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Congratulations! Being here means you have cleared the first step, which is being sure of wanting to teach online. Great efforts are always preceded by a strong will. Now, wear your teaching hat and get ready to kick off the exciting journey of creating your first ever online course.


Before we go further on this path, let us indulge you in some trivia. Did you know that the global online teaching market is set to touch $350 Billion by 2025? This is, mind you, a pre-2020 projection. With the online learning market exploding due to the lockdown, the figure is only set to increase. In more ways than one, it is the best time to start teaching online.


So, whether you are a corporate employee who has finally found some free time to pursue the post-retirement desire of teaching or a dance instructor who misses guiding students in physical classes and shows — you’re at the right place. The world of online teaching is not nerve-racking but might seem a little intimidating because of the overload of courses and information this year. Don’t you worry, we’re here to tell you why it doesn’t have to be so. Let’s start at the very start. 


The birth of your online course 


There are two pillars for this stage, inspiration, and research. You’re not even thinking about course material yet, you’re just introspecting. 


  • Inspiration: Teaching is an art. You’ve seen it in your favourite teachers and professors from your school/college days. There was that one history teacher who could make the World War less scary and more fun to study, that one marketing professor who made it seem like selling hotcakes is everybody’s game. You’ve also seen it in that one colleague who makes PowerPoints look like a short film or that cousin who taught you how to play the guitar better than any formal teacher.

There is one thing common between all of these people — inspiration. They are all extremely motivated people whose passion is infectious. Now, ask yourself. What is your true passion? It could be anything from a dance form to organizing Excel sheets. You will find students for everything. It doesn’t have to be something popular or trending on LinkedIn. It’s better to carve your niche where you’re more confident and less influenced by others. This niche is where your passion and your skills converge. 


  • Research: After inspiration comes to research. This gives a method to your madness. Although you can create your own research methodology, here are a few steps you can begin with:
    • Look for existing courses and materials in your field of choice.
    • Read up to expand your knowledge and expertise. 
    • Take an online course yourself. Use Google Search, Quora, blogs, social media, and any other relevant online tool. 
    • Talk to interested people you know and find on online forums. 
    • Find out which aspect of your passion they are most interested to learn, and how they’d like to learn it. 

By this stage, you are motivated enough to get into the details. Let’s begin by determining the type of your course, which will make further steps easier.


Types of online courses

Types Online Courses

You will find a lot more types than the ones listed here, but these are the only ones you need to know. The rest are only narrower categorizations of these. We believe that it would be better for you to not fall into meticulous structures and instead find your own space, build your own structure.


  • Masterclass: Masterclasses are advanced-level courses. These aren’t usually meant for beginners. They’re for people already well-versed in the field who want to gain expertise. For this, you have to be an expert yourself. These courses are best suited for creative fields. 
  • Coaching: Coaching courses are where you, the coach, helps an interested beginner gain knowledge of a topic and learn the ropes. These include everything from business coaching, career coaching, personality development, to yoga coaching.
  • MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses are meant for unlimited participation from across the world. These are easily repeatable, fixed syllabus courses that promote student communities. They’re good for fields such as STEM, business, humanities, and technology. 
  • Corporate Training: In fields such as hospitality, Human Resources, and administration, employee training is crucial. In the current situation, an online course is the best way to provide corporate training. Corporate training topics range from confidence-building to personality development and communication. 
  • Creative Courses: Gone are the days when you couldn’t turn your hobby into your profession. Creative courses are very unique in themselves, and each needs a different approach based on the nature of the art. A dance class would require both the teacher and the student to have a spacious room. A musical instrument would be a must for a music class. For visual arts, students might need physical material such as paints, or even software, depending on the course niche. Keep these specific requirements in mind while working on your creative course. 

Roadmap for creating your first online course

Online Course

Now that you have probably figured out the domain of teaching, let’s get to business. What you have now is a subject, a course category, your expertise, your subject research, and your audience research. That’s plenty of material to start working on your actual course material.


1. Pick a specific topic

Based on your research of the theme and the audience, find out what marketing professionals often call ‘pain points’. These are gaps in the market, areas that no one else has touched. For example, say you want to teach the violin. You find out that there is hardly anyone teaching it exclusively to senior citizens, who need a different pace and approach from children or youngsters. Tap the pain point and introduce a specific course for them. 


2. Decide the end goal of your online course

What is it that your students will take away at the end of this course? Just like you must have done with research papers in college, determine your conclusion first. Then, build towards it. Express the end goal in a sentence. For example, ‘At the end of this online course, students will know how to read and write basic sentences in French, along with some cultural knowledge about France.”


3. Make your drawing board

You’re probably imagining a wall full of ambiguous post-its, pins, colours, flow-charts, and maps, like in the movies. That’s exactly what we’re suggesting. When we say make your drawing board, we mean to make one literally. Jot your ideas down in words, sketches, tables, etc. Use coloured pens and sticky notes. Put all of it down where you can see it simultaneously. At this point, every idea is a good idea. Put it down without thinking about whether it makes sense to anyone else or not. 


4. Organize your board

Now comes the tough part. Take out ideas and elements that do not fit within the goal you had decided for your online course in Step 2. With the rest, make a class-wise plan. Then, set a mini-goal for each of these classes. For example, let’s assume that you’re conducting a baking course. Here’s how the course structure would pan out:

  • Lecture One: Introduction to baking

Goals: Identifying baking tools, usage of a microwave, and basic practices 

  • Lecture Two: Types of cakes 

Goal: Understanding the difference between the basic varieties 

  • Lecture Three: Making a basic cake

Goal: A small cake for two 

  • Lecture Four: Frosting and other decorations

Goal: Adding frosting and other personalized decorations to the cake made yesterday 


Decide how much time each class would roughly take, including introduction, lessons, 

and discussions. 


5. Add activities and assignments

The most engaging, creative way to achieve the goal of each class is an activity. Divide your students into groups and give them something to work on. Promote conversations and discussions amongst themselves. After the class, give them assignments as well. Make sure not to make them too heavy. A good measure to keep in mind would be that it should be something they can finish within an hour. This keeps them involved without putting too much pressure on them. 


6. Put your online course together

Now that you have a clear course outline, it’s time to make the actual course. There are numerous tools available for you, starting with the basic PowerPoint (which is actually not very basic, it has unbelievable features that you could very well need a whole online course to learn), to sophisticated tools such as Photoshop. Use a combination of tools that suit you best. This is your time to make the fun presentation you can never submit to your boss. 


7. Conduct a crash test

Now, you have your course. Do you immediately launch it? Of course not. It’s your first course. You need to test it. Hold a free webinar or lecture on the same topic, and carefully note down the response and feedback you receive. The webinar will also serve as a marketing tactic for your upcoming course. You can even hold a demo class with friends and relatives and take their feedback. Remember that any criticism you receive is only a chance for you to improve. 


8. Add finishing touches

Based on the feedback you receive, make alterations to the course. Review each part including the assignments. After your crash test, you might realize that school students get easily distracted while reading a book without pictures, or that teenagers want to be treated as adults and would like more challenging assignments. Derive these key insights and refine your course. Even if you realize that you have to go back to the drawing board, do it. It’s okay if your course is delayed, but not if it’s short-sighted.


9. Choose the right platform

Now that the final draft of your course is ready, you need to pick a platform to run the course on. There are a plethora of platforms online, and you might get confused because each offers some advantages. It would be best to simply pick the one that lets you do what you want freely and turn every feature into an advantage.


Create your first Online Course

At FreshLMS, customization is the top priority. While hosting your course, it provides the following features which let you design every part of your course as per your preferences.

  • Heavy on-course personalization
  • Ideal user journeys
  • Prompt quizzes and assessments
  • Custom domains for every course 
  • Effortless payment unification
  • Smart third-party integrations
  • Completely Whitelabel and re-brandable operations 
  • Next-gen reporting and analytics
  • Support for solopreneurs and organizations 

10. Sell your course

Selling your course involves three key elements. Once these are done, you’ll be ready to hit the play button.


  • Pricing: You already know your audience. Now, decide how much you’d like them to pay. Don’t make the mistake of charging too little just because it’s your first course. Remember that this will also decide your reputation in the future. You can also decide a base price and then charge extra for optional add-ons such as extra lectures, curated notes, etc.

  • Naming: After the price comes the actual selling. Name your course. This is the last step and not the first because now, your name will be inclusive of your online course material, your audience goals, and your USP as a teacher. The best way to name a course is to describe it as taking a student from point A to point B. i.e. ‘Learn How To Play 5 Yanni Tracks On The Violin In 5 Weeks’.

  • Promotions: Start promoting it on social media and personal circles first, and then move on to niche platforms that are relevant to your audience. For example, if your audience is millennials from the US, you should probably tap into Reddit. Remember that it’s your first course. Heavy promotion might not lead to a heavy flow of inquiries and registrations. This is, however, just the beginning. These promotions are going to build your brand image for future courses.

Are you ready?

Create Online Course

We reckon you are! There must be a lot of thoughts going through your head with most of them turning into questions such as, “Should I do this?”, “Will it be profitable?”, “Will I be good at it?”. The best part about online teaching is that you only invest time and effort. There is nothing to lose here. You will gain new knowledge for yourself, even if your financial or other goals aren’t met immediately. So, it’s time to stop thinking, and start doing it. 


We’ll leave you with some inspirational words from one of the best teachers in the universe.

“Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.” 

Yoda, Star Wars
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What you will learn:


  • What is a video-based employee training?
  • Why is it more beneficial than traditional training?
  • How can FreshLMS help you for free?

Organizations operate in a fast-paced environment. There is very little time for the employees to settle in and get used to the new work and environment. Most organizations look at it as a waste of precious man-hours and money (considering that the average training cost is around $1,041 for each employee). They consider it a mere formality and find quick ways to complete the training, which honestly can be quite catastrophic in the future. 


If you ask an HR professional, they will tell you that an ideal onboarding period should be between 90 to 100 days. However, a survey by CareerBuilder showed a very different picture. The survey of 2,300 hiring managers and HR professionals indicated that only 11% of companies have an onboarding process of more than three months. 25% said the process gets over within a day, while 26% confirmed that they spend a week or less on onboarding

 

Understandably, organizations do not have the time and resources to conduct extensive training programs, given the pressure of working in an agile environment and the focus on accelerating the go-to-market process. However, the HRs argue that an onboarding program of less than a month can impact the retention rate. It takes time for employees to get accustomed to the new culture, compliance, and duties. 

They say that having a more extended onboarding program, preferably for a full year, can improve the retention rate by 25%.

So, how can organizations implement this in a cost-effective and time-saving manner?

 

The answer lies in video-based employee training.


What is a video-based employee training? 

video-based employee training?

Video-based employee training is delivered in video format. These videos can be animation videos, interviews of leaders and employees, explainer videos, and corporate videos talking about the company. They are engaging, accessible, and can be viewed anytime by your employees. 


How online learning platforms are beneficial over traditional training?

Here are five reasons why online learning platforms score over traditional classroom training.


1. Cuts cost


Cut Costs

Do you know, on average, a company spends 40% of its training budget on travel costs? Add to it the additional expenses of training material and other logistics. You can save all those expenses by adopting video-based employee training. There is just a one-time expense of developing video-based training. Companies like Microsoft and IBM have saved $303 per person to $579 million in two years, respectively using video-based training. 


2. Aids better learning


Aids better learning

In traditional training, employees have to keep pace with others to complete the training. Sometimes they might miss out on crucial lessons in the process. With video-based training, they can learn at their own pace. They can even replay the lectures or rewind it by a few minutes to learn better. This helps them to get a better grasp on the subject matter.


3. Helps to break complicated subjects into bite-sized content

bite-sized content

According to Forrester’s research, 75% of employees prefer to watch a video rather than read an article, document, or an article. Thanks to its audio-visual capabilities, it also increases the retention by 35%. This means that if you have to train your employees on complicated and technical subjects, then you don’t have to resort to lengthy training formats.

You can break them down into bite-sized videos of 3-5 minutes so that it is easy for them to grasp it. And it need not be easy. Take CitySprint, for example. They created a fun, animated video on how employees should adhere to a checklist to ensure that the package arrives safely. The video drove the points better than a textual or in-class presentation that is easily forgettable.


4. Provide training to a broader audience 

training to a broader audience

Conducting mass-training, especially for employees across different projects, time zones, and locations, can be challenging. Video-based training removes that stress. Employees across various locations can easily access video-based training. You can provide training to 10-100 employees all at once. 


5. Easily measurable


5 Reasons Why Video-based Trainings are Perfect for Your Employees 1

Tracking the effectiveness of the training can be time-consuming. There could also be delays in measuring them as you have to consolidate the ratings from the participants and calculate the average ratings. If you include analytics in your video-based training, you can measure its effectiveness in real-time. This will provide insights on which modules have worked and which require improvement. 



How FreshLMS can help you in launching your own online learning platform?

 

FreshLMS is an easy-to-use learning management system that helps to build a culture of learning in your organization. You can build courses, create courses, introduce gamification, and track its effectiveness using the platform. FreshLMS also allows you to upload video-based training. You don’t have to worry about the storage or the security of the videos. FreshLMS takes care of it.

FreshLMS is in the beta stage. We are striving to create a world-class learning platform for organizations like yours. So, that’s why we are not charging a single penny from you.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit our website to know more and get started on creating a world-class learning experience for your employees.  


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I have immense respect for the Solopreneurs and the small businesses. They are the ones who are the backbone of the economy of any country. Sadly they are also the ones who always get overlooked. The government policies are either for unemployed or for the Fortune 500 companies. 


LinkedIn, Freelancer.com, Upwork.com, Dribble, etc. are all filled with solopreneurs. It is these solopreneurs who are sharing their immense knowledge on to these platforms day in day out to search for work. This incredible content is what makes these platforms super popular and reach a valuation of Billions of Dollars. 


Some of the exciting stats on Freelance statistics


In the USA, People who freelance contribute an estimated $715 billion in freelance earnings to the economy


In the UK, the flexibility offered by Britain’s freelancers is worth £21 billion to the UK economy in added value.


Solorpreneurs are not the guys who work on Technology only; they can be a painter, dancer, librarian, chef, musician, writer, sports player, or anyone you can think of. 


Every solopreneur must succeed in what he or she is set out to do. It is the only way our world can be a beautiful place. 


“Happiness makes you more Humane.”


Sure Shot formula of Success for every Solorpreneur or a Small Business owners. 


1. Create Your Brand from Day -100. 

 

Create Your brand

 


Yes, If you are planning to do stuff on your own, then you have to start creating your personal brand. So if you think that after three months you want to begin to do something on your own, then you better start working on your branding from today. 


What is a brand: 

For example I want to work with a freelance content writer Vs. I want to work with Rahul, who writes terrific content


Your prospective customers remembering your name for what you do is a huge differentiating factor between you and others. 


How to create your brand: 


a. Create a Course and Sell or Share: 

 

Packaging your knowledge into a course is a great way to let people know you better. Capture your expertise in videos or documents and make it available to the world for a price or for free. 

The people who take the course are your prospective buyers as they know you better and if you price the course, you can start generating a steady income too 🙂 

 


b. Be Vocal and Be Social:

 

Having a strong opinion in the areas you deal with is very critical. This shows your confidence and your belief in the business areas you deal with. So on whichever social media platform or even or in discussions with your prospective leads, make sure you put your opinion in the right way. 



2. Have Financial Reserve for 6 – 12 months:

 

Financial Reserve



If you are switching from a full-time job to freelancing then make sure you have reserve money to feed yourself, your family and invest into business for at least 6 – 12 months. 


Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face. 

Be ready for everything, including a not so steady income or no income for the first few months of your solopreneurship. 


3. Make your family comfortable:

Family Planing



Discuss in detail with your family on the pros, cons, and the rationale behind taking this big step in life. You must make your family feel secure and comfortable. You can only then concentrate 110% on the work you are going to do. 


4. Just go for it:

No amount of planning can beat the experience you get while doing.
So don’t let yourself get into the analysis paralysis and don’t move forward. 



All the best for your incredible solopreneur journey. 


Do share your thoughts and ideas so that I can also share it with the world and make every solopreneur successful. 


You can create courses in just a few clicks using FreshLMS. Start building your course today. 

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Fintech is a $109.8 billion market with more than 7,500 companies operating in the ecosystem across the globe. The fact that fintech leverages its technical prowess to offer quick financial solutions to customers as compared to traditional banks makes it a hot favourite among customers.


In fact, a study by Capgemini-EFMA revealed that 40.3% had a positive experience with fintech companies as compared to 37.1% with traditional banks.


However, the industry cannot rest on its laurels yet. As technology changes, they have to upskill their employees to align them to the changing demands of the industry. And in a highly regulated industry like finance where rules frequently change, complying to it is a priority.


Continuous training is, therefore, a necessity to stay ahead of the competition.


However, with the humungous volume of work, dedicating time for training can be quite a challenge for your employees.


That’s when you have to leverage technology again; this time to offer digitized training to your employees.

 


Benefits of Digitizing Training

 

Apart from saving the cost of conducting training sessions for the employees in batches and giving them control over how they would want to complete their training; digitizing training can help your employees in multiple ways.


1. Roll out regulatory training in one go


Training your employees in batches can be a risk as everyone will not be on the same page while servicing the client. It is also challenging to get trainers who are fully aware of the rules to train the employees immediately.


Even if you get a well-informed trainer, coordinating with them and arranging batches can be a daunting task. Considering that you function in a highly regulated industry, it’s crucial that every employee is aware of the new and updated regulatory practices as soon as it is rolled out so they can make well-informed decisions that are in line with the regulations.


With digitization, you can arrange an online training with an SME for all your employees in one go, thus ensuring that everyone is aware of the guidelines they need to follow to adhere to the new and updated policies.


This will not just save your time and money on arranging frequent batches, but will also simplify the process of upgrading your employees.


2. Make employees job-ready within a short time


Onboarding new employees can take more than 2-3 weeks as you have to train them on the different tasks, processes, and policies they have to adhere to be ready to start the work. Another 1-2 weeks are spent on shadowing other employees to get acclimatized to the day-to-day operations.


While this might be an ideal process in traditional banks where there are a lot of resources to manage the workload; fintech companies are mostly startups and work in a fast-paced environment with limited resources.


It is, therefore, crucial to accelerate the onboarding process of the employees. The on-the-go nature of digitized training will help your employees to learn and shadow their peers simultaneously.


Employees can also test their knowledge after every module and revisit the lessons if required. The anywhere, anytime delivery of lessons will help the new employees to start the work within 1-2 weeks as compared to a month.


3. Improve the productivity of the sales team


With less time by their side, sales personnel often find themselves out of touch with the latest development in the industry. They understand that merely possessing persuasive skills is not sufficient for them to perform.


Sales teams need to upskill themselves and stay agile to sell better and quicker. Digitized training enables the team to upskill themselves and sharpen their capabilities on-the-go.


Online learning leads to better productivity and a better understanding of the customers and the industry. They can also save time on attending classroom lectures, yet keep themselves updated.

 

4. Empower the customer support team

 

The customer support team is responsible for delivering an excellent experience to the customers throughout the customer journey. Today, a customer will not think twice before posting a complaint on social media if they are unhappy with the service. Hence, it’s important to empower your customer team to respond and resolve customer issues quickly.


Digitized training will enable your customer support to learn the various aspects of customer service and test their skills through gamification and other interactive activities.


5. On-demand, easy to access lectures


Time is money, and in a fast-paced fintech ecosystem, the most agile company closes the deal first. This leaves the employees with very little time to upskill themselves. Attending classroom lectures have become increasingly difficult, and even attending live online lectures regularly might not be viable.


Easy to access, on-demand lectures will let your employees access the lectures from anywhere, anytime at their convenience and pace. These lectures can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making it easier for the employees to access it whenever they want.


Digitized training is the best way to empower your employees and retain them in the company.


However, if the lectures are not well-defined, you might lose your money on the entire implementation of the training program without generating any substantial ROI. Hence, ensure that the lectures are designed well and aligned with your learning objectives.


Need help in implementing a Learning Management System for your company? Contact us for details.

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