Case Study 6/8/2016 Working On Other Online Teaching Platforms Part 1

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing Skillshare and creating courses other than Udemy!

Recently I have been uploading a lot of my courses onto other platforms, especially Skillshare. Skillshare is a subscription based online learning platform that allows premium users to access our courses. You can also create “free courses” that allow students to enroll anyone to enroll in your course for free!  Here is what my profile looks like after 3 days of starting on Skillshare!

So what are the advantages of working with Skillshare? Once you course has been approved it seems to be completely 100% passive income. There is not a whole lot of “student interaction” or “sending emails/answering questions”. However, Skillshare does have a “project” requirement for every course. Here is what that looks like!

Skillshare also pays its instructors with paypal and with a 50% 50% revenue share split. Its different because it’s a subscription based company, so here is some of the details below!

Overall I think trying and seeing how Skillshare works for you is a great opportunity to grow your online teaching business and earn some passive income as well!

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week where I discuss more online teaching strategies.

Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!

Also, you can check out all of my online courses by going to: www.joeparys.com 

Sincerely,
Joe Parys

Case Study 4/11/2016 How To Get Your Course Approved On Udemy

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing:
How To Get Your Course Approved By The Udemy Review Team!
Recently I have been creating many new courses and had difficulty getting a course approved by the review team. In fact, it took the team more than 2 weeks for them to approve our course. Let me share with you my experience and how persistence can help you launch your very next online video course!
1) First, it is important to know that the Udemy review team does a very good job in screening our courses. However, they do sometimes get overloaded and need us as instructors to do our best to stay patient, but also persistent.
On average the review team takes about 2-3 business days to respond to your course once you submit it for review. In my last courses case, it took about 10+ business days. So, on day 5 I decided to send Udemy support and email. They got back to me saying they were looking into it. It was then another 3-4 business days where nothing happened and there was no response. So I decided to persistently send them another email. Again it took them a few days to respond, but once they did the course went live within a matter of hours!
Now, when working with the review team members and Udemy support it is important to be as helpful as possible when it comes to getting your course approved! Here is an example from my course!
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Since I was able to execute and be helpful the review team was able to put my course in the new and noteworthy section and the course is doing very well now because of it!
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This is the power of working with the review team and producing a high quality course! We hope to see your next course live on the Udemy marketplace in no time!
Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!
Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to: http://joeparys.com/
Sincerely,
Joe Parys​

Case Study 3/28/2016 Writing Your Course Summary!

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this weeks case study, we are going to be discussing: Your Udemy Course Summary & Course Goals! 
In this weeks case study I am going to show you some of the best examples I have seen on Udemy and also why they are very effective! I am also going to show you my own course summaries and how you can model your course summary after mine!
Let’s get started!
Recently I was watching a youtube video by one of the top paid individual instructors here on Udemy, Alun Hill. In his video, Alun breaks down what has been working for his own course summaries on Udemy! Here is what Alun discusses:
#1) Udemy suggest that we have a minimum, yes minimum, of 300 words for our course summary. Now, I personally believe that sometimes “less is more” meaning is someone really going to read a 5,000 word course summary? Well, the answer is YES they actually probably are if they are really interested in enrolling in the course! This means it is critical to add in as much as we can to our course summary page (without overdoing it folks). Here is an example from my Bestselling Confidence and Self-Esteem Course! As you will notice I have added multiple positive reviews and have been very detailed about what my students are going to receive by enrolling in this course!
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#2) Don’t just write anything! Make it actionable
Now, it is important to drive home the point that you need to make your course summary very actionable and inspiring! Don’t just write things and mark things down to get your “word count” up. It’s important for your works to have meaning and to help your students make the decision to enroll in your fabulous course!
#3) Make sure to include Udemy’s 30 Day Money Back Guarantee in Your Course Summary!
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Udemy offers each one of its students a 30 day money back guarantee when they enroll in your courses. This is a major advantage that you should make your students very aware of! — “But Joe, if people know they can get their money back, wont this lead to more refunds?” The answer is “not really!” in fact, every month my refunds have been less than 3% of my total sales! However, knowing that students can get their money back, no questions asked, provides them a safety net and encourages them to take the risk and enroll in your course!
Here is the link to Udemy’s 30 day money back guarantee policy:
#4) Make sure to include your total student count and reviews!
This is a great social proof marketing tool and at the very top of each of my personal courses I include total students enrolling in my courses and how many positive reviews I have received! Here is an example of what this looks like in my course summary for my Android course which now has more than 18,000+ Students!
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I hope you have enjoyed this weeks case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week were I discuss more online teaching strategies.
Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!
Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:
Sincerely,
Joe Parys​

Case Study 1/7/2016 FREE Courses or Paid Courses? What Are The Benefits and Drawbacks

Case Study 1/7/2016 FREE Courses or Paid Courses? What Are The Benefits and Drawbacks
In this weeks case study I will be show you the results from my free course compared to my paid courses here on Udemy. Now, I must admit I only have 1 FREE course and this will be a smaller sample, however, I do think there is a lot of things we can learn and take away from this study.
  1. Why create a free course on Udemy? Is there any upside?
When it comes to creating a free course on Udemy I am going to discuss three key upsides and three key downsides. These upsides and downsides are based upon my own experience so please take them with a grain of salt.
Upsides:
  • Creating a free course allows students to sample your work firsthand and builds trust! This was a big eye opener for me when I first started online. I first gave my course on goal setting away for free to thousands of students! Fortunately many of those students really enjoyed the course and we willing then to pay a small premium to enroll in my next courses. This is the exact strategy I still use in my free course on confidence and self-esteem!
  • Creating a free course does not necessarily need to take a lot of time energy and effort. Free courses (at least a lot of them I have seen) tend to be sample courses to an even bigger (paid course). Keeping this in mind, my free course is only 10 total lectures and it only took me a day to create!
  • Free courses (when done correctly) build your credibility and boot your social proof! My free course is the #1 rated self-esteem course on Udemy and my larger paid course is a top paid course as well. This is because my engagement and completion of the course is very high! Many free students really enjoy participating in FREE courses! (this has just been my experience!)
Downsides:
  • You cannot earn “direct” income from a free course. However, you can put coupons to other courses at the very last lecture of your free course to encourage students to continue their learning with you! This is exactly what I have done and while the earning are minimal, I have student who enroll in my “FREE” course enroll in my “PAID” courses each and every month!
(almost $70.00 last month from my free course!)
  • You are not allowed to use promotional emails to FREE students in your FREE course. This is always a bit of a bummer, but I believe the main reason we are not allow to promote is to avoid spamming our free students.
  • Engagement and motivation can be tough with free students because we sometimes do not value things we don’t pay for! However, if you course is engaging and interactive, students who enroll for free can still be very engaging and wanting to learn!
So, should you create a free course? I say absolutely! The upsides in my opinion outweigh the downsides and you can truly create a win win situation.
Action step: Start brain storming how you can create a new free course today! And then put that energy into action! If you would like to see me create a free course on a specific subject, please post here in our discussion!
Sincerely,
Joe Parys

1/6/2015 Today I Have Been Featured As A Top Instructor For 2015 In Udemy’s Blog!

Today I have been featured in Udemy’s Top Instructor Blog Post For 2015! I am very thankful to be apart of an this amazing community and appreciate everyones support of our courses! 
Here is the full blog post link and my quote below! 
“I have learned that nothing beats hard work and a solid strategy. After working with and on Udemy from January 2015, I learned that I would have to be willing to put in the consistent effort needed in order to be successful! This could be said for anything in life. Udemy has encouraged me to reach out and become more open to new ideas. I am now serving over 50,000+ unique students in 30 courses!” –Joe Parys

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