As an educator, you may have mixed feelings about what’s happening in the world right now. The pandemic is claiming many lives, and there is significant societal disruption. But what’s undeniable is that it’s opening a lot of doors for online teaching.
eLearning’s popularity is skyrocketing at all education levels. It’s uncertain what’s going to happen with grade-school kids in the fall, but all kinds of educators and students are online now, either plying their wares or finding the right class to get ahead.
If you choose to try your hand at some online teaching, then you need to figure out the right platform with which to collaborate. Here are four good ones that you should consider.
If you’re looking for an online higher education option, then Udemy should be on your list. Udemy:
- Has more students looking to purchase courses than almost any other online platform
- Provides opportunities for instructors to make good money
Udemy is an online course marketplace. Students pay for each course in which they want to enroll. As an educator, you have control over how much you want to charge, though there are minimums and maximums to which you have to adhere.
One complaint that some educators have about Udemy is that they run specials sometimes where the students can get extremely discounted courses. If a teacher charges $100 for a class and the platform has a 75% off sale, that’s excellent news for the students, but not so much for the teacher.
Teachable is not an online course marketplace in the same way that Udemy is. The difference is that on Udemy, students can browse through a course catalog and find your class.
With Teachable, it’s all about self-promotion. You can do this:
- Through various social media platforms
- On podcasts
- On radio spots
If you’re not very active in these formats, this might not be the best choice. If you’re an educator with courses to offer, but you’re also an influencer and a social media maven, this could be a top pick for you.
This platform’s major selling point is all the tools that it offers its teachers. You can take advantage of advanced analytics to see which students are most attracted to your course offerings. You can use the intelligent sales engine to optimize your course descriptions with images, keywords, and keyword phrases.
You can also use the simulators and the page-building tools to present as appealing of a layout as possible for your courses. The course content obviously counts for a lot, but selling it to your students is equally critical.
You should crunch the numbers if you decide to go with this platform. It charges teachers $5 for each course they sell, and a monthly subscription starts at $24 per month. However, these are tax write-offs, which are always helpful at the fiscal year’s end.
Academy of Mine
This is a platform that lets you start your own academy as an educator. It is a drag-and-drop style site and course-building tool where you can figure out the presentation for your classes and academy that you feel is most likely to attract students.
The administrative interface is easy to master, even for the not particularly tech-savvy educator. It has many different features that will allow you to create your academy and get it up and running quickly.
This is a viable option if you want more control over every aspect of your courses. If you don’t want to go the proprietary route and prefer to offer your courses via another hosting site, that’s fine. Every teacher has their own business model that works best for them.
Some other possibilities are CourseCraft and Skillshare.
CourseCraft lets you create quizzes and lessons stemming from your blog.
Skillshare uses a class project and video course load. If you feel like you can consistently create both of those elements, then it’s worth a look.
You might decide to offer courses on several of these platforms to cobble together the income you want. As an educator in this pandemic era, you need creativity and endurance to support yourself.