If you have not researched into how to create a successful online course, it is important to know a few simple ways to maximise its impact and opportunity. In this article, we outline the process of creating an online CPD course, sharing some step by step tips and ideas to get you familiar with best practices.
6 Step-by-step tips for creating an online training course
Step-by-step tip 1: Choose your online course topic
It is possible to make a successful online course on just about anything, but some topics are going to be a bit more difficult to find an audience, if you do not have an audience already. Be clear on your goals. Is it money, impact, or increased branding value? Think about who you are creating an online course for. What are their demographics? Are you instructing learners on a specific program or skills? Or are you helping them become better professionals in their industry?
Perhaps one of the most important things to have when creating an online course is to do create something that interests you. If you are not particularly interested in the online course topic you have chosen, it will be evident in the final product you create. Do not feel like you have to always teach at an advanced level. It could be literally anything – from computer programming, painting, dog training, fitness, cooking, to any number of other essential and professional skills.
Step-by-step tip 2: Validate your course ideas
Once you have identified a specific topic to teach for your online course, the next step is to research the demand for that topic. This simply means make sure that people actually want to take an online course on what you have to teach. Research into demand for your online course before you invest the time, effort and money creating your online course.
Remember that a successful online course will not appeal to everyone. If you try to create an online course that appeals to everyone, it will likely appeal to no one. On the rare occasion that you are unable find any competing online courses about your topic, this could mean one of two things; (1) There is demand, but no one is serving that market yet (rare), or (2) There is no demand, and you could consider to pick a different topic.