Udemy course upload guide
I decided to put this piece together in order to help you not to go through the mental turmoil I went through as I uploaded my course on Udemy.
Before I finished creating my course, I went through several Udemy free courses on course creation. I gathered lots of knowledge about video quality, audio quality, lightening, mics, editing software and how to market my course once it gets approved. Like that wasn’t enough, I went on with watching YouTube videos on how to create and upload courses on Udemy. After completing this process, I felt well equipped to upload my course without stress once it gets completed. Despite my thorough preparation, a stressless upload wasn’t the case. That wasn’t the case because of the absence of some relevant information in the videos I watched. Those relevant information are what I will be making available for you here.
In those videos, it was said that uploading a course on Udemy is fast and easy. It is easy but it’s not fast. The delay in the upload process was what threw me into a mental turmoil. Can you imagine how it feels to set out to achieve a task on a particular day and then you end up not achieving it? I couldn’t conclude the upload process in one day.
Now to the details.
I will go through the various sections that there are within the course upload space and place focus on those areas where delay could be experienced. The first section and sub sections are:
1. Plan your course
· Target your student
· Course structure
· Setup & test video
I will go through them individually.
Target your student: this is where you provide what students will learn from your course, if they need to have any prior knowledge about the course as well as who your target students are.
Course structure: just tips on the structure of your course.
Setup & test video: if you are not sure of you have the right video settings, you could create and upload a test video for review. The recommended video quality is 720p and 15–30 frames per second.
2. Create your content
· Film and edit
· Captions (optional)
Film and edit: can be skipped.
Curriculum: this is where videos, quizzes, assignments and resources can be uploaded.
Captions (optional): can be skipped.
3. Publish your course
· Course landing page
· Course messages
Course landing page: this is where you describe your course in not less than 200 words. You select a category, sub-category, the course level and also provide the topic that is basically taught in the course. You will also need to upload a course photo (without text on it), i.e. what students will see when they call up your course as well as a promotion video, if you have one. (no one mentioned that the description must not be less than 200 words).
At this stage as well, you will be asked to create a profile before your course can be published. A profile with your name, picture (with a minimum dimension of 200 x 200) and not less than 50 words of biography. (no one ever mentioned that). All these made it not as fast as it has been preached to be.
Pricing: before you can set a price for your course, you need to choose a payout method. After making a choice, that choice will still need to be verified. I was told that the verification could take 2 to 3 days but it took few hours, which to me was impressive. After the verification has been successfully completed, you can then set a price for your course.
Promotion: if you do not upload a promotion video, your first uploaded video will automatically be used as a promotion video.
Course messages: this is optional. These are welcome and congratulatory messages that you would like to write to your students.
4. Submit for review
Before your course can be submitted for review, two things (which no none ever mentioned) must be done:
· Instructor verification
· Setting up a URL for your course
As an instructor, your identity must be verified before you can submit your course for review. In my case, the verification wasn’t successful with the use of a provided data page. A page where I provided my details and clicked the verify button, but it just didn’t work after several attempts. I was then redirected to another verification platform where I had to upload my ID. This could take about 2 to 3 days. In my case, it took several hours.
You need to set up a course URL before you can successfully submit your course for review. This is how to set up one https://www.udemy.com/course/course_name
Name in this case meaning the name of your course.
In conclusion, these hurdles are for the instructor’s cybersecurity and I totally support that. But knowing about them ahead of time will make one better prepared and put mental turmoil away.
I hope this was useful to you. All the best in your course creation journey!