Udemy is an online course platform which I first joined in the August of 2015.
Almost one year to the day, I think now is a good time to detail my 12-month story of course creation, production and marketing and where it’s got me.
So, firstly, I bought all the kit I needed. I purchased a snowball microphone, a HP all in one PC, a Logitech digital webcam, a green screen, a USB extension lead and a Wacom Bamboo tablet. Total cost; around £1500. A sizeable investment. I did benefit from a business start up grant at the time from St Helens Chamber of commerce which supported this. The purchases tied in with other elements of my project, including online tutoring.
I then started to think about what I wanted to create. It centred on my two great passions; History and Teaching. So, with that in mind, I focused on creating academic courses for learners on the one hand and CPD courses for teachers on the other.
Time investment was immense. I didn’t write full scripts, but I did produce detailed notes for each video. It usually took me a number of takes to successfully record, although being a teacher helped here. Video editing using Camtasia was also time heavy. However, I realised that I couldn't afford to be a complete perfectionist or I would never release anything. I focused on simple edits and tidy production rather than anything too snazzy. This worked well. I did invest in a green screen (well, the cloth version!) which I pinned up against the wall of my flat! it created some amusing moments with guests over the last 6 months. It allowed me to use the colour removal feature on Camtasia to produce videos like this: