How To Teach An Online Class

So you’re just starting off on your online teaching venture?

Great!

It can be difficult to know exactly what to do at the beginning, I was the same and everyone is, however overtime it will just become 2nd nature to you.

You’ll be able to teach with confidence and clarity in no time at all.

I promise!

Now, to teach an online class successfully, there are some essential factors you should take into account firstly if you really want to offer the best learning experience for your students.

Otherwise, what’s the point?

So, we have rounded up 11 amazing tips here that you can apply easily that is going to create that fully rounded learning package that will just blow your students away!

Check these out!

1. Preparation Is Key

Preparation is Key

Like the old saying goes, ‘Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail’.

One of the most recognised sayings all of time and there’s good reason for that.

Because it’s true!

If you don’t have anything prepared before you begin teaching your class, it’s just not going to go down well and students will be able to pick up on it straight away.

Have everything set out before you start teaching.

If your teaching Yoga, have your Yoga mat laid out.

If you’re teaching coding, have all of your software loaded up.

Just don’t rush into it and start gathering or bringing things on screen last minute as it will come across very sloppy and deter students from carrying on with your course.

By having everything prepared beforehand, it will give you a sense of clarity so you know each step of your teachings and will provide better engagement through your classes showing that you know what your doing and talking about.

2. Adequate Environment

Still in the preparation phase here and a very important part.

You’ll want to make sure that you have the right environment when teaching your class.

Firstly choose somewhere where you can record your classes that the students can see everything clearly.

Nothing worse than watching a video with the sun glaring down the screen at you!

Next, choose a place where it’s quiet enough so that students can hear everything you say.

Imagine teaching a class from a room in your home with the window open and hearing the bin lorry in the background!

Yes – this did happen to me!

Wasn’t my best class I can tell you!

Now, the actual place you are teaching from – your visual area.

It needs to, in a way, represent what you are teaching.

What I mean by that is that it has to give you the best platform so that your classes are completely engaging and appealing to the student.

For example, would you teach beginners the guitar with a building site behind you?

Hell no!

Never mind the noise and the fact that the students can’t hear you but it draws their attention away.

You want a setting that is completely focused on what you’re teaching that can only make your students watch with concentration.

3. Learn Different Techniques

So what do I mean by that?

Well whenever you are teaching your class there are many different ways you can showcase what your teaching.

You could change up the environment to make it more appealing in your class videos.

You can change camera angles by zooming out at your entire self firstly talking and then changing angles to show certain areas of what your looking to teach.

Even on your course or course website, you can change the layout, colours, typography or calls to action to see what generates more people clicking onto your course.

There are numerous things you can do and you’ll only get to see what works best by simply testing them out.

4. Teach Your Students at Their Level

Teach Your Students

A very important aspect to your teaching!

Whether your teaching a class at beginner level or advanced – always take into account what level of training or experience your students may or may not have already.

For example, there would be no point teaching a beginner about advanced formulas on Excel if they’ve never used it before.

It would be like rocket science to them!

Just always keep in mind the students current or even no knowledge of the subject your teaching.

It will make for better engagement, better ratings and ultimately better conversion of sales!

5. Make Yourself Seen

This is something I would certainly consider doing!

I understand that it can be nerve wrecking to get in front of the camera, welcoming yourself and explaining how your class will benefit the student.

You may feel really awkward the first time you do it, however, I guarantee that after a few goes it’ll come 2nd nature to you!

The reason I suggest it so much is that people put their trust in people.

By actually seeing someone, a person, a human being behind the class it just makes it that bit more trustworthy and reassuring.

9 times out of 10 people will purchase a class or course with someone who shows themselves presenting it compared to someone who hasn’t.

So jump in front of the camera, shakes of those unnecessary nerves and begin teaching….in your way!

6. Speak Clearly & With Passion

Speak Clearly

Set the tone!

Your tone and way of speaking must be something that keeps your students engaged and actually enjoy hearing when being taught throughout your class.

Having a dull, unpassionate, long boring voice is going to make them lose interest very fast and either stop their learning or even worse yet – make them fall asleep!

Snore!

So switch it up for a slightly higher pitched, invigorated and passionate voice.

Make the students feel like they’re being taught by someone who actually loves the subject they are learning.

They’ll have more faith in you and the class which will help them continue on their learning.

7. Create Interactivity & Engagement​

You need to keep your students interest.

It’s the only way to keep them moving through your course effectively.

Use a variety of multimedia to really create that engagement with your students – images, videos, audios and texts.

Trust me, it will really help with their learning and keep them on the right path of moving forward!

Make your class interactive – by that I mean actually including the student within the course, it will help them with their learning as this is where they must apply the knowledge they have learned already.

Teaching platforms such as Teachable and Thinkific allow you to setup quick and very easy to use quizzes for your students.

This is amazing for promoting their applied learning and gives the student a feeling of progression.

8. Inject Motivation

Offer Motivation

Another very important factor!

Whatever a student is learning, overtime their motivation levels may start to slope downwards.

Your aim is to keep their interest and keep them motivated to continue on and complete the class.

In certain teaching platforms, you can check in on your students to see their progression. 

If you see a student starting to slow down or even completely stop at a certain point, then you can send a quick email to see if they need any additional help.

Perfect for giving them that ‘nudge’ that they may need.

Whenever a student also completes a certain part of the class, you can also hit them up with a ‘High Five’!

It’s just a great way to let them know that you’re there and seeing how far they’ve come!

9. Offer Course Completion Certificates

Offer Certificates

An absolute excellent way of showing your students their accomplishments!

Offering course completion certificates will allow the student to see how far they have come, what they have learned and now they can go apply it to their own life!

A certificate at the end just really completes their learning and gives that feeling of breaking the tape across the finish line.

It’s simply a great way of saying well done, you’ve earned it!

10. Setup a Discussion Board

Discussion boards are excellent at increasing communication between you and the students or even between themselves.

It gives a sense of community and knowing that other like-minded people are looking for the same thing.

Here students can ask questions, provide their experience or let others know just how brilliant they think your class is!

A great motivation booster!

Be present within your discussion board and let your students know that you’re always there for them.

11. Ask for a Rating

Ask for a Rating

Last but not least, ask for a rating!

Ratings is your best way of attracting new students to your course.

Obviously, the good ratings that is!

The more and better ratings you have – the more income potential for you.

You see, the first thing people look for when purchasing anything is ratings or reviews.

The better ratings you have, the more trustworthy you seem and likeliness is that people will end up buying from you.

So, by implementing all of these tips, you’ll be able to create an excellent, engaging learning experience and this is your chance to get something back from your students.

Ask for a rating and most of the time students will offer incredible feedback.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, 11 incredible tips that you can use to help improve your online class!

Stick to these tips and you’ll be able to see:

  • Increased progression of students
  • Greater feedback
  • Better conversion of student sign-ups
  • Overall boosted income !

I hope this has helped.

If you do have any questions, drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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12 Responses

  1. Henderson says:

    Oh this is very beautiful. These 11 tips are all I need to learn about starting an online course. I believe that starting off with having a good environment is very important because without a good environment, students cannot learn well. I also agree that one needs to have a good relationship with students and also speak out loud and clearly. Overall all this tips are helpful. So my question is that is there an online platform where one can teach language to foreign speakers?

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Henderson,

      Your completely right.

      You need that ideal environment in order for your students to remain focused and really soak in the information you are teaching.

      It’s a key ingredient!

      If you were looking to teach a language there are various platforms you can do this through. I honestly prefer either Teachable, Thinkific or Kajabi!

      Check them out – they are excellent online course creator platforms!

  2. Stella says:

    Whao, these are enlightening tips on how to teach an online class. This will surely work well for people that see teaching as a burden to them because they can’t face and speak to crowd. I was once like that but am trying to get over it little by little. I have seen many tips that can guide me through this teaching mission. Conductive environment is very important for students . This will make them more focused and assimilate easily without any hinderance. Any boring lecture is a terrible class people don’t want to engage in. This is why the class needs to be interactive and carry people along. 

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Stella,

      It can be nerve wrecking getting in front of the camera for the 1st time but if you keep at it, it will only come natural to you!

      Trust me!

      You just have to make sure when teaching your online course that it is engaging, that it is interesting otherwise your students will just fall off the band wagon and lose interest.

      I wish all the best on your own venture!

  3. Queen says:

    Wow! I’m glad I’m reading from someone who has actually gone through the process and really understands what it takes.

    I was a wreck and very nervous before I decided to check this out online, so glad to have stumbled upon your article.

    I appreciate all your above-listed tips, as they have given me the things I need to focus on and how to fully get myself prepared.

    I must confess, it was a relief to learn others do experience nervousness/not knowing where or how to start, and that its something that will possibly be overcome with time.

    I guess whats most daunting for me right now is the idea of appearing before the camera, but your reasons for its necessity does make great sense. Because I too will definitely choose a course I can see the person behind other than one that is faceless.

    I will follow these steps and see how it goes.

    thanks for sharing

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Queen,

      I’m glad you liked the article

      It’s completely normal to feel out of place when teaching your course for the first time – it’s only natural!

      However, if you keep at it and keep producing more content, more classes it will eventually become 2nd nature to you!

      I hope this has helped you in some way.

  4. Willy says:

    Amazing! Teaching has always been one of the things i love doing but due to some factors I haven’t been able to pay attention to this passion until now that I’m ready to focus and I feel packaged and ready. These 11 guides that are simple and easy to understand listed here are very reliable and  I feel like I have gone through a 3months teaching practice after reading this  review. Thanks for putting this educative review together.

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Willy,

      These 11 tips will just give you the edge and understanding you need in order to teach your course well so that it communicates effectively with your target audience.

      I hope you find your way of teaching you what you love doing.

      I wish you all the best

  5. Matiss says:

    This is PURE GOLD, Ronan! And I’m not exaggerating one bit. This was remarkably insightful. 

    And so ridiculously helpful. I mean, I’ve been looking for some guidance as to how to go about creating an online course and this will ease the process for sure. Yeah, I feel many of the points, like preparation being key or injecting motivation, in hindsight make absolute sense. But I know for a fact it would take incredible amounts of time to come up with these insights myself. Thus, it goes without saying, I do sincerely appreciate you for taking the time and laying this out for us.

    Bookmarked it for future reference. 🙂

    Cheers, and have a Great One!

    Matiss

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Matiss,

      Thank you, you’re a top guy!

      Yeah, teaching your own online class isn’t as straight forward as simply teaching your chosen subject, upload it and watching the sales come in.

      Because I can tell you for sure, that you’ll have a better time staring at the wall!

      The passion, the environment, the quality of information being taught and the deliverance all need to come together to really attract, retain and keep your students coming back for more.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article!

  6. Rasa says:

    I really feel this is an article that every online teacher just starting out must read.

    I’ve had my fair share of teachers in whose classes I wanted to end my life. They were beyond monotone, insanely hard to listen to (the accents I’ve come across are mind-boggling, in a bad way), offered no additional materials apart from the video, speaking in some advanced terminology in a class supposedly for beginners, and the list goes on.

    I loved the idea of making yourself seen.

    I 100% agree, it creates loads of trust. In that regard, it’s like infinite times better than just showing your picture and saying that it’s you. Too many scams out there use this dynamic and if you don’t want to be mistaken with one, you have to show the real you on camera.

    As for the last one, I feel like many people forget that you can do that. It’s definitely an awesome opportunity for some high-quality testimonials.

    Amazing stuff, Ronan!

    Rasa

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Rasa,

      I’ve also tried to learn from some very poor, very monotone classes!

      Talk about an absolute drag of a class!

      When teaching, you need to keep it cheap & cheerful – really make it an engaging experience for your students.

      Showing your face as an actual person behind the camera simply builds out the trust that people need if you are expecting them to purchase your course.

      I’m glad you liked the article

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