Do you have questions? Well, we have answers!
Below you'll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive here at Simple Course Creation. If you don't see the answer to your question listed below, feel free to use the form at the bottom of the page to get in touch with us. We'll be happy to get back to you as soon as we can!
Who are these courses intended for?
The Simple Course Creation library of courses are designed for anyone interested in creating an online course, regardless of where you are in the course creation journey or what level of technical expertise you have. All of our courses can be used at any stage of the process to help you learn more about what’s involved in creating an online course, how to create great course content that ensures a great learning experience for your students, or to help ensure that your course topic is a winning, marketable idea.
What if I don't have an idea for an online course?
Well, then you’re at one of the most exciting stages of the course creation journey…course topic discovery! If you’re motivated to create an online course but just haven’t come up with that grand slam, back-of-the-napkin idea yet, we have plenty of content to help you mine the world around you for winning course topics. We’d recommend beginning with How to Discover Profitable Course Topics. In that course, we show you how to explore your interests and expertise and use those to conduct market research that will help you find profitable course topics that you’d enjoy teaching and feel qualified to help others with.
What if I don't think my course will sell?
Hey, don’t stress…we’ve all been there! Creating an online course takes a lot of time and effort. The last thing we want any aspiring course creator to do is launch a course that doesn’t find an audience of people who are happy to pay for what you’re willing to teach them. Validating a course topic before investing time and money in creating and launching a course is absolutely critical. In our How to Validate Your Online Course Topic, we go into great detail in demonstrating the methods you can use to ensure there’s a market for your course before you build it. At the end of the course, we even conduct a live experiment to find out if people would be willing to sign up for a course around your topic.
What if I'm not very tech-savvy?
No worries! Most of the topics covered in our Simple Course Creation courses are more informational and theoretical in nature, but when we do dive into technical material (like we do throughout The Complete Video Production Series for Online Courses) the content is designed for everyone from complete beginner to seasoned tech-wiz!
How are the courses structured?
All Simple Course Creation courses are delivered through video lessons which cover the main concepts associated with the learning steps that a lesson includes. These videos will generally be one of three types of lessons:
- Exploratory: We're simply introducing concepts which may provide background details to help make sense of an entire process that we're learning or mentioning strategies or resources which may be helpful in the future but aren't required right now.
- Actionable: These lessons will culminate with a series of action steps which should be completed before moving on to the next lesson. The action steps will be discussed in detail at the end of the video lesson and then will be available for review in the lesson summary and the downloadable PDF action guide (when applicable).
- Resources: In a few Simple Course Creation lessons we discuss strategies or resources which are not a completely necessary step to taking the actions required at a particular point in a course, but which may help to enhance your course quality or the efficiency of your course creation. A good example of this would be our Time Management video lesson in the Bonus Lessons course which comes with all Simple Course Creation courses.
Every lesson will include a text lesson summary below the lesson video so that when you return to that lesson in the future, you'll know exactly what the lesson video covers without have to watch it again. And as mentioned above, some lessons include a downloadable action guide and for these lessons we ask that you complete any required action steps before moving to the next lesson.
When do the courses start?
Whenever you’re ready! All Simple Course Creation courses are self-paced and can be started at any time. And there’s no expiration, so you’ll have lifetime access to your course(s). If you decide to purchase a course which you might not be ready for just yet or you’re interested in taking advantage of special pricing on our entire course library, your course will be waiting for you when it’s time to dig in.
How long does it take to complete a course?
That’s up to you! Our courses are all self-paced, so you can move through the content as quickly or as thoroughly as you need. Quite a few lessons within the Simple Course Creation catalog do involve detailed action steps and there are some which require your to do a good bit of thinking. When you get to one of those lessons, we do recommend that you take the time to work through the action steps or exercises completely to make sure that your course has the best chance of success possible.
Will I be able to keep track of my progress?
Absolutely! Each lesson includes an option to mark it as completed once you've watched the lesson video, reviewed the lesson summary, and dowloaded the action guide if one is available for that lesson. When you mark a lesson as completed, you can always return to that lesson and review it, but it will now include a check mark next to the lesson's title within the course outline so you can pick up right where you left off.
Do the courses include assignments?
Hey, a little homework never hurt anyone! Some lessons do include assignments with action steps to take before moving on to the next lesson. We've tried our best to break up assignments into manageable sets of tasks which won't slow you down too much before moving on in the course. Action steps will be outlined in the lesson action guide and we generally recommend printing those out as they can be valuable resources to have handy during your course creation journey.
How long do I have access to my course?
All Simple Course Creation courses include lifetime access, so you never have to worry about rushing through the content ahead of an expiration date. Besides, if you decide to create additional courses down the road we want you to be able to come back and review any content that you found helpful. This lifetime access includes all updates we make to our courses and any new content that we add to them.
Can I access the courses from my phone or tablet?
You sure can! All Simple Course Creations can be accessed via any web browser or any device which allows you to play video.
I'm interested in course creation topics not yet listed in your course library. Will more courses be available?
You betcha! We constantly have new courses in development and we’re hoping to add around eight new courses each year. In addition to the course topics we’ve already published, we’ll be launching additional courses on strategies related to course marketing, the business side of running a course or membership site, advanced video creation processes, social media for online courses, and much more.
Who are you guys anyway?
We’re glad you asked! We’re Ben Arellano and Nate Johnson, co-founders of Simple Course Creation. Since 2010, we’ve spent our careers as both online course creators and developers of some of the leading course delivery software solutions for course creation. We’ve worked with thousands of course creators across almost every course niche imaginable and Simple Course Creation courses are lessons distilled from thousands of hours of trial and error over the years. If there is a “secret sauce” for creating and launching a successful course, we think you’ll find it throughout these video lessons.
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