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Where Was This When I Created My First Online Course? Where Was This When I Created My First Online Course?
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When I first started creating online courses, the process was a nightmare. I felt uncomfortable on camera, had to edit out hours of “ehms”... Where Was This When I Created My First Online Course?

When I first started creating online courses, the process was a nightmare. I felt uncomfortable on camera, had to edit out hours of “ehms” from my recordings. And when it was all said and done, I had no idea how to get my course online. I struggled with finding all the right tools to deliver my knowledge in the best way possible. I wanted my courses to deliver the best possible experience for my students.

Wasting Time And Money

Are you thinking about creating online courses? Did you already create a course? I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. The process is overwhelming. Where do you start, and what tools do you use? Today, I have students in over 110 countries around the world. That’s more than I traveled to. And with that growth, my online teaching business has evolved a lot. In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of the things that have helped me scale my business.

I spent a ton of time (and money!) researching and testing out different tools to create, market, and deliver my courses. Trust me, there are a lot out there. Some didn’t deliver what I needed, others did to some extent. I’m a perfectionist, and was never truly happy with the outcome of my learning experience. Something was missing for me.

Wanting Something More

On my blog, I only talk about the tools I love and use myself. I’ve moved around a few online training sites, but I eventually ended up with Thinkific. I needed a platform that delivers the best learning experience for my students. I spent many long hours creating my content, and the online delivery needs to be second to none. That’s precisely where most learning platforms stop. The delivery is good, but I needed something more. I don’t want to participate in somebody else’s platform. I wanted to own my “school”. I needed to be able to scale my business and own what I created. I’m passionate about the things I believe in, and needed to be able to add more amazing content to help more people over time.

I’ve moved around a bit before I found a home for my training institute. I wish I knew what I know now when I first started creating online courses. I would have been able to scale my business more quickly and easily. In true learning by experience fashion, I had to learn it the hard way. I’ve done the painful research for you already. I teach and share from my experiences, so you can get your time (and money) back.

The Online Learning Experience

Thinkific allows me to deliver an incredible learning experience for my students. And, much to my excitement, they make it easy for you to create a beautiful course website. Have you seen my new site at Liberty Training Academy? I’m in love with it. It makes my education brand look professional, and easy to use. Thanks, Thinkific. Every learning platform will say they are designed with the student experience in mind. That’s great, but not enough. Most platforms (I’m not naming any names) forget about the instructor experience. To serve my students best, I need to have something I can rely on as well. Don’t be fooled to participate in somebody’s else’s platform. Everything I teach is about building your own.

Photography PrintsThe Thinkific folks are proudly Canadian. Their office is just a quick plane ride away from me in beautiful Vancouver. The feature post was taken a few blocks away in downtown Vancouver. They’re hosting a free training session on creating a course website, and asked me to share it. I’m pretty sure it’ll feature their new site builder which helped me build my training site. I’ll be there as well as I’m hoping to pick up on some new tips. If you’ve ever considered creating an online class, come join us. I wish I started here instead of ending with them after roaming around various platforms. I don’t want you to make that same mistake.

Online Teaching Resources

Being an avid online teacher myself, I pieced together the top 5 list of resources I use myself all the itme in creating and growing my online teaching business. Admitted, Thinkific is one of the 5, so technically it’s a top 4 – but please see for yourself what the others are in my free online teaching resource guide.

 

Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca