• Adding and Proposing Topics for Your Course

    Selecting topics for your course is a quick way to report additional information about it, so that prospective students can locate it faster and easier. By adding topics to your course, you can provide the Udemy team with more specific information than what’s presented via categories and subcategories. This way we can surface it to interested students more effectively in course recommendations, topic pages and badges on the Udemy marketplace, and in emails and promotions from our Marketing team.

    Choosing The Right Topics For Your Course

    When deciding on what topics should be chosen for your course, we recommend you consider what’s primarily taught in it. Each individual topic chosen should comprehensively describe your course’s content without being too broad. The most representative topic should be the topic in a list of topics that most effectively and narrowly defines what the subject of the course is. For example, “The Complete Tennis Course” should have “Tennis” selected as a topic, but not “Sports”, since the latter is too broad and not specific enough. Or if the course includes extensive information about financial modelling, and is specifically focused on this topic, then we would recommend selecting “Financial Modelling” as a topic, rather than just “Finance.”

    How to Add Topics to Your New Courses

    If you’re creating a new course, then you will need to select topics for it, before you can submit the course for review. To add up to four topics to your draft course, please follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the course page (steps on how to can be viewed here).
    2. Click on Course Landing Page on the left-hand side
    3. Scroll down to the Topics section
    4. Topic suggestions are sometimes generated based on the course title. If you wish to remove one of the topics that have been suggested, however, you can do so by clicking on the X. You can select a new topic by clicking on Choose a Topic. If the topic you type doesn’t automatically populate, you can still enter it by clicking on propose a new topic below.
    5. Select the topic that is most representative of your course (see above). If you think your course has multiple, equally representative topics, however, you can check the box below indicating this, and our review team will evaluate if there are, indeed, two equally representative main topics. Please note that this will trigger an additional review and will delay course approval.
    6. Click Save at the top right or bottom of the page
    7. Your topic selections will be reviewed, along with the rest of your course content, when you submit the completed course for review. Please note that while our review team always considers the topics suggested by instructors, they may determine to select different topics as they deem fit.

    Please Note: After your course is published, the topics that were approved by Udemy’s review team are locked, and cannot be changed by course instructors. If you think that the topics that were approved for your published course are incorrect, or if you think that other topics are a better fit, please contact our support team to submit the new topic proposals. We can’t guarantee that your suggestion will be implemented, but we’re happy to share them with our review team for another look.

    Topics: Commonly Asked Questions

    Do I have to choose four topics for my course?

    No. Instructors can select up to four topics for a course, but you’re not required to select four if you don’t feel four are applicable. Topics that are selected should be relevant to the course subject, and should provide a comprehensive insight into its content. Adding irrelevant or excessive topics will result in your course being misrepresented to students, and could lead to a poor learning experience for them and negative reviews.

    Can I create a topic for my course if one doesn’t already exist?

    Yes. If after searching for a topic in our list of topics you can’t find one that is appropriate for your course, you may suggest one to us. To do this, enter the topic you would like to propose in the dropdown option. Once you’ve entered your suggestion, click “Propose new topic” just below the text field.

    After doing this, you should see your proposed topic appear in the primary topic section:

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    Some guidelines:

    • Please only propose a topic that meets the criteria for the topic of your course.  The word or phrase that reflects the majority of what you are teaching in your course curriculum.
    • Please limit your topic to a short word or phrase rather than a sentence or paragraph.
    • Please do not include URLs.
    • Please submit suggestions in English.

    We consider a number of factors before adding topics to our list. Current supply, demand, and mutual exclusivity of the concept, all factor into whether a topic will be approved. Topics that could be approved at a later date are stored and re-evaluated periodically.

    Can I add any topic that I want?

    As noted above, while you can propose a topic if it’s not currently listed as an option, our Quality Review Team will only approve a topic if it’s applicable to your course.

    After I’ve selected the course topics, can I change a topic at a later date?

    If you wish to select different topics for your courses in the future, please contact our support team to submit the new topic proposals.

    Can I select topics for private courses?

    No. Currently, topics are only available for courses that are public (not private). For instructions on how to adjust the privacy settings of a course, please click here.

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  • Accessing & Navigating The Instructor View

    You can access the courses you’ve created, course management features as well as tools, resources and account options related to being a Udemy instructor via the instructor view. This article outlines how you can access and navigate the instructor view and explains its features, tools and resources.

    How to Access the Instructor View

    You can access the instructor view for your Udemy account by following the steps below:

    1. After logging into Udemy click on Instructor at the top of the page.
    2. In the instructor view you will be directed to your Courses page, where you can access any courses you’ve created as well as other instructor tools and resources. In addition, after switching to the instructor view you will be able to access your instructor account options (please see below).

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    Instructor Account Options

    After switching to the instructor view you can also access the following options and features via the drop-down menu at the top right of the page.

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    Public profile: the bio your students and prospective students will see. Learn more here.

    Account: your account security options (password and email address), notification settings, and API clients (if any).

    Payout settings: the payout methods that are available to premium instructors as well as access to your promotional agreements.

    Revenue report: the instructor revenue report where you can track and review any sales your courses have made.

    Courses

    On the courses page you can see and access any courses you’ve created by either scrolling down to locate the course or by using the search tool and filters.

    In addition, by moving your cursor over a specific course icon, you can access that course’s editing and management features. If the course is published, you can also navigate to its performance analytics, student information and reviews. If you wish to create a new course, simply click New Course to the right.

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    Communications

    After clicking the Communications icon on the left hand side, you can access your direct messages, assignment feedback the Q&A dashboard and announcements for your courses.

    Performance

    The Performance page includes extensive tools and analytics to help you track your course performance, learn about your students, and understand the overall impact you’re having on Udemy. Learn more here.

    Tools

    By navigating to the Tools page you can access the Test Video feature in your account, as well as the Marketplace Insights tool.

    Resources

    On the Resources page you can navigate to the Teaching Center, which includes instructor community news as well as extensive resources and tips related to course building and marketing. In addition, the Resources page includes links to the Instructor Community and the Help Center.

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  • Change the Price of a Course

    This article outlines how you can change the price of your course. If you wish to charge a fee for your courses, however, you will need to apply to become a premium instructor first.

    Click here for more information on how to become a premium instructor.

    How to Change the Price of a Course

    To change the price of your course, please follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the course management page (steps on how to can be viewed here).
    2. Click List price on the left-hand side.
    3. Select the price you wish to set and click Save.

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    As an instructor, you can change the price of your course at any time. Note that the price may not be immediately reflected in the Udemy marketplace or on mobile devices, and coupons that were created before the price change may still be applied to your course.

    For more information on selecting a price for your course, please click here

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  • Change the Title of a Course

    Your course title can be changed at any time and the change will happen immediately. 

    How to Change the Title of a Course

    1. Navigate to the course page (steps on how to can be viewed here).
    2. Click on Course Landing Page.
    3. Rename the course in the first box.
    4. Click Save at the top of the page.

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  • How to Access Your Course ID, URL & Course Landing Page

    Instructors may wish to see their course landing page as it appears on the Udemy marketplace, or locate their course URL so they can share it with their audience. In addition, instructors may need to provide their course ID to our team when requesting support.

    This article outlines how instructors can access their course ID, URL and course landing page.

    How to Locate Your Course ID

    If you need to provide your course ID to our support team,  you can quickly locate it, by following these steps:

    1. Navigate to the course management page (more information can be viewed here).
    2. Click on the course icon below that you need the course ID for.
    3. After the page loads look at the address bar above. The course ID is located in the middle of the URL.

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    How to Locate Your Course URL And See The Course Landing Page

    Each course has a unique URL and a course landing page, which is the page potential students see before they enroll in your course. To locate and access your course URL and course landing page, follow the steps below.

    1. Navigate to the course management page (more information can be viewed here).
    2. Click Course landing page on the left-hand side and then Preview at the top.

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    1. You will be directed to the course landing page as it appears to students. The course URL can also be viewed at the top of the page (please note: the actual course URL does not include the characters that follow the final forward slash).

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    Choosing a Unique URL

    Please note that when you submit your course into the Quality Review Process you will be able to choose a unique URL for your course. For example, www.udemy.com/the-name-of-your-course/

    If you have any other questions on how to locate your course ID, please contact our support team.

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  • How to Delete, Unpublish or Republish a Course

    Instructors may wish to remove their course from the marketplace and close it to enrollments for various reasons. For example, you may wish to temporarily prevent new students from enrolling in the course as you make updates to it, or, you may wish to permanently close the course to new enrollments since you’re creating a new, more current course.

    This article outlines how instructors can unpublish and republish courses, or delete courses that do not have student students enrolled (in order to uphold the lifetime access guarantee Udemy offers students, courses with students enrolled cannot be deleted).

    How to Unpublish a Course

    When a course is unpublished, it will no longer be visible in the marketplace and new students cannot enroll. Students who have already enrolled in your course, however, will continue to have access. To unpublish a course, please follow these steps below:

    1. Navigate to the course management page (more information can be viewed here).
    2. Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right and scroll down to Course Status
    3. Click Unpublish
    4. Click yes​ to confirm your decision to unpublish your course.

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    How to Republish a Course

    An unpublished course can be republished at any time. To republish your course, head to the course management page and click on Republish Course on the left-hand side.

    When you click Republish Course your course will automatically return to our marketplace.

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    If you are switching between private and public while republishing your course, however, your course will be re-submitted through the Quality Review Process.

    How to Delete a Course

    A course can only be deleted if students are not enrolled. In order to uphold the lifetime access guarantee with enrolled students, you may not delete or unpublish groups of course lectures in the original course to reduce the amount of content. This would be a violation of our Terms of Use.

    If your course does have students enrolled, you can unpublish it from the marketplace. Unpublishing a course prevents new students from enrolling.

    Please note that deleting a course permanently erases all course content including discussions and associated files and deleting a course cannot be undone. If you wish to delete a course please follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the course management page (more information can be viewed here).
    2. Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right and scroll down to Course Status
    3. Click Delete
    4. Click yes​ to confirm your decision to delete your course

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    If you have any questions about removing your course from Udemy, please contact our support team.

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  • Adding Co-Instructors and Teaching Assistants

    Overview

    A Udemy course can have more than one instructor, and co-instructors can be added from Course Settings in the course management dashboard.

    Before adding co-instructors to your course, please read our Rules and Guidelines for managing co-instructor relationships at this link.

    Adding a Co-Instructor to Your Course

    1. From the Course Management page, click the course settings gear icon at the top right and scroll down to Instructors.
    2. Enter the email address of your co-instructor and click Add to see their name appear in the Instructors list (Note: Your co-instructor must already have a Udemy account in order for you to add them to the course).
    3. Grant permissions to the new co-instructor via the checkboxes in each column, and assign a revenue share if you are adding the co-instructor to a paid course. See below for more details on each permission. Any co-instructor with the Manage permission checked will have the ability to add co-instructors to the course.
    4. Click Save.

    Permissions

    Visible: Checking the visible box means that an instructor will be publicly listed as an instructor for the course to students. Their profile picture and name will appear wherever the course is visible on Udemy. Students will be able to send a message to this instructor when deciding to purchase the course or taking the course. Instructors must be listed as visible in order to send promotional emails and educational announcements for the course, as well as respond in the Q&A.

    Manage: A co-instructor with the Manage permission can modify course content and settings. They have full visibility and editing access to all course management functions, including the ability to upload and delete lectures, make changes to how the course displays in the marketplace, and create coupons for the course.

    Captions: Instructors with this permission enabled can edit, upload and disable closed captions for the course. Please note that instructors with the Manage permission enabled will automatically receive the Captions permission.

    Performance: instructors with this permission enabled can access applicable data and information related to that course in their Performance tabs.

    Q&A: This permission controls whether visible instructors can view and answer questions from students in the instructor Q&A dashboard.

    Reviews: Instructors with the Reviews permission will be able to view and respond to student course reviews in the Reviews section of the Instructor Dashboard (please note: in order for an instructor to respond to reviews, they must also be categorized as a visible instructor). 

    Assignments: Instructors who are enabled with the Assignments permission will receive notifications when students submit assignments, and will be able to provide feedback for them if they wish.

    Revenue Report: If co-instructors are assigned a revenue share (above 0%), they will automatically have permission to view the Revenue Report, which details student purchases. This permission cannot be toggled off.

    When this permission is checked for co-instructors with a 0% revenue share, they will have full access to the Revenue Report, but their revenue share for new student purchase will be zero.

    Revenue Share: For paid courses, you can assign a revenue share to co-instructors. Once an instructor is designated to receive a revenue share, they will have access to the Revenue Report for all new purchases of the course, and will see their share generated in the column “Your Revenue” on the report.

    Only co-instructors who are approved premium instructors can receive a revenue share greater than 0%. Including the standard 50% Udemy share, the revenue share for all instructors added to the course must add up to 100%.

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    Course Owner

    The original course creator is considered the ‘owner’ of the course and their access cannot be removed. They will automatically have the Manage permission and this cannot be toggled off.

    Only the course owner is required to complete the instructor verification process and submit a test video in order for the course to be published onto the marketplace.

    The promotional preferences that the course owner has selected will control the course’s eligibility for inclusion in Udemy’s Deals and Marketing Boost programs.

    Teaching Assistants

    Instructors who are not marked as Visible in the course, but who do have permissions checked for Q&A will display with a Teaching Assistant designation whenever they reply to student questions in the course Q&A.

    The Teaching Assistant designation is intended to give students additional context about these co-instructors, since they are not otherwise visible in the course. teaching_assistant.png

    Removing a Co-Instructor

    Co-instructors can be removed from a course by clicking the Trash Bin icon in the far right column of the Instructors list. If a course instructor has the Manage permission active, they will have the ability to remove co-instructors, including themselves. The course owner, however, cannot be removed from a course.

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  • What Languages Are Supported For Instructors Teaching on Udemy?

    Udemy is localized in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish, but you are welcome to create a course in any language.

    Changing the course language will affect how your course is discovered on Udemy, and your course will appear with other courses taught in the same language.

    Udemy's mission is to improve lives through learning around the globe, and as a result, nearly all languages can be selected as the home language for a Udemy course. This article outlines how you can select a language for your course, and includes information on which languages are supported for accounts and in our Help Center.

    How to select your course language

    Most world languages are selectable as the home language for a Udemy course you teach, and you are welcome to create a course in any available one you wish. The language options for Udemy accounts, however, include German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai (see the note below regarding courses taught in languages that are not yet supported for Udemy accounts).

    You can set or change the language of your course by following the instructions below. Please note that changing the course language will affect how your course is discovered on Udemy, since our keyword search and categories contain language filters.

    1. On the course management page, click Course Landing Page on the left hand side
    2. Scroll down and click on Basic Info
    3. Select a language for your course
    4. Click Save at the top right

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    Note about courses taught in languages not available for Udemy account languages

    If your course is in a language that's different from the language options for accounts (see list above), certain generic course elements like the navigation buttons in the course, the prompts for students to leave a review, and the section headers on the course sales page, will not be localized to match the teaching material you supply for the course. All the material that you are prompted to enter for the course, including the lectures themselves, lecture titles, additional resources you provide students, and the elements of the course landing page that you are prompted to enter will be localized.

    Help Center language settings

    Udemy's Help Center (support.udemy.com) for students and instructors can be viewed in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. If the account language is set to one of our other language options for Udemy.com, then the Help Center will appear in English.

    For steps on how to change the language settings in our Help Center please click here.

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  • Course Privacy

    Instructors have the ability to make courses private. When a course is set to private, it cannot be discovered in the Udemy marketplace, so instructors must personally share the course link with potential students. To gain access to the course, the student will need to enter a password, or request access to it.

    Note: Private courses must still abide by Udemy's Terms of Use but they are not evaluated by the Udemy Quality Checklist.

    How to Change Course Privacy Settings

    1. Navigate to the course page (steps on how to can be viewed here).
    2. Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right.
    3. Toggle the setting from Public to either Private (Invitation Only) or Private (Password Protected).
    4. If you select Password Protected, enter a password in the box below.
    5. Click Save.

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    Types of Privacy

    Password Protected

    After receiving your course URL, a student must enter the created password on the course landing page in order to access your course.

    Invitation Only

    A student must request an invitation to the course from the course landing page and you can also send an invitation to the student directly. To send an invitation, click on "Invite Students" on the right-hand side of the Students page. Please note that in order to send an invitation email to the student using the "Invite Students" feature, they must have a Udemy account.

    If a student requests an invitation for the course, however, then a notification will appear on the left-hand side of the page by "Students".

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    If you have created an instructor coupon code, students must enter the code manually once you have granted them permission. You will not receive the appropriate revenue share if the coupon code is not applied.

    If you are using instructor coupon codes, it is recommended that you protect your course with a password to avoid confusion.

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  • Free Lecture Preview

    Having your lectures previewed lets potential students sample the course content and your teaching style. A lecture can be enabled for a free preview after publishing the lecture and setting a price for your course.

    • Your first video lecture will automatically be available for the free preview to ensure there is always content available for students to view
    • Select the additional lectures that you’d like to include in the free preview. You need to select enough lectures totalling 10 minutes of video content, including the first video lecture. On the curriculum page, you can turn on Free Preview for any video lecture.

    Turning on Free Preview for a Lecture

    To include a lecture in a course's free preview, please follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the Course Curriculum page
    2. Click the arrow to the right of the published lecture to review the lecture details
    3. Toggle Free Preview to on

    Please note: video-PDF mashup lectures are not supported by the preview function, and as a result, we recommend instructors do not select them for a course's Free Preview.

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