Have you finished preparing the course materials? Great! Now, there’s only one step left till you reach your audience. You need to take care of online course hosting, which means simply uploading your course to the platform and making it available for learning.
You can read how to do all that below, or you can just watch a video:
To do this on BitDegree, you will first have to sign-up to the platform as an instructor and access the Instructor area through your profile. From there, you will be able to select the option of creating a new course. The first thing you need to define is the title of your course:
After naming the course, you can start creating sections. Dividing your course materials based on the topic will allow you to build a clear structure, so the students have a much clearer idea of what’s to come and what topics the course covers. For educators, we also recommend considering the way you’d usually plan lectures throughout the semester and adding relevant dates when naming the sections for online course hosting. This way, you will help the students organize their time and follow the curriculum easier.
Every section should contain at least five lectures. When creating a new lecture, you will have to name it and pick one of the following options to define the content:
Once you do this, you can continue to the next step and upload the files you have prepared.
After uploading your files to the online course hosting platform, you will have to define a few more crucial details. First, you will choose the visibility of your course. Making it Public will mean any user can find the course using search engines or simply browsing the BitDegree’s marketplace. To make the course private, select either Secret (accessible via a special link) or By invitation only (accessible for those you invite via email).
If you choose to submit a secret course, all you have to define is the category, language, and skill level. For public online course hosting, some more information will be necessary:
The last section you need to fill out for online course hosting is pricing-related: you can either make your course free or specify a price in US dollars. Choose it considering the topic and length of your course, as well as prices of other similar courses. Remember that you will have the option of creating promo codes and offering discounts later on!
After you submit the finished course, the team of BitDegree will have to check it to make sure it complies with all the rules and regulations of the platform. If everything is alright (and it probably is, given the fact that you’ve been reading the articles in Teachers’ Academy and know the requirements well), your course will be published, and you will get notified by email in no time!
In time, you might want to edit an already published course by adding some extra learning materials. For example, if you’re explaining how to use some specific software, and a new function was added in the latest update, you might want to introduce your audience to it as well. To do this, get back to the Instructor’s area and choose the course you wish to improve. On the sidebar, choose Lectures – there, you will find two purple buttons:
+ Add new lecture
+ Add new section
When online course hosting is this simple and easy, there’s no reason not to share your precious knowledge with students all around the world – don’t you think?