Building Student Relationships and Engagement When Teaching Online With Dennis J Smith

When it comes to getting your online course ranked in Udemy, student reviews and course discussions are very important. Udemy likes this engagement and is more likely to promote your course.

Rising in the ratings is important. With numerous courses being added each day getting your course listed on the first page of your chosen category along with displaying a good number of 5 star reviews will go a long way to increasing sales for your online course.

Creating engagement with the students is one of the most difficult things to do. Dennis found a good way to get students involved and posting on the discussion board was to offer 'Skype Time'.

Dennis would offer 30 to 45 minutes 1-on-1 with the student to discuss any issues the student was having trouble with. Offering a live coaching call over Skype definitely got the discussion board firing.

Another issue is getting students to complete the course. The Skype Time was restricted to students who had completed a set percentage of the course or had finished the course.

Dennis also offers 'Skype Time' as an option when students purchase the course. For example Dennis will say here's my XYZ course for $9, and here is my XYZ course with 1 hour of Skype Time for $49.

This is proving a popular option and students have an incentive to complete the course.

Udemy allows you so send out four 'non-promotional' educational announcements a month. Instructors can use these announcements to reach out to students, ask for feedback and questions to be posted to the discussion. Instructors can also mention how helpful reviews are to other students.

Dennis has also found that sending a message welcoming the student to the course has increased the number of reviews students are leaving.

You can find out ways to give your students incentives to complete the course at

Tips on Marketing Your Existing Online Courses

Dennis has set up a Udemy Discount Coupon site where he also maintains a list of coupon sites, deal sites and Facebook pages that you can promote your Udemy course at a discount or free.

Note to Remember: When you post your coupon offer to Facebook groups it will disappear down the feed very quickly. So you can actually promote your course at different price points at the same time in different groups on Facebook.

Don't be afraid to offer your course for $1, $3, $5, $7 etc. Just to see what happens.

Implement Student Feedback

It is also important as instructors that we keep the content of our courses fresh and update them based on user feedback.

A common thread from users has been repeating the intro for every video and/or the volume of the intro music. When we are creating our videos we have to bear in mind that a student may very well be viewing a number of lessons in one sitting - do they really need to see that same intro at the beginning of every lesson

Dennis has kindly offered all of his courses (current and future) to us for only $5.00!

To check out all of Dennis's courses please visit his Udemy instructor profile at -

Then enter UDEMYDEAL5 into the coupon code field when making a purchase.

You can learn more about Dennis at his website

Dennis also runs a coupon site at, you may wish to promote your Udemy courses there.

Other products mentioned in this episode

MindMeister - Mind mapping software

If you have a question about any aspect of online course delivery, from concept to market, please feel free to send me an email at I'd love to hear from you and your question would very well feature in a future podcast.

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