• Accessing Your Student List

    Accessing and reviewing your student list is an effective way to monitor the course progress of your students, and their correspondence history with you and the course. Each student list includes information about a student’s course consumption, questions they’ve asked or had answered, and when an instructor has corresponded with them.

    How to Access Your Student List

    You can access the student list via your Instructor Dashboard by following these steps:

    1. Click on Instructor at the top right of the page, and select Instructor Dashboard from the dropdown menu
    2. On the Instructor Dashboard, move your cursor to the Total Students box on the course icon
    3. Click on Go to Student List

    You can also access the student list by clicking on Students on the left hand side of the Course Management page.

    Student List Information

    The student list for your course includes the following information (Note: See below for more information available when using the Export as CSV feature):

    Name: The user name the student has selected for their Udemy account

    Enrolled: The date the student enrolled in your course

    Progress: The percentage of the course content a student has completed, and provides an overall picture of their engagement in your course

    Last Visited: The last date the student accessed and consumed content from the course. This will help you determine whether a student has been active in your your course recently or not.

    Questions Asked: this total indicates how many questions a student has asked in the Q&A, and helps demonstrate which students may require more assistance

    Questions Answered: this number shows how many questions a student has answered in the Q&A, and helps identify students who are highly engaged in the course

    Last Messaged: the date posted here indicates the last time you’ve sent a message to a student, and will help you gauge whether you need to follow up with them or not.

    Message: by clicking on this icon you will be directed to the Messages page, where you can write a new direct message for that student. The messaging tool will automatically add the student’s name as the recipient.

    Our rules and guidelines for messaging students can be found here.

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    Export as CSV

    Student list data is also available for Export to CSV. Click the Export as CSV button to automatically receive an email with a CSV spreadsheet file containing your Student List data.

    The following columns of Student List data display only when the Export as CSV feature is used:

    Started Date: The date that students began viewing the course material (please note: this may be different from the Enrollment Date)

    Lecture Last Viewed: The video lecture that the student last visited in the course. This provides context about what a student last reviewed in your course, and can help you engage with them more effectively.

    Udemy for Business: A column in the CSV titled Udemy for Business (UFB) will indicate whether the student enrolled via the UFB content subscription program (Note: This information is also shown in the Student List web view, indicated by  a “Udemy for Business” tag next to the Student Name).

     

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  • Announcement and Promotional Email Analytics

    To help you craft compelling messages to engage your students, you can now view performance analytics for new Announcements and Promotional Emails you send. These include:

    • Open rate, click-through rate, and unsubscribe rate for Promotional Announcements (now known as “Promotional Emails”)
    • Open rate, number of views of the announcement on the course taking dashboard, and unsubscribe rate for Educational Announcements (now known as “Announcements”)
    • Benchmarks for these figures to help you understand how your performance stacks up

    Promotional Emails

    As Promotional Emails are sent and received by students, new analytics figures will update in the Communications section of your course management page, under the Promotional Emails tab.

    The Promotional Emails tab includes the following categories: 

    • Created: the date the Promotional Email was created will be posted here 
    • Open Rate. This metric tells you the percentage of students who opened the email, out of all who received it. 
    • Unique CTR. Short for “Click-Through Rate,” out of all those who opened the email, this is the percentage of students who clicked on any of your Udemy course links you included in the announcement.
    • Unsubscribe Rate. This is the percentage of students who received the email that unsubscribed from receiving these types of emails from you going forward. 

    Note: For instructions on how to send a Promotion, please click here.  For tips on how to create a compelling and effective Promotion, please refer to this article.

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    Announcements

    After you send Announcements to your students, the analytic figures will begin to update in the “Communications” section of your course management page, under the Announcements tab.

    The Announcements tab includes the following categories:

    • Created: the date the Announcement was created will be posted here
    • Open Rate. This metric tells you the percentage of students who opened the email, out of all who received it.
    • Unique Views. Since these Announcements are posted in the “Announcements” section in the course itself, this counts the number of unique students who viewed the Announcement within the course taking experience.
    • Unsubscribe Rate. This is the percentage of students who received the email that unsubscribed from receiving these types of emails from you going forward.

    Note: For more information on how to send an Announcement, please refer to this article. For advice on how to create an interesting and engaging Announcement, please click here.

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    Optimizing Your Announcements and Promotional Emails

    To help put these numbers into context, Udemy has created helpful guides showing standard statistics for “Open” and “Click-Through” rates for successful Announcements and Promotional Emails.

    Instructors can use these metrics as a benchmark to see how their Announcements and Promotional Emails are performing in comparison. The benchmark statistics and guides for improving performance are included in this article.

     

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  • Early Access Program - Instructor FAQ

    Please note that the Early Access program is currently in beta and the below is subject to change.

    What is Early Access?

    Early Access is a program where select students are given free, limited access to new courses in exchange for their honest feedback.

    Why was this program created?

    Better Feedback: Through this program we hope to better understand exactly what students are looking for when they enroll in a course on Udemy. In a successful beta, student feedback from Early Access will correlate with student feedback when the course is live and on the marketplace. Long term, student feedback from Early Access could replace the current feedback process from the Udemy Quality Review team

    “Cold Start” Problem: When a course is newly published on the marketplace today, it starts at ground zero with no ratings and no reviews. This means that you as an instructor, must actively do your own marketing and outreach in order to get the early social proof you need to gain traction for your course. The Early Access program aims to help solve this problem by actively collecting early feedback from students on the quality of all new courses. 

    What does it mean that it is in beta?

    Currently, the Early Access program is in beta as we evaluate its ability to provide a reliable, fair and accurate early indicator of course quality at scale. 

    Information collected during the beta will only be used to evaluate the program’s design. None of the data or feedback collected during the beta will be shared publicly or used in the promotion of your courses. 
    During the beta, only a limited number of students will be invited to participate and only a limited number of courses will be pushed through the program for review. 

    If we determine the beta is a success, we will roll it out to all new courses published on the marketplace. At this time, we will also provide more details on the design of the program and how the data will be used. If the beta is not successful, we will re-evaluate the program and either continue testing or shut it down completely. 

    How are courses selected to be part of the Early Access Beta? How will I know if my course has been selected?

    Only new or recently published English language courses will be included in the beta. These courses are selected at random and you will be notified on your instructor dashboard if your course is in the program. 

    If a course I’ve just submitted for review is included in the Early Access Program, will this delay the review process to approve my course?

    No. Your course will still be reviewed by our Quality Review team within the normal timeframe, and once your course is approved, it will be live on the marketplace. 

    How are students selected for the program? Are these students going to be interested in or familiar with the subject matter of my course?

    We hand select individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to learning on Udemy by taking and/or reviewing multiple courses in recent months. 

    These students are not required to have prior knowledge of the subject matter of your course before writing an Early Access review, which is in line with our normal review process. Since students are able to select which courses they want to review, an interest in the topic is assumed. 

    How long will students have access to my course material?

    Students have 24 hours to access the course and complete an Early Access review. If they submit a review, they will receive an additional 7 days to access the course in exchange for their feedback. 

    Students will receive extended access to courses if they demonstrate strong participation in the program. 
    We will not provide lifetime access to your courses. Students would need to purchase your course independently to be permanently enrolled.

    Will students have full access to my course?

    No. Students will not have access to the following: viewing announcements, viewing & asking questions, creating bookmarks, and writing reviews. 

    Will these students be able to leave public reviews on the course before you remove them?

    No. During the beta, Early Access students will not be allowed to write public reviews for your course. Furthermore, Early Access reviews collected during the beta will not be used publicly even after the beta is over. 

    How will students be asked to review my course?

    Students will review your course landing page and course content at their own pace. When ready, they can access the Early Access feedback form which includes a series of questions they must answer to complete the review. Students will be asked to provide their thoughts the teaching style of the instructor, whether the course delivers on the expectations set up from the course landing page, and their overall satisfaction with the course content. 

    Will I be able to see the feedback left by these students?

    In most cases, no. As part of the beta, we will be evaluating how students’ Early Access feedback changes as a result of the intended audience of their comments, and students will be given the option to keep their feedback private if they choose. We will not be using any data or feedback collected during the beta for promotional purposes, and we will not share feedback publicly to other students. 

    How will I recognize which students are currently included as part of the Early Access beta?

    Students will be labeled as (Early Access) in the Student List for your course and will disappear from your student list once they are removed from your course. 

    These students will not appear on your revenue report. 

    What do I do if these students message me?

    We ask you that you do not respond if you believe a student who has reached out to you is part of the Early Access Program. In such instances, please reach out to us at instructorsupport@udemy.com and we will investigate. 

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  • Using Code Blocks and Inline Code

    Udemy now supports syntax highlighting for code blocks and inline code within the Questions and Answers, Quizzes, and Articles.

    How to Add Inline Code

    Inline code is great to use when you want to highlight a short snippet of code (for example: the definition of a function or the name of a variable) inside a paragraph.

    1. Navigate to the question or answer box where you want to add your code. If you want to attach your code to a question, type your question first.
    2. Then click, Ask a new question
    3. Fill in what you want to say
    4. Highlight the portion that you want to change to inline code
    5. Click on the inline code icon in the tool bar
    6. Click either Post Question or Add an answe

    How to Add Code Blocks

    Code blocks are great when you want to highlight multiple lines of code.

    1. Navigate to the question or answer box where you wish to enter your code block
    2. If you want to attach your code to a question type your question first. 
    3. Enter the code block you wish to include and highlight it
    4. Click on the inline code icon in the tool bar
    5. Then click either Post Question or Add an answer
    6. Your inline code should be nicely highlighted!

    Where to Use Code Blocks And Inline Code

    Questions & Answers - Highlighting your code inside questions and answers makes it easier and faster for students to read it and share their feedback.

    Quizzes - Highlight your code in the questions of a quiz and in the answers. This allows instructors to ask questions such as “Which is the correct way to solve this problem?” and prompt students to choose the correct answer from a set of different implementations. 

    Articles - Highlight your code in articles so that students can easily read and learn from it.

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  • Instructor Q&A Dashboard

    The new Questions & Answers (Q&A) dashboard is designed to help instructors monitor and respond to student questions with ease and efficiency. 

    To Access the Instructor Q&A Dashboard:

    1. Click the "Instructor" dropdown in the top right corner
    2. Click "Instructor Dashboard"
    3. Select the middle tab called "Q&A"

    Here are Some Highlights:

    • View and respond to questions across all courses in one central dashboard.
    • Filter for unanswered or unread questions. This allows instructors to get back to students faster, keeping students more engaged in the course. 
    • Mark a response as the “Answer”, to indicate the correct response to other students, or “Helpful”, to signal a student question from which other students might benefit.
    • Access the lecture where the student asked the question and view timestamps of when a question was asked and responded to.  All of this provides additional context to students’ questions to help instructors respond efficiently.

    Tips on Managing the Q&A Dashboard

    Marking Your Questions as "Read"

    The message should automatically be marked as read when any of the below events happen:

    • Instructor puts their cursor in the reply text field
    • Instructor clicks anywhere in the message (to see all replies, open the discussion post, go to the student’s profile, mark as helpful etc.)
    • The instructor can manually mark the question as read or unread by either clicking on the green dot.

    The Difference Between Unread and Unanswered

    Unread indicates that you, as the instructor, has not yet marked the question as "read". Unanswered means that no response has been marked as "Top Answer". Only the instructor and original poster can mark responses as "Top Answer". 

    The Difference Between Marking a Response as "Helpful" and Marking a Response as "Top Answer"

    Instructors can only select one response as the "Answer", but if there are a number of helpful responses, you can mark those as "Helpful" to indicate to the students that there are other responses they can refer to. Any student or the instructor can mark an answer as "Helpful".

    Sorting by Oldest to Newest

    When an instructor sort questions about oldest to newest, the question time will be determined by the most recent response time.

    Getting Context for the Question

    If the student asked a question within a particular lecture, the instructors will see a link to the lecture right underneath the course title.


    If you would like to share your feedback, please contact us here or reach out to us on Facebook at Studio U.

     
     
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  • How to Manage Student Feedback Using the Reviews Dashboard

    Reviews are one of the main ways that students can leave public feedback for other students. Instructors can view all reviews using a dashboard in the Instructor tab.

    Go to the Instructor tab, navigate to the Instructor Dashboard and then click on Reviews.

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    Filtering Reviews

    You can filter by course, recency, and star rating.

    Responding to Reviews

    To respond to a review, click the “Respond” button.  Type your response in the box. Please note, only visible instructors of a course can respond to reviews. This article will explain how to check whether or not you are a visible instructor.

    Once you click “Post Response”, your response will be posted on the course landing page. You can edit or delete a response at any time.  

    For a course, only one review per student is publicly visible.  This means that once a student updates the review, your response will no longer appear on the course landing page. 

    Although ratings without reviews do not appear on the course landing page, you are able to reach out to your student by clicking "respond" and asking for clarification. The student is notified and is prompted to leave a review. If the student leaves a review, it will appear on the course landing page.

    Best Practices for Responding to Reviews 

    Responding to reviews publicly is a great way of engaging with your students and providing clarifications about your course and what it promises to students.

    Here are a few reasons why you may want to respond publicly to a review. 

    • Thank a student for a review
    • Answer specific questions or concerns that students may have about your course
    • Engage positively with students, where you can highlight changes that you may have made based on a specific student’s feedback.  

    If you’d like to have a back-and-forth conversation with the student, or if you feel more comfortable having a private conversation, please use Direct Messages to speak to your students.

    When responding to reviews, do keep in mind that these reviews are public, and both prospective and enrolled students will be able to view them.

    Do make sure that you’re:

    • Respectful towards the student: Creating a course is hard work, and it can be frustrating to see a review that you disagree with. But do remember to make sure that your responses use language that is respectful. If you feel like a student’s review is disrespectful, fake, or dishonest, please flag the review to our Trust & Safety team or write to policy@udemy.com. For detailed guidelines on when the Trust & Safety team will remove a review, please go here.
    • Acknowledge the student’s feedback: Just like every piece of positive feedback reinforces the great aspects of your course, every piece of constructive feedback gives you an opportunity to focus on improving your course. When you see reviews that you agree with, it’s good to express your gratitude to students, who will feel like their reviews are valued by you. Similarly, when you see reviews that you disagree with, use it as an opportunity to help address the student’s issues, and find ways to fix the issues so that prospective students don’t have to be concerned.

    Leveraging Attribute-Level Feedback From Students

    Sometimes students leave a star rating but do not include a written review. While the star rating is helpful for other students, reviews are more helpful when instructors understand the context behind the star rating. Through the attribute-level feedback students can select a reason for their review. Your dashboard will become populated with this feedback as students respond to this prompt. 




    You can view the attribute-level feedback a specific student leaves for your course, in the reviews section of the instructor dashboard. If a green, plus sign appears beside the feedback, then this indicates that the student believes the course includes that attribute. If a red negative sign appears, however, then the student indicated the course did not include it. If a question mark appears, then the student did not select yes or no.
     



    Recent And All Time Ratings 

    A course’s ratings can be viewed via the Instructor Dashboard and are posted in two metrics: Recent and All Time.

    The Recent rating measures the average rating your course has received in the past 90 days (for the last 10 data points). The All Time rating reflects the average rating your course has received since it was published.

    The Recent rating is intended to provide instructors with a more current pulse on how students are enjoying their courses. Since some courses on Udemy have large numbers of reviews from many years ago, if the course has been updated, those reviews may no longer represent an accurate view of the student experience. 

    If you have additional questions regarding how to view and manage your course reviews, please contact Udemy support.

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  • Sending Automatic Welcome and Congratulations Messages

    You can send optional automatic welcome and congratulations messages to encourage students to engage with course content.

    Create an Automatic Message

    1. Click on your Instructor Dashboard
    2. Find the course you want to add a message to and click Go to Course Management
    3. On the left-hand side of the page, click Communications
    4. Once you're on the Communications page, find the Automatic Messages link on the right-hand side of the page
    5. Use each of the text boxes to type in the messages you want students to receive when they enroll in or complete your courses
    6. Click Save to save the content of your messages

     

    Tip: For both welcome and congratulation messages, be sure to include your course name in the message. It'll be helpful to provide this context for your students!

    Welcome Message

    The welcome message will be sent to students as soon as they enroll in your course. Use this message to:

    • Greet the student and express gratitude for their enrollment
    • Introduce yourself with a short bio
    • Share an interesting piece of information about yourself to make the message more personal
    • Get students excited by letting them know what they will accomplish with the course
    • Encourage participation and let students know that they can ask questions on the discussion board

    Note: When creating your welcome message, be sure to not make it too personalized. Unlike promotional and educational announcements, the student's name will not be included in the message.

    Congratulations Message

    At the end of a course, you can set up an automatic message to congratulate your students for completing your course.

    • Let students know how proud you are of their accomplishment
    • Explain the next steps and highlight the applications of course concepts
    • Encourage further reading and for students to take a deeper dive into the subject

    Note: It is against Udemy's guidelines to promote your other courses or external resources in the welcome and congratulations messages. Please ensure your messages follow our Direct Messages Rules and Guidelines.

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  • The Teaching Tab

    The teach tab makes it easy for you to manage the courses you’re teaching. From this page, you can see your earnings, quickly look at Student Satisfaction metrics, see if there are any unanswered questions, jump to your student list, or make changes to your course from the course roadmap.
     
     

     
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  • Send Promotional Emails and Announcements

    Promotional Emails Versus Announcements

    If you have published multiple courses to the Udemy marketplace, you can use promotional emails to market your Udemy courses to students who have enrolled in at least one of your paid courses.

    Promotional emails are delivered by Udemy to the e-mail inboxes of students. They should only include links to your Udemy courses (external links are not allowed here).

    Announcements are delivered by Udemy to the e-mail inboxes of students, and are also posted in the "Announcement" section of your course. Announcements should only feature free resources related to your course material (Udemy links are not allowed here).

    If you have questions about Udemy's announcement policy, see best practices, and policies.

    How to Send a Promotional Email or Announcement

    1. ​Select Instructor Dashboard
    2. Hover over the course title
    3. Click on Go to Course Management
    4. Select Communications on the left hand side
    5. Next, select whether you wish to send an educational announcement or promotional email
    6. Enter the announcement or promotional email info 
    7. You can double check the notification, before sending it to students, by clicking on Send me Email Preview
    8. If everything is in order, click Send

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  • Best Practices: How to Use The Q&A Well

    Students often go to the Q&A board to ask a question about the course. They might be confused about a specific part of the course, or they might ask you to give feedback on some of their own work. Your responses on question posts will help boost student satisfaction and encourage students to never stop learning!

    To use the Q&A effectively, follow these simple steps:

    • Respond: Respond promptly to questions
    • Motivate: Keep questions and discussions lively and students motivated
    • Educate: Focus on educating students by providing thorough, informative answers

    See below for examples of some of our instructors who have done this really well.

    Respond

    Responding to questions promptly is one of the most effective ways to keep students happy. On average, students who receive a response in less than 5 days are more likely to consume additional content and give courses a higher rating

    Teresa L Greenway has a highly engaged student base on her course “Bake Real Artisan Sourdough Bread like a Professional.” She often responds to question posts within the same day, garnering respect and thanks from students on their learning journey. It’s no wonder that her course has so many 5-star reviews!


    Motivate

    Using the Q&A will help keep students motivated, so make sure you have lively discussions that show your investment in students’ success. Ask questions back to students or offer feedback on their work to keep them coming back!

    Check out Rick Walter’s question posts, which have just the right amount of praise and encouragement for students as well as some fun gifs!


    Educate

    Make sure that you always provide helpful and thorough answers to students’ questions. You can supplement your answers with external links to GitHub, YouTube, or other free, accessible sources. Sometimes it takes more than one reply to solve the issue, but your students will appreciate your commitment!

    You can even provide your own example to students if they’re having trouble with a concept. Take a look at this answer from Marco Vale in his Pixel Art course:



    For information on how to access and use the instructor Q&A dashboard, please refer to this article. 

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  • Best Practices: How to Use Direct Messaging Well

    The Direct Messaging tool is meant to be used in the following ways:

    • Enrolled students asking questions about the course requirements or content as an alternative to the discussion board (sometimes students prefer discussing this 1:1)
    • Potential students asking you to clarify requirements for the course before signing up
    • Instructors connecting with enrolled students to get feedback on the course and respond to student reviews

    To stay successful on Udemy as an instructor, we recommend that you respond promptly and politely to any questions you may receive. The tool is meant to communicate and get feedback from students, not to market to them. When you want to send marketing messages, please use promotional announcements instead.

    Here are some helpful tips on how to use Direct Messaging well:

    • Try to respond within 5 days to avoid student dissatisfaction.
    • Keep a friendly but professional tone - You’re the instructor, so students look to you for answers! Make sure that you present yourself as knowledgeable and approachable, and never send rude or careless replies. When you don’t understand their question, you can always politely ask the student to clarify.
    • Please do not use this tool for mass messaging your students or marketing anything to your students. If you’d like to send a marketing message to your larger course list, you can use promotional announcements to do so.

    Read on to learn more about

    • Answering questions from students effectively
    • Responding to student reviews
    • Common student issues

    Answering questions from students effectively

    Most of the messages you receive will be questions from students. While discussion posts are encouraged, not everyone feels comfortable using them. If a student chooses to message you 1:1, here are some ways to make sure your response is effective:

    • Respond promptly: Your responses (or lack thereof) can affect student motivation greatly! Try to respond in a timely manner to keep up student engagement.
    • Remember the niceties: Thank the student for writing to you and be polite and understanding in your response. It goes a long way in keeping students happy.
    • Give a detailed response and include links to free, external resources if necessary: If you’re teaching a technical course, there may be resources like GitHub or Stack Overflow that can help explain your points.
    • Please don't use Direct Messaging for mass-messaging students about promotions; the use of coupons, external links, marketing messages or references to the same are prohibited. We understand that students can reach out with questions or requests, and it is important for instructors to be responsive. When students reach out with specific questions, you can feel free to answer them and direct them to appropriate resources. However, this is where we will take context into account.
      • For example, if an instructor is encouraging students within the course to send them Direct Messages asking for coupons, then it is considered a violation of our policies when an instructor provides the coupon code through Direct Messaging.
      • On the other hand, if a student reaches out with a question about additional material, it is not a violation if the instructor sends a link to their website where there is more information.

    Responding to student reviews

    Sometimes, you may consider reaching out to students to thank them for their reviews. Or maybe you just want to know why they left that low rating! You can reach out to the student via Direct Messaging if you feel comfortable doing so - please just remember to be kind and professional!

    Some tips:

    • DON’T reach out in an attempt to change the review or be confrontational, but DO ask the student for more specific feedback so that you can improve your course.
    • If you have made changes since the student left their review, you can reach out and let the student know so that they might reconsider the rating they left.
    • Respect that the student’s review is their personal opinion, and they may stand by it as they choose.


    Here are a couple of templates that you might consider using:

    “Hi there,
    I noticed that you left a 1-star review on my course, “Name Of My Course”. I’m very sorry to hear that it did not meet your expectations. If you have any more specific feedback to offer, or if you would like to discuss what was unsatisfactory, please write back and let me know.. I’m always looking to improve my content, and your feedback helps!
    Thanks,
    Name”


    “Hi there,
    I wanted to reach out to you about the 2-star review on my course, “Name Of My Course”. You mentioned that Lecture 3 wasn’t explained clearly. I took your feedback to heart and recreated the lecture to be more thorough. I was wondering if you could please take the time to rewatch it and possibly re-review the course? Please let me know!
    Thanks,
    Name”

    Common student issues

    You should always follow these small steps to guide students in the right direction:

    • If a student wants a refund or has a technical difficulty with the course, please ask them to contact support@udemy.com
    • If you become entangled in a less-than-friendly debate, please cease contact with the other user and contact policy@udemy.com to sort it out!
    • If you find students constantly asking for coupons or attempting to solicit other goods or services, please flag the message or forward it to policy@udemy.com to review. These types of messages rarely come from legitimate students, so you should be cautious about complying with any requests.

     

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  • Engagement Analytics

    Engagement Analytics is a powerful tool to understand how your course is performing in the marketplace, and how satisfied your students are with your course. Your course is a living, breathing, and improving experience. This feature is all about giving you the right data to keep your course vibrant, healthy, and optimized. Here's how.

    Access Your Analytics from Your Course Dashboard

    1. Go to your instructor dashboard
    2. Click on any published course to be taken to the Course Roadmap
    3. On the left-hand side, click on Analytics
    4. You can review Engagement by clicking on the appropriate tab


    Analyze your Subcategory

    Use the top line metrics of Recent Ratings and Content Consumed to track how your course is doing in the marketplace. For this section, we compare your course to other courses in your subcategory. 

    Get Students Learning

    Use the Lecture Engagement section of your analytics to see the percentage of students who have started and finished each lecture, and how that compares to the total number of active students in your course.  Press play on the video to follow along with how many students are watching the video.  Analyze which of your lectures are most popular, and which aren't doing as well at attracting students' attention.  

    Optimize for Student Success

    Now that you have the data, it's time to make updates to your course based off of your students' feedback and behavior! Check out the articles below.  Want to learn from your fellow instructors?  Learn how instructors Phil Ebiner and Steve Churchill used their analytics.

     

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  • Setting and Meeting Student Expectations: Engagement Analytics

    Students succeed in your course when they feel that they have achieved their own goals. Defining your course’s ideal student, and structuring your course along the value propositions that you laid out in your course’s objectives are some of the most crucial parts of course creation.

    This article will cover how to correctly set, and meet, the expectations of your Udemy students.   We’ll cover how to self-diagnose how your course is doing now, and we’ll also go over some strategies for updating how you’re dealing with your students’ expectations -- we’ve broken down that section into The Quick Win and The Full Treatment.  Quick Wins are just that -- quick ways to dramatically increase the quality of the student experience in your course.  For those dedicated instructors who want to go all-in and take their course to the top tier we’ll go over larger updates in The Full Treatment.

    Meeting your Student Expectations 

    Successful Instructors Do This

    Here are some best practices that instructors have used to set student expectations and then meet, or exceed them. Think about these throughout your course, but make sure that your introduction lecture includes all of these points.

    Set student expectations in your introductory lecture:

    • Walk through the curriculum. Students want to see what they’re going to learn. Offer a brief overview of the curriculum and any projects or activities that students will have an opportunity to do.
    • Articulate the reasoning behind curricular choices. Students need to know that you’ve been deliberate in your planning of the course. Show them that you’ve got their back and have thought through the value of each section of your course.
    • Summarize the learning activities. Show your students that they will be able to apply what they are learning in your course with practical, relevant exercises.
    • Tell students when they should NOT take your course. One of the biggest pain points for students  is when they believe a course was sold to them as a beginner, intro-level course, but actually requires more than a beginner’s background. Avoid this by being clear about what a student needs to know to succeed in your course, and what type of student for whom your course would not be appropriate.
    • Describe what properly prepared students can get out of the course. Highlight why your course is valuable for students who are adequately prepared to take it. Students love to hear how a course will help them get better at something or transform their skillset. 
    • Demonstrate empathy for target students. Students who believe their instructor understands their concerns and knows how to address them are far more likely to trust that instructor. Show that you know your students well and that you’re the right person to help them meet their goals.

    If you’re already doing these, great job! If you’d like to try them out or make improvements to your course in this area, here are a couple options for you.

    The Quick Win (2 hours or Less)

    Create a new introductory lecture video where you:

    • Appear on camera
    • Demonstrate you understand your target student’s goals and concerns
    • Articulate how your curriculum addresses those goals and concerns
    • Describe why your students should trust you as their instructor and this course as a means for achieving their personal or professional goals
    • Take a look at this article for a sample script to adapt for your own course, as well as a process for getting feedback on your intro structure.

    The Full Treatment (Address the Majority of Student Concerns)


    Step 1: Discovery
    Go through your course and determine where the goals of the course need additional supporting content.

    • Is your Course Summary accurately describing your ideal student?  Is it specific?
    • Are your Course Goals properly structured for explaining what needs your course will fill for your ideal student?
    • Do students need more practical exercises?
    • Do students need a broader understanding of certain topics?
    • Is there anything missing that your target students (especially if they are beginners or new to your topic) would need to be successful?

    Step 2: Course Updates

    • Using the list you assembled above, revamp your course copy to better understand and meet your students’ expectations (including your course summary, course goals, text lectures, exercises, handouts, etc).
    • Using the list you assembled above, script out and record new videos to make your course complete
    • Additionally, record a video describing the updates you've made so that students know the hard work you’ve been doing to invest in their success!
    • Publish any new content and make an announcement describing what you’re adding and why for current and future students.

    Want to make it easier on yourself to organize and deliver clear content in your next course?  Take a look at our introductory lecture tutorial to help you craft an awesome introductory lecture that sets students on the right path through your course.

     

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  • Instructor Badges and Udemy Golden Eggs

    On September 18th, 2014, we wanted to begin recognizing our amazing instructors, so we've created a badge-based reward system. Accomplishing different actions will earn you different badges, and certain badges will unlock golden eggs.

    Badges are emailed directly to you, and are not yet publicly visible on Udemy.

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  • Engaging With Students: Create the Best Learning Experience

    If you’re an instructor with hundreds, or thousands, of students, chances are you have to answer the same questions from students again, and again. These questions can range from basic to advanced, from course-content related (“I’ve tried some of the recommended meditation postures and have been having a few issues!”) to how the course actually works (“Where are the supplemental materials?!”).

    Read on for best practices for engaging your students, and how to make your course the most supportive, engaging, and profitable course it can be! (Because, after all, more engaged students purchase more of your courses!)

    Course Content Questions

    If your course has a lot of student questions and discussions about your course topic, congratulations, that means you’re doing a lot right!  Getting students to engage with your material, and with you, is one of the biggest indicators of student satisfaction (we bet you’re also seeing better reviews as well).  

    Here are some ways to engage your students more about your course content:

    Send out Educational Announcements.  Ask a question, or give students a project to do.  Give students clear directions on:

    • What you want them to do (“Download the problem set from lecture 25”)
    • Why it will help them (“This worksheet will help you define your own SEO strategy so you can hit the ground running when you publish your eBook!”)
    • How you will participate with them (“Upload your video project to Youtube and post the link in the discussion area.  I’ll give you feedback on your public speaking and some ways to improve!”)


    Here’s an example of a project-based announcement the Udemy Instructor Team sent out in our How-To Course:



    Here's how to send out Educational Announcements.

    Using the Q&A.  If students post a question or a comment in the Q&A, you should respond! Many instructors give students a sense of their responsiveness in their course summary, promo video, or introduction lecture (“I respond to all questions within 24 hours -- excluding weekends, because I need to play with my new puppy!).  

    If you set expectations for answering questions, make sure to keep them.  

    Also think about posting questions or announcements in the Q&A encouraging students to ask questions. This is a good move especially if you haven't been as active in the past -- students won't expect that you are there to talk with them.  Let them know that you're engaged, and want to hear how they're doing!

    Update based on feedback.  Are you seeing the same course-content questions over and over again? Maybe that’s a sign that you didn’t go into enough detail in that specific area, or provide enough examples. Some instructors like to update their course based off of frequent questions -- make sure to send out an Educational Announcement so your students know about the new addition!

    Still seeing questions even after adding in new material?  Maybe that means there’s enough student interest in another course!  Make sure to send out a Promotional Announcement telling your students about the new course when it’s live!

    Course Functionality Questions

    In a perfect world, you would never receive any questions like these -- unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet!  Follow these strategies for responding to course-functionality questions -- but first, let’s look at some examples of what these sorts of questions are:
     

    • "Where are the supplemental materials?"
    • "Why isn’t the video loading?"
    • "Where can I get feedback?"

    Follow these strategies for responding to these sorts of questions:

    Create a “How to Use This Course” Lecture.  Have a ton of supplemental material that you want students to download and complete?  Do you host office hours every week?  Do you want students to complete a project and send it to you for feedback?  All of these are course-specific directions that you might want to include in their own lecture at the beginning of the course.

    Many instructors create a Text Lecture as their second lecture where they let students know how to engage with their course.  You could cover topics (and include screenshots!) such as: 
     

    • Where to find supplemental material
    • How and when to download supplemental material (i.e. if you have a worksheet that goes along with a specific lecture, or a project file that students should download at the beginning of the course).
    • How to ask questions
    • When you host office hours or other live coaching

    You can check out Lecture #2 of the How-To Course to see how the Udemy Instructor Team has done this.

    Dealing with Duplicate Questions.  Have lots of students asking the same question?  First, consider adding to your “How to Use this Course Lecture" a note about using the “Search” feature in the Q&A:




    Then, respond to the duplicate question with a link to your first response. Here’s how:

    Step 1: Click on the first discussion question.  This will open up a new window that will allow you to to link to the individual question. 
    Step 2: Copy the URL of the new tab.
    Step 3: Respond to the duplicate question: "Check out my answer to your question here [paste URL], and in the future, try using the 'Search' option to see what other students have already asked!"

    You can also refer students to this article regarding the Q&A, and how they can use it.

    Directing students to Udemy Support.  If your students are having technical issues with your course, we have an entire team standing by to help!  Simply comment on their post directing them to our Support site (“I’m so sorry about this issue!  Send an email over to Udemy Support (support@udemy.com) and they’ll help troubleshoot your issue”) or you can go to our Support site and direct them to a relevant article.

    Engaging with your students in your course dashboard can be one of the most rewarding parts of being an instructor on Udemy.  We’re so excited to see how you teach!

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  • Course Dashboard Features

    After your course has been submitted for review, you will have access to the course dashboard. You can get there by clicking the preview icon from the curriculum page.

    Features and Tools

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  • Messaging Students

    Use the messaging tool to send a private message to any student enrolled in your course. When a message is sent, a student will receive an email and a notification will appear on their Udemy profile.

    Send a Student a Private Message

    1. Click under your photo on the top right of the navigation bar.
    2. Select Messages


    Please keep Udemy's direct messaging guidelines in mind when using this feature.
     

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  • Course Analytics

    Course analytics visualizes data about course conversions and student engagement. To view the Conversion Analytics for your course, head to the Course Roadmap, and then click on Analytics on the left hand side. Next, click on the Conversion tab on the right.



     Conversion Analytics

    Under the Conversion Analytics tab, you'll see a graph showing the number of page visits by traffic source. Use this information to optimize your sales funnel. Are most of your students coming from Facebook? Think about the tactics you're using there, and incorporate them into your marketing strategies on other sites. With Conversion Analytics, you can see the number of new students in your course, broken down by month. For those instructors who are doing monthly marketing strategies, this is an awesome way of tracking what works and what doesn't.

    Note: The data for conversion analytics is refreshed daily. You may notice some discrepancies in the data while it's waiting for the next refresh.

    Engagement Analytics

    See how your students are engaging with course material.

    You'll see the recent ratings left on your course compared to other courses in the same subcategory, the average minutes of course content consumed in your course versus other courses in the same category, in addition to student feedback.



    For this version of our Analytics tool, we recommend you use it in conjunction with Google Analytics to track traffic to your course. For help with setting that up, click here.

    Want to learn some promotional tactics to get that number of new students up month-over-month? Check out our Round-Up of Instructor Promotion Tactics to stay in the loop!

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  • Adding Google Analytics to a Course

    Linking Google Analytics with Udemy gives you better insight into your course. Google Analytics can be used to do things like track visits to the course landing page. This article will help you set up a Google Analytics account and use it with your course on Udemy.

    If you would like to see information about student engagement, check out Student Satisfaction Analytics.

    Creating a Google Analytics Account

    From your browser, navigate to Google Analytics. You can use an existing Gmail account, or create a new one.




    Use the name of your course as the Website Name and the course landing page URL as the Web Site URL e.g., https://www.udemy.com/learn-cool-stuff. Fill in the rest of the form and click Get Tracking ID.



    Copy the Tracking ID and return to the course management page on Udemy. Scroll down to the Third Party Integration section under Course Settings. Paste the Tracking ID and click Save. 




    You're now ready to track conversions with Google Analytics! It will take some time to get clicks, but when you go back to your Analytics account, you will see the option to view All Pages.



    Below is a list of the URLs that can be used to create conversions.
     

    Page Visible URLs Destination Dropdown
    Course Landing Page /{course-title}/  
    Course Checkout Page /{course-title}/  
    Successful payment page /cart/success/ Regular Expression
    Course taking page /{course-title}/course-dashboard  
    Lecture page /{course-title}/course-taking/lecture/{lecture-id}  
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