• Using The Captions Editing Tool

    As part of Udemy’s plan to expand the global reach of instructors, and help make course content more accessible to students around the world, Udemy provides auto-generated captions in English for English video lectures. If you wish to improve and edit the auto-generated captions that were generated for your course, you can do so by using Udemy’s caption editing tool. In addition, you can also use the tool to edit captions that you’ve created and uploaded yourself.

    Please note that the caption editing tool cannot be used to create new captions for your course. For steps on how to create new captions for your video lectures, please click here.

    For additional information on our auto-generated captions program, please review this article.

    How to Use The Captions Editing Tool

    If you would like to use the captions editing tool to improve the captions that have been added to your course, please follow the steps below:

    1) Click Captions on the left hand side of the Course Management page.

    2) On the captions page, click Edit on the right hand side of the lecture you wish to edit the captions for. You will be directed to the caption editing tool.


    3) Navigate between the caption entries by clicking the text in the right column of the editing tool, or by clicking around the progress bar of the video player, which corresponds with the timestamp.


    4) As you watch the lecture video, you can make edits to the captions in each timestamp entry, by clicking on the entry and typing in the change. As you type your edits in the caption entry on the right, you will also be able to see the changes on the lecture player screen.

    5) Once you’re done editing the captions, click Save and Publish at the top right of the page


    Please note: after clicking Save and Publish, the changes to the course captions will become live in your course. If you exit the captions editing tool without publishing the changes you’ve made, any changes you’ve made will be discarded.

    Resetting Captions

    If you decide you would like to reset any changes you've made to auto-generated captions with the editing tool, you can do so by using the reset function.

    Please note: taking this action will restore auto-generated captions to their original state, as they were when they were first uploaded by Udemy.

    1) Click Captions on the left hand side of the Course Management page.

    2) On the captions page, click the ellipses on the right hand side of the lecture you wish to reset the captions for.


    3) Click Reset. The captions will be reset to the original auto-generated text.

    Deleting Captions

    If you wish to delete a caption file you created and uploaded to a lecture, then click on the ellipses on the right hand side, and select Delete. Please note that deleting a caption file cannot be undone.


    Auto-generated caption files cannot be deleted. They can either be edited, by following the steps outlined above, replaced with a caption file you’ve created and uploaded, or disabled in bulk by clicking the “Disable” button on your Captions page.

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  • Newcomer Challenge Official Rules




    • Challenge: Newcomer Challenge
    • Eligibility Criteria: You must be a Udemy instructor who has an account in good standing and does not have any published Courses as of the time that you submit your Challenge entry. You must opt in to Udemy marketing emails to be eligible to enter Challenge. You may opt out of marketing emails at any time after receiving your first email from Udemy but please note that to qualify for the Challenge, you must remain opted in for the duration of the Challenge.
    • Entry Instructions: 1) Submit an entry via the landing page available at https://email.udemy.com/pub/sf/ResponseForm?_ri_=X0Gzc2X%3DYQpglLjHJlYQGhj92N5OWrGpFJYRvXvwmzfP6KE3qHemTLUCVXMtX%3DYQpglLjHJlYQGiFORUzdOOlMzb27WIGzbHl5zdRaLH3Rk7ISwzfO&_ei_=EswUN1Css7mEpCoPhKN_87U (“Entry Page”); 2) submit your first Course for quality review within 45 days (1,080 hours) of submitting your entry; 3) pass the review process and successfully publish your Course to udemy.com within 55 days (1,320 hours) of submitting your entry; and 4) verify that you have opted in to promotional emails. “Course” is as defined in Udemy's Terms of Use (available at https://www.udemy.com/terms). Limit one entry per Udemy instructor. Your Course must meet Udemy’s quality review standards available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/udemy-images/support/Course+Quality+Checklist+EN.pdf. If your Course is removed from udemy.com for any reason between the date it is published and the date that Sponsor plans to issue the Challenge Reward, you will not qualify for the Challenge Reward.
    • Challenge Reward: A featured spot on Udemy’s Newcomer Challenge Winners page available at https://www.udemy.com/collection/newcomer-challenge-winners/all-courses for one week, to be promoted by Udemy via its Twitter and Facebook accounts.
    • End of Challenge: The Challenge will end 45 days after the Challenge Entry Page is made unavailable.

    ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open only to entrants who meet the Eligibility Criteria listed above (“Entrant”). Persons in any of the following categories are NOT eligible: (a) directors, members, partners, marketing affiliates, employees, consultants or agents of Sponsor or Administrator and their respective affiliates, and each of their respective companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, (b) suppliers of goods or services in connection with the Challenge, including individuals engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for the Challenge; and (c) persons who (i) are in the immediate family of any person in any of the preceding categories (including mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, spouse, grandmother, grandfather, children or grandchildren), regardless of where they live, or (ii) reside in the same household, whether related or not, as any person in any of the preceding categories. All eligibility is subject to all national, provincial, municipal, territorial, federal, state and local laws and regulations. By participating in the Challenge, you unconditionally accept and agree to comply with and abide by these Official Rules (“Official Rules”) and the decisions of Udemy, Inc., 600 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA (“Sponsor” and the “Administrator”), whose decisions shall be final and legally binding in all respects.   

    HOW TO ENTER: To enter, complete the Entry Instructions listed above in compliance with any listed restrictions before the End of Challenge criteria are met. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission of an entry via the landing page.

    CHALLENGE REWARD: Entrants whose entries meet the qualification standards of these Official Rules will receive the Challenge Reward. No reward substitution or cash equivalent of any reward. No reward transfer.


    • Transmission of Information. Sponsor, the Administrator, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, successors, and assigns (all collectively the "Released Parties") are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by you or not, printing, typographical or other errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in (a) the administration of the Challenge, (b) the uploading, processing, or eligibility determination of entries, (c) the announcement of the eligible reward winners, or (d) the rewards or any Challenge-related materials; (5) late, lost, misdirected, inaccurate, incorrect, undeliverable, damaged or stolen entries or email; (6) costs associated with claiming or redeeming the rewards; and/or (7) losses or damages resulting from an Entrant’s connection to the Internet via any website referenced herein. The Released Parties are not responsible for any (a) incorrect, mistranscribed, misdirected or undeliverable entries or e-mail transmissions, (b) incorrect announcements, (c) technical problems, including, without limitation, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, or any hardware/software, (d) lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, or (e) a combination of any of the foregoing. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for (i) late, lost, incomplete, inaccurate or damaged entries, (ii) undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a user's Internet service provider and/or e-mail client, or (iii) insufficient space in user's e-mail account to receive e-mail. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any damage (whether material or non-material) caused to your computer equipment or to data which is stored on such equipment, or to your personal, professional or commercial activities. Proof of submitting entries will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor or Administrator.
    • Fraud; Reservation of Rights. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify this Challenge, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, or any other factors impair the integrity or proper functioning of the Challenge, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine eligible reward winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. Administrator, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be (a) tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge, (b) acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion, or (c) acting in a dishonest, fraudulent, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, and to void all associated entries. The preceding remedy in no way precludes Sponsor from taking legal or other actions against such individuals so as to protect its rights. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any provision of these Official Rules in a given circumstance does not constitute the waiver of such provision.
    • Release and Indemnity. By participating, you hereby release the Released Parties, and agree to indemnify, defend, and hold the Released Parties, and the other persons and entities involved in the development, production, and/or administration of the Challenge, harmless, from any and all liability for losses, harm, damage, injury, costs, fees, and expenses, including without limitation, property damage, personal injury (including emotional distress), and/or death, arising from participating in the Challenge, any Challenge-related activity, and/or acceptance, receipt, possession or use/misuse of any reward, and for any claims or causes of action based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

    FORCE MAJEURE: If, for any reason, the Challenge (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned by reason of computer virus, bug, system malfunction, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, fire, flood, earthquake, storm or other natural cataclysm, riot, strike, terrorist activity, civil commotion, governmental regulation, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which, in its sole opinion, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Challenge (or any part thereof), Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge, or to thereafter conduct the Challenge by selecting the reward winner(s) for the affected Challenge based on the earliest-submitted entries received for such affected Challenge or otherwise in a manner which is fair, equitable and in accordance with these Official Rules, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

    DISPUTES: Except where prohibited by law, you agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge or any reward, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) all claims must be resolved in the state or federal courts located in the State of California, USA; (c) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Challenge, but in no event including attorneys' fees; and (d) unless otherwise prohibited, under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to, any indirect, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, or damages of any kind (other than actual out of pocket expenses), and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of you and Sponsor in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California, USA.

    EU RESIDENTS NOTICE: Your personal data will be transferred to the United States. Pursuant to EU law pertaining to data collection and processing, as an EU resident, you have a right of access to, modification and withdrawal of your personal data. You also have the right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances. To exercise such right, you may write to: Udemy Legal Department, Udemy, Inc., 600 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA. The data controller and the data recipient is Sponsor. Your data will be transferred outside the European Union. For more information, please consult https://www.udemy.com/terms/privacy.

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  • Auto-Generated Captions FAQ

    As part of Udemy’s plan to expand the global reach of instructors, and help make course content more accessible to students around the world, we provide auto-generated captions in English for English video lectures. When English isn’t the native language of a student, captions can make courses easier to comprehend. Further, captions also provide more clarity, reinforce learning, and make courses accessible to hearing-impaired students.

    This article includes answers to the frequently asked questions we receive regarding the automatically generated captions program.

    How are the automatic captions created?

    The automatically generated captions are generated using speech recognition technology.

    When will auto-generated captions be created for existing courses?

    Existing English language courses on the Udemy marketplace will receive English, auto-generated captions throughout the remainder of 2017. If you would like your course prioritized to receive the auto-generated captions, however, please contact our Support team. 

    When will auto-generated captions be added to new courses?

    English, auto-generated captions will be generated for new English courses, after the course has been submitted to our review team for approval, but before the course is published and open to enrollments on the marketplace.

    Once my course has received auto-generated captions, if I publish a new lecture video, will they receive auto-generated captions as well? 

    Yes. New, English videos that are published in your courses will receive automatically generated captions.  

    Will I be notified when my course has received automatically generated captions?

    Yes. Once auto-generated captions have been added to your course you will be notified on the Captions page, and you will also receive a notification in the notifications bell.  


    How will the auto-generated captions be indicated on the course landing page? 

    If a course has received auto-generated captions, then “auto-generated” will appear beside the captions icon on the course landing page. If a significant amount of the auto-generated captions are edited by the instructor, however, then “Auto-generated” will be removed from the captions icon. 

    For steps on how to use the captions editing tool, please click here.


    Can I request that auto-generated captions in languages other than English be added to my course?

    Currently the captioning program is limited to creating English captions for English content only. Instructors are free to add captions in other languages to their course if they wish. For more information on how to do this, please click here. 

    Can I edit the auto-generated captions myself?

    Yes. If you would like to improve and edit the auto-generated captions that were generated for your course, you can do so by using the captions editing tool. For steps on how to use the editing tool, please click here.

    Can I still upload my own captions to my course?

    Yes. Instructors can still upload and use captions they’ve created for the course, and these captions will be utilized instead of the auto-generated captions. For steps on how to do this, please refer to this article.

    Can I disable the captions myself?

    Yes. If you wish to disable the captions for your course, you can do so by clicking on Disable at the top right hand of the Captions page.


    It says the automatically generated captions were disabled due to “low quality”. How is this determined?

    Captions can receive a low quality rating for several reasons, some of which include poor audio levels in the video lecture, background noise, or unrecognizable words. In these cases, the automatic captions will be disabled. Students that specifically requested the captions due to a hearing impairment, however, will still be able to utilize them.

    Instructors can re-enable the captions by downloading the caption file, editing it in a text editor, and then re-uploading it to the associated lectures. Steps on how to do this are posted above.

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  • How to Create Assignments For Your Course

    The assignments feature provides instructors with a comprehensive way for students to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in your course. With assignments, instructors can create various questions for students to answer regarding the course concepts. In addition, instructors can upload instructions and solutions in video format, and provide feedback on the completed assignments students submit. 

    After students complete the assignment, they can compare their work with the instructor’s solutions, and receive feedback from their fellow students if they wish.

    This article outlines how you can create assignments for your course, and in doing so, connect your students' new skills and knowledge with a real-world application. 

    Creating an Assignment 

    To create an assignment, navigate to the Curriculum page of your course, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on Add Assignment to begin creating the assignment.


    Basic Info 

    After you click on Add Assignment, you’ll be prompted to fill out the assignment’s basic information. This includes the assignment’s title, a description, and the estimated time it will take for students to complete it (in minutes).

    Once you have entered the assignment’s basic information, click Save to proceed.


    On this page, you will enter the instructions for the assignment. The instructions can be in either video or text format. If you include both, the instructions in text will appear below the video. Students can add text, images, external links or code to their submissions. 

    Please note that the instructions must be 65K characters or less. Images that are to be uploaded by a student for their submission most be smaller than 30 MB in size, and can be in .JPG, .PNG. or .BMP file format. 

    The instructions should describe the activity, the purpose of the assignment, what your students need to do, and list any materials that are needed to complete it.  You can also upload any downloadable resources here that students can use to complete the assignment.



    On the Questions page you will create the assignment’s questions. Each assignment must include at least one question. You can add as many questions as you'd like, but please consider that students will type their answers into a text box next to each question.

    Once you have finished entering the question, click on Submit. Then, to create another question, click on Add more.

    Please note that each assignment can have a maximum of 12 questions added to it.


    After you’ve finished creating the assignment’s questions, click on Solutions on the left hand side of the page. 


    On the Solutions page can you can enter answers for the questions you’ve created, and upload a video for your students to view, where you discuss the assignment’s solution. In addition, downloadable resources can also be added to this page.

    Please note that the solution for each question must be 65K characters or less. 

    To enter text responses for the questions you’ve created, click on Add answer, which appears under the question. Once you’ve entered the solution, click Submit. 

    Previewing and Publishing the Assignment

    You can preview the assignment at anytime, to see how it will appear to your students, by clicking on Preview at the top right hand of the page. 

    Once you have entered the assignment’s basic information, instructions, questions and solutions, you can publish the assignment by clicking on Publish to the left of the Preview icon. 

    Editing the Assignment

    If you need to edit the assignment after it’s been published, you can do so at anytime. On the course Curriculum page, move your cursor to the assignment, and then click on the pencil icon that appears beside the assignment’s title. 

    Providing and Reviewing Feedback 

    After a student has completed an assignment you will receive a notification. You can review their answers and provide feedback by following the steps below: 

    1. Click on the notification in the notification dropdown menu at the top of the page, or you can also access the feedback options by navigating to your Instructor Dashboard, and clicking on Assignments.


    2. Completed assignments that have been submitted will appear on this page. You can use  the various filter options on the left hand side to search through the completed assignments, based on the feedback type the assignment’s received (none, instructor only, student only or both), the sharing preference the student chose (instructor only or public), or newest to oldest, and vice versa.


    3.Click on the assignment you wish to provide feedback for, and enter it in the Give Feedback section. Once you’ve entered your response, click on Submit.



    Please note: currently assignments are not supported on the Udemy mobile app. Students can take and complete assignments by opening the lecture in a desktop or laptop computer. 

    Instructors can create up to 550 curriculum items for a course (sections, lectures, quizzes, coding exercises, practice tests and assignments).

    If you have any additional questions regarding how to create assignments, please contact Udemy Support.

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  • Create a Practice Test

    Practice Tests enable instructors to create comprehensive, long form simulated exams that students can use to assess their knowledge of a particular subject. Similar to Quizzes, Practice Tests are composed of multiple choice or multiple selection questions, but unlike Quizzes, Practice Tests can provide a longer, more robust assessment tool.

    They are particularly useful for subjects when students are preparing for a final exam. Examples of these types of exams include the SAT, GMAT, ACT, or the various certification exams used in various professional industries like IT, Architecture, Finance, and Business.

    Please note that due to the unique and proprietary nature of many practice tests, they can only be added to paid courses. Instructors can create up to 550 curriculum items for a course (sections, lectures, quizzes, coding exercises, practice tests and assignments).

    In addition, instructors can create a new course, composed only of Practice Tests.  

    How to Add a Practice Test to Your Curriculum

    To add a practice test for your course curriculum, follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the Course Curriculum page, scroll down to the bottom, and click on Add Practice Test


    2. Enter the practice test’s title, description, how much time students have to complete the exam, and the minimum score students must get in order to pass it. The option to randomize the order of questions and answers in the exam, can also be toggled on here. 

    Once this information has been entered, click on Add Practice Test to proceed.


    The practice test will be added to your curriculum, and you can now begin adding questions to it. 

    How to Add Questions to a Practice Test

    Once you have added the practice test to your curriculum, you can add questions to it, by using either the Add Single Question or Batch Question Uploader options.  

    Please note: each practice test can include up to 250 questions


    To begin, click on Add Questions on the right hand side of the Practice Test icon. Next, you will be asked to select either the Add Single Question or Batch Question Uploader option.

    Using the Add Single Question Option

    Questions can be created and added to a practice test, one-by-one, by using the Add Single Question option.

    After you click Add Single Question, you will be prompted to create either a Multiple Choice or Multiple Selection question. The questions in a multiple choice format have only one correct answer. In a multiple selection question, however, more than one correct answer can be selected.

    Once you’ve selected the type of question you wish to create, follow these steps to complete it:

    1. Enter the question
    2. Create possible answers. You can write up to 15.
    3. Select the correct answer(s) by clicking on the circle to the left
    4. Enter an explanation as to why that answer is the correct one. If you’re creating a Multiple Selection question, then outline why each answer is correct
    5. Add a Knowledge Area (optional). If your practice test contains groups of questions that focus on certain sub-topics, you can create Knowledge Areas and add questions into them. After students complete the Practice Test, they will see their overall score, as well as their score in each Knowledge Area.
    6. Click Save

    After you’ve saved the question, you can add the next questions in the test by repeating the steps outlined above.


    Using the Batch Question Uploader

    The Bulk Question Uploader allows you to upload an existing set of questions into a Udemy Practice Test. To use the uploader, first download Udemy's Practice Test Question Template, and format your questions according to the document. A link to download the template will appear after you click on the Bulk Question Uploader option.

    You can also access the template by clicking here. The template can be used for either Multiple Choice or Multiple Selection questions.

    Please note: when entering your questions and answers into the document, be sure to use the exact same format that's on the template, in order to avoid uploading errors. 

    • Your completed document must retain the same number of columns on the template (even if they're not used)
    • The formatting for the column titles cannot differ from the formatting used in the template
    • The Question Type column must include the question type exactly as they're listed on the template. For example: multiple-choice must be written in the cell in this format with the hyphen and casing. 

    Once you’ve completed the template, return to the Bulk Question Uploader option in the Practice Test, and click on Upload CSV File.


    Previewing the Test 

    Once you’ve added questions to the Practice Test, you can see how the exam will appear to students, by clicking on Preview


    Publishing the Practice Test

    Once the practice test is created and the questions have been added, you can make it live in the course by clicking on Publish Practice Test.


    Unpublishing a Practice Test

    If you need to unpublish a practice test, you can do so by navigating to the course curriculum, and clicking the unpublish icon on the right hand side.

    Please note: once a practice test has been published for a course it cannot be deleted. This is to ensure that students will always be able to access their practice test results. You can, however, unpublish the practice test, which will prevent new students who enroll in your course from taking it.

    Publish a Practice Test-Only Course 

    If you wish to create a course that only contains practice tests, follow these steps: 

    1. Move your cursor to the Instructor dropdown menu at the top right hand of the page
    2. Click on Create a Course
    3. Select the This is a practice test-only course option that appears under the working title option
    4. Follow the steps outlined above to create your practice test(s) and publish your course 

    Please note: practice test-only courses must have a minimum of two practice tests in order to be published to the marketplace. This is to ensure that practice test-only courses are differentiated from other courses in the marketplace. A maximum of 6 practice test lectures can be added to practice test-only courses. Practice test-only courses do not offer a certificate of completion.


    Practice Test FAQ

    Do students have to finish the exam once they’ve started it? Or can they pause it and return to the practice test later?

    If a student needs to leave during the practice test, or they decide they wish to work on something else and they exit the exam, the timer will automatically pause. When they’re ready to return to the practice test, the exam will resume where the student left off. 

    Can students review their answers and see their final score? 

    Yes. Students can review all the answers they’ve submitted by clicking on “Review Questions” after they’ve completed the exam. Their final score will also be posted after they complete the test. 

    Can students take the practice test more than once?

    Yes. Just like our quiz feature, students can go back and retake the practice exam as many times as they wish. 

    Do students have to pass the practice test in order to receive their Certificate of Completion for the course?

    No. As long as students complete the practice test, and all of the course’s curriculum items, they will receive a Certificate of Completion, even if they do not pass the exam. 

    Do practice test-only courses offer a Certificate of Completion?

    No. Currently courses that only include practice tests do not offer a Certificate of Completion.

    Can students manually mark the practice test as complete?  

    No. Students must complete each question in the practice test before the system will record the exam as completed.

    How many questions can an instructor add to a practice test? 

    Each practice test can include up to 250 questions. 

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  • How to Create a Coding Exercise

    Coding exercises are an interactive tool you can add to your programming courses, so your students can get practical coding experience. Students can enter code directly onto the page and can run the function without switching programs or screens. The exercises also provide hints for students when they’ve made an entry error, so they can correct the mistake and proceed with their coding.

    Currently coding exercises can be created for the following programming languages: C++, C#, HTML, JavaScript ES6, Java, PHP 5, PHP 7, Python 3, Ruby, Swift 3.

    To add a coding exercise to your course curriculum, please follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the Curriculum page of your course
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the Curriculum page and click on Add Coding Exercise
    3. Choose the programming language the students will use for the exercise
    4. Enter the exercise you would like students to solve. For detailed information on how to create exercises for each language, please click here.
    5. Check the exercise’s solution by clicking on Check Solution at the bottom right hand of the page
    6. If the solution is correct, click Save at the top right hand of the page. You can also preview the coding exercise by clicking on Preview


    Please note: coding exercises will only appear published in the curriculum of published courses. 


    If the course is not published, then a checkmark will not appear beside the coding exercise when it's been added to the curriculum.

    Instructors can create up to 550 curriculum items for a course (sections, lectures, quizzes, coding exercises, practice tests and assignments. 

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  • Choosing the Right Lecture Format

    Your lecture format has a big impact on how your students will process information. The most effective courses use a mix of different formats to convey each message in the most engaging way. The three high level formats are video file, text article, and quiz. And within the video format, you can choose to create a talking head, screencast, or slide presentation.

    Depending on the content you are teaching in an individual lecture, you should pick the lecture format that will provide the best visual accompaniment to your message. Below you will find a list of all the possible formats and tips when to best use them. You don’t have to use all types, but mixing it up provides variation to students, which helps guard against boredom and helps refocus attention!

    Talking Head


    Purpose: Build trust and credibility, demonstrate support or empathy for students, provide variation

    Use for: Intro video, intro or summary of section, when you share a story or share your perspective, when you would otherwise stay on the same slide / screen page for a longer time (more than 30 seconds)



    Purpose: Focus attention on key points, visualize complicated mental models, ensure spelling is known

    Use for: Multi-step concepts, highlighting key points, defining jargon, visualizing models. Don’t forget you can include images in slides too!

    Tip: Use large font for students watching your course on mobile!



    Purpose: Walk through multi-step processes

    Use for: Describing how to use software or find relevant examples on the internet, get students to follow along, showing how to use particular programs or programming languages

    Tip: Zoom in for students watching your course on mobile!

    Article Lecture


    Purpose: Provide variation, self-guided learning, easy way to combine text & images

    Use for: Concepts/step-by-step guides that students can work through on their own, materials that need to be seen written, intro or summary of section, supplemental material, introducing an activity



    Purpose: Test knowledge, provide variation, engage students

    Use for: Opportunity for students to assess if they understood and remember the content, section outro, pre-test knowledge about a topic, section intro

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  • Add a New Lecture

    You can add new lectures and upload content to your course in a few easy steps. For steps on how to update the content of an existing lecture, however, please click here.

    Adding a New Lecture

    To add a new lecture to your course, and upload content to it, please follow the following steps:

    1. From the Instructor Dashboard, select the course you wish to edit

    2. Click Curriculum on the left side of the dashboard

    3. Scroll to the bottom of the curriculum and click Add Lecture

    4. Enter the lecture title and click Add Lecture


    5. To upload the content or videos to your course, click Add Content and select the type of file you want to add.


    6. The uploader accepts three different types of files:​ Video (.mp4, .mov, .wmv), Video & Slide Mashup (sync video and presentation files together), Article (rich-text editor)


    7. Click Upload to select the appropriate file from your computer. If you use the Bulk Uploader you can choose the tab that says Add From Library


    8. Click Save on the bottom right of the lecture

    9. Click to Add Description to the add a brief description of the lecture

    10. If your course is still in draft, your lecture will be automatically published when you submit your course for review. If you course is published, click Publish on the right hand side


    If you need to move the lecture into a different spot on the course curriculum, simply click on the lecture and drag it into a new location.

    You can create up to 550 curriculum items for a course (sections, lectures, quizzes, coding exercises, practice tests and assignments). 

    For steps on how to create a new section, please refer to this article.

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  • Adding Captions to Your Videos

    Adding captions to your video lectures is a great way of increasing student engagement and accessibility for your courses. This article outlines how you can create, add and manage captions for your course, and how you can edit auto-generated captions that have been added to your lectures, if required.

    Auto-Generated Caption Program

    As part of Udemy’s plan to expand the global reach of instructors, and help make course content more accessible to students around the world, we provide English, auto-generated captions for English video lectures. When English isn’t the native language of a student, captions can make courses easier to comprehend. Further, captions also provide more clarity, reinforce learning, and make courses accessible to hearing-impaired students.

    For more information on this program please click here.

    Creating Captions

    There are a few ways that you can create captions for courses. Udemy relies on .vtt files for caption uploads, so any method you use will need to create a .vtt file (please note that captions are not a simple transcript or script of your course, but must be in this specific file format).

    You can create .vtt files from scratch, using a simple text editor (for more info, please click here), and you can use free captioning software like Aegisub (link here). You can also use paid services like Cielo24 (link here).

    Udemy has also started to provide automatically generated captions, which you can download, edit, and add to your course (please see the section "How to Edit Captions" below).

    How to Upload Captions to Your Udemy Course

    Once you have prepared the .vtt caption files, you can upload them to your course lecture by following the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the Course Management page and click on Captions on the left hand side

    2. At the top of the Captions page, select the language of the captions that you are uploading


    3. Move your cursor to the video lecture that you have created captions for, and click on the upload icon


    4. Once the caption has been successfully uploaded, the .vtt caption file will be visible


    How to Edit Captions 

    As noted above, Udemy provides auto-generated, English captions for courses in English. For more information on this program please click here

    For steps on how to use the captions editing tool to improve the captions that have been added to your course, please refer to this article. 

    How to Delete a Captions File

    If you wish to delete a caption file you created and uploaded to a lecture, then click on the ellipses on the right hand side, and select Delete. Please note that deleting a caption file cannot be undone.


    How to Disable or Enable The Captions

    If you need to disable all of the existing captions for a specific language, you can quickly do so by following these steps:

    1. Navigate to the Captions page

    2. Select the language of the captions that you wish to disable

    3. Click Disable on the right hand side


    To enable the caption files, simply follow the steps outline above and click on Enable. Please note: in order to make the Enable icon active, each lecture on the Captions page must have a .vtt file uploaded to it.


    If you have any additional questions regarding captions please contact Udemy Support

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  • Adding Lecture Descriptions

    Once you've added a lecture to your course outline, you will be able to add a description. The lecture description describes to students what they should expect to learn in the lecture.

    Adding a Description

    To add a description to a lecture, please follow the steps below:

    1. From the Instructor Dashboard, select the course you wish to edit

    2. On the left hand side of the Course Management page, click Curriculum

    3. Navigate to the lecture you wish to edit, and click the arrow on the right to view its details

    4. Click Add Description


    5. Type a description and click Save


    Please note: the lecture description is only visible to potential students on the course landing page, and will not be shown to enrolled students on the course dashboard page.

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  • Converting a Presentation to a Video Lecture

    Instructors can use presentations from PowerPoint or Keynote to create video lectures for their courses, provided they include audio narration and are converted into a video file format (.MP4, .WMV, or .MOV files).

    This article outlines how you can convert presentations from Powerpoint and Keynote into video lectures for your course.

    Converting a PowerPoint Presentation Into a Video Lecture

    If you have created a presentation in PowerPoint, and want to turn it into a video with narration, you can do this without any additional software. This feature is available in PowerPoint 2010 and later.

    Record a Narration

    You can audio to your Powerpoint slides by following the steps below:

    1. Under the Slideshow tab, choose Record Slideshow.
    2. This will launch the presentation, and it will record your narration through whatever is set as the default microphone on your computer (be sure to test that audio is being picked up by external mics).  
    3. Go through your presentation normally and it will record the entire session as you do.  Be aware that under the same Record Slideshow dropdown, you can record over individual slides if you make a mistake.

    For additional information on recording a narration using PowerPoint, please click here.

    Saving The Presentation as a Video

    Once you recorded your narration, you can convert your PowerPoint presentation into a video by using the Create Video settings. Be sure to save your file as both a PowerPoint file and a video file, so you can go back and edit the PowerPoint later if you need to.

    For additional information on how to convert a PowerPoint presentation into a video with various versions of the software, please click here.

    Converting a Keynote Presentation Into a Video Lecture

    You can also use Keynote to create presentations with audio, which in turn, can be exported as a video lecture for your course.

    Adding Audio to Your Keynote Presentation

    You can audio to your Keynote presentation by following the steps below:

    1. Click on the square icon in the toolbar, and then click the Audio tab at the top of the sidebar on the right.
    2. Click Record in the sidebar, and then click on the red circle icon to begin. Be sure to speak clearly into the microphone.
    3. To advance to the next slide, click the slide in the recording window, or press the right arrow key
    4. To stop recording, click the red circle icon
    5. Press Esc (Escape) to save the recording and exit the presentation

    For more information on how to add audio to a Keynote presentation, please refer to this article.

    Exporting a Keynote Presentation as a Video

    Once you have added audio to your Keynote presentation, you can convert it into a video lecture for your course, by clicking on File, Export, and then Quicktime.

    For more information on how to export your Keynote presentation into a video file, please click here.

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  • Can I Upload Prezi Files?

    Prezi is a great presentation tool, and properly used it can be a fantastic way to present your information in a course. Unfortunately, a Prezi only works through their proprietary software. Luckily, you do have some options.

    Save as a PDF

    You can save your Prezi as a PDF and then load it directly to Udemy.  This would create a paginated view of your Prezi.  Keep in mind, you have to follow certain parameters in order to export your Prezi as a PDF.

    Here is an article on how to turn your Prezi into a PDF

    Make a Prezi Movie

    In order to have your Prezi save as a movie (mp4, wmv, etc) you'll need to use screencast software like Camtasia to record your screen while you navigate through your Prezi.  This will also allow you to add audio narration over the presentation.

    Learn how to convert a Prezi into a video

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  • Create a Multiple Choice Quiz

    Adding a multiple choice quiz to your course allows students to assess themselves as they learn course material. You can add a quiz to the course curriculum directly and it will appear in the course outline, where potential students can view your course.

    Creating a Quiz

    1. From Instructor Dashboard go to the course roadmap.
    2. On the left-hand side of the page, under Course Content, click Curriculum
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the curriculum and click Add Quiz 
    4. Name the quiz, add a description and click Add Quiz again

    Adding Questions 

    After creating a new quiz, it's time to add multiple choice questions. 

    1. Click Add Questions and select Multiple Choice


    2. Write the question you want to ask. You can even add an image if you wish


    3. Enter the possible answers for the answer. You can add up to 15 choices.

    4. Indicate the correct answer by pressing the bubble next to one of the multiple choices

    5. Recommended: Explain why the answer is or isn't the best answer

    6. Click Save 

    7. To add another question to the quiz, click New Question, and repeat the same steps outlined above


    Related Lectures

    To further help students, you can link a quiz to a specific lecture. With a related lecture, a student can return to a previous lecture and review material. Add a related lecture by clicking the dropdown menu under Related Lecture. The related lecture will only appear after a student has submitted their answer.
    Editing a Quiz

    Quizzes can be edited at any time.

    1. Hover your mouse over a question. An icon will appear:
      • Edit - Clicking the pencil  will allow you to modify quiz questions.
      • Delete - The trashcan  will permanently erase a quiz question.
      • Move - The three lines  will allow you to drag and drop questions.

    Previewing and Publishing Your Quiz

    When you're finished writing the quiz, click Publish to add it to your course. You can also preview the quiz as a student. You will not be able to submit responses, but you can see what the quiz will look like visually when students are taking the course.

    You can create up to 550 curriculum items for a course (sections, lectures, quizzes, coding exercises, practice tests and assignments). 

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  • Create a Video-PDF Mashup Lecture

    A mashup lecture includes both videos and PDF slides, and allows students to easily view text resources and videos at the same time. This article outlines how instructors can create and add this type of dynamic lecture to their courses.

    Adding a Mashup Lecture to the Course Curriculum​

    1. ​Scroll to the bottom of the Curriculum page. Click Add Lecture
    2. Name the lecture and click Add Lecture again
    3. Click Add Content
    4. Select Mashup


    Uploading the Lecture Content

    After adding the mashup placeholder to the curriculum, it's time to add the lecture’s content. Mashups are created with a video file and a PDF document (please note that the file uploads are limited to 1.0 GB).

    You can follow the steps below to add PDF slides and a video to your mashup lecture:

    1. Add a video and PDF to the lecture by clicking upload video and upload PDF file (currently videos and files can only be added to mashup lectures via the browser uploader, and not the bulk file uploader). Once the files are uploaded they will begin processing. Depending on your internet connection speed, the files should take about 5 minutes to process.

    Please note: in order for the video and slides to finish processing, the curriculum page must be kept open in your browser.


    2. Once the files have finished uploading, select the slides you wish to use, by clicking on the slide arrows or dashes below



    3. Next, click Use this Video and Use this Presentation when you're ready to continue


    Synchronizing the Video and PDF Slides

    Once you have uploaded your video and PDF slide, you can synchronize the mashup lecture with the Text Editor. Add the slide and time in the format of the slide’s number, and the time you want it to appear in the video. For example 1, 0 means that the first slide in the presentation will appear when the video starts. If you want the second slide to appear at say, the 20 second mark, then you would enter 2, 20. If you enter 6, 420,  the sixth slide in the presentation will appear at the 8 minute mark (420 seconds).

    You can also use hh:mm:ss format (2:05) to time the appearance of the slides. 

    synchronize.pngWhen you're finished synchronizing the slides with the video, click Continue & Preview. If you're satisfied with how everything looks, click Save & Continue. If you’re adding the lecture to a published course, then you will need to click on Publish in the Course Curriculum, in order to make it live.

    Below is an example of how a finished mashup lecture will appear, when the video is selected for the foreground.


    If a student clicks on the slide image on the bottom right, then the slide will switch places with the video, and will appear in the foreground.


    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.

    If you have any additional questions regarding how to create a Mashup lecture, please contact Udemy Support.

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