Create Your Lesson PlanRegardless of which skill or subject you’re trying to teach online, you’ll need to create a lesson plan to follow. If it is a subject, then you’ll need to refer to certain curriculum. Even if it is something artistic like dance or creative writing, you should demarcate exactly what will be covered per lesson.
Pay Attention To Your CameraDoing classes online needs to be a good mix of live or pre-recorded video sessions as well as documents and references. For the former, you can use the camera pre-built into your laptop or use the camera of your smartphone to record sessions. Look at the camera while talking – it helps you make eye contact with viewers.
Test Your SoundWhen you’re teaching a skill online, you should be able to communicate clearly. Often, the inbuilt microphone in your earpiece/headphone will be enough. However, you can also use a separate mic or smartphone to record audio closer to you. Ensure that your surroundings are as quite as possible.
Customise your visualsOnce you’re sure of the equipment, it is time to review the settings you will shoot in. If you need to remain seated, do so in front of a tidy backdrop. The light should fall on your face and your clothing should be in solid, plain colours. If you’re doing live classes, platforms like Zoom allow you to pick a custom background to replace your actual backdrop as long as you’re seated.
Prep RightA few generic things need to be taken care of before you begin. First, if you’re doing live classes, ensure your internet speed is upto the mark and disconnect any unnecessary devices. Keep your device plugged in, keep files you need to use easily available and remove unnecessary ones to maintain your privacy. Disable notifications for the duration of your class. If you’re not doing live classes, then prepare a script to follow, and practice it a few times. Edit your videos to keep them crisp and make the most of presentation tools available online.
Choose Your PlatformYou could host your class for free on platforms like YouTube and earn through ad revenue. On the other hand, you could upload your class on a platform like Udemy and use their revenue model to make money. There are tons of other ways to put your classes out there – maybe even through your own website? The choice is entirely yours.
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