Answering Questions About Online Courses

I spend a lot of time in the comment section of my YouTube channel answering questions about online courses. But, not everyone has the time to dig through the comments of each video.

So I decided to pick out 10 wonderful questions and a bonus question that I get a lot. I hope these answers will help you build your online course.

Do you need to have your own website before joining Podia?

Podia is a learning management system that I mentioned and make tutorials about on my YouTube channel. It is one of my favorites for people that are ready to dig into the world of online courses.

Podia has a lot of features, including a built-in website. That means you can host everything directly on Podia without the need for an external website.

What course platform are you using, and how do you integrate it with Circle?

If you have dug around my website or been following me on YouTube, you know that I have a course creator community that I host on Circle. It is a membership community where I jump on daily and help course creators get their online courses launched.

I do not use any other course platform at this time. I can do everything I want with my members inside of Circle. But, Circle can be used with learning management systems as well. It integrates with Zapier. This makes it easy to connect with anything Zapier connects with, which are over 200 different programs.

Answering Viewers Online Course Questions

What’s the perfect length for each lesson would you recommend?

When it comes to the length of your online course lessons, shorter is better. You want to be concise in your lessons while still providing a natural flow. You don’t want to cut a video lesson down just to keep it short. Instead, try to break your lessons down in a meaningful way.

Short or snackable lessons are great for your students. A lot of people don’t have the time to sit in front of a computer for an hour-long lesson. They may be learning on the go. This means they can take 15 minutes here and there throughout their day. I think keeping your lessons to 10 minutes or less is perfect.

What are your thoughts on Podia versus Kajabi?

This is a question I get often. I am a big fan of Podia and have done several tutorials on using Podia to host your online courses. I have also done tutorials on many other learning management systems. Kajabi is not one of them.

Kajabi is a great system with a lot of features. That being said, most of the people that I work with are not experienced course creators. They may have created 1 or 2 courses. Most have not created an online course before. I do not recommend Kajabi to anyone that is new to creating online courses. The cost alone can completely devour your return on investment. Kajabi is an all-in-one business software with many features you may not need.

I signed up for your mini-course, but am I too late since it started?

Not at all. The 5-Day Mini Course Challenge can be joined when you are ready. When you sign up, you will receive an email with the challenge for day one. The next day you will get day two, and so on. At the end of the 5 days, you should walk away with a mini course.

That mini course can be used for building an email list, lead to a bigger online course, or even a little extra income. If you want to take the challenge more than once and create several mini courses, this can be a great way to learn how to build and create online courses.

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Take The 5-Day Mini Course Challenge.

I will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a mini course that you can use to…

  • Drive Leads To Your Main Course
  • Build An Email List To Sell To Later
  • Sell As A Low-Cost Product Right Away

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Can I assign a participant to become a co-host on Whereby?

Whereby is a great Zoom alternative. It is a software I reviewed and love using myself. There are a lot of fun features that Whereby has that Zoom doesn’t or Zoom didn’t have until after I made the Whereby tutorial.

Yes, you can add a person to be a co-host or admin on Whereby. To do this you will need to be on the paid version of Whereby. Whereby starts at $6.99 a month as of the time of writing this. There are other features besides admin that come with the pro version.

Is it free to create courses on TalentLMS?

TalentLMS is another learning management system that I have made a tutorial on. It is different from the main players in the online course space like Teachable and Podia because it was created as a business training software.

Simply put, yes you can create an online course for free on TalentLMS. But, you can only have 5 students and 10 courses. That is backwards to what you expect when looking for a standard LMS. If you are an employer with 5 employees, and you need to create training for them, this would work great for you.

If you are selling your online course and want more than 5 students, you will need to upgrade to one of their paid plans. The pricing on Talent LSM is very flexible depending on how you are using it. But, it is not for everyone. Be sure to read through all the pricing and features of any LMS you want to use before buying in.

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Can you market your Teachable and Thinkific courses on YouTube?

YouTube is a great way to market your online courses, so yes, you can. But, and this is a big but, your audience size and type of online course matter here.

YouTube is a long game. If you have a big, engaged audience already on YouTube, this should not be an issue. If you’re just getting started or your audience is smaller, it could take time before that video gets any traction. If you release a video about your online course but plan to have it available online for a limited time, then you may not get enough eyes on it before you take your course down.

If your online course is evergreen and will stay up for a long time, you are probably good there.

Is Microsoft Teams synchronous, asynchronous or blended learning?

I did a video a while back on the different types of learning. We talked about synchronous, asynchronous and blended learning. Synchronous would be a live class. That can be in person or virtual. You are learning in real time. Asynchronous would be learning at your own pace. Blended would be a combination of both.

If you plan on teaching on a platform like Microsoft Teams, that would be live learning and therefore qualify as a synchronous learning experience. So would be teaching on Zoom or in a webinar type of environment.

Is it possible to convert a book into an online course?

I love this question. It is not only possible, it is extremely easy to do. A lot of the work you put in when you were writing your book is some of the same steps you need to create an online course.

You already did the research, you already have the content, and you already have an audience if you did a good job marketing your book. Turning it into an online course is only a matter of changing the format. The chapters can be your outline. You can add to them if you want to. You can also leave out the fluff that is not necessary to reach the goal your online course is promising to your students.

If you are counting, that is the 10 questions I promised you. But, I also promised you a bonus question. I get this question over and over.

Can I use Canva assets for my paid product?

I have 4 different videos on a playlist call ‘Canva For Online Course Creators‘. All these videos show you how you can use Canva to create assets for your online courses. This includes your worksheets, your slides, and even video ads for your online course. There are a lot of ways Canva can help you in your workflow and save you time.

Canva has different rules depending on whether you are on the free or pro plan. The overall answer is yes, but I would look through the Canva content license agreement just to be sure. I do show you a short tip at the end of the video at the top of this post that will show you how to tell easily within Canva.

Make sure to watch that video to get the more in-depth answer to this question and the others. All the links to the videos mentioned are in the video description on YouTube.

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