Kaz Johnson

This week I am talking to you about The 5 tools you need to create online courses

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Hello and welcome to episode 48 Of the Kaz Johnson show, my name is Kaz Johnson and I am the blogger behind Kazjohnson.com and the Kaz Academy. The Kaz Academy is the place to be if you are planning, building or growing your e-learning business with online courses and a membership programme. You can learn more about what I do at Kazjohnson.com

This week I am talking to you about The 5 tools you need to create online courses

There are only a handful of tools that you basically need to start creating your online courses and they are:-

1) A Website

Somewhere to host your courses…I use WordPress for all my sites and it’s great building your own e-learning business on too.  Google loves, it and it’s free and very easy to use too.  Plus you can purchase plugins like Learndash, and learning management plugin, which brings me neatly on to…

2). A Learning management system (LMS)

I like thousands of other people use Leardash as their preferred LMS plugin.  It’s really easy to use, reasonably priced, and loved by my learners.  With this LMS comes a myriad of features like advanced quizzing, upload assignments for marking, easy to use course builder so that you can add videos, handouts etc in lessons with topics, lesson timers, grade books, course points as well as certifications and badges.  It has also got a host of other features from reporting to automatically enrolling and removing learners after a period time, check them out, you won’t be disappointed, I love it.  Over the past 10 years I have tired several, and for the past 2 years have settle for this LMS.

3) A Payment processor –

Unless you are giving away free courses you will need a payment processor.  With Learndash you can sell your courses easily, you simply set the price, choose the pricing model, and publish.  PayPal and Stripe are the two may payment process.  WordPress Shopping Cart Integration is easy and you can use WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, ExchangeWP or ThriceCart.  I use ThriveCart as my shopping cart.  There is a small plugin that enrols the learners onto the course that have signed up for, it also adds rules, like adding them to my email lists to send out on boarding emails automatically.  However, just to get you started you can just use Paypal for simplicity.

4). A Camera

To create video or software like Camtasia or Screenflow.  In order to record either yourself delivering a lecture, or whether you are delivering a Poerpoint  presentation, you are going to need either a camera, you could stat by using your phone’s or laptops camera. Camtasia and Screenflow record what is on your laptop’s of PC’s screen, for example it will record a Powerpoint that you deliver using your microphone from your phone or laptop to recored your voice.

5). Presentation Software

Powerpoint or Keynote to create a presentation or the Google Drive Presentation , It looks just like PowerPoint but is much easier to use. A presentation software is used to create your lesson’s presentation that you record and upload to your LMS

And that is it! Some people make it overly complicated, and yes you can add other bits and pieces, but honestly, that is all I use to create and sell my courses.   Plus, it’s all automated meaning that once you have set the system up, it all works on autopilot, this is one of the best methods of passive income and the main source of my income for 10 years now.

If you would like more information on  “Learn how to Create & Sell Online Courses” just head on over to https://www.kazjohnson.com/online-courses/ with a complete breakdown on Creating & Selling Online Courses, I even have a whole module on teaching, learning and assessing for those of you who have no idea how to teach.  If also shows you how to sell your course before you have written it, as well as all the technical stuff I will show you as if you were sitting behind me.  Not only that I will show you how to take payments and get paid and set the whole system on autopilot.  I will also leave a link in the show notes so that you can look at this in more depth.

That’s it for this week…

Speak to you next week.

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This show is sponsored by the Kaz Academy, a membership site that helps support people who are planning, building and growing their e-learning business with monthly master classes, mini training, tips, resources, an open office, and a community all there to help you plan, build and grow your e-learning business. You can check it out at kazacademy.com, for a free tour.

That’s all for this week, so I would like to say a massive thank you for taking time to listen to me, and I will speak to you next week.

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Learn how to Create & Sell Online Courses

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Kaz started out teaching over 30 years ago teaching IT in a local college, she then set up her own training business before teaching teachers and assessors online 10 years ago.

Today she helps people to plan, build and grow their online business and when she is not working, you will find her in the great outdoors.