Many of us dream of making an income online, sharing our knowledge, and inspiring others. With Teachable, you can do this! Teachable allows you to create courses, and sell online courses.
In some ways, this can work as a semi-passive income, and you get to pursue your dream of teaching online and inspiring others.
While this is a great way to work and is the best online course platform to work from, understanding the tools and tabs on Teachable will help you to navigate the process with ease.
Today, we will talk you through how you should use the Teachable My Courses section.
What Is Teachable?
Teachable is essentially ‘mission control’ for the creation, marketing, and selling of online courses. When you subscribe to Teachable, you host and deliver the course material.
You can also process student enrollments, payments, and even get assistance with your finances and taxes!
It provides you with all you need to give your students an interesting, engaging, thrilling learning experience without having to go through endless admin headaches!
How To Set Up A Course On Teachable
Let’s start at the beginning, setting up your unlimited courses on Teachable.
It may seem easy and simple at first, but it is always good to be sure of what you are doing, so we will walk you through it, so you have a successful experience.
Create A Course
The first thing you need to do as a course creator is to create your school, and once you have done this, Teachable will prompt you to make your first online course.
Remember, you needn’t do this immediately, you can always do this later, and add on more later.
To create a Teachable course, go to the Teachable admin area of your school, and click ‘courses’ in the sidebar. You could also click on the ‘+’ icon which is next to ‘products’. Then, click on the ‘courses’ option and click ‘new course’, which appears in the top right-hand corner.
After clicking here, you will be taken to a new course area, you can put in the title of the course, and the author of the course using the drop-down menu ‘select author’.
Once you have entered this information, you then click ‘Create Course’.
A pop-up will appear to inform you this has been successful, and that you have added this to your Teachable courses.
You will then be taken to the tab for the curriculum, this is where you add the course content. From here you can navigate back to the tab for information.
Publish Your Course & Preview
Inside the tab ‘Information’ of your course, you will be able to publish, preview, and unpublish your sales pages, your course curriculum, you can also duplicate your courses or delete them at any given time.
Publishing your course determines if it can be enrolled in by students, and purchased, as a profitable course needs to be published for sales and enrollment. (Check out ‘How To Download Teachable Videos?‘)
In order to publish a course, simply click the button that says ‘Publish Course’. Then a popup will appear asking if you wish to publish this and any unpublished lectures affiliated with this through the tab titled ‘Curriculum’ on that course.
If you are certain, then click ‘yes, publish all’ and this will publish your sale, checkout, and thank you pages, and all of the lecture pages as well.
If you do not wish to publish any unpublished lectures but want the rest to be published then click ‘No, just publish course’.
If you are not ready to publish then simply ‘Cancel’.
Next to the button that says ‘Publish Course’ is a drop-down menu titled ‘More’, this will provide additional actions including:
- Preview Sales Page.
- Preview Curriculum.
- Duplicate Course
- Delete Course.
Preview Sales allows you to see the course sales page for the course lessons from a student’s perspective.
Preview Curriculum allows you to see the curriculum of the course as a student would post-purchase.
‘Duplicate course’ allows you to duplicate the course to craft a copy.
This will include all pages, media, lectures, assignments, and so on, you can edit these after you have duplicated them.
Delete course simply deletes the course from your Teachable school, this is permanent and cannot be undone.
Product Visibility Tools
In your ‘My Courses’ section there is also a visibility toggle for your products. (See also ‘How To Teach On Teachable [Ultimate Guide]‘)
Products that are visible will be listed inside the product directory so that any user navigating your school can easily purchase and enroll.
If a product is hidden it will not appear as available in your product directory, however, students will still be able to enroll or purchase these, but you will have to send them a direct URL link to the checkout/ sales page for this.
Don’t Forget Branding!
In the area of branding, you will be able to set up a custom logo, this feature is available for 1.0 and 2.0 schools.
You can also set up a promotional video, but this is only available for 1.0 schools.
You could also set up different images which can be used on the iOS application.
A course image/logo is used to represent the course over your entire school, appearing to your students in the curriculum sidebar and across the school directory.
You should use a JPG or PNG file for this.
A promotional video will display on the ‘Course Hero Header’ on your sales page.
You should use MP4, AVI, or M4V files for this, keeping them smaller than 2 Gigabytes.
The video will also work best if compressed as much as possible.
Manage The Details
The details section is found in the information section of your ‘My Courses’, here you can alter information that is displayed across the school.
You can modify the course title, subtitle, and categories here.
The course title will appear as you have made it across your whole school. The subtitle is there to add on any additional information about the content of the course. It will show up beneath the title in your directory.
Having categories will make it simpler for students to find exactly what they are looking for when they are going through your products page.
Edit The ‘Author’ Area
In this section, you assign an ‘author’ to the school as the author of the specific course.
Whoever is the author will then have their name displayed across your pages ‘My Products’ and ‘All Products’, as well as in the block for your Featured Products.
As well as this the author’s image, name, and biography will also appear in the tab ‘My Instructor’ for the students.
Further down in the drop-down, you will see that you can assign an author, or add a biography with no author.
When adding an author, the biography is specifically linked to an author or user on your school account.
This means that said ‘author’ receives a revenue share in sales and has access to the author dashboard.
Owner biographies are also included, however, they can be chosen should you decide against having a separate author account for your course.
Owners will not get author revenue shares, however.
If you choose to have a biography with no author, then the biography is not connected to any user or author account on the school, so there is no separate account to get any shares or manage your course.
Whatever you choose to do on this, always ensure you save your changes once done.
SEO is important to help you gain more traffic and create a successful online presence.
However, be aware that the SEO management section is only accessible for any courses made with the Page Editor 1.0 version.
If you only have Page Editor 2.0 you can edit the details of the course.
If you have Page Editor 1.0 then in your SEO area, you will be able to make the sales page of your course more friendly to search engine optimization.
This page will only turn up if you use the legacy page editor, if you use a new page editor it will appear in this section instead.
Here you can edit for a friendly URL, add a meta description, and also a page title optimized for search engine results.
The friendly URL optimizes the URL for SEO. It is a web address that is simple and easily readable including words that perfectly describe your webpage content.
The title will also appear in SEO results if you have this in your SEO editor.
Finally, the meta description is just a brief phrase that will summarize the content of the webpage, a bit like a short pitch to help sell your school to potential students.
You should ensure that your meta description does not exceed 160 characters (not words).
Don’t Forget the Course Compliance
If you have a professional plan or more on your subscription, then you can set up compliance/ requirements that each student needs to meet before they progress from one lecture to the next.
This can easily be found in the information tab on each individual tab in ‘My Courses’.
Post Purchase Page: Default Pages
When you go onto the default pages, you can go onto the ‘post-purchase page and access a drop-down menu.
Here you can select which page your students land on after they have purchased your course.
If you want them to go straight to the curriculum, you can select ‘enrolled course curriculum for this.
However, you could also select a “Thank You” page or a custom URL.
If you select ‘Thank You, Page’ then once students buy your course they get taken to your courses ‘thank you’ page.
If you select ‘enrolled course curriculum, they will be immediately directed to the course curriculum after purchase, so they can get started right away.
If you choose ‘custom URL;, then you direct your students to whatever URL you specified in the field for ‘Custom Post Purchase Redirect URL’ selection.
If you already have a course with Teachable, then you may have the option to check your lecture content width. This is only an option for schools that were made before June 2nd, 2022.
If you made your school after this period then your school will automatically have the recommended width and do not need this section.
Check the checkbox to see if your lecture content width has been limited to 760 px.
Having your content width at 760 px makes sure that all your lecture-based content, including files, videos, and text will not stretch out over your student’s entire browser, which makes sure that your content is easily readable on any window size.
Another display feature to look at is the process bar.
Students taking your course will be able to see their progress bar with each lecture that they complete. This is removable from the student’s view at any time.
If you want to hide the progress bar from your students, then you can click to do so in the layout settings, check ‘Hide Progress’, and save.
teachable my courses – Overall
The ‘My Courses’ section of your Teachable dashboard has a lot of options and many ways for you to customize your courses.
While it does seem complicated and a lot to take in, many of the features are incredibly simple and self-explanatory.
Being able to make use of the whole ‘My Courses’ section enables you to make the most of your courses and provide your students with a more thorough learning experience that enhances their learning.
Do not forget that you can always delete a course, and you can even duplicate courses to make it easier for you if you are creating two courses that are similar.
Once you have got through uploading one course, you can easily upload another, and the ‘My Courses’ tab will easily help you to navigate all you need to create a great school.