During this social distancing, many teaching environments have had to close down to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Core Dynamics Dance Studio recently decided to close their doors for several weeks to ensure the health of their students. Their immediate solution to keep the money coming in while their doors were closed was to hold online classes for their students.
Online courses enable students to register, and even pay, for classes then attend them via the internet. Depending on your class’s needs, there are different solutions.
One-Lesson Live Video Classes
If you are looking to hold one online class where students watch a live streaming video that they engage with, we recommend using software like Webinar Ignition, a WordPress plugin available through Marketing Magnitude. (Contact us for details.)
This method provides the best live experience for a group. Students can register and pay for their class, then are sent a link to the live event. During the live event, the viewers will watch the presentation as it is being given and are able to participate in a group chat and send in questions to the presenter. Through the system you can add on links to additional downloads as needed.
Multiple Step Classes With Many Lessons
If you would like to create a course that combines multiple lessons, videos, quizzes, reading material and more, you will want to go with a more robust course system. You can do this in one of two ways; a Learning Management System (LMS) on your website, or through a course marketplace.
Both systems have the same engaging elements, but here are a few pros and cons to help you decide which route to take.
Learning Management System on your website
The biggest benefit to putting a course on your own site is that you will profit 100% on all sales. Plus, you have complete control of your course without having to worry about changes to an external course system, rules or marketing.
The downfall lies in the fact that you will need to handle all the advertising of your course yourself. This could work well for you or not, depending on your following. But this is something to take into consideration.
WordPress Learning Management Systems
Shopify Learning Management Systems
If you don’t have a website or don’t want to put much into advertising your course, an external course site might be the perfect match. Sites like Kajabi and Udemy allow people to upload their courses into their large selection of courses. These sites have a lot of users who are ready to take online courses, so they are likely to find your course easily. However, this means that you will also be playing that host site for your students.