I published “Your Writing Process: 9 Easy Steps to Better Writing” a little over 2 months ago. At first I thought I was a genius and it was an instant sensation with 600 enrolled to the free course in the first week.
After 2 months, of watching the course completion statistics, I began to notice some interesting results. Despite 9 unsolicited and very positive reviews and over 1000 enrolled students, less than 1% of the students finished the course and only 119 had even started.
I decided to confide in my students and find out their opinions why this is the case. See below to read what they told me.
First you will see my announcement and then you will see their answers with the first names only and the links to their pages blocked out.
After about a 1.5 months on Udemy.
- I have 1112 students.
- 7 very good reviews.
- 119 at least started (above 0% completion)
- 11 achieved 100% completions.
- Around 27 completed more than 50% of course
- 993 never started.
Fascinating data points.
As Students why do you think so few who sign up actually ever take the course and less than 1% complete 100% of the course?
Would it be a better incentive for students to start the course and finish if I offered 15-20 minutes of real time feedback to students who completed the course?
If I charged a nominal fee ($5-10), would students be more likely to complete the course?
Thanks for your feedback,
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So my change of course has begun. First, I have begun to charge for the course. I charged $30 to begin with and lowered it to $19 after two days and no new bites by students. I was averaging 10-15 enrolled a day when it was free. So far there have been no new students. With this, I am going to begin a marketing effort using Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter to build awareness and to distribute Udemy coupons. Finally, I am going to get two more courses launched in the next two months.
I accept that fact that I may have far less students by charging. The hope is that the students that do sign up are invested in the course and actually finish it. If after a month there is no significant shift and a regular enrollments then I will lower the price again.
I will keep you all posted on my results. If any educators would like a coupon to try the course and review it please email me at email@example.com
In addition to that, I took several other courses through Udemy and completed all of them as well. I paid for all of them except this one and enjoyed them all. It is good to have a class free sometimes when you pay for everything else. It won’t matter what you do, there is always going to be some who take advantage of the opportunities available to them and others who won’t be able to for a wide variety of reasons. There is a lot of work involved and sometimes the work is too much for various reasons, and there is nothing they can do about it,
I also think it would help if people had homework to do in a certain time frame that might motivate people. I know many people want to know if they are getting it and want to get feedback on their progress.
In addition, since I took the course, I have started working on an article I have been wanting to do for some time, but couldn’t get the information together in a well presented way, but now, I am using your method and so far, it is coming together nicely.
I hope you don’t get too discouraged to continue, it is not anything you are doing that has caused this situation, but it is the result of a lot of people with a lot going on in their lives and have good intentions that aren’t always able to do what they would like to do. I hope this helps! · 8 days ago ·