Adding captions to lectures is a great way of increasing user engagement and accessibility for your courses. This article outlines how you can add captions to your course.
There are a few ways that you can create captions for courses. Udemy for Business relies on .vtt files for caption uploads, so any method you use will need to create a .vtt file (please note that captions are not a simple transcript or script of your course, but must be in this specific file format).
You can create .vtt files from scratch, using a simple text editor (for more info, please click here), and you can use free captioning software like Aegisub (link here). You can also use paid services like Cielo24 (link here).
How to Upload Captions to Your Udemy Course
Once you have prepared the .vtt caption files, you can upload them to your course lecture by following the steps below:
1. Navigate to the Course Management page and click on Captions on the left hand side
2. At the top of the Captions page, select the language of the captions that you are uploading
3. Move your cursor to the video lecture that you have created captions for, and click on the upload icon
4. Once the caption has been successfully uploaded, the .vtt caption file will be visible
How to Edit Captions
If you would like to improve and edit the captions for your course, you can do so by following these steps:
- Click Captions on the left hand side of the Course Management page.
- On the captions page, click the download icon on the right hand side of the lecture to download the .VTT caption file for it.
- Open the .VTT file in a text editor on your machine, and make any necessary edits to the caption text (there are also a number of caption editing programs available around the web, with examples linked here). Save the changes you make, keeping the file in .VTT file format.
- Upload the caption file to the corresponding course lecture by clicking on the upload icon. Your revised caption file will automatically replace the auto-generated caption file attached to the lecture.
How to Delete a Captions File
If you need to delete the captions file for a lecture, simply click on the trash can icon that appears on the right. Please note that the .vtt file cannot be recovered once it’s been deleted.
How to Disable or Enable The Captions
If you need to disable all of the existing captions for a specific language, you can quickly do so by following these steps:
- Navigate to the Captions page
- Select the language of the captions that you wish to disable
- Click Disable on the right hand side
To enable the caption files, simply follow the steps outline above and click on Enable. Please note: in order to make the Enable icon active (green), each lecture on the Captions page must have a .vtt file uploaded to it.
Coding exercises are an interactive tool you can add to your programming courses, so your users can get practical coding experience. Users can enter code directly onto the page and can run the function without switching programs or screens. The exercises also provide hints for users when they’ve made an entry error, so they can correct the mistake and proceed with their coding.
To add a coding exercise to your course curriculum, please follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the Curriculum page of your course
- Scroll to the bottom of the Curriculum page and click on Add Coding Exercise
- Choose the programming language users will use for the exercise
- Enter the exercise you would like users to solve. For detailed information on how to create exercises for each language, please click here.
- Check the exercise’s solution by clicking on Check Solution at the bottom right hand of the page
- If the solution is correct, click Save at the top right hand of the page. You can also preview the coding exercise by clicking on Preview
The assignments feature provides instructors with a comprehensive way for users to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in your course. With assignments, instructors can create various questions for users to answer regarding the course concepts. In addition, instructors can upload instructions and solutions in video format, and provide feedback on the completed assignments users submit.
After users complete the assignment, they can compare their work with the instructor’s solutions, and receive feedback from their fellow users if they wish.
This article outlines how you can create assignments for your course, and in doing so, connect your users' new skills and knowledge with a real-world application.
Creating an Assignment
To create an assignment, navigate to the Curriculum page of your course, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on Add Assignment to begin creating the assignment.
After you click on Add Assignment, you’ll be prompted to fill out the assignment’s basic information. This includes the assignment’s title, a description, and the estimated time it will take for users to complete it (in minutes).
Once you have entered the assignment’s basic information, click Save to proceed.
On this page, you will enter the instructions for the assignment. The instructions can be in either video or text format. If you include both, the instructions in text will appear below the video.
The instructions should describe the activity, the purpose of the assignment, what your users need to do, and list any materials that are needed to complete it. You can also upload any downloadable resources here that users can use to complete the assignment.
On the Questions page you will create the assignment’s questions. Each assignment must include at least one question. You can add as many questions as you'd like, but please consider that users will type their answers into a text box next to each question.
Once you have finished entering the question, click on Submit. Then, to create another question, click on Add more.
After you’ve finished creating the assignment’s questions, click on Solutions on the left hand side of the page.
On the Solutions page you can enter answers for the questions you’ve created, and upload a video for your users to view, where you discuss the assignment’s solution. In addition, downloadable resources can also be added to this page.
To enter text responses for the questions you’ve created, click on Add answer, which appears under the question. Once you’ve entered the solution, click Submit.
Previewing and Publishing the Assignment
You can preview the assignment at anytime, to see how it will appear to your users, by clicking on Preview at the top right hand of the page.
Once you have entered the assignment’s basic information, instructions, questions and solutions, you can publish the assignment by clicking on Publish to the left of the Preview icon.
Editing the Assignment
If you need to edit the assignment after it’s been published, you can do so at anytime. On the course Curriculum page, move your cursor to the assignment, and then click on the pencil icon that appears beside the assignment’s title.
Providing and Reviewing Feedback
After a user has completed an assignment you will receive a notification. You can review their answers and provide feedback by following the steps below:
1. Navigate to your Instructor Dashboard
2. Click on the Assignments tab
3. Completed assignments that have been submitted will appear on this page. You can use the various filter options on the left hand side to search through the assignments.
4. Click on the assignment you wish to provide feedback for, and enter it in the Give Feedback section. Once you’ve entered your response, click on Submit.
Practice Tests enable instructors to create comprehensive, longform simulated exams that users can use to assess their knowledge of a particular subject. Similar to Quizzes, Practice Tests are composed of multiple choice or multiple selection questions, but unlike Quizzes, Practice Tests can provide a longer, more robust assessment tool.
While Practice Tests can be added to any standard course, they are particularly useful for subjects when users are preparing for a final exam. Examples of these types of exams include the SAT, GMAT, ACT, or the various certification exams used in various professional industries like IT, Architecture, Finance, and Business.
Please note: practice-test-only courses cannot be created for the Udemy for Business content collection.
This article outlines how instructors can create and add practice tests to their courses.
How to Add a Practice Test to Your Curriculum
To add a practice test for your course curriculum, follow the steps below:
1. Navigate to the Course Curriculum page, scroll down to the bottom, and click on Add Practice Test
2. Enter the practice test’s title, description, how much time users have to complete the exam, and the minimum score they must get in order to pass it. The option to randomize the order of questions and answers in the exam, can also be toggled on here.
Once this information has been entered, click on Add Practice Test to proceed.
The practice test will be added to your curriculum, and you can now begin adding questions to it.
How to Add Questions to a Practice Test
Once you have added the practice test to your curriculum, you can add questions to it, by using either the Add Single Question or Batch Question Uploader options.
To begin, click on Add Questions on the right hand side of the Practice Test icon. Next, you will be asked to select either the Add Single Question or Batch Question Uploader option.
Using the Add Single Question Option
Questions can be created and added to a practice test, one-by-one, by using the Add Single Questionoption.
After you click Add Single Question, you will be prompted to create either a Multiple Choice or Multiple Selection question. The questions in a multiple choice format have only one correct answer. In a multiple selection question, however, more than one correct answer can be selected.
Once you’ve selected the type of question you wish to create, follow these steps to complete it:
- Enter the question
- Create possible answers. You can write up to 15.
- Select the correct answer(s) by clicking on the circle to the left
- Enter an explanation as to why that answer is the correct one. If you’re creating a Multiple Selection question, then outline why each answer is correct
- Add a Knowledge Area (optional). If your practice test contains groups of questions that focus on certain sub-topics, you can create Knowledge Areas and add questions into them. After users complete the Practice Test, they will see their overall score, as well as their score in each Knowledge Area.
- Click Save
After you’ve saved the question, you can add the next questions in the test by repeating the steps outlined above.
Using the Batch Question Uploader
The Bulk Question Uploader allows you to upload an existing set of questions into a Udemy Practice Test. To use the uploader, first download Udemy's Practice Test Question Template, and format your questions according to the document. A link to download the template will appear after you click on the Bulk Question Uploader option.
The template can be used for either Multiple Choice or Multiple Selection questions.
Once you’ve completed the template, return to the Bulk Question Uploader option in the Practice Test, and click on Upload CSV File.
Previewing the Test
Once you’ve added questions to the Practice Test, you can see how the exam will appear to users, by clicking on Preview
Publishing the Practice Test
Once the practice test is created and the questions have been added, you can make it live in the course by clicking on Publish Practice Test.
Practice Test FAQ
Do users have to finish the exam once they’ve started it? Or can they pause it and return to the practice test later?
If a user needs to leave during the practice test, or they decide they wish to work on something else and they exit the exam, the timer will automatically pause. When they’re ready to return to the practice test, the exam will resume where the user left off.
Can users review their answers and see their final score?
Yes. Users can review all the answers they’ve submitted by clicking on “Review Questions” after they’ve completed the exam. Their final score will also be posted after they complete the test.
Can users take the practice test more than once?
Yes. Just like our quiz feature, users can go back and retake the practice exam as many times as they wish.
Do users have to pass the practice test in order to receive their Certificate of Completion for the course?
No. As long as users complete the practice test, and all of the course’s curriculum items, they will receive a Certificate of Completion, even if they do not pass the exam.
Can user manually mark the practice test as complete?
No. Users must complete each question in the practice test before the system will record the exam as completed.
Use the messaging tool to send a private message to any user enrolled in your course. When a message is sent, a user will receive an email and a notification will appear on their profile.
Send a User a Private Message
- Click under your photo at the top right of the navigation bar.
- Select Messages
- Click Compose on the left hand side
- Type the user's name and your message
- Click Send
Please keep the direct messaging guidelines in mind when using this feature.
Follow these steps to publish your individual lectures before publishing your course.
Step 1: Publish each lecture individually
Step 2: Select Publish Course on the left navigation panel
Step 3: You will be prompted to set a course URL and select a Topic in which you would like this course to appear.
If you are not an admin of your Udemy for Business account, you will be prompted to “Request Publishing Course.” An admin will need to approve for publishing.
A course image gives users a snapshot of your course content, and can be a great way to grab a user's attention. Course images should be in high resolution, and sized 2048 by 1152 pixels.
Add an Image to a Course
- From the Instructor Dashboard select the course you would like to change
- On the left-hand side of the page, under Course Landing Page and scroll down to Course Image
- Click choose an image file to upload an image
- When it's finished uploading, crop the image by dragging the upper right hand corner of the image into the corner of the image screen. Click Crop Image
- Click Save
If you've uploaded a video to your course curriculum, but have encountered delays or issues in the processing stage, then please refer to the troubleshooting steps below. These should help clear up the problem so you can resume building or editing your course.
Troubleshoot Video Processing
When the upload bar has filled completely, the file will begin processing and it should finish processing on its own. If the file is still processing after 5 hours, however, please delete the lecture and start again.
If you see the error message There is an issue with your file preventing successful processing, then please try the following steps:
- Make sure that the file name does not contain any special characters or symbols. Try removing spaces and underscores
- Change the video format. The preferred format is .MP4 codec H.264
- Reduce the size of the file. Uploads should not be larger than 4 GB.
- Reduce the resolution of the file. Videos up to 1080p are preferred.
- If you're uploading a PDF, make sure that the document is not password protected.
- Check that you can open and view your file on your computer and it is the correct file.
If you are having still having trouble, please contact Udemy Support and we'll be happy to offer some assistance. If you could also include the following information, this will help our support agents investigate and resolve the issue for you.
- Lecture file
- Operating system you're using
- Internet connection speed
- Screenshot of the error message
- The troubleshooting steps you've tried
Whether you're adding lectures to your course using the web uploader or Bulk File Uploader, problems can occur during the uploading or processing phase. Before trying anything else, make sure that the file name does not contain any special characters or symbols. Try removing spaces and underscores.
Troubleshooting Video Uploading
While the bar is being filled, the file is being uploaded.
Most uploading issues are caused by a poor internet connection. If you experience issues while the video is being uploaded it is likely caused by one of the following:
- Internet speed
- Bandwidth limit has been reached
- You are connected to the internet through a VPN and your connection provider has blocked uploads
In each case, try uploading the video from a different internet connection.
If you are receiving one of the following messages:
- “System couldn’t initiate their upload”
- “Signature is not correct”
- “Problem initiating upload request”
- "Invalid according to Policy: Policy expired"
The issue is caused by a problem with Udemy. These issues can be resolved by deleting the lecture and uploading the file again from a different browser like Google Chrome. You can also try uploading your file using the Bulk File Uploader.
If you are still having trouble, please contact Udemy Support and include:
- Lecture file
- Operating system you're using
- Internet connection speed
Adding a multiple choice quiz to your course allows users to assess themselves as they learn course material. You can add a quiz to the course curriculum directly and it will appear in the course outline, where potential users can view your course.
Creating a Quiz
- From Instructor Dashboard go to the course roadmap.
- On the left-hand side of the page, under Course Content, click Curriculum
- Scroll to the bottom of the curriculum and click Add Quiz
- Name the quiz and add a description and click Add Quiz again
After creating a new quiz, it’s time to add multiple choice questions.
- Click Add Questions and select Multiple Choice
- Write the question you want to ask. You can even add an image.
- Enter choices. You can add up to 15 choices.
- Indicate the correct answer by pressing the bubble next to one of the multiple choices
- Recommended: Add further explanations to your answers.
To further help users, you can link a quiz to a specific lecture. With a related lecture, a user can return to a previous lecture and review material. Add a related lecture by clicking the dropdown menu under Related Lecture. The related lecture will only appear after a user has submitted their answer.
Editing a Quiz
Quizzes can be edited at any time.
- Hover your mouse over a question. An icon will appear:
- Edit - Clicking the pencil will allow you to modify quiz questions.
- Delete - The trashcan will permanently erase a quiz question.
- Move - The three lines will allow you to drag and drop questions.
Previewing and Publishing Your Quiz
When you're finished writing the quiz, click Publish to add it to your course. You can also preview the quiz as a user. You will not be able to submit responses, but you can see what the quiz will look like visually when users are taking the course.
Once you've added a lecture to your course outline, you will be able to add a description. The lecture description describe what users should expect to learn in the lecture.
Adding a Description
- From the Instructor Dashboard, select the course you wish to edit
- On the left hand side of the Course Management, click Curriculum
- If the lecture is already published, click the white arrow to the right to view details
- Click Add Description
- Type a description and click Save
Please note: the lecture description is only visible to potential users on the course landing page, and will not be shown to enrolled users on the course dashboard page.
If you have created your lecture in PowerPoint, and want to turn the file in to a video with narration, you can do this without any additional software. This feature is available in PowerPoint 2010 and later.
Record a Narration
Under the Slide Show Tab, choose Record Slideshow. This will launch the Presentation, and will record your narration through whatever is set as the default microphone on your computer (be sure to test that audio is being picked up by external mics). Go through your presentation normally, and it will record the entire session. Be aware that under the same Record Slideshow dropdown, you can record over individual slides if you make a mistake.
Save it as a Video
After recording the presentation, click File > Save as > Save as type. You will see an option called Windows Media Video or .wmv which will save your presentation as a video. Be sure to save your file as both a PowerPoint file and a windows media file, so you can go back and edit the PowerPoint later.
When you’re planning your course, you might be wondering which format to use for individual lectures. You have the choice between video files, text, audio, presentation or mashups. And even within video, you can either create a headshot, screencast or go over slides.
Does it really matter which format a lecture is in? And should you try and mix it up? The answer to both questions is yes. Great instructional design begins with presenting the material in a way that best supports user learning. We will help you do this, so read on!
Depending on the content you are teaching in an individual lecture, you should pick the lecture format carefully. Below you will find a list of all the possible formats and tips when to best use them. Mixing it up provides variation to users, which helps against boredom and refocuses attention, so try to show your face again once in awhile.
Purpose: Build trust & credibility, demonstrate support or empathy for users, provide variation
Use for: Intro video, intro or summary of section, when you share a story or share your perspective, when you would otherwise stay on the same slide / screen page for a longer time (more than 30 seconds)
Purpose: Focus attention on key points, visualize complicated mental models, ensure spelling is known
Use for: Multi-step concepts, highlighting key points, defining jargon, visualizing models
Don’t forget you can include images in slides too!
Tip: Use large font for users watching your course on mobile!
Purpose: Walk through multi-step processes
Use for: Describing how to use software or find relevant examples on the internet, get users to follow along
Tip: Zoom in for users watching your course on mobile!
Headshot With Bullet Points
Purpose: Highlight key points while still having the personal touch through the headshot
Use for: Highlighting key points in your speech. But: Keep it simple - not too much text or too much action in the video
Tip: Use large font for users watching your course on mobile!
Purpose: Provide variation, self-guided learning, easy way to combine text & images
Use for: Concepts/step-by-step guides that users can work through on their own, materials that need to be seen written, intro or summary of section, supplemental material
Purpose: An audio lecture lets your voice do the teaching.
Use for: An aural experience can be useful to stimulate the imagination and promote independent visualization and knowledge association. If you use an audio lecture, make sure your audio is clean, crisp, and easy to listen to!
Purpose: A presentation means slides (e.g. PowerPoint, Keynote).
Use for: Slides are a great way to combine text and visuals to explain concepts in an effective and efficient way. Use meaningful graphics and clearly legible text!
Video & Slide Mashup
Video & Slide Mashup allows you to timesync a video with slides. The slides will show up large and the video is played in the bottom right hand corner. Remember that movement in a second screen can be distracting, so don’t use it when you want your users to focus on the screen rather than your face.
Purpose: Still have a personal touch through video while walking users through software or websites, provide variation
Use for: Simple / easy-to-follow screen pages. Don’t use when a user’s full attention actually needs to be on the screencast
By using the bulk file uploader not only can you can upload multiple files to your course at once, you can access files you may have stored with services like Google Drive. The bulk file uploader also lists all the files that have been uploaded, when they were uploaded and whether the upload was successful.
Accessing the Bulk File Uploader
You can access the new file uploader by clicking on the course you wish to edit, on the Instructor Dashboard. The Bulk Uploader icon is posted on the right hand side of the Course Curriculum page.
Uploading Files From Your Computer
You can select the files you wish to upload from your computer, and begin the uploading process, by clicking on Choose Files or by dragging the files onto the file uploader page.
Adding Files From External Hosts
You can also access files you may have stored with services like Google Drive, and then add them to course library via the Bulk Uploader. Click on the location where the file is, and you will be prompted to establish a connection to the file's host.
Once you have selected the file you would like to add to the course, click on Upload on the bottom right. If the upload is successful, an Upload Complete notification will appear.
Un-linking Integrated Apps From the Bulk Uploader
After you have linked an external host to the Bulk Uploader, you may decide you wish to unlink it. You can do this for all the services the uploader supports [Dropbox, Facebook, Google Drive, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive, OneDrive], by logging into any of the apps you granted the bulk uploader access to [integrated app]. Then you can revoke the Bulk Uploader's access from there.
1) After being granted the Bulk Uploader access to Dropbox you should receive an email like below.
2) Click on the account page and you will be redirected to your account (notice the Udemy Filestack (Bulk Uploader).
3). Click on "X" and the Bulk Uploader's access will be revoked from Dropbox. Please note: for all other file services, you can revoke access by disabling Filepicker as an app that is connected to Udemy.
Adding Files Using the Click and Drag Option
Files can also be added to your library by clicking on the file you wish to add, and then by dragging it onto the bulk file uploader page where it says Drag files here. To complete the process, click on Upload on the bottom right. Please note: it may take a moment or two before the Upload option appears, after you drag the files onto the page. If the upload is successful, an Upload Complete notification will appear.
The filenames that have been added to your library will be listed below the uploading options.The file's type and upload date is also included to the right of the filename. There is also a Status column, which lists whether a file uploaded correctly by stating Success or Failed. If the upload has not been finalized yet you will see Processing.
To delete a file from your library, click on the trash can icon on the right hand side. Please note that deleting a file from your library cannot be undone.
Adding Files From Your Library to Your Course
You can access your library to add content to your course, by clicking on Add From Library as you create or edit your lectures.
Please note that Mashup lectures are created using the browser uploader, and as a result, the files in your library cannot be accessed to build this type of lecture. For instructions on how to create a Mashup lecture please refer to this article.
Closed captioning files are also added to lectures using the browser uploader, and cannot be added to a lecture from your library.
For additional information on how to add closed captions to your lectures, please click here.
Files and resources that have been added to your account via the Bulk Uploader, can quickly be accessed and managed in your library. You can move these files to a specific lecture or store them in your library for future use.
Adding Files to Your Library
You can add files to your library by using the Bulk Uploader, which is located on the right hand side of the Curriculum page.
For more information on how to use the Bulk Uploader, please refer to this article.
Sorting Your Files
You can sort through your files by, Filename, Type and Date Uploaded by clicking on the arrow that appears to the right of each category.
Checking the File Status
You can also see whether a file has been successfully added to your library by checking the Status column.
If the file has been uploaded to the library, and is ready to use, you will see Success posted in this column. You will see Processing if the file is still being prepared for use, and Failed, if the file was not successfully uploaded.
Deleting a File
To delete a file from your library, click on the trash can icon on the right hand side.
Please note that deleting a file from your library cannot be undone.
Moving Files From Your Library to Your Course
To add videos and other resources to your lectures from your library, head to the Curriculum page of the course you would like to edit. Next, you can access your library and add content to your course, by clicking on Add From Library as you create or edit your lectures.
Note that you can only access your library when you are creating a new lecture and when you are editing an existing lecture. Also, once you add the file to your course, it will no longer be stored in your library. As a result, if you wish to use the same file in another lecture, then it will need to be uploaded again.
For more information on creating a new lecture, please click here.
If you have any additional questions on how to manage files in your library, please contact Udemy for Business support.
A mashup lecture displays a video and PDF document side-by-side so users can easily follow your lecture notes while they watch a video.
Adding a Mashup Lecture to the Course Curriculum
- From the My Courses page, select your course.
- On the left hand side of the page, click Curriculum
- Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click Add Lecture
- Name the lecture and click Add Lecture again.
- Click Add Content
- Select Video & slide mashup
Upload Lecture Content
After adding the mashup to the curriculum, it's time to add content. Mashups are created with a video file and a PDF document. File uploads are limited to 1.0 GB.
Once the files are uploaded, they will begin processing. Depending on your internet connection speed, the files should take about 5 minutes to process.
- Add a video and PDF to the lecture by clicking upload video and upload PDF file (please note: currently files can only be added to mashup lectures via the browser uploader, and not the bulk file uploader)
- When both files finish uploading, you can preview the video and PDF.
- Click use this video and use this presentation when you're ready to continue.
Synchronizing Using the Text Editor
Once you have uploaded your video and PDF slide, you can synchronize the mashup lecture with the Text Editor. Add the slide and time in the format of slide (number), time (in seconds). For example 1,0 means that the first slide in the presentation will appear when the video starts. Another example, 6,420 means that the sixth slide in the presentation will appear after 8 minutes (420 seconds) after the video has started.
When you're finished synchronizing the slides with the video, click Continue & Preview. If you're satisfied with how everything looks, click Save & Continue. When you're ready to have the lecture appear in your course, click Publish.
You can add new lectures and upload content to your course in a few easy steps.
Adding a New Lecture
- From the Instructor Dashboard, select the course you wish to edit
- Click Curriculum on the left side of the dashboard
- Scroll to the bottom of the curriculum and click Add Lecture
- Enter the lecture title and click Add Lecture
- To upload the content or videos to your course, click Add Content and select the type of file you want to add.
- The uploader accepts five different types of files: Video (.mp4, .mov, .wmv), Video & Slide Mashup (sync video and presentation files together), Article (rich-text editor), audio ( .mp3, or .wav ) and presentation (pdf).
- Click Upload to select the appropriate file from your computer. If you use the Bulk Uploader you can choose the tab that says Add From Library
- Click Save on the bottom right of the lecture.
- Click to Add Description to the add a brief description of the lecture
- If your course is still in draft, your lecture will be automatically published when you publish your course. If your course is published, click Publish on the right hand side.
There are so many ways to create content for your online course and so many tools to help you shoot and edit video, record great sound and set up lighting, that it can get overwhelming. Here are some tips to help out! For an overview of each step of the process, take a look at our “Official Udemy Insights” courses:
- Official Udemy Insights: Video Quality on Udemy
- Official Udemy Insights: Filming your Videos
- Official Udemy Insights: Editing your Videos
- Lighting - keep it bright and balanced.
- Audio - use a quality microphone and make sure your audio is clear, crisp, and audible. Remember that 2/3rds of good video is good audio. In fact, if you are going to invest in equipment, buy a quality microphone before a quality camera.
- Video - use high resolution 720p or HD (most modern smartphones and digital cameras can record in 720p). 720p format has a resolution of 1280x720 or an aspect ratio of 16:9 (think widescreen tv). Here are the best export settings to use.
- Framing - have a clean background and frame your objects in easy view. For portrait style video, have the objects well lit with a contrasting background (bright or dark); upper torso shot is recommended (for fitness courses, the closer the better).
- Type - use .mp4, .mov, or.wmv format, and use widescreen 16:9 ratio (even though 4:3 is accepted).
- Connection - imagine you are speaking to someone as you record your video. Look directly into the camera to connect with your audience.
- Any camera works, from DSLR cameras, to Flip cameras, to Webcams (not typically recommended but make sure you test your webcam for a high quality picture.)
- USB microphones connect directly to your computer. Consider the Blue Yeti mic ($120-$220) or Blue Snowball ($65-$120).
- Lavalier or lapel mics clip on to you. Consider the Audio Technica ATR 3350 ($30)
Screen Recording Software
- Camtasia Studio ($299) PC or MAC- Easy zoom and pan, most popular tool with instructors.
- Screenflow ($99) MAC only- Popular with our seasoned instructors on MACs
- CamStudio (free) PC only - Open source, includes Webcam integration
- Camtasia for Mac ($99) MAC only - very easy to use, most popular tool with instructors.
- Debut Video Capture (Free or $29) MAC or PC
- Front Cam ($30) PC
- iShowU ($20-69) MAC only
- Microsoft Expression (Free) PC only
- Screenr (Free or Premium) MAC or PC
- Quicktime (Free) MAC
- Jing (Free) MAC or PC
- Lighting can be created by using home lamps to buying actual kits. Consider softbox lighting.
- There are several ways you can create a presentation. Consider PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi.
Make sure you do a quick free trial for any of the recording software applications and see if it does what you are looking to achieve when teaching via video for your online course. Think about what your course goals are for a particular lesson, then decide how you want to teach them online via video. Try mapping out the educational experience first and then it'll be easier to know which tools you'll need in a software program.
If you haven’t created your course yet, follow the steps below. If you have created your course (video, audio, text or presentation), however, skip to Step 2: Producing your Course.
Step 1: Plan Your Course
Planning your course is the first step on your course creation journey and it’s very important to provide yourself with a solid foundation for building the rest of your course.
- Decide what you want to teach. You probably have an idea of what you want to teach, and now it's time to get really specific.
- Craft your Course Goals. This will help you identify what you want your users to learn from your course. Getting course goals right will go a long way in helping you create a great course structure. Learn more about how to set great course goals in this short course: Official Udemy Insights: Set your Course Goals (please note: you can access this course by searching for it in your Udemy for Business account).
- Use your course goals to create a course structure. Scope the content of your course to ensure that there is enough content for users to engage with and achieve their objectives. This is also where you think through how you want to organize your content. Be sure to conclude each section with either a quiz or a summary to sum up what users have learned.
- Break down your course into smaller, bite-sized lectures and describe what they each need to accomplish. This step is to help you get more detailed about your content, and break it down into individual sections and lectures. Write a lecture description for each lecture, summarizing what users will learn.
Step 2: Produce Your Course
This is the most important part of your course creation process.
- As you're creating your lectures, consider different types of learners. Video lectures should alternate between the different lecture types and also between presentation styles such as “talking head”, slides, screencasts and drawing boards. Upload your promotional video so that users can preview your course.
- We strongly encourage you to include practice activities throughout the course to keep learners engaged--at least one per section. These can take many different forms depending on the content, but may include quizzes, case studies or projects. For more in-depth information about practice activities, take a look at our course: Official Udemy Insights: Adding Practice Activities (please note: you can access this course by searching for it in your Udemy for Business account)
- Use the bulk uploader to upload your videos into your course. You can also use the uploader to upload any other resources you’re including (supplemental resources, PDF, audio, or presentation lectures). Once your videos are uploaded, go through your outline and associate the videos with the correct lecture.
Step 3: Polish Your Course
In this step we’re talking about making your course ready for publishing.
- Craft a compelling course summary
- Take another look at your course title, and add in a subtitle.
- Create a course image that meets our guidelines.
Step 4: Publish Your Course
Admins: You are ready to publish your course!
Non-admins: you will need to submit the course for review and an admin will need to approve it for publishing.