In this section we’ll explain step by step how you can setup and launch your first course on the platform.
Step by Step Walk-through-Video
How to create a course
When you are in your dashboard, on the top right you can click the “Create a New Course” button. This will take you straight to the screen to create the course.
The structure is setup in certain topics:
- Course info
- Course title
- Course slug
- About Course
- Course Settings
- Choose a category
- Course Price
- Course Thumbnail
- Course Builder
- Course Attachments
- Additional Data
In this section you will find everything you need to setup the course. For example, you want your course to have a title and a description with the course details so that clients can see what the course is about. You can also add specifications like how many students can participate at once or enable a Q&A for the course. Let’s take a closer look.
The course title is exactly what it says it is. The title of your course. Your course will be visible on the platform with the title you put here, so make sure that it is catchy and describes well what the course is about. Think about the audience you want to reach, use popular search queries and focus on key benefits of the course.
The course slug is the way how our platform shows the course in the URL. If your course title is “Learn Photoshop from Beginner to Professional”, then the default slug will be
https://www.xquissive.com/courses/learn-photoshop-from-beginner-to-professional/. If you desire, you can change it. It could influence your SEO, so we recommend to leave it as it is.
In this area you write down the description of your course. The description should contain ‘all the relevant details of your course’. It is crucial to spend time on it and make it spot on, because it can be the decisive factor of whether a student will sign up for your course or leaves.
A few tips on writing the description:
- Make the course description interesting and enticing
- Make sure it’s factually accurate and complete and that it provides solid information about the course
- Start with describing your course in a two-sentence tagline. t’s the first impression that counts!
- What goals will a student learn? What will the student gain by taking the course?
- Describe in detail the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and competencies that the learner is expected to possess upon completion of the course.
- Describe the course format. What kind of support are they going to get? Are zoom classes included with active teaching, or is it video only?
If you host your course on multiple platforms, we recommend to rewrite the description and not do a simple copy-paste. The reason is that you want Google to find your course and not see it as duplicate content.
The course settings allow you to change the maximum amount of students participating. The default is 0, which mean that it is unlimited. If you want to run classes, you would want to maximize it, so that it’s easier to manage. For a regular course, we recommend to use 0.
The difficulty level is one of the selection criteria on the marketplace. This will help students to pick a course that fits their needs. Make sure your course really matches the expectations of a student. Nobody wants to buy a course that is rates as “intermediate” if you only learn the basics for example. It will lead to disappointment and probably a refund.
With the Public Course switch you can make the course available for free for everyone on the platform. People don’t even have to register to the platform to be able to watch it.
The Q&A switch allows you to enable the Q&A (Questions and Answers) section in your course. It’s a great way for students to ask questions and for you to respond to them. It will create engagement and help students to bind with you. If you only want to sell your course, with no additional work, we recommend not to activate it. A student will be very disappointed asking a question, but without receiving a reply.
You can enable Content Drip. Dripping content is a method of releasing content to your site users. Users receive content bit by bit, perhaps over the course of a few months, until they have access to the full library.
Choose a category
Select the desired category for your course here. If you miss a category, make sure to let us know. The fastest way is to create a support ticket.
This is where you decide the price of your course. The price is by default in USD and excludes VAT. The VAT that is shown and needs to be paid by the student is calculated automatically and depends on the country where the student lives. By default you receive 60% of each sold course based on your selling price.
This is where you need to upload the course thumbnail. We recommend a resolution of 910 x 559 pixels. The course thumbnail will be used for displaying the course in the shop itself, but also when potential students click on your course to learn more about it.
This is where you upload the course intro video. If you upload a video here, then this video will be shown on the course details screen. A good intro video can help to generate sales. It’s the perfect way to show potential buyers what your course has got to offer.
The course builder is where you setup the course itself. A course is structured using topics. Each topic consist of one or more lessons. You can add quizzes if you like to test the student at the end of each topic.
This is where you can add extra instructors if it’s a course that is created by more than one course creator.
If your course has attachments, you can add them here. It is also possible to add attachments in a lesson if that attachment is relevant for a certain lesson.
You can add additional data here that is relevant for your course.
What will I learn
Write down the course benefits. Write down each benefit on a separate line. The benefits will be shown on the course detail page with bullets. The benefits are important to highlight, because a potential student wants to know what he will learn from your course.
Write down the targeted audience. Write down each audience on a separate line. They will be shown on the course detail page with bullets.
Total Course Duration
Make sure to write down the full course length here. This will be shown in the course itself and the details page.
Write down the materials that are included with your course. If nothing is included, you can leave this blank. But, if for example the course comes with handouts, a written tutorial or specific files, then it’s wise to write that down here.
Write down any requirements or instructions here. For example, if you need to have a special computer program to run when you want to take part of the course.
You can select either “course” or “tutorial”. Make the appropriate choice. A course usually consist of multiple topics and lessons. A tutorial often consists of one lesson.