Session 233: My 5 Favorite Tools For Creating Online Courses, Melvin Varghese, PhD

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Today’s show is about something a bit different, even though we’re in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. I’ve learned that we should have a virtual aspect of our business in place for scenarios like this. I’ve also learned how important diverse income streams can be when your regular practice is interrupted. I can’t maintain my business health if I rely solely on my clients. Five years ago, I launched my first online course, so now I’m sharing lessons learned over that time, especially about gear. Remember, though, that gear should help you achieve your goals and not just be another way to spend money.

What We’ll Learn

      • My five favorite tools for creating online courses:
      1. Microphone
        • Sound is one of the most important aspects of an online course
        • Recommended: the Samson Q2U
      2. Webcam
        • You need one that’s better than the one on your laptop
        • Recommended: the Logitech C920 Series
      3. Presentation software, like Keynote (Mac) or Powerpoint (Windows)
        • The key is to keep slides simple with a strong word and a clear image
        • Recommended books by Carmine Gallo: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t:
        • “A great online course is not made in how pretty the slides are, but in how you present complicated information in a way that people understand and remember.”
      4. Screen recording software, like ScreenFlow (Mac) or Camtasia (Windows)
        • Record your screen and edit your videos
      5. A distribution method, like Kartra, which helps you assemble your online course
      6. A bonus item: a light that will give a richer look to your videos
        • Recommended: the Neewer Lighting Ring Light
      • This is the last episode in this season, so I’ll be on hiatus for the month of April. STC will return in May with more exciting and informative episodes!

Resources Mentioned

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Screen Flow


Ring Light

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