Are you planning on creating an online course? Are you a solopreneur, instructor, author or coach who wants to teach online? There are several considerations when it comes to choosing the right platform for creating online courses.
In this video, I’m going to give you an overview of the questions you should be asking when choosing the eCourse platform that suits you and your business.
How to Choose an eCourse Platform
- User-Friendliness. How easy is it to use for the instructor? You can use WishList Member to create a class directly on your website, but you’ll be doing all the technical stuff yourself. Or you can choose a platform that will take care of everything for you.
- Payments. How easy is it for you and the students? What percentage cut does the platform take when they do the pay-out? If you have a course that sells huge, are you willing to wait 60 days for a check? Or do you want to transfer to your bank account every night? And how easy is it for the students to pay?
- How will students find your course? Do you want to do all the promotion yourself or do you prefer potential students to find you using the platform? Udemy is a good example of the latter. People know Udemy sells courses so they go to Udemy.com to look for them. Udemy also has an affiliate program where other people can promote your course and they get a cut.
- Will you get the student’s email addresses? You may want a platform that will allow you to obtain your student’s email addresses so you can contact them through your own email system even if you change eCourse platforms. For instance, Udemy doesn’t give you your student’s email addresses, but myQuest does.
- Student Experience. Can the students access your course through an app, a website, or both? Can they choose which lessons to take first, or would they need to go through a specific order?
- Video hosting. Do you upload your videos directly to the eCourse platform or do you need to create a Vimeo or Wistia account and upload videos there? What options are there for delivering the course content to your students? Do they need to go to the website or can you deliver it to their inboxes over a period of days?
- Help with affiliates. If you plan to have other people sell your course for you in exchange for a percentage of the fee, you’ll need a way to track that.
These may seem a lot to consider, but it’s better to make the right choices upfront and avoid problems along the way.
As I mentioned before, I help coaches, authors and solopreneurs with the video aspects of eCourses. If you’d like to set-up a free 30-minute call to talk about video for your eCourse, you can do so here.
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