How to Create an Online Course | CourseCraft 101

Publishing Your Lessons

Check out the publishing options and plan your schedule.

There are 4 different publish settings for your lessons. Don't worry if that seems overwhelming! They're all very straight forward. But if you want to keep it simple, just stick with manual which I'll talk about first. Draft means that only you can view the lesson and none of your participants can, even if they're enrolled in the course. When you publish a lesson, it makes it available to everyone who is enrolled in your course.

Lesson Scheduling Options

1. Manually

Publish your lessons any time you want on your own schedule. Keep it simple and manually hit publish when you want a lesson to be online. This option also works great if you have an "evergreen" type course where participants are constantly enrolling and will have access to all the course material immediately. Once you're done writing, just set all the lessons to 'published' and you're done!

2. Specific Date

This one is pretty straight forward too, just pick a date and the lesson will automatically be published on that date in your time zone (the time zone you set in your profile). This option makes things easy for people who have a course that runs for a certain number of weeks and the lessons are released over that time period.

3. Time After Enrollment

The 'time after enrollment' option lets you publish your lessons a certain number of days or weeks after the participant has enrolled. You can get creative with this option and make a new lesson available to your students each week or even every day.

4. Free Sample Lesson

In order to view a free sample lesson, students will need to enter their name and email address. Then they'll show up on your leads list (find your leads under the manage section of your course). This is a great way to see who was interested enough to view the free lesson but for some reason didn't make the purchase. Export the csv of leads so you can follow up by email or add them to a special newsletter list.

Tip: You can mix and match publish settings to suit your needs! Have a sample lesson, one that is available immediately after enrollment and the rest can use 'time after enrollment' all in one course. Use whichever method works best for your course.

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