Once youve validated your topic and you know that theres demand, its time to create the actual course!
In most cases, an online course is just a sequence of videos. You can throw in other types of media, like images, sound bites, and PDFs.
To make things interesting, you can also add in quizzes and tests.
The core of your course will be those videos where youll explain the topic youre teaching in a step-by-step manner. You can either record yourself in front of a camera, or you can record a screencast, where youre sharing whats on your computer screen, and talking over your actions.
Pick the type of video based on what youre teaching.
With that in mind, lets start by ensuring we have the right tools. The most important tool is your computer. Technically, if your laptop or computer has a built-in camera and a microphone, you have what you need to create a course. For better production quality, i suggest the following tools.
Screenflow This is the best screen-sharing software out there. If your course is mostly screencasts, get Screenflow. It will capture your screen and voice as you navigate your computer and explain your actions. You can also edit the resulting video if you make mistakes.
Audio Technica ATR 2100 The ATR 2100 microphone is a popular microphone amongst online course creators. There are many other options but this one is affordable and produces extremely crisp sound.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 This is an extremely affordable yet high-quality video camera. Just clip it on to your computer and start recording HD videos.
The three tools listed above are more than enough to get started. If youre looking for additional production value, check these out.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera If you need a camera that you can take outdoors, look no further than this DSLR by Canon.
AmazonBasics Lightweight Tripod This tripod goes well with the Canon if you need to perch the camera somewhere.
LimeStudio Photo Video Studio The better your lighting, the crisper your videos look. This studio in a box is a very affordable kit that has everything you need.
Kindly watch this video for more insights on the tools you need to create your video courses