomes. Nobody wants to buy ground coffee with their yoga lessons. However it would come in handy as part of a home barista course, in the same way a yoga mat would benefit someone taking a beginner’s yoga class.
Make sure you have enough stock of the products you are selling via Tuborial. If learners have to wait too long for your products to arrive, chances are you will get a negative rating and less people with sign up to you courses.
Creators are responsible for sending out course related products. Products should be mailed to learners as soon as you receive confirmation of payment. Make sure you take into account the cost and time of any postage duties, when pricing your course.
We’ve approved your course and it’s time to start selling!.
Here are a few quick guidelines to help you market your course.
How we promote your course
We’ll do what we can to help get your course in front of as many potential students as possible. This includes featuring it on our ‘New Courses’ page for the first two weeks after you publish it, posting about it on our social media and advertising it in places where your learners are most likely to find it.
We do recommend doing what you can to promote your course as well. This may include sharing it on your own social media, writing guest blogs for relevant communities, tapping into networks you already have. Or running your own Google Ad words campaigns.
Anything you can do to get your course out there!