The State of Online Learning 2018

The State of Online Learning 2018

Imagine you were about to climb Mt. Everest. Aside from training physically, gathering your gear, and hiring a good Sherpa, you would probably learn as much as you could from the experiences of others. You’d connect with other people who are planning the same trip, to compare notes. You’d learn as much as you could about the experiences of others who’ve succeeded—or tried and failed—to learn from their mistakes, anticipate and avoid the common pitfalls, …

How to Create an Online Course

7 Steps to Create an Online Course (That Doesn’t Suck)

You’re about to discover how to create an online course. Not just any course. Certainly not what passes for an “online course” these days. But a great course. … An online course that delivers transformation and not just information. … An online course people will actually pay you for. … An online course you enjoy teaching. Sure, you could get away with an ordinary online course. You might even make money with it. But do …

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The Ultimate List of Learning Management Systems

Updated by Lexi Rodrigo on March 10, 2018 When you’re faced with a choice and there are way too many options, what happens? One of two things: either you freeze and choose nothing, or you make a choice without feeling like you really knew it was the *right* choice for you. This is definitely a big problem when you’re looking for the best learning management system (LMS) for your online course. Your choice of LMS …

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The State of Online Courses 2018 Report

What’s it like to be an online course creator? That’s the question we wanted to answer when we did the first State of Online Courses survey in 2015. In the span of 3 surveys, we’re already seeing some shifts among course creators. Here’s what we found in our latest survey of 707 online entrepreneurs: Tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read) 1. More respondents than ever before are creating online courses, and they’re becoming more mature: Fewer are …

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5 Student Retention Strategies That Prevent Churn

Here’s an interesting statistic for you: 65% of a company’s business comes from existing customers, and it costs five times as much to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one satisfied (source). This means that, as a course creator, you’ll want to focus more on keeping your existing customers happy versus constantly investing in marketing initiatives to attract new ones. If your current customers are happy, they will buy from you more …

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On Challenge, Failure, and the Diffusion of Innovation (4 Course Building Mega-Trends)

A menacing thought sits in the back of every course builder’s mind. For some, it lurks in the shadows and only rarely ventures to the forefront, where it sends shivers of doubt down their spines. And for others, it is powerful and ever-present. It paralyzes them and keeps them from ever finishing their course, let alone launching it. It taunts with questions that cut straight to the bone: “Why would anyone pay money for this …

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We Put 200 Students through a Survivor-Style Bootcamp (And 124 Made It Through)

No less than 700 wanted to get in. After a stringent screening process, only 200 went through the doors. Every two weeks, those who didn’t deliver had to leave. It was a test of commitment, determination, and drive. But only the most steadfast could stay. When the dust settled, 124 were left standing. They survived. They won. It sounds like something straight out of a reality TV show. But, no, it wasn’t Survivor or The …

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Facebook Live: Molly Mahoney on How to Build Your Audience and Sell Your Online Courses

  “How will I sell my online course when I don’t have a mailing list?” This is one of the most common questions we get from aspiring and new online course creators alike. Even those who have an audience and mailing list eventually find themselves having to reach new prospects. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new and effective ways to help you, dear reader, to get more exposure and build your audience. …

Teaching Adult Learners: 6 Principles for Online Course Creators

Do you worry about the following when creating your course: You fear talking to your students in a condescending way; whereas, you are merely trying to teach them. You don’t know what they already understand and are concerned you might be talking beneath them. You aren’t sure of the age range of your students and how to best communicate with them (i.e. communicating with a 60-year-old is so different than a 25-year-old.) Then, you aren’t …