So that we’re on the same page, by online course, I mean an educational course providing instruction on some topic delivered through a web portal or mobile app to one or more students (hopefully, at least one…). It’s a great and exciting way to teach people all over the world, at a time and place convenient to them, without actually being there in person, or even knowing that they’re currently learning from you.
Next Mountain recently pre-launched our first course through Next Mountain Academy. The first course is titled Framework For A Successful Resume, and it includes explanations and hands-on resume creation sections, as well as a bonus section on cover letters. This course is part of our All Access Career Bundle. The resume course is pre-launched, because it’s not yet finished, but some people were interested in checking it out early. At the time of this writing, seven of the course’s eleven sections are complete and available.
Why not wait until everything is done before launching? Well, launching is arguably better than pre-launching, but pre-launching is definitely better than waiting forever for perfection to happen. And through this blog post, you’ll get an appreciation for why these things take a while to produce and finish.
We’ll have a separate blog post explaining why we’re publishing online courses, but basically the goal is to fund the business by producing content that is net positive to the world and that is consistent with Next Mountain‘s mission and principles.
Briefly,Next Mountain aims to produce content and tools that help people improve themselves and achieve their goals. So, having reviewed so many really bad resumes and read so much questionable advice over the years, this topic seemed like a great one to start with, and it could certainly be rolled together into a career bundle and more.
Naturally, I’m procrastinating a little on finishing the remaining four sections, and a blog post felt like a good and productive outlet for that procrastination. I started a blog series on common interview mistakes at the end of December, and here we are in March. So, another blog post is long overdue. But I digress.
Let’s explore the challenges of creating online courses, many of which I completely underestimated when I started creating courses.
We’ll start at a high level, then drill into each one of the details, including some of the tooling, software, and services involved. The discussion will be accurate with respect to what is available as of the date of this blog post. If the course needs to change for some reason, then there may be some differences.
What Goes Into Publishing An Online Course, At A High Level?
As I’m writing this post, the New Year is preparing to pounce upon us in just a few short days. And with the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions.
Some people will take this opportunity to commit to a job transition…
Maybe something like “I resolve to get a fabulous new job at an amazing new company, where I’ll be appreciated, where I can grow, where everyone is awesome, and where the grass really is thicker, greener, and happier.”
Or, something like “I resolve to leave this terrible job, where I’m not appreciated, where I’m not growing, where people aren’t awesome, and where the grass isn’t green at all, because it’s starved of vital nutrients by management, and the sun doesn’t shine on it in this toxic wasteland.”
Or, you may find yourself interviewing people who have made one of these resolutions (hopefully, the first one), as your company starts to hire into the New Year. In that case, these posts can help you calibrate, so that you can get another great player on your team.
Regardless, some answers to these questions really are better than others. The purpose of this series is to explore some of those questions and answers.