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Have you thought about teaching online but have dismissed the idea because you have no experience in teaching? That’s OK! If you have something you are knowledgeable in and want to teach you shouldn’t be limited by lack of experience.  Also you don’t have to have a degree in something to be able to teach online.  A degree helps to verify your knowledge, but as long as someone has left with more value in a subject matter after learning from you than before they have arrived, then you can teach. So how do you go about it? ‘Help!’ you’re probably thinking as the idea of creating an online course overwhelms you. Fear not! We will run through what to do.

I have no personal experience of teaching online so I can sympathies with your worry. However, I am here to tell you it is possible and it can be done.

Planning the Course

First of all, decide what you want to teach.  Lets use an example of someone who is an expert in social media and growing businesses on these platforms. Maybe this person has become an expert through their own discovery and growth on their own social channels.  Once you know what to teach, break down what you want the goal of your course to be. So, with our current example maybe the goal of the first course is to understand what different social channels do and how to set up your businesses on the right one.

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Example image of your course on social media?

Planning the Lessons

Great! Look we have already made progress. We have a course goal and possibly a name. The next bit is then breaking down that goal into bit sized lessons.  The first lesson might be an introduction to social media in general and what it is and why people might use it. The next few lessons then might involve understanding  what each social media channel does and how to set up your company page on it, if it is appropriate.  As I am sure you will agree, or maybe you won’t if social media is not your forte that not every social channel is right for a business. This is really valuable information to give your learners as it could allow them to make educated decisions regarding the social media strategy for their business. As we are using social media as an example I have broken down the possible different lessons below.

Example Course to teach online

Course Name : Introduction to Social Media channels and how businesses can use them ( you might want a snappier title then mine)

  1. What is social media and why do businesses and consumers use it
  2. What is Twitter and how can a business use it.
  3. What is Facebook and how can a business use it
  4. What is Instagram and how can a business use it
  5. What is Youtube and how can a business use it
  6. What channels should you use?
Social media with no experience
Simple instructions and images to accompany your teachings.

And so on. You get the point. Now, this of course in this example is an introduction course into social media and how to set up a business on it. Therefore, you will not be expected to go into depth about the many million different things you can do on each platform and how to use them. There are whole courses and books dedicated to just one channel, so don’t think you need to answer every single question ever on these topics. That’s why it’s important to outline clearly what the goal of the course and lesson is.

 

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How would you teach face to face? Mimic and adapt for online.

Planning the content  for the lessons

You’re next question is what do you put in each lesson and how to actually teach it? Did I guess right? So, yes next we will want to populate these lessons with beautiful content and VARIOUS content types. It is most important! and I mean very important  that you have different types of content in your lesson/course in order to keep the course engaging. 

There are many advantages to video based learning which we have looked into here before. So think about including some video’s in your courses, this can be a great way to give you more experience as you practice teaching when you record a prerecorded video for your course. In the social media example we are using you could have a recorded video demonstrating how to set up your business profile with accompanying text in the lesson.

Try a live class?

Then for lesson 6, you could have a live class! Do it! I know it sounds a bit intimidating  but I am sure you will find the experience very rewarding for yourself and your learners. Lesson 6 really lends it’s self to a live class as you can have a group of people with likely different businesses discuss with you their experiences with social. This allows you to tailor this last lesson to a Q&A style and run through various examples of businesses using different social platforms.  A live class brings a stronger relationship with your learners because the process is more interactive. You may even find them being advocates for your next course!

 

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Build up your relationship with your online class

Are you feeling a little more confident? Hopefully you are! We have run through how to structure a course and ways to teach online. If you’re still worried about teaching online with no experience, remember that, while you may not have experience in teaching you are an expert in the field you are about to teach. You know more than you’re learners. So any value you provide to them in whatever format will most certainty benefit them. Then after your first course you can go on excited and enthusiastic for teaching your next one!

Teaching online is a fantastic way to reach people from far and wide. It allows a great flexibility for the teacher to teach when convenient and for the learner to be able to fit in the course around their busy lives. Teaching online may be new to some of you or you may be sceptical about how to make sure it’s engaging for your audience and they actually leave the course having learnt something. So here are our 3 tips to creating engaging Online Courses.

 

1. Vary your content types

So as you might recall those teachers at school that really got you to learn used multiple content in their lessons. Having the ability, to listen, read, watch and interact are great for mixing up the learning styles in your Online Courses, giving something everyone can benefit from. You can be sure to keep your learners on their toes by varying your content type, as they use different senses to interact with the content. HowNow offers you the ability to have multiple content per lesson so you can be sure to offer : Audio, video,  live classes, broadcast, text, quizzes, images, assessments.

 

HowNow formats

 

2. Encourage Discussion

Discussions are a great way to interact with your learners and for your learners to interact with each other. Having a Discussion forum will create the environment of a real life classroom with the ability for people to ask questions, share opinions and experiences. You can enable this feature when creating Online Courses with HowNow.

 

People talking about Online Courses

 

 

3. Reward your learners

We all like to feel like there is something we are working towards. We might not be at school anymore but the feeling of having achieved something makes us feel accomplished and also motivates us to continue on our learning journey. Reward your learners with badges and certificates when they have completed courses ( this of course is available with HowNow). You don’t have to wait till the end of your Online Courses to reward your learners, you co do this along the way for each unit they complete. Or offer them something different- maybe special extra content or resources for making the progress they have in your course.

 

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If you’re a teacher, an educator then you will want to listen to these 5 outstanding podcasts.  It’s always great to find a podcast or tv show or book that you can relate to and shares some of your own experiences. We have found 5 great podcasts that will have you keen to hear the next episode.

1.Truth for Teachers

This podcast is frequently ranked highly within the educational podcast space. Angela Watson the person behind this assassinating podcast covers the day and life of a teacher while giving you stories and advice to inspire you onwards in your own educational career.

 

2.House of Edtech

Chrisopher Nesi hosts this podcasts which investigates the technology within the educational sector and how it is impacting teachers and educators as they teach. You can expect some great stories from teachers and invators within this industry on how they believe technology can take you to the next level.

 

3. Inspiring Educators

Educators can often feel like the  heros overlooked for their hard work and their passion to share their knowledge with others.  Sung Lee who started this podcast wanted to give teachers aned educators a voice. You can oftern here guest educators share their stories of success and struggle in their classroom and out of it. A good listen and hopefully something which will inspire you.

 

Elearning Coach

This podcast will keep you up to date with the latest technology and trends in elearning. Find out how it can affect you and your learners. They cover a range of hot topics. You may find yourself taking the stairs at work so you can just listen to a bit more. A podcast, great for educators and course creators alike, so, if you’re thinking of teaching online get this one downloaded into your library.

 

The Bedley Brothers

These brothers were teachers of the year! Their podcast is 30 minutes long interviewing high profile guests about their lives. They deliver great little anecdotes and practical information that will help any educator.

 

Have you thought about mixing up your format of teaching or educating? Whether you are looking at a new way to educate your employees such as through training modules. Or maybe you’re a private tutor looking to educate more people at once without hosting them all in your home. Here are 5 Pros to educating  through Video based learning.

1. It’s more engaging and efficient than reading text

Video is one of the most engaging and efficient way to get information into your audience.  Did you know that the human brain  processes videos 60,000 times faster than it processes text. So it’s literally more time efficient and productive to learn through video than it is reading many documents and text. That’s not to say however, that you shouldn’t support video format with some summary points in a document.  Use video to deliver the core information and a document to hold the summary if they wish to glance back later.  Read more here.

 

2. Video allows you to be everywhere

Using video based learning is far more personal and allows you to either have a recorded version of you teaching without you having to be there physically or a live streamed one.  Using a video style of teaching means you can express yourself in the way you would normally and this can be much more persuasive compared to other formats. This can be great if you’re a private tutor and have a high demand for lessons but have little space to host them in your house. This can also be great for a company wanting to do a mass staff induction where you want to deliver a lot of information quickly and clearly.

3. Video based learning is more cost-effective

As a company or a small business or a solo-entrepreneur costs are important to your business. If you’re looking to save money on the long run and reach more learners without increased location and printing costs, then video learning is the way to go! If you think about the potential printing, location, and travel costs not to mention time- then you could be saving hundreds and if you’re a large business; potentially thousands! if you an individual tutoring you could sign up to HowNow for a year at £22 a month and cut out your £4 return bus and 40 minute traveling to each students house. Savings made easy.

 

4. It’s accessible and portable

There is a rise in micro learning – learning a small unit of something – a bitsized amount.  Video learning can be accessed through a website by a provider such as HowNow- meaning anyone with an internet connection can log into your online school and start learning straight away. This makes it accessible and portable – so you could be taking these small video units on the commute into work or maybe during the holidays at home.

5. Perfect for Visual Learners

Did you know 65% of the population are visual learners according to the social science network. That means not using video format or a picture format could mean you are not teaching 65% of your audience in their best medium. For those learners that are not visual or audio then the supporting text material can be a great way to cater to all your learners.

 

 

 

If you are planning to teach online and want to find some successful Educators to take inspiration and guidance from then keep reading.  So if you’re wondering who to follow and who is in the know in the world in of educators? Here are some of the influential educators you should follow on social as well their personal websites that are worth a visit.

 

1.Alice Keeler

Alice is very successful as a result of teachers and Educators coming to her for fantastic inspiration and resources. Alice is an advocate of Google Suite for education purposes and thus features it in her posts.  There are a number of tools that Alice advocates on her website such as Grammarly which will grammar and spell check your words.

 

Twitter: @alicekeeler

Website: http://www.alicekeeler.com/

Instagram: @alicekeelorg

 

2. Wendy Kopp

Wendy has received the recognition as Time’s Magazine’s 100 most influential people as a result of her inspiring work.  She has founded a company called ‘Teach For All’ which makes education accessible to children who are living in low-income families and deprived areas across the world. Wendy’s Twitter is full of inspiring articles and interesting content that will get you pumped for teaching.

Map of where the charity works with Educators

Twitter: @wendykopp

Website: teachforall.org

Instagram: @wendykopp

 

3. Vicki Davis

Vicki’s twitter posts articles from herself in addition to other articles she shares from Educators within the industry of education and eLearning. In addition to this, you will find that she hosts a 10-minute teacher show as well as a podcast which is updated regularly for her keen listeners. Oh and she also is an author of a book. This woman does it all!

10 minute educator snapshot

 

Twitter: @coolcatteacher

Website: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/

Instagram: @coolcatteacher

4. Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an educator that is very active on Twitter through her creative solution to sharing ideas such as producing beautiful sketchnotes for educators to use and share.  Here is an example below of her expressing her ideas through a simple yet effective sketch :

infographic of digital concept idea for educators

 

Twitter: @sylviaduckworth

Website: https://sylviaduckworth.shop/

Instagram: @sylviaduckworth

 

 

5.Craig Kemp

Craig is the head of EdTech in Singapore where he provides useful articles on his social accounts and website. He also runs #whatisschool together with other insightful articles on his website which are a result of some of the discussions on the#whatisschool chat. There is a snippet on his website that sums up #whatisschool and it explains that it is a chat group where ‘educators have a voice in shaping the future through their experience, recommendations and interests.’

ad for whatisschool

 

Twitter: @MrkempMz

Website: http://mrkempnz.com/category/whatisschool/page/2

 

 

 

If you’re starting a business, maybe you’re teaching online and you think your laptop webcam may just not be up to scratch. Or you use a desktop computer which does not have a webcam and microphone and you think it’s time to invest in one. The webcam quality in modern laptops is getting far better but sometimes an external webcam is just a better purchase- giving you more flexibility in the quality you can choose from as well as giving you more freedom in where to position it. We have scanned the shops and internet for the best webcams for under £100. Check out our list below:

 

1.Logitech C922 Pro Stream

£84.99 from Game

 

This is a top of the range webcam designed for gamers which means it has fantastic streaming capabilities.  This one is the highest price point out of the ones we suggest, however, it is worth every penny.In fact, I think it’s probably the best webcam for under £100. This webcam lets you record and stream in HD1080P. It supports 60fps at 720p. This basically means if you are doing any fast action on your webcam such as dancing- it’s going to pick up your moves smoothly without jittering and lagging ( the tech term used for a delay in a video). It has a high functioning mic built into the webcam picking up the sound and transmitting sound from all directions; So if you’re teaching a musical instrument online it’s going to pick up the sound with clarity for you. Bonus feature: Comes with a fully adjustable tabletop tripod.

 

 

2.Logitech HD Webcam C270

£19.99 from Currys PC World

 

Another one from Logitech. This one is very much at the lower price point. It does not offer the same quality features that their more advanced model offer, but still does what most people would consider enough for their needs. This is a good option if you are starting to stream more often as you teach online but are not ready yet to spend nearly £90 on a webcam. It has HD video quality at 720p. It also had a built-in microphone. But don’t take our word for it, check out the average 4.5/5 star review on their Currys website from an incredible 428 people!

 

3. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 USB Port Webcam

£21.95 from Amazon

 

This lovely camera from Microsoft performs pretty well with a built-in mic that can pick up sound from multiple directions as well noise cancelling the acoustics that you sometimes hear on a video call. So this, in theory, should be pretty good for sound quality. I mean it has an average 4.5/5 star reviews from 904 customers, so people must be pretty happy with it. It records and streams videos at 720p HD at 30fps like most competitors.

 

 

4. Hue HD Pro Webcam

£54.12 from Greens Stationary

 

This is definitely a camera that is flexible (in the literal sense) to your needs. It’s super bendy neck makes it easy to position the camera where you want, so you are getting the best angle for streaming or recording in HD. It features full 360 rotation so you can share all of your surroundings.

 

5. Logitech C170 HD webcam

£16.99 from Currys Pc World 

 

This is a great camera for those with a very tight budget; coming in at the lowest price on best webcam under £100.  It’s the cheapest camera we have found but the best at this budget price. Logitech is the market leaders I believe in webcams. So if you’re going to go budget, then go with them. This webcam has a built-in mic meaning you don’t have splash out more for an external mic. It records in 1024 x 768 resolution. The universal clip also means you can attach it to a shelf or something else as well as your monitor.

 

 

 

What’s a domain name some of you might be thinking and why do I need to buy one? You know the famous ‘www.’ then the name that follows that such as amazon.com? Well, it’s that thing that you write in the address bar to go to a website. It’s a great way to grow your brand, come across professional and be taken more seriously by your customers. Also, if you own and register your domain name that is consistent with your brand it will stop competitors pulling away search traffic from your site. We’ve done a bit of research on how much it will cost you and what you will get from each domain provider. Have a look below to find out where to buy your domain name.

 

1.GoDaddy

Probably the only one you have heard of from the heaps of advertising they do especially at the Superbowl. GoDaddy is great at helping and educating you on how to go about buying your domain name. it’s probably the go to for where to buy your domain name.

.co.uk is £0.01 for the first year if you register for 2 years or more. After the first year, it’s £9.99 each year.

.com is £0.99 for the first year if you register for 2 years or more. After the first year, it’s £13.10 each year.

With .com you also get the following extra’s free of charge: Parked Page, Domain forwarding & masking, Total DNS control, Change of registration, Getting started guide, Status alerts and Domain locking.

.club is £7.99 for the first year and £12.10 each year after that.

.pro is £3.63 for the first year and £14.21 each year after that. ( this domain used to be limited to certain professions but now anyone can buy this domain)

 

 

2.123 Reg

This claims to be the no.1 website for the domain names in the UK. They also offer you a free forwarding email and a free two-page website for free to get you started. GoDaddy offers you the chance to start with a free website but you have to pay pretty soon after that. So let’s get down to costs – all costs also include free DNS control:

.co.uk is free for the first year if you register for 2 years or more. After the first year, it’s £9.99 +20% VAT.

.com appears to be £11.99 for the first year +20% VAT.

.club appears to be £7.99 for the first year +20%VAT.

.Pro appears to be £2.99 for the first year +20%VAT.

 

 

3.1&1

This website includes a range of features you can sign up to as well as purchasing your domain name.  They Include a free 2GB mailbox email address, private registration and SSL certificate when purchasing your domain name.

.co.uk is £0.99 +20%VAT for the first year and then £9.99 +20% VAT every year after that.

.com is £0.99 + 20% VAT for the first year and then £12.99 +20%VAT  each year after that. This domain also includes a one-off ICANN fee of £0.11.

.club is £0.99 + 20% VAT for the first year and then £14.99 +20%VAT  each year after that. This domain also includes a one-off ICANN fee of £0.11.

.Pro is £14.99 +VAT  each year. This also includes a one-off ICANN fee of £0.11.

 

 

 

4. Names

You get a free website for the first year when you sign up then it’s £14.40 each year after that.

Names also give you a free email account and webmail, Domain and email forwarding as well as advanced DNS control. What they do offer which other domain buying websites do not is an offer with Shutterstock which gives you 40% off packs of 5 or 25 images. This could be great if you’re thinking of buying images from here. However, we have a nifty little guide to where to get fantastic royalty free stock imagery. Check out our guide here.

.co.uk is free for the first year. When purchasing a two-year registration it costs £16.78

.com is £17.99 for a 1-year registration.

.club is £11.99 for a 1-year registration.

.pro is not available from this site.

 

 

 

Hopefully, this has outlined some sites that can get you your domain name at the price and deal which suits your business.

You may have been flicking through your own library of images thinking nope not that one or that one, as you try to find beautiful photos for your business’ website, social media or blog. Fear not, the days of searching Shutterstock and Getty and discovering just how much you need to spend are over. There are a fantastic wealth of royalty free stock images you can access out there. You would be surprised by the quality – it’s outstanding. Explore the sites we have below; to give your business the professional look you need without emptying your pockets.

1.Unsplash

This is the first place I was made aware of when I was stuck in the same spot as you. It’s shocking how good these photos are and how generous people are with sharing their love of photography through royalty free stock images. I know a couple of contributors who love the idea their images could help a young business.

Example image- Photographer: Samuel Scrimshaw

Person standing on top of a mound near a cliff

 

 

2. Pexels

This is another fantastic site that has extremely high-quality content for you to use completely for free; regardless if it’s personal or commercial. Feels a bit like daylight robbery right? They have a great feature on this site where you can see the top photographers that are trending right now, allowing you to select images more easily. What’s nice about this feature is that these top photographers who are donating so much free imagery to this space can receive donations. So, if you feel guilty for using 15 of their images- although you shouldn’t, as they’re putting images out there to share; you can make a donation to this photographer to support them in their work. Think of it as a token gesture.

Example image – Photographer: Bruce Mars

Man sitting on floor using his laptop and phone

 

 

 

3.Pixabay

This site is great as it has over 1.3 million photos up for use. This is fantastic as it has videos- a great resource for you to have. They also have vector graphs and illustrations! This site just keeps on giving! Definitely, pay them a visit.

Example Vector Graph- Creator: Gordon Johnson

Vector Graph of House

 

 

4. Kaboom Pics

This site has a range of photos which you can search by category. Most photos also come in different sizes and come with a downloadable colour palette.  More beautiful free images; not much more to say.

Example Image- Photographer: Kaboom Pics

Coffee Cup

 

 

5.Picjumbo

This site was created by Designer and Photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. This site has a lot of photos with really useful category breakdowns to help you find that perfect image quicker. If you like a particular photo it allows you to see more similar photos that may have been taken at the same photoshoot. So, this allows you to handpick the images that do it for you. Who knew there would be such a selection of royalty free stock images.

Example Image- Photographer: VIKTOR HANACEK

A man waits for a subway train in Prauge

 

 

We live in a visual world, judging something by its cover ( even though you’re constantly told not too) we instinctively do it. Research has indicated you only have 7 seconds to make a strong first impression. Check out these sites and find the image that best suits your needs.

P.s our title image is from by Nursultan Rakysh on Unsplash

So, you have your class up and running, and it’s looking great. But how can you get the word out and start to increase your booking numbers?

Add a Call to Action button on Facebook

If you have a Facebook page, you have everything you need to add a Call to Action button. This is a way to send people directly to your classes. You have the option of seven different CTAs (that’s right, we’re abbreviating) and one of them is, conveniently, ‘Book Now’. All you have to do is enter the link for your class and you’re away! Additionally, since you have your Facebook page set up and looking awesome, you could also consider paid ads or promoted posts on Facebook too. They’re a great way to increase the numbers of people seeing your content.

Get Tweeting

If you have Twitter, start tweeting about your classes. The key to remember with Twitter is that you can’t just do it once. There’s an average of just under 10,000 tweets published every second, so you’ve got a lot of competition. Once your tweet has been out there for 18 minutes, the likelihood is that its been buried on everybody’s newsfeed. What that means is you really need to be tweeting about your classes at least once a day. Now, that sounds like a lot, but don’t panic – there are awesome sites like Buffer, Tweetdeck, and Sprout that allow you to schedule your tweets. Just line ’em up, and these services will send ’em out. There’s also the option of promoted tweets, but if you’re a paid advertising virgin you might prefer to do that on Facebook – it’s much easier to pick the right audience.

Add a link to your site

If you have your own website, add a linked image to your sidebar to say ‘hey, I teach online classes’. That way, whatever page a potential student is on, they’ll always see the option to book. If your site gets a lot of traffic from people who aren’t local to your in-person classes, this is a great way to increase bookings from that audience. In fact, feel free to use the embed codes below for a stylish way of linking your website visitors to your classes.

For a navy blue background:

<a href=http://learnhownow.com><img src=http://imgur.com/ttg7zrWtitle=”Learn With Me on HowNow” width=”270″ height=”290″ /></a>

For a white background:

<a href=http://learnhownow.com><img src=http://imgur.com/4dNCkzRtitle=”Learn With Me on HowNow” width=”270″ height=”290″ /></a>
These can be pasted anywhere on your site. Don’t forget to change the URL in the code to the URL of your class, and get in touch if you have any issues!

Tell your mailing list

Do you have a list of customer emails? Let them know about your classes! If you want to increase the quality of the emails you send you could try using a service like Mailchimp to make them look super-slick. You can even add a button to your email which takes a user straight to your class booking page. After all, you want to make the process as quick and easy as possible. You could also try sending out promotional codes to get the ball rolling with your bookings. We send them out in the newsletter all the time, or we could always help you by

Use word of mouth

Got a student who’s mentioned going away or moving? Remind them that they can keep up their classes with you!

Mention your classes in other professional profiles

Do you write a column in a newspaper? Speak at events? Make TV appearances? If you have to provide a profile about yourself, mention that you teach on HowNow. If your work is being seen you might well be attracting people who are interested in learning from you. Letting them know that they can find you on HowNow is a great way to capitalise on interest, especially if the geography won’t work.

Extra special bonus suggestion!

If you’re looking to increase your mailing list or your social media following, a giveaway is a great way to do it. There are great applications like Gleam or Rafflecopter which make it super-easy to set up a prize draw where a user gives their email address or follows you on social media in order to be entered into a draw. An online class is a great option for a prize because it doesn’t depend on location and there’s no financial outlay for you. You’d just need to contact the winner afterwards to give them a prize code (contact us if you ever need this) and voila! You’ve run a competition!

Please note that we do not advise waving your profits around willy-nilly, no matter how much this stylish photo may suggest otherwise.

Don’t forget, if you do need any more advice, it’s always worth getting in touch to ask – we might just be able to help.