Places to Host an Online Workshop

places to hostI currently teach creative writing workshops online through various venues, but I was wondering what sites artists and crafters use to teach workshops. It hasn’t been easy to find them! Here are a few that I use and that I found out artists use. I am trying to talk the incredibly talented Dallas artist, Cynthia Chartier into offering online classes, so that was the catalyst for me to search out these sites.

You can offer a class through a learning environment or on your blog and use a link to your videos. Many people use YouTube. But for offering a class, you want only those who pay to have access the video. You can host (store) your video at these sites below.

I use Sophia.org for my online English and Creative Writing classes because I like the tools they have available.

All descriptions are from the individual sites.

Learning Environments

KAJABI

https://www.kajabiapp.com/

Starting package $99 a month

Add videos, audio files, PDFs, or text. Then, share that content with all of your customers, or just specific membership levels.

You can allow your users to post comments right alongside the content. This lets you to interact with your customers and answer their questions.

Since Kajabi is hosted in the cloud, it means that we have virtually unlimited powerful and scalable resources at our disposal. This matters to you because you can rest assured that your pages and site will be available under even the most extreme amount of traffic.

Pay for each month you use and cancel at any time.

UDEMY

https://www.udemy.com/teach/

Free

Unlimited, highest quality video uploads

Course management tools to collaborate & communicate

A typical Udemy course has 1-3 hours of content, with a minimum requirement of at least 30 mins of content and 60% video content.

You keep 100% of the revenue (minus payment fees) when you bring new students to Udemy. For every student Udemy brings to your course through our marketing efforts, you keep 50%of the sale. Udemy handles all customer service, payment processing and hosting fees, and gives you access to the complete feature set of Udemy including the mobile version of your courses all for no additional cost.

Once your course is purchased, the student has access to all course materials indefinitely, just like an on-demand channel

How to Record and Edit Video for Your Online Course

http://support.udemy.com/knowledgebase/articles/159250-how-to-record-and-edit-video-for-your-online-course

SOPHIA

http://www.sophia.org/sophia-for-teachers

Free

Connect students through groups with the ability to access lessons, ask questions and interact via chat.

Gather students in private groups with a passcode to access the site

Places to host your videos

VIMEO

https://vimeo.com/

Vimeo has easy-to-understand privacy controls so you can decide who gets to see your videos and where they can be shown.

BRIGHTCOVE

http://www.brightcove.com/en/

SCREENCAST

http://www.screencast.com/

Free Basic

Pro Screencast.com users enjoy more storage, bandwidth, and features for $9.95/month or less!

Provide your audience with a link to your content, a MediaRoll widget or an RSS feed. You can even embed your images and video.

Make a folder public and visible to everyone. Hide it so only you can see it. Password protect it. Or make it so only authorized viewers can access your content.

Commission Based Hosting

If you don’t want to mess with creating a blog, learning environment, etc., consider giving up a small commission to have someone else host your class. Here are some sites that do that:

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

http://www.creativeworkshops.me/main_page.html

Contact with links to samples of your work and tell Gail what kind of class you might be interested in. If they feel you and their site would be a good fit and you are seriously interested, Gail will then send you some guidelines.

I CREATE FLIX

http://icreateflix.com/

I can’t find any information on the site regarding being one of their hosted artists, but I did send an email for more information. I’ll let you know.

ART TUTOR

http://www.arttutor.com/are-you-art-tutor

If you have a proven track record of teaching a drawing or painting medium, fill out the contact form and request to teach a class here. Financial compensation, etc.

Please let us know where you host online workshops!

Karen

 

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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