View Full Version : Looking for information to learn how to set up a course
11-10-2011, 10:51 PM
Here is the story. I have fairly new skills and am growing myself out of my box. I have created a 10 tip report with video that I am going to offer as my freebie to build my list. I'm comfortable doing this and it will be up Monday.
The next step is I want to build a course out of this report. I know the information and how to research. What I am looking for is a course or class to teach me how to build a course. If that makes any sense. I know I want slides - do I use power point? I want voice - I know how to record on audacity. I want video - I am taking a course working with video. And I want a homework element - a workbook of sorts. Right now I am thinking having it pre-recorded because I can't even imagine having the rest going and trying to carry on a conversation.
I just don't know how to put it all together. Can anyone point me in a direction?
11-11-2011, 11:45 AM
If you have PowerPoint 2010 you can do all of the audio/video with that. The best order is to record your audio, then make slides to match the audio, then attach the audio to the first slide and set the duration to go through the last slide number. Then record the timings which basically runs the slideshow and records when you click through the slides and animations. Then "Save and Send" as a video. Even if you deliver the entire course at once, I would make each lesson a different set of slides/video. If you need to edit the video, insert music, add zoom or overlay text, use Camtasia for that.
The video coming out of PowerPoint is in wmv format which is not the best for showing on the web. You can get free software at http://handbrake.fr to convert it to mp4. In fact I like to do that even if I'm using Camtasia to further edit the video.
You could then have your audio transcribed as a starting point for your workbook.
There are a few choices as to the delivery.
--You could sell the entire series as a course that is accessed on your website.
--You could have a fixed term membership so that each segment is delivered weekly/monthly etc.
--You could use a pre-recorded webinar system like Evergreen Business System.
--You could hold a live teleseminar or webinar after each segment is delivered to discuss the points in the segment and answer questions. This would require people to sign up by a certain date so everyone is on the same page so to speak.
I would use Digital Access Pass to deliver the lessons because it drips content like this on a payment plan very well.
11-11-2011, 01:30 PM
I'm so digging MyNAMS right now.
Here's an answer to a question I didn't even know I should be asking. How cool is that!
Thank you Shawn and Chris. My mind is spinning with new possibilities.
I love the idea of creating a video PowerPoint course.
I love teaching and haven't wanted to go down the road of writing a book (eBook or print), but a PowerPoint video course is something I believe I can take on at this point in my IM evolution.
11-11-2011, 03:04 PM
Thank you Chris. I am printing out your answer and checking out all the different options.
Good luck Brett, let us know what you come up with.
11-11-2011, 06:40 PM
If you want to learn the Powerpoint narration trick, watch this video by my Screencast Studios partner, Lon Naylor.
And the tutorial they are talking about at the beginning of the video can be found at http://screencaststudios.com/products/powerpoint-power-tips-for-camtasia
11-11-2011, 07:28 PM
Awesome! Thanks Chris.
This also gives me a method for using video even on the sites where I want to use a pen names.
Another internal hurdle overcome.
11-12-2011, 08:36 AM
Awesome! Thanks, this has helped me to see what options I have and things are becoming more clear.
Thank you Chris!
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