Selling Courses

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This is a presentation for #iMoot2010 given first live at 2:30 PM PST on February 4th.

This is a presentation for #iMoot2010 given first live at 2:30 PM PST on February 4th.

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  • Loads of man hours and design time.
  • Can see all the modifiers on one page, can also access contact information if you have registration issues.
  • Heavily modified (stay on GC’s site.)
  • Multiple dates for courses (after all they have a start and end date). My boss claims that open ended courses (rolling admission) had a much higher drop out rate (so we run courses just like a college would, though following a shorter time frame)
  • Note that the main topic area (summary) has the same info in ALL courses. Weekly outline Facilitated Discussion forums are active Presentations with audio No meeting times Mostly qualitative assessment graded by the facilitator
  • Courses are updated Facilitator quality trumps content quality daily, on the fly.
  • No staff to keep this up. It was all made using MS Paint, and WP.
  • Get students to the course descriptions as soon as possible Downsides is that we can’t run multiple course dates (but that’s ok because by design we didn’t want to) Meta courses allows us to offer a Strand special (buy access to 10 courses at once)
  • Standard payment gateway (no modifications)
  • 1-2 hours per module/course Totally self paced (we don’t even use discussion forums)
  • Consistency
  • Students contact us with issues, contact information is displayed in every course. As are the tech requirements and a tutorials (youtube)
  • Medinails: 1-2 emails a month mostly concerned with unconfirmed accounts Story about enrollment duration. GC: daily support, broken links, presentations not working, facilitator issues (not knowing how to use Moodle: news forum, hidden resources, gradebook issues) Student’s first online experience, story about the educated luddite and jargon. Bug fixes, migrating systems (links breaking, bad Moodle versions (1.9.4 beta Ugggggh)
  • Tutorials are probably 50% of “bug fixes”. Meaning that most support issues and “bugs” in courses are actually misinterpretations of the system capabilities. We provide two tutorials on our site, and definitely the most valuable is the one for “students” It just covers the basics we require in courses (forums, uploads, etc.).
  • there are a lot of pieces of information that students might never look at, but need to be there just in case. Refund info/policy Tech requirements (dial up probably isn’t going to cut it. IE6) Contact information – let them connect with you any time (it’s better than leaving a student to their own devices w/o getting answers)
  • Get in the student shoes as frequently as possible and test everything. This doesn’t just mean “change your role”. Enroll as a student, try multiple testing environments, test on tech that you generally don’t use (IE, Windows, etc.)
  • Course categories, etc. One medinails we use logos on the main course page to cue people in. On GC we use course categories. Both work well. If possible provide search too…
  • Saves me a ton of time and effort (and probably has netted 10,000 dollars of additional sales for medinails – it’s easy and wouldn’t be possible without a custom plugin.
  • Count the clicks to course enrollment. At one point 14. That was no good.
  • Impatica What happens when authorpoint goes away?
  • In layout specifically. If someone takes and likes a course, why would you want to give them a different experience if they come back?
  • Evals have really changed how GC operates. For the better. Let’s me focus my time where it’s needed most.

Transcript

  • 1. Selling Courses in
  • 2. Selling Courses in Or as I like to call it, “ my job”
  • 3. Who am I?
    • Moodling since 2007
    • Digital Native
    • Professionally: course designer, teacher-helper, customer supporter, instant email answerer, course link fixer,
    • Moodle Administrator, site
    • tester, QA dude, receptionist,
    • logo maker, PPT converter
  • 4. This presentation will…
    • Be based on my experiences with Moodle and selling courses.
    • Talk about two specific sites that sell courses
    • Highlight where I’ve made mistakes
    • Give you some links to peruse later
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  • 5. This presentation will not …
    • Go into technical details of creating a new gateway
    • Be graded
    • Guarantee that you make millions selling courses online.
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  • 6. This presentation might…
    • Help you set up a site where people can buy courses
    • Be good for a laugh
    • HA
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  • 7. Why am I really here?
    • Student satisfaction with courses in Moodle affects all Moodlers.
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  • 8. The structure im oo t 2010 Joseph Thibault
  • 9. Case 1 -
    • The Market
    • Professional Development and graduate courses for teachers
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  • 10. Case 1 -
    • Main site :
    • Proprietary
    • Guest browse-able
    • Loads of pages
    • Staff of developers
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  • 11. Image of course description (not logged in)
  • 12. Case 1 - im oo t 2010 Joseph Thibault
  • 13. Case 1 -
    • The Courses:
    • Weekly outline
    • Facilitated
    • Discussion forums are active
    • Presentations with audio
    • No meeting times
    • Mostly qualitative assessment graded by the facilitator
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  • 14.  
  • 15. Case 1 -
    • Management:
    • Hands on
    • Support heavy
    • Facilitator quality trumps content quality
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  • 16.
    • The Market:
    • Nail technicians that want to provide a more aseptic environment
    • this is all based on a book
    • Death by Pedicure
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  • 17.
    • Main site :
    • Wordpress with consistent branding
    • Links directly to category pages
    • Me
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  • 18. Image of category page.
  • 19. Case 2 - im oo t 2010 Joseph Thibault
  • 20.
    • The Courses:
    • Topic outline
    • Self-paced
    • Presentation with audio
    • Videos
    • Final assessment for comprehension
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  • 21.  
  • 22.
    • Management:
    • Hands off
    • Quality and usability trump everything
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  • 23. Managing Online Courses
    • Support
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  • 24. Managing Online Courses
    • Tutorials
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  • 25. Managing Online Courses
    • Information:
    • tech requirements, refund info, time lines for forms, contact email, phone#s
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  • 26. Managing Online Courses
    • Testing/QA
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  • 27. Managing Online Courses
    • Organization
    • (meta courses rule)
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  • 28. Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 META COURSES CHILD COURSES Course Series $$$ Course 1 $ Course 2 $ Course 3 $ im oo t 2010 Joseph Thibault
  • 29. Course Construction
    • Tools
    • PPT
    • Forums
    • Quiz
    • Upload a Single File
    • Flash based
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  • 30. Course Construction
    • Design
    • Consistent
    • Context (no surprises to students)
    • Get an expert
    • GIFT
    • Cut the clutter
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  • 31. Lessons Learned
    • This is where I give away the farm.
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  • 32. Lessons Learned
    • Efficient navigation is paramount
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  • 33. Lessons Learned
    • Sux
    • So does Hotmail
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  • 34. Lessons Learned
    • Check links and keep PPTs
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  • 35. Lessons Learned
    • Consistency, consistency, consistency
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  • 36. Lessons Learned
    • Seek feedback and evaluate
    • GC Evaluations
    • (1200+ evals)
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  • 37. Lessons Learned – eval. summary im oo t 2010 Joseph Thibault
  • 38. Other Info:
    • Moodle Shopping cart
      • Moodle.org Enrollment Plug-ins
      • http://www.coursemerchant.com
    • Authorize.net Payment Gateway
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  • 39. My Fav Tools
    • AuthorPoint Lite (Free, example )
    • Windows Movie Maker (Free)
    • Notepad++ (Free)
    • Vimeo (Free & you can pw protect)
    • Google Docs (Free, here’s the Template for evals )
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  • 40. Questions? Contact info: [email_address] 802-735-2066 im oo t 2010 Joseph Thibault