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My Udemy Online Science Course.

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Recently I was introduced to the delights of Udemy.com .  I have been producing science revision videos in both GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry so I decided to re-package the material as a more general introductory course aimed primarily at homeschoolers.

The homeschooling market is huge – about 2.9% of U.S. students (around 2 million students) are home schooled.  It is estimated that over 50,000 children are home educated in the UK and the figure is rising by 80% per year.  Similar statistics are readily available for other countries such as Canada, South Africa and Australia.

Udemy is an online learning platform, and is now the world’s largest destination for online courses.  Some of the courses are free, but the majority are available only to subscribers.  The most popular courses earn their authors six-figure incomes, although these tend to be in the fields of website development or business.  Education is the poor partner (at the moment), but using Udemy is a good way of potentially getting your courses noticed.

I have now finished the third part of my four part course – ‘Chemistry 101’.  There is clear guidance from Udemy as to how to produce courses, and I have found the process relatively straightforward.  Udemy prefers video content, and most courses are video-based.

A nice feature of Udemy is the ease with which coupons can be generated.  These coupons allow authors to offer discounts to potential subscribers, and so enable them to rapidly expand the exposure of their products.

That reminds me – as a reader of my blog I would like to offer you free access to Part 3 of my course.  To access the course simply click on this link:

CHEMISTRY 101 PART 3

This will get you directly to the course content (if a code is required, enter CHEM101#013).

I hope you enjoy what you find – if you want to give any feedback then it would be much appreciated.

Until next time,

Graham

 

Steve Spangler Science

 

Steve Spangler

One of my aims in setting up Online Science Teaching was to bring together outstanding science materials for use by others.  I’ve been following Steve Spangler Science for a while, and I have been very impressed with his enthusiasm for science, his ‘showmanship’ and also his ability to make science a real entertainment through the demonstration of simple experiments.

Have a look at this video to see what I mean.  OK, it’s not perhaps an experiment you would want to do yourself (many school health and safety officers would throw their hands up in despair if you tried!) but it would be great to share this video with your students, and get them to discuss the science behind it.

This is what online science is about – finding resources that really will inspire your students, and encouraging them to ask questions.  The best questions often arise from the simplest investigations

Until next time,

Graham

Create Your Own Online Teaching Resources, Part 3 – Planning Your Presentation

Create your own teaching resource Part 3

Welcome to video 3 in this series, and here is where the fun really starts!  In parts one and two we have looked at the whys and wherefores of online teaching using videos, and it’s now time to start putting content together.

As a teacher, I use Powerpoint every day, and I really enjoy creating my presentations.  Each presentation helps me to really think through the topic area, and to sift out what is really important.  Powerpoint is my tool of choice – despite what others may say about it! 

When I first started teaching there was much debate about ‘death by worksheet’.  The commonly held opinion was that too many worksheets were being used, and many were of very poor quality.

The same has been said about Powerpoint – ‘death by bullet points’ is the frequently heard mantra.

To a certain extent I understand the ‘worksheet’ and ‘bullet-point’ debate.  There are an awful lot of sub-standard resources out there, which do little to enhance the teaching experience.  What we should be looking for is the quality of resources – if they’re no better than you’ve already got then don’t bother using them.

Create Your Own Online Teaching Resources, Part 2 – The Tools

Create your own teaching resource Part 2

I’m a great fan of the TV programme ‘Grand Designs’.  I just love to see the buildings being erected from start to finish, and I marvel at some of the craftsmanship on show.

But it doesn’t matter how gifted you are as a craftsman, if you havn’t got the right tools then you can’t get the job done.

The same idea applies to creating your online teaching resources – if you havn’t got the right tools for the job then all your efforts will be fruitless.

In my second video in the ‘Create Your Own Online Teaching Resources’ series I describe in detail all of the software and hardware tools I use in order to make successful videos.

Many people may be a little cautious about dipping their toes into the video-production market, and quite rightly may not wish to invest their money in resources they might never use again.  I fully understand this view, and when I started out I used as much free kit as possible.

Create Your Own Online Teaching Resources!

Create your own teaching resource

In recent blog posts I have discussed the relative merits of blended (flipped) learning and spaced learning.  Both of these approaches can impact significantly upon your teaching, and upon the success of your students.  Just this morning I have checked on a spaced learning resource that I put up on YouTube for my students in preparation for a test, and it was really heartening to see how many hits there have been – my time has obviously not been wasted!

Feedback received from the blog posts has been really positive, but one of the questions I keep getting asked is “how do I develop the video resources for my students?”. 
Such a good question, and I’ve decided to do something about it!  Over the past couple of years I must have produced several hundred online videos, and my hit counter of YouTube is now fast approaching 100,000 hits.  My daughters can’t believe that their dear old dad is such a success on ‘the Tube’!