The Studio is Udemy's online instructor community where you can get quick help and feedback on your course from us and hundreds of other instructors in the community. You'll get the support you need to create an awesome course.
Sign up for ourHow to Create a Udemy Course course to access your personal invitation to the Udemy Studio. We also work with you throughout the course creation process. We provide feedback on your test video -- or the first video you do to test out your lighting, framing, audio, and video quality. It makes a HUGE difference to do a test run before you film your entire course, so let us help you! We also review every course when it’s published before it enters the marketplace to ensure it is ready to go.
As a Udemy instructor, you always retain full ownership of your content and hold the reins for your course. But with great power comes great responsibility! Keep your course updated, check if your students are learning your material, and be available to your students when need be.
Ready to create your course? Join the Studio and then move on to our 4-step process to create a course.
The Udemy Team
There's never been a better time to teach online! Designing an online course on Udemy is easy - just follow these 4 steps to make sure create a great online course.
Step 1: Plan Your Course
Planning is key to online teaching. Not only will it save you countless production hours, it will also help create an organized and effective online learning experience. Overall, your course should be a progressive series of independent Lectures (or standalone lessons) that help students achieve the online course goal. To help plan your online course, follow the guidelines below.
Step 2: Create Your Course Content
Here is where you'll get your hands dirty by creating new course materials or modifying existing ones. You will need to choose the best way to discuss your Lecture topic (e.g.Video, Audio, Presentation, Document, Text, Mashup)but do note: Udemy recommends that your course consists of at least 60% video lecture content (includes screencasts) and has a mix of different content types for differentiated instruction. Udemy also allows Downloadable Files and videos imported from other sites (e.g. YouTube, Slideshare, Vimeo) so keep it in mind for supplementary materials. When developing video content, including screencasts, be mindful of:
Lighting - keep it bright and balanced.
Audio - use a quality microphone and make sure your audio is clear, crisp, and audible.
Video - use high resolution 720p or HD (most modern smartphones and digital cameras can record in 720p or higher), have a clean background, good framing, make sure everything is legible, and aim for 2-15 minutes in length (will vary based on your content).
Type - keep files to a 1.0 GiB file size limit, use .mp4, .mov, or .flv file format, and use widescreen 16:9 ratio even though 4:3 is accepted.
Under "Promo Video" - Start by recording a 1-minute introductory or promotional video that introduces yourself, your qualifications, the goal of your course, how the online course will be taught, and who will benefit by taking your online course. Perfect the audio, video, lighting, and background now before you record the entirety of your online course. It'll save you a ton of time!
AND, post your 1-minute test video in the Udemy Studio to get fast feedback.
Next, go ahead and create any new materials (Video, Audio, Presentation, Document, Text, Mashup) and don't forget a beautiful, high resolution, and suitable course Image (min. 480x270, recommended 960x540).
Once you are done creating your content, go to Step 3 to publish your online course on Udemy.
Step 3: Publish Your Online Course
Once you have designed or prepared your course content, you will be ready to upload and publish an online course on the Udemy platform. The process is very easy, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
To get your course ready for the world, make sure you:
How to Find Your Course on Udemy / Marketplace Standards
Now that you have all the material uploaded to your course and have gone through the checklist, click Publish! Once you publish, your course will go live and you can share it with others via its direct URL or landing page(your course can always be found there). However, your course won't be discoverable on Udemy's marketplace or via search until it goes through our quality review process, which takes around 3-4 business days. Once it meets our standards and passes (see Checklist for standards), your course will be found in the Udemy marketplace.
Remember, your online course is a living thing, so make sure your content stays current and you make improvements based on your students' feedback. Within a course, you can click "Manage this Course" at any time to revise your course content. It is also recommended that you set a consistent time, whether daily or weekly, to check your course's Messages and Questions, or to make an Announcement. Why not start with asking your students to post a self-introduction in the Questions area to encourage supportive peer-to-peer learning? However you choose to do it, stay connected and engaged with your students!
Congrats on publishing your course! Are you ready to become a top Udemy instructor?
We have instructors who are teaching thousands of students and 25% of our high quality instructors earn over $10,000 from their courses.
Another important thing to highlight is 84% of Udemy’s Bestselling instructors get 25 or more students into their courses in the first 30 days through their own promotions.
The good news is we have a number of success stories from instructors who got more than 100, 500, and even 1500 students into their courses through their own promotion within their first 30 days.
We can help you get there, too, with our Instructor Promotion Plan.
If you get course reviews and 25 students into your course through your own promotions in your first 30 days, your course may be featured on our New & Noteworthy page! That will help you get even more awareness for your course.
Remember: When you promote your own courses using your Instructor Coupons, you receive 100% of the sales revenue, whereas you will receive 50% for all other sales*.
How many students can you get in your first 30 days? Let's find out!
Want to know how newbies become bestselling instructors? Here are rules every Udemy Bestseller follows.
1. This is not a spectator's sport.
2. More students, more love.
3. Know your audience: "Different strokes for different folks."
4. Think short-term and long-term.
We have a 30-day course launch plan that you can use as a guide and checklist as you promote your course and go after your first 25 students in 30 days. Start on Day 1 now!
*If Udemy runs paid ad promotions on your courses, or affiliates sell your course, then you receive 25% of those sales.