Behind the scenes: making an online class

If you’ve been following along the last little while, you’ll know I recently published my first online bookbinding class!  Today I wanted to take a minute and share a few things I learned on this new-to-me journey.While I’ve been teaching IRL for several years, making an online class is something I’ve never done.  And to be honest, it wasn’t something I was yearning to do.  But I had been mulling over the possibilities that online classes afforded, thoughts that were quickly squashed by self-consciousness.  I still cringe at the intro video, but I’m so glad to have gone through this process and have plans to make more.

Here are a few things I learned along the way:

  1. Video editing can get pretty addictive.  Especially when you’re learning and discovering tips and tricks as you go.  For me this meant re-editing every time I learned a new trick.  Yikes!!  (Huge Thank You to Michael for his post-production skills and late-night editing patience).
  2. You know those cooking shows where they demo how to make something and they always have another version of the thing they’re making, but it’s completed?  I found out that it’s actually another 5-6 versions of the thing being made (at least).  That’s right, mistakes happen *even when* being recorded.
  3. You can totally use your phone to make a how-to video. This is what I did, and I rigged an arm to my table top tripod for birds eye filming.  While the sound still needs work, I’m pretty pleased with my setup for recording.  (See photo above).

Take a look at my first ever online bookbinding class here and let me know what you think!

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