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Tips to quickly create & deliver a professional-looking online course

3 min read Joana Fonseca, Head of Marketing & Inbound Sales

When time is of the essence, there are some things you can do to quickly go from having no course to having an amazing, professional looking course.

If you are responsible for creating and delivering training, in whichever capacity, you know that sometimes you need a new course ready for yesterday. For example, a new product, pricing model or offer is coming out next week and you need to train your sales team on it. Is this urgency feeling somewhat familiar? Well, there are some things you can do to quickly get your course ready, and still have a professional look.

1. Record directly from your computer

No time for studio recording? No worries! You can use a platform like Loom, to record yourself and / or your screen. This is a great way to create professional-looking content quickly and it will work for most training situations if you are looking for a great price/cost/time ratio.

This way, you can easily show a PowerPoint presentation with your voice over, show a new feature or product, explain a new pricing model, process or company regulation, and so on.

With bugle, you can record Loom videos that instantly become course chapters.

Also, you can also record video chapters with your smartphone. Find a tripod or use books to keep your phone steady during recording and record yourself. You can even use an app like BIGVU or Video Teleprompter and have teleprompter in your phone screen while you record yourself.

2. Use documents as course chapters

Surely, we don’t mean to add document after document as a course. That would be extremely unengaging and would not look great. However, if you combine the previous tip with a great document chapter, you can get a great result.
Make sure you make the document pretty and friendly for those who will be reading it on their mobile phones. Here’s an article with plenty of tips on how to use documents as course chapters.

3. Add some basic visuals with a free editing tool

There are plenty of free or low-cost tools for video production, including editing, and most of them are easy enough to use, even if you’re not a designer. This will allow you to add some basic visual elements that will step up the game for your quickly made videos.

Simple visual elements such as your company logo on the top corner, an oracle at the beginning of the video (your name and job title, like you see in the news), some keywords related to what you’re talking about, or even other videos can be added easily and will make all the difference.

4. Include interactive chapters

By including interactive moments such as quizzes or challenges, you are adding value and engagement to your course. It will also mean another step up in regard to making your course feel more professional.

This type of content will help you understand if your learners have retained the information you wanted to convey, where they are in terms of the knowledge on the subject, share their experience and so on depending on how you use these features. Having an assessment at the end, for example, will help increase the level of seriousness of your course as the students will need to have a minimum grade to pass or get a certificate, instead of just going through the course.

5. Use the right training platform for a quick delivery

The right training platform will allow you to quickly create and share your course. Here are 12 tips to choose the right training platform but, for this specific topic, make sure your training platform is easy to use and allows you to quickly update and add training content, allows for different training content formats such as video, documents, quizzes, assessments, and others, and has a quick way to add or record videos. Bugle can help you with all these so if you would like a free demo of the bugle platform click here.

Do you want to learn more about how to create an effective online course? Check out the “Creating an effective online course” free certification course at the bugle academy, or read the “How to create a video training course: the complete step by step guide”.

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Here is some additional knowledge you can dive into:

The North Star metric and bugle's use case (guide)
How to prove online training impact (guide)
How to get more ROI from your training (article)
Preventing Customer Churn: how to identify and fix red flags (article)
Why online video training is the smart choice for your business (article)
12 tips to choose the right training platform (article)

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