How Not to Fail as an Instructional Designer or eLearning Consultant

The 3 Pillars of a Successful Online Education Program The key building blocks of a successful eLearning project are: Subject matter expertise Instructional design Online course delivery system, LMS, or membership site All 3 of these pieces need to be present and of top quality for a project to successful. In this video, Chris Badgett talks about these 3 elements and how instructional designers can benefit by partnering with a technology provider. If Your Business is Ready to Benefit From an Online Courses and LMS Tools Technology Partnership … It’s time to reach out to a technology partner and start developing that relationship. If you are ready to learn new skills as…

Smart Corporate Training and Organizational Development Systems

You don’t have to be a big corporation to reap the benefits of corporate training and professional organizational development. Businesses of all sizes can tap into the power of learning development to forward business goals. Online courses and learning management systems are not just for profit seeking education entrepreneurs and schools. Learning also happens on the job. Businesses can be optimized through strategic learning objectives. Here are the 3 big opportunities for smart leaders in the corporate training and organizational development space … 1) New Employee or Contractor Onboarding It’s amazing how informal the approach to new employee onboarding can be in small businesses and large corporations alike. Often there is…

WordPress LMS Affiliate Marketing Plugin

Online Courses WordPress LMS Website Affiliate Marketing Plugin

The Big Announcement for Online Course Creators that Need an Affiliate Management System LifterLMS users can now create an affiliate program to help boost sales through affiliate marketing with AffiliateWP. At LifterLMS we listen to what our users and customers ask for. One of the top requests we’ve gotten was… “How do I create an affiliate program that works with LifterLMS course and membership sales?” So we had to decide between creating our own affiliate system or integrating with an already existing solution. At LifterLMS we believe in exponential technology and are a part of that story. Part of growing an exponential technology is allowing innovation to come from outside…

Say Hello to LaunchPad 1.3.0

The LifterLMS LaunchPad theme continues to evolve. Just like with LifterLMS, we listen to user feedback to shape the evolution of the LaunchPad theme. So what’s new in LaunchPad 1.3.0? 1) Theme Options Import and Export Why is this important? What makes LaunchPad so powerful is it’s powerful theme options panel which gives non-developers a lot of control over the design of the website and the specific LifterLMS related elements. You could change the color scheme of various areas without having to write a single line of code. You could select from a pool of over 600 Google fonts and modify size and colors. You could modify how the Course template…

3 Business Models for Online Course Entrepreneurship for WordPress and Other Technologists

If you study the history of the online course industry, you’ll find that technology courses, specifically web technology, is where the early innovators started building businesses around online courses. This makes logical sense because the early e-learning technology innovators were technologists themselves. Many of the early courses on Udemy were about teaching web technology like WordPress.  Code Academy, Team Treehouse, and Plural Site were early movers in the online course space with their “How to code” courses. The WP101 online education platform has been teaching people and companies how to use WordPress since 2008. But don’t worry. It’s not too late to get in the technology education space! Digital technology tools…

3 Ways SaaS Product Companies Win with an Online Course Strategy

Online courses and learning management systems aren’t just for people or companies where online courses or teaching are the primary business focus. You can also use online courses to support your main business. Let’s look at SaaS (Software as a Service) businesses and how they might deploy an online course strategy. Keep in mind that these methods could be used for almost any type of business, not just software companies. Here are 3 strategic areas to deploy online courses … 1) Inbound Marketing Inbound marketing is the part of sales and marketing where marketing is created that attracts new leads into the sales funnel. The classic type of inbound marketing is now popularly…

Top 3 Online Courses Residential Real Estate Brokers and Agency Owners Use For Business Growth

The great advantage that real estate brokers and agency owners have as online course creators is that they already have a background in marketing, sales and communication. When you have a marketing and sales background, you understand the need to have a balanced blend of development across the 3 marketing methods: Inbound (content marketing) Outbound (prospecting) Relationships (interacting with real people) Creating online courses as part of your marketing mix checks all the boxes in terms of marketing methods. If I were to advise real estate business owners like you to make just 3 online courses, these are them (*Watch the video above to get more detail about these 3…

3 Business Models for Online Language Learning Course Creators

Language learning is a huge industry Business Model #1 – The Niche Language Learning MOOC A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. A niche MOOC is where you focus your course or learning platform on a very tightly focused unique topic and audience that is not general in nature. Traditional in-person schools cannot focus in this way due to supply and demand economics, but when you have the whole world as a pool of possible prospective students, you only need approximately 100 or more people with a common interest to develop a viable niche online learning program…

Consider This If You Want to Make an Online Music Course

If you’re a musician looking to create an online course, it’s important to put some thought into what your new training offering will look like. How would you approach the following 3 considerations? … 1) Think about the venue Classrooms, studios, and making house calls are not the only viable venues for teaching music. In the digital world, there are powerful digital spaces to teach from like a … Website Skype Zoom Google Hangout The venue is an interesting topic because in the physical world it may be costly, have capacity constraints, and time constraints. In the digital world, venues are relatively cheap or free and can even have unlimited capacity….

The Health and Fitness Online Course Opportunity

The 3 Health and Fitness Expert Advantages in the Online Course Space There are many different types of instructors or topics in the online course space. “Health and fitness” as a niche is full of people with some unique advantages. Here are 3 stand out advantages if you are or could be a health or fitness guru … 1) You have hard won expertise as someone who has undergone your own health or fitness transformation. Most great health and fitness gurus are good teachers because they have a history of going through their own personal journey. They know what it’s like to start at the beginning. This helps with developing resonance and…