Here are my favorite tools to start & run your online course business.
(Heads up: There are some affiliate links on this page. I only share products that I've personally used. If you decide to click on anything, you'll be supporting Zen Courses. Thanks!)
My favorite New Tools
My friend Paul Jarvis recently created a directory for online courses. If you're looking for a course or want to list your course, click here to check it out.
Learning Design Books
Design for How People Learn (julie dirksen)
This is my favorite book on Learning Design. It sits on my desk & I highly recommend that it sit on yours too if you want to create world-class courses.
Hosted Online Course Platforms
Email Service Providers
If you're starting out or don't care about content upgrades, there's no better email service than Mailchimp. For only $10/mo, you can create an email course and grow your list.
Webinars & Workshops
Crowdcast is my number one choice for webinars and workshops. Period. And I've used nearly a dozen. Plus their customer support is amazing. It's paid, so if you're looking for a free webinar solution, consider Google Hangouts. The engagement features built into Crowdcast will be a game-changer for your webinars and workshops. Check 'em out!
If you're looking for a non-browser based video conferencing solution, you can't go wrong with Zoom. It's got tons of education features, like breakout rooms and whiteboards. It works well in low-bandwidth situations. Plus the pricing is incredibly reasonable.
Screencasts & Video Editing
If you need to create screencasts, animations or edit your videos, Screenflow is my #1 recommendation. It's incredibly easy to use and directly exports to YouTube and Wistia. At $99 it's a steal. (Mac only)
Quizzes & Surveys
Typeform makes surveys simple to create and fun to use. You can use Typeform for quizzes too. And questionnaires! And creative stories! Plus, it's free to start.
If you find yourself offering a combination of courses and services like I do, you probably need a tool for managing all your clients, packages, invoices and payments. I Dubsado for that and love it. Before Dubsado, I felt like my processes were all over the place. Now they're just in one place.