Content Guidelines for Instructors

Planning

In order to avoid failure during execution, planning is essential. So, spend as much time as you can on thinking through the structure of the course and how the lessons will progress from start to end. The goal should be to arrange the transfer of knowledge in a way that smoothens the learning curve for the student, while making the experience fun and seemingly effortless.

Recording audio / video and writing text

Recording audio and video is a very important part of the cycle. Without investing in expensive equipment, you can record high definition videos along with noise free audio. Here are a few videos that you can refer to for tips on best quality recordings.

Please be sure to record videos in resolution upward of 720p and preferably use widescreen 16:9 ratio even though 4:3 is acceptable as well. For capturing clear sound and to avoid ambient noise from interrupting your lectures, you can use a good recording app on your smart phone and then sync the audio with the captured video as demonstrated in the second video link above. The files can be in any of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, or .flv and we would prefer it if you compress them with the H264 encoder so that it conforms to web publishing standards.

We recommend that at least 60% of the time that a student spends on your course should be spent watching video lectures. Therefore, while designing your course, make sure that videos form the bulk of it.

There may be many terms that you mention in your videos which you might not elaborate on, resulting in your students having to research on them. In such cases, it is strongly recommended that you create well written text sections, so that the students feel no need to go out of the ‘classroom’. In this way, you will retain their attention longer and your course will more likely get a higher rating from them.

At the end of each chapter, there’s an exercise section that helps you design a quiz aimed at helping the students self-evaluate their progress and learning in that chapter. Although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to have exercises at the end of each chapter to make the learning experience more challenging and measurable for the students. While designing the section, please ensure that the questions are interesting and related to the same chapter.

Uploading your course

While uploading your course on Pragyata, make sure that you follow the tips given in the help text alongside the data fields on your screen. As your videos are first reviewed before publishing, manual intervention in the process flow is unavoidable. Therefore, we recommend that for the video files that you upload, please name the files as follows: Unit no._Chapter no._section no._Title.

For example, if the third unit of your course has the second chapter dedicated to History, with the fifth section named as historical roots, your file should be named as 3_2_5_historical roots.mp4 (or .mov or. flv)

If you have other courses already published on Pragyata, you might want to link them up with the new one, so that when someone views one course of yours, they can also be directed to another related course, which might be more suitable for them. Finally choose the type of pricing that you would like to go for and specify the price, in case you’re going for the fixed price option straight away. As explained in the ‘Promoting your course’ section below, it is recommended that you first choose either the ‘Free’ or ‘Dakshina’ pricing to promote your course and later shift to fixed price if necessary. The price of your course should be ideally lower than the price of a good book on the subject to make it an attractive proposition for students to get enrolled in the course. You can charge a small premium in case you opt to enable your students to ask you questions directly instead of only participating in the community discussion forum.

After reviewing your uploaded course in detail, our content team will publish your course for all students to see and benefit from. The process is likely to take 24-48 hours.

Promoting your course

Publishing the course is the easier part, the challenging part is to get the course trending on Pragyata. For that to happen, you need to invest time for course promotion. Once your course starts trending, the number of people it reaches grows exponentially and you will see a great spike in enrolments as we will also promote the course separately through Social Media and our marketing affiliates. To get your course to trend on Pragyata, you need to provide the initial momentum by promoting the course amongst your circle. You must target a minimum of 20-25 students in the first month to achieve the trending status. Do keep in mind that the revenue generated through students who enrol on Pragyata by your efforts is almost entirely (95%) yours. So, there should be no concern about having to share the fruits of your labour with the platform.

Secondly, you must consider offering your course for free or on Dakshina basis in the beginning to attract more students because a course that has no students enrolled in the past will have trouble attracting new students. Once the student count crosses the 500 mark, you can then consider revising the price, if required. Going for Dakshina pricing for some time has an added benefit of figuring out the optimal price for the course, one that most students would be comfortable paying.

To sum up

So, here’s a summary of the important points mentioned above:

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