All you need to know about Teaching at LearnBox
Please go through all the sections in this page carefully before publishing a course, if you still have doubts do not hesitate to write us at email@example.com
LearnBox is an Online Education Platform which connects students and teachers. We prefer to call them as Learners and Instructors. We believe Online Education is the future of education in India and it is only possible through the collaboration of millions of Teachers in the country through an Online Platform.
Yes, absolutely! Anyone can Teach at LearnBox. You don’t necessarily have to be a teacher or a professor, all you need is a passion for teaching and subject matter expertise.
Anything! It’s upto you. You can publish courses on any topic be it academics, web-design, finance, dancing, photography, music and millions of other topics. The only requirement is “You must know what you teach”.
At LearnBox, the courses provided are Self-paced courses which can be taken by learners from anywhere and anytime. Though the free courses can be text or video based, Paid courses have to be video based. You can include quizzes, assignments or reference materials in the form of text.
You will need to have the course material ready in the form of videos, assignments etc. More details in the Course Structure section. Details on software and hardware in the Tools Sections. Once you have the course content ready, signup as instructor here and publish your course.
You will be paid monthly and upto 80% of the course selling price. More details in the Instructor Payments Section.
Obviously you! It is all your hard-work, the content is always yours. You are just giving us the right to sell it on LearnBox. We will make all the possible efforts to avoid content leakage. More on terms and conditions here.
Yes. You can always take down a course if you no longer want to publish and sell it on LearnBox. Please remember that once a Learner enrolls in your course, the content is available to her/him indefinitely. So if you remove the course, there will be no further enrollment but the course content will still be available to the Learners already subscribed to the course.
Below is the recommended course structure on LearnBox. These are some basic guidelines and you are free to improve upon it.
- Course Pic: Preferably in 532*320 px or in similar ratio. Please refrain from using copyrighted images. If you don’t have a course pic let us know, we will create an appropriate one.
- Short Description: You should provide a short and roughly 50 word description about what your course is all about. This is first thing a learner will look at and also important from a search engine perspective.
- Long Description: The long description (preferably 300-400 words) about your course will help a learner in choosing the course and it should provide all the information about the course. The necessary things include course introduction(about course), what will be taught in the course, requirements(pre-requisites) of taking the course, benefits of taking the course etc.
- Introductory Video: Apart from a detailed write-up, you should provide an introductory video about your course. This helps the learner in assessing the course.
Example of an introductory video:
Apart from the above basic requirement, it is very important to define a proper course curriculum. For example if a course consists of 10 units/lectures, you can divide and categorise them into 3/4 sections. Below is a reference course structure.
- Section 01 : Introduction
- Unit 01: Introduction
- Unit 02: Requirements
- Section 02: Demonstration
- Unit 03:
- Unit 04:
- Unit 05:
- Section 03: ……
- Unit 06: ….
- Unit 07: ….
- Section 04: Conclusion
- Unit 08 : Revision
- Unit 09 : Conclusion
- Unit 10 : Quiz
This is just a guideline which we think should help the learners in identifying the course easily and will make your course stand-out from the rest. You can further improve upon this or choose your own structure. Refer this for an example of good course curriculum.
One of the most important aspect of your course which can make it a hit is your course Pricing. You should always price the course appropriately. The industry standard generally is Rs. 200-250 for an hour of content, but we believe you should price your course at Rs. 100-150 per hour of content. But these are just some general guidelines which we think will make the course attractive.
Obviously if you are teaching say ‘Scala’, you would want to price the course at Rs. 2500 for 5 hours of content or may be more. If you are teaching ‘basic mathematics’, you may want to price a 10 hour course at Rs. 500. Ultimately the choice is always yours depending upon the course content, your knowledge, experience and the subject. We will get in touch with you if we feel the course is under-priced or over-priced to work out a solution.
Please remember these two very important things when pricing the course:
- You have to create the course content only ONCE and you will earn money forever on the course, everytime a learner buys your course.
- We always believe selling two courses worth Rs. 500 each is better than selling one course worth Rs. 1000. Though the money you earn would be the same but you will be spreading your knowledge to more number of people and making it more affordable.
Payments and Charges
- Though the standard worldwide is 50%, we charge only 30% commission on every course we sell and you get to keep 70% of the selling price. So if you sell a course for Rs. 200, you will get Rs. 140 each sale. We charge this commission for a number of reasons, most important of them are:
- It costs us somewhere around Rs. 10-15 to deliver one hour of content to one student one time.
- The payment gateway charges of around 2-3%.
- We also have to pay taxes.
- We take care of all the things, so you can just focus your energy on creating good content.
- By default, you are opted-in for “Discounts and Promotions”. This enables us to give a discount of upto 50% on your courses to college students and in other promotional offers.
- You can login to LearnBox and go to your profile and opt out for “Discounts and Promotions”, but we highly recommend that you always ‘opt-in’, as a 50% discount in the course can improve your course sales upto 100% and more number of people will be able to afford it. You always get to earn more if more number of people subscribe to your course.
- There are no charges for publishing free courses on LearnBox. So, if you want help the learners or if you just want to try out our platform you are free to do so without any cost on you!
- All the payments will be made to you between 7th-10th of next month for previous month sales. For example, payout will be made between 7th and 10th November for all courses sold between 1st-31st October. We provide a 7 day refund policy to the Learners, so a buffer of 7 days is kept for settlement of the payouts.
- The payments will be made to you through NEFT, so please make sure you fill the required bank details and keep it updated in your profile. Go to your “profile > edit > details required for instructors in India” and update the information. It is your responsibility to provide accurate information. We are in no way responsible for any damages and loss of payments due to error in the bank information.
The most important part of creating a course is it’s content. In this section we will see what are different ways in which videos can be created. First lets take a look at the types of videos which can be used in course content.
Types of Video Content:
- If you are teacher or a professor or if you prefer the white/blackboard, you can record the course content using a camera just like you would teach in a classroom. Though not very attractive but this is the easiest form of content creation. Make sure:
- You use a good quality camera, may be a DSLR camera or a good phone camera to record lectures.
- For the video quality to be good, don’t forget to use a tripod or a stand for blur free recording.
- Always check the audio quality. If your phone or camera does not have a decent mic, please use an external one.
- The best way to make video content is to record your computer screen (screen-casting). There are softwares like camtasia studio, microsoft encoder etc which can be used to screencast. You can also use online screencasting websites like www.screencast-o-matic.com. Another way to capture screen is through PowerPoint though it is not as effective as the dedicated softwares. You might also need a digital pen tablet like Wacom One or Huion 680TF to make hand-written digital notes which are a very good and infact a better alternative to the classical old blackboard style teaching.
- You can also create videos from PowerPoint presentations using the “Record Slide Show” feature. You can record your voice and infact you can also use digital pen tablet for writing in PowerPoint.
- Once you have created the videos make sure to compress them. Though we encode videos for better delivery, compressing them would help you to upload them faster by reducing the size(we have limited per video size at 101 MB) and a buffer free learning experience. The best software to do that is HandBrake and it’s absolutely free and very easy to use. You can download it here : Handbrake Website Link.
- We always recommend you to use decent audio recording devices and record your videos in a silent room, there will always be some unavoidable circumstances when some unnecessary noise is captured in the recording. A very good software(free infact) to remove noise from the audio is Audacity. It is also very easy to use and you can download it here: Audacity Website Link.
- You might need some pictures in your videos, please make sure to use royalty free images or use copyrighted images only when you have the appropriate rights (More on Terms and Conditions here). The best to get royalty free images is Pixabay. To edit images there are generally pre-installed softwares in you computer e.g. Paint on Windows but they have very limited use. A very good free to use image editing software is GIMP. You can download it here: GIMP Website Link.
All these softwares are free and very easy to use. In case you need a tutorial in using the softwares, a simple google search would be enough. Though from our end we will also try and get tutorials for these softwares as and when possible.
- A computer/laptop (Obviously :))
- A DSLR camera/Good camera phone for recording classroom style videos.
- Digital Pen Tablets for digital handwritten notes.
- Decent audio recorders if your laptop or camera mic is not sufficient.
If you still have any doubt on how to create videos or anything else, do not hesitate write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always there to help you in delivering the best possible course.