With so much buzz around online education, it is not surprising that the interest in Learning Management Systems is constantly growing. More and more people around the world recognize the value of innovations in training and education and start searching for the right Learning Management System software to satisfy the needs of modern learners.
Making a bold launch for an online courses business and even more so getting it up and running successfully is praiseworthy. Unfortunately, practice shows not everyone manages to build a six-figure business and secure a steady income stream.
How to make headway then? How to start an online courses business? How to attract a bunch of clients willing to study and be trained online? Where to get knowledge about eLearning basics, the fundamentals of online courses business promotion, eLearning trends, misconceptions and thing to be aware of?
If these questions have been bothering you for a long time, then the podcast episodes collection we’ve gathered is worth listening to.
Sit back and put your earphones on!
1. How to Achieve Expert Status?
One of the obstacles that keep people from launching an online courses business is lack of expert status. They are afraid that nobody will get enrolled in their courses because they don’t have a name, expertise, and industry credibility. The thing they forget is their unique vision, voice and the way of presenting information.
Believe it or not, people buy a course not because of your credibility, but because they like how you put ideas into words!
To learn how to get people to perceive you as an expert and deal with the fear of being criticized listen to the podcast episode “How to Achieve Expert Status”, hosted by an online course expert and entrepreneur – Grant Weherley.
Digital revolution affects education too, changing the whole learning process in so many ways. The word “e-learning” doesn’t sound unfamiliar to many of us these days. Moreover, most of us associate it with not only technological progress but also with big opportunities.
But is e-learning really as effective as it seems? Or it cannot replace classical education (at least at this point)? Let’s find it out together.
First, let’s focus on benefits of e-learning.
1. ELearning does help save costs.
Moreover, it helps both educational institutions and students do so. Colleges don’t have to provide students with space for learning and with some additional materials for their education. Students don’t have to travel somewhere to build new skills and gain new knowledge.
While e-learning still requires teachers to record their lectures and create courses, these learning materials can be used for a long time and easily changed when the need comes. Therefore, colleges save money on instructors and professors too.
Whether you are just thinking of starting your own eLearning business or working on making it successful and profitable, surely, time after time you have wondered why some eLearning projects succeed and others fail.
Of course, there is no single cause of the eLearning business “death” and there is a bunch of mistakes that can cost eLearning businesses millions starting from a “weak” idea to management mistakes along the business journey but we thought you might want to find out the most common ones.
When it comes to creating eLearning courses, there are two hot topics that never go out of style in the eLearning circles. The first one is “How to create a qualitative and engaging eLearning course?” and the second one is how to do so on a tight eLearning budget.
Because the two of them determine the success of your eLearning business in the long run: whether you will have a steady stream of customers waiting to get enrolled in your eLearning courses and whether the funding is used wisely.
We have already written about the main principles of effective e-course creation (in case you’ve missed it please read the post The Secret of an Effective Course Creation), now it is time to find out how to create such a course when the budget is constrained.
We asked top learning designers to share the insights on how to design an eLearning course with limited resources. An interesting fact that nobody told us that it was impossible or the course would be tiresome and plain then, moreover, there turned out to be many ways to save money when creating an eLearning course, therewith making it engaging, interactive and well-designed.
Want to know the secrets? Keep reading…
Starting your own online courses business is exciting and terrifying at the same time.
On one side, it is the only way to get out of your day-to-day office routine, long hours of office work and the boss you cannot stand.
On the other side, you take a huge risk and put everything on the line. You have a family to support, a mortgage to pay.
The thought that you might fail, get in debt up to your ears and beg for your job back terrifies you.
I bet you had not one sleepless night weighing all pros and cons, am I right?
You’ve read dozens of books, hundreds of eLearning industry experts interviews, thousands of blog post on how to be a successful entrepreneur, how to create engaging courses, how to apply effective eLearning techniques…
But all of this is a theory.
You need real-life examples from people like you, who risked, made mistakes, faced challenges and got where they are now.
More than a year ago we launched a new blog series called “Experts’ Interviews”. We have interviewed many talented people: award winning instructional designers, experienced educators, teachers, conference speakers, bestselling book authors, LMS consultants, and instructional technology specialists.
All these people shared their experience, the mistakes not to make, obstacles to overcome, valuable pieces of advice and ideas to inspire and motivate.
Over the years technology has been changing the way we live, communicate, educate and learn. Smartphones, laptops, social networks, unlimited access to the Internet, immediacy of information… Technology has become such a significant part of our everyday lives that we stopped noticing it. But are these changes for the good or bad? Have we become less creative and able to think deeply? How to deal with screen addictions and students’ social anxieties when it comes to face to face interactions?
When teachers begin to experiment with blended learning, they immediately face a bunch of questions: What are the benefits of blended learning? Which blended learning models should I use? How to make the blended class effective? What hidden rocks should I be aware of? And many others. To clarify the blended learning question we’ve interviewed a Google Certified Teacher and the author of numerous book on the blended learning – Catlin Tucker.
The way adults and children learn differs radically, and “being too old to learn” is not the main point. You can use the same LMS software and even apply the principles of kids’ learning to teaching adults, but if you don’t know what makes an adult learner engaged, motivated and excited about your online course, the chances the training will fail are pretty high.