It’s pretty awesome to see students apply their newly learned skills in the real world, so we’ve put together a list of top Skillshare projects. These projects are sure to motivate, so scroll through to see what you can learn online too!
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You guys buy a whole lot of classes. And with our new Cart feature, you can buy a whole lot of classes at once!
Instead of tediously enrolling in classes separately, now students can enroll in multiple classes with one simple checkout. Referral credits will be automatically applied to your total, and promotion codes can be easily applied prior to completion. You can even store payment information for quicker checkout the next time you enroll.
Queuing up the fundamental courses you want to learn are a great way to keep yourself on track. Class projects have no deadlines and lessons never expire, so you can always learn at your own pace. We look forward to seeing your projects!
To really facilitate learning on Skillshare, your videos need to be clear and informative with as few distractions as possible. You don’t need to invest thousands of dollars to get high quality videos, but you do need to create a plan of attack. Whether it’s creating a budget, planning locations, or building lights or scripting, take the time to think through what you’re going to say and how to translate that into video.
Remember, there’s so much you can do at home with just your webcam or an iPhone:
Using your webcam:
The quickest way to produce your video classes is to use the camera that’s already built into your computer. Since there’s no need to move footage from a separate device because everything will already be stored on your machine, which will save you time and get you editing faster.
Pro Tip 2: In terms of placement, ideally the webcam is at or slightly above your eye line so it’s slightly pointing downwards.
Using your iPhone or iPad:
The most versatile piece of equipment you might already own is your iPhone or other mobile device. It can not only record video, but also has a quality microphone. You can even use it as light source.
Pro Tip 3: For video purposes, make sure you can steady your iPhone by placing it on a tripod using something like the Glif Tripod Mount, buying a dedicated tripod like the Joby GorillaPod Stand, or simply hacking together household items. Like the webcam, you’ll want a third party app to really control the focus and exposure points so that it’s not trying to auto-everything while you’re shooting. ProCamera has great reviews.
Pro Tip 4: Even if you use other equipment to shoot video, your iPhone can record sound better than any microphone mounted to your camera. An easy way to get it as close to you as possible when recording? Place your iPhone upside down in your shirt pocket and hit record!
For more camera and filming recommendations, check out our free class, Recording Video Lectures and Workflows.
If you’ve already started building your class, login to www.skillshare.com to upload your videos. If not, start your class today!
Tiago Forte teaches a Skillshare class on workflow design and productivity. In his first month teaching, Tiago made over $3,000 from his class, and enrolled almost 300 students! We asked Tiago to share his 4 tips on how he did it (and how you can too!).
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I wanted to share 4 main pointers for promoting your class from my experience in online marketing, crowdfunding and productivity, building on the excellent Teaching a Great Skillshare Class. While Skillshare has a large, active community, you still need to put in work to market your class. At the beginning especially, the more effort you put in, the more students you’ll enroll. Here’s how to start:
1. Delight your users, and the word will spread
The fact is that if you delight your users, the word will spread. But a great class is only the beginning. These personal referrals are by far the most effective marketing tool you have.
I respond to 90% of all comments, questions, and project updates for my class within a day or two. I know this doesn’t sound very sustainable, but it doesn’t need to be. After your class takes off and gains its own momentum, you can be more selective about what you respond to, and also direct many people to your Q&A section or other people’s projects.
2. Your personal network is the spark
If you think in terms of selling, your potential will be limited. You have to think of your class as a community and a movement. This is what it takes to turn your class from a hobby into a business. The spark of this movement is your personal network. Your family, friends, colleagues, clients, neighbors, acquaintances, social media friends, and third-degree contacts form concentric rings around you. In this day and age just these people are in turn connected to millions of potential customers!
Ask these groups of people, according to how well you know them, to:
- Sign up for your class (using free codes of course)
- Pass along 50%-off codes to others they think may be interested
- Post the link on social networks and any special groups they are a part of
- Give you marketing ideas or feedback on the class itself
3. Create a community of evangelists
You aren’t creating just an online class. You’re creating a movement. And every movement needs a community of true believers. These are people who have been delighted by your class and have begun telling others about it. They know your content intimately and also trust you and the experience you are providing. They can answer questions about your class and will even customize your pitch to appeal to people they know. They are amazing!
There are numerous ways to build your community:
- Be super active in all sections of your class, responding to questions and commenting on the class feed
- Encourage people to create groups in your Skillshare class, support these groups with your involvement, and direct new students to groups that can help them
- Give special attention to those who create projects, since they are your super-evangelists. Follow them on Skillshare and Twitter, message them directly, get to know them!
- Use interesting, unusual challenges and awards
4. Leverage existing distribution hubs
Don’t try to build your own distribution channels from zero. That takes way too much time and effort. Use existing hubs that already have millions of readers. For me, this means reaching out to productivity blogs, and also going after the secondary audiences of startups. Yours will be different, but they shouldn’t be hard to find.
Also take advantage of the big content aggregation sites, as they are massive funnels of potential new customers that you can tailor your marketing to. For example:
- Slideshare: Create a short little “teaser-style” slide deck to give people a taste of what you’ll be teaching, and then link to your class for the “complete version”.
- Dribbble: If your class is design or visual-related, create a design to share here.
- Reddit/Digg: Does your content contain something unusual, sensationalistic, or potentially viral? Post something to Reddit in one of the active subreddits. These are focused on specific topics (some of them extremely niche) and people really pay attention to the subreddits they’re subscribed to.
- Pinterest: does your content have a cooking, decoration, organizational, or DIY aspect? Does it appeal highly to women? Post it on Pinterest as a pinboard with interesting photographs
- Instagram: do you have neat photographs to share? Post them on Instagram and “mention” people with large followings, especially if you’ve made prior contact with them.
Learn more about how you can become a teacher on Skillshare here, and start your class today!
Fashion lovers, celebrate! We’re launching a School of Fashion & Style to connect you with industry pros sharing the skills you need to launch your career – whether that’s making your own clothes or presenting a collection at NYFW.
Fewer industries are harder to break into than fashion. We’re changing that with to-the-point classes from CFDA award winning, Opening Ceremony-exclusive designers, ranging in cost from $19 to $29 and accessible to anyone.
- Start sketching and illustrating your own designs in The First Steps of Fashion Design with the CFDA award winning designers behind Opening Ceremony-exclusive label, Bellavance.
- Learn how to launch a line in Start Your Own Fashion Label with Greg Armas, self-taught founder behind Assembly NY, CFDA member and another Opening Ceremony regular.
- Turn your sketches into construction-ready technical designs in Introduction to Garment Flats (CAD I), taught by FIDM graduate and Betabrand designer, Mickaela Roxas.
- Learn how an emerging designer gets their line to market in Introduction to Wholesaling with Of a Kind founders Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo – Fashionista’s most influential fashion buyers of 2013.
For less than $75 you can be a fashion designer by the New Year. Get started now!
We believe anyone can be a great Skillshare teacher. All you need is your passion, your knowledge, and a computer.
That’s why were giving away a fully loaded* 13-inch MacBook Air to the person who submits the best class proposal in the next 30 days. To be eligible, go to skillshare.com/teach and click “Start Teaching.” If you fill out and submit your application by November 15th, you will be entered into the contest!
Our winner’s class proposal will have:
- Detailed class description and class outline
- Awesome promotional images
- Followed all class guidelines
To be qualified to win, you must submit your application to teach by November 15th, follow all of the application and class guidelines, meet Skillshare’s eligibility requirements, and abide by the contest rules and conditions.
And while we’re only giving away one MacBook Air this month, everyone who applies will have the chance to complete their class and become a Skillshare teacher.
Well, what are you waiting for? Start Your Class
*Fully loaded MacBook Air: 13-inch: 256GB. 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz, Intel HD Graphics 5000, 4GB memory, 256GB flash storage
Interested in enrolling more students and earning more money in your Skillshare class? We’re excited to announce three new features to help your marketing efforts become more effective!
Offer Awards to Engage Your Network
The first new feature is the ability for teachers to offer an award by hosting a challenge in their class. We’ve seen a lot of success with teachers like Jeff Staple, who was able to enroll over 2,500 students into his class by offering a free booth to the 2014 Agenda Trade Show to the top student who presented their fashion brand in the student gallery.
In Program iPhone Apps: Become an iPhone Developer, Paul Solt is offering a new iPod Touch, a 1-on-1 feedback session, and access to his advanced course to the winner of his challenge!
Get started by heading over to the events section in the community tab if you currently teach a class, or apply to teach an online class!
Upload an Intro Video to Increase Conversions
Did you know that uploading an intro video could help increase conversions and enrollments into your class? Giving students a better sense of what to expect can make your class stand out above the rest.
Upload your video directly from your desktop or through a YouTube link from the basic information section of the class creator tool on Skillshare.
Get Insights Into Your Marketing Efforts
To empower you to become a better marketer, we’ve taken the first step to add a new analytics section in your class manager. Use this to understand if your marketing efforts are successful or not by analyzing daily enrollments.
Upcoming product features include layering on useful data such as pageviews, conversions, and sources to understand which of your marketing campaigns are most effective.
To access your analytics, head to your class manager and click on the “Analytics” section in the left column.
Refer a Teacher, Get $100 Skillshare Credit
Know someone who would be a great teacher? Invite them to Skillshare and you’ll receive $100 worth of Skillshare credits when they teach their first class. Visit your referral dashboard to get started.
As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement you’d like to see, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or email email@example.com.
LEARN. CREATE. GIVE BACK.
It’s always a good time to learn here at Skillshare, but we’re making it even easier to sharpen your skills… and do some good while you’re at it.
Today, we’re launching GIVE BACK TO SCHOOL — Skillshare’s donating 100% of our proceeds to arts and music education for K-12 students through our partner 826 National (founded by writer Dave Eggers).
All you have to do is enroll in any online class by September 17th, and we’ll do the rest. To be clear, teachers on Skillshare are still getting their normal share of enrollment fees, but 100% of Skillshare’s cut is going to the kids!
To sweeten the deal even more, we’re giving you 25% off any online class. Use code GIVEBACK until Tuesday, September 17th.
So go forth, learn something and help the kids too!
— John @ Skillshare
In the past couple months, we’ve introduced several new features including the ability add and follow skill tags, upload video lessons, attach files, and dynamic project steps. We hope these additions help make the process of creating and teaching a class on Skillshare even easier.
You can now add up to 5 skill tags when creating or editing your class to help increase the discoverability of your class.
When browsing classes on Skillshare, students can now drill down their search to specific skills they would like to learn and follow skills to personalize their recommendations from Skillshare.
Upload Video Lessons
Now, you can upload videos directly from your desktop to Skillshare. This way, your video lessons will be hosted and only accessible to students on Skillshare.
Interactive Project Steps
Since project steps are such an integral part to a project-based class, we decided to up the functionality of what you as a teacher can include in each step and how students interact with each project step.
First, you can now add rich text and upload photos directly from your computer to each and every project step. This gives you the flexibility to display information in each step exactly how you want.
When taking a class, students can now expand/collapse steps, check off individual steps they’ve completed, or even mark an entire unit as complete to keep track of their progress.
Attach Files to Videos, Steps, & Resources
If sometimes you find that you can’t fit all of the information into a project step or have a slide show or .psd that you want students to be able to download with your video lessons, you can now attach any files to all of your video lessons, project steps, and additional resources.
Apply to Teach an Online Skillshare Class
If you’d like to teach on Skillshare, head on over to our Teach Page to apply to teach an online class.
If you’d like to learn more about how teaching on Skillshare works, take our new Teaching a Great Skillshare Class.