I currently teach in a classroom setting at Hamline University here in the Twin Cities. I’ve been on the faculty there for 3 years now and I thoroughly enjoy my teaching experience. I’m teaching a course in statistics and information technology management right now and I have a proposal in the MBA director to teach an entrepreneurship course as an elective.
Since I’ve been teaching I was wondering if there was a way to extend my reach with the passions I have for the teaching experience and the subjects I teach. I’ve haven’t been a fan of teaching online the way the university of implemented it but I have come across a couple of companies that let you develop courses and offer them for free and for compensation.
This weekend I signed up to teach on Udemy and Thinkific. Udemy is an online course marketplace that lets instructors develop their content and package it into a course that they then sell to over 4 million students worldwide. I figured that since I’m teaching in the technology and mathematics space that I may be able to put something out there that would be of value that students would consume. Thinkific is an online course platform that lets you develop and sell courses from your own website. I figured to help build my personal brand as an instructor and consultant that I may need to have something independent of a marketplace as an offering to anyone who wants to learn about what I’m teaching.
So I’m now going through the process of setting up some courses I’ve already taught using these 2 platforms. My goal is to have one of the courses available between 30 and 45 days from now. I’m putting my schedule together today of the things I need to do to meet that goal. So far it is have fun learning about the platforms and what they can do.
I think I have found my business venture that I can do as a solopreneur.