This step shows you how to create your own online school and online course for free using a website called “Teachable”. You can of course use another system to publish your online course, but this one very good quality, very easy to use and has lots of support.
The task in this section is broken up into 3 mini-tasks that help you create your own online school and course.
10A: CREATE SCHOOL ON TEACHABLE
There are various platforms where you can put your course online and sell it. However, this step will show you how to use Teachable, because (a) it’s free, (b) it’s easy to use, (c) it matches quite closely with the preparation you have done for your course. On a free account with teachable.com, you will end up with your own online school at something.teachable.com
So for example, if you are going to have an online school called BobsBaking, then you will be able to get bobsbaking.teachable.com, unless of course someone already has that. However, if you want to upgrade and move the site to your own domain, e.g. bobsbaking.com, you will be able to do that if you pay a monthly fee to teachable. This is fairly inexpensive and there are extra features available, especially if you can sell some courses, but this tutorial will only cover use of the free plan.
Your Own School
By the way, please understand that Teachable is not a marketplace, so you won’t suddenly have a flood of customers after you set up (or any customers for that matter). There are other platforms that are full online learning marketplaces, such as udemy.com where you can get customers straight away. Rather teachable allows you to build your own school and you can take responsibility for the marketing yourself.
Each of the parts of this step will have a mini-task so that you can follow along with the setup on teachable or you can watch the whole thing in one go in the task section. So here’s the first mini-task.
- Create an account: Use this link to go and register on teachable.com
- Click the “get started” button and fill out your details
- You will then get through to your “onboarding” dashboard
- The “onboarding” dashboard will be there until you publish your school.
- There are 4 steps: webinar, create course, customize look and feel, set up domain name.
- You do not need to go the webinar, so you can begin by creating a course.
- Go and confirm your email address by clicking the link they send you
- Once you are there, click on the + sign beside courses and you will begin creating your course.
- Fill out the “New Course” Information page and click “Create Course”
10B: CREATE & PUBLISH YOUR COURSE
Now that you have created your account on teachable.com and added your course, you will need to add your curriculum. This will be easy because you have all the steps in place already from your previous tasks. In teachable.com, they break the course into “sections” and “lectures”, much like you have created your “Steps” and “Learning Points”.
Sections & Lectures
If you look in the top right corner of the page you will see a button to add a new section. To the right of each section title, you have another button to add a new lecture. You will have to click these buttons to add your steps and learning points. Don’t forget to include a first section for your course overview step and a last section for your recap of the course!
After you have created a section, you can drag the sections around by clicking the 3 little horizontal bars on the left of the section title. To change the title of a section, just click the little pencil beside the title and type in your new title. Bear in mind you can click the “bulk upload” button at the top if you want to upload a lot of files at one time, for example, all your videos, or your resources. Then you will be able to choose them from your online teachable space when you are creating your lectures.
- Change the first section title to “Course Overview”
- Click “New Section” at the top and add in your first step.
- Repeat that until you have added all your steps!
- To the right of your first step, click “New Lecture” and add your first “Learning Point” as the title.
- Add your video into the “Add File” section, then add your script into the “Add Text” section.
- Notice you can add a quiz if you want for multiple choice questions at the end of each lecture.
- Repeat this for all the learning points in your step.
- Now add 4 more lectures into this section: overview, resource, task, recap.
- Drag the overview lecture to the beginning of the section and leave the resource, task & recap at the end.
- You have already recorded videos and created text / resources for these sections, so you can add them.
- Repeat instructions 4-10 for all your steps.
- In the course overview section at the beginning, add some lectures for your intro videos.
- In the last section of your course, add two lectures, one for a recap of the course & one to say congratulations.
- Finally, select from 3 buttons to the right of each lecture to make them downloadable, published or as preview!
- Scroll to the end of the curriculum page and click “Next” on the right.
- You will then get to a pricing page where you can choose from 4 options depending on your preferences.
- After you have chosen your pricing option, you can scroll to the end and click publish.
- You will then get through to your course page and you can see all the information about the course in one place.
- On this page you can add a course thumbnail 960x540px – create an image this size with your course title and upload.
- You can also add a promo video – try creating a video less than one minute explaining the main objective of the course.
10C: CUSTOMIZE YOUR SCHOOL
Dashboard – Look & Feel
Now that you have created your curriculum, click on the “Dashboard” icon in the top left. You are going to click the “Customize look and feel” option. When you do that, you will get through to a “logo and background”page. You can add some images there and a logo. Scroll down, choose your fonts and then choose your colours. To get back to this page in future, click the icon which is 2 below the dashboard icon in the top left: this is for site settings, and these settings are for your “theme”. These settings are for your overall “Teachable School” rather than just your course.
Set Up Your Domain
Then click the dashboard icon again and go to click the “Set up your domain name” option. Choose the right option for you. Again, you will start off with your-chosen-words.teachable.com but you can change it in future to your-chosen-words.com in future if you upgrade your teachable account. You can get back to this screen in future by clicking the same “site” icon and clicking the option below “themes” which is “domains”. For now, you can just click “Confirm Domain”. Then, click “Return to the dashboard”.
Launch Your School
The dashboard then says 75% complete and wants you to sign up to the webinar. You can if you want and there is plenty of information on that webinar, but you can skip it if you want. For now, you can click the “Launch your school” option, then scroll down underneath the pricing options and click on the “Launch school with the Free plan” link at the end of the page. You will get a message saying “Your school has launched!”
- Click the dashboard icon top left
- Click the customize look and feel option
- Add some images and a logo
- Choose your fonts and choose your colours
- Click the dashboard icon again
- Click the “Set up your domain name” option
- Click the “Confirm Domain” option
- Click “Return to the dashboard”
- Click the “Launch your school” option
- Scroll down underneath the pricing options and click on the “Launch school with the Free plan” link
10D: CONFIGURE YOUR TEACHABLE OPTIONS
Your Payment Info
Now you have created your school and published your course, you can set up your payment options. By default, when you set up on Teachable, it will use the teachable payment processor to charge your customers and you will be sent funds on a monthly basis to your PayPal account. So the first thing you need to do after publishing your school is to add your PayPal email address. At the top of the page you will see a message in red saying “In order to be paid out by Teachable, you must provide a working PayPal address.” Click on that link and add your PayPal address, then scroll down and click “Save”.
There are many teachable options now available to you and what follows will be a quick run-through of the main options in the admin dashboard. Do some exploring there in your own time and see what’s available. There are also a lot of resources for helping you launch and promote your course. On the left, there are icons that navigate you through your site admin dashboard.
- The top 2, “dashboard” and “users” just show general info about students of your school and course.
- The next one, “site” is where you control various parts of your school. Inside there you have a sub-menu:
- “Theme” is for appearance,
- “Domains” self-explanatory,
- “Navigation” where you control your menus,
- “Authors” if you want to have more than one author,
- “Pages” you can add and edit your own static pages,
- “Custom text” you can change the default words that are used around your site.
- “Code Snippets” – you can add any kinds of code snippets in here, such as your google analytics codes or facebook pixel codes here if you know what they are, but don’t worry if you don’t – your site will work fine.
- The next 2 icons are for “transactions” and “emails” where you can see information relating to transactions and emails for your school.
- The next icon is for your “courses” and you can access the settings for the course you just created there. You can also add more courses there if you want. If you click that and click on your course, you will see lots of options relating to your course, such as your curriculum, your sales page options, your pricing and much more.
- The next icon is for your “plan” where you can see the pricing options for teachable and what’s included with each one.
- The next icon is for “help” and there you can search for any answers to questions you have about using teachable in their knowledge database.
- The final option is “settings” where you just have a sub menu relating to your school. Inside this,
- “general” has some simple options about your school and lectures.
- “payments” gives you options in relation to taking payment for your courses.
- “taxes” is self explanatory, as is the “plan” and “integrations” settings.
- “labs” option: you can enable a blog and comments in your school.
That’s about it for the options in teachable. Good luck with your new school.
Launching Your Course
To actually sell your course online, you need to set up a marketing strategy. There will be another course on “How To Launch & Market Your Online Course” soon here on 10000members.com so stay tuned.
- Click on the final icon on the left for “Settings”
- Scroll down to the end and click “Labs”
- Click “Enable Blog” button
- Click “Enable Discussion” button
- Now when you click “Site” you will have a sub-menu called “Blog” where you can add new posts.
That is it, you have finished the “10000 Members Course Creation” course – hopefully you enjoyed it or at least found it useful. Please send us your feedback and suggestions and of course please recommend it to anyone you think could be a good student. Congratulations and best of luck with your online course!
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