Course Creators September 2, 2020

Don't Think you're Credible to make an Online Course? Here's how to get over Creator Insecurity

Charlotte Zhao @brainfoodinator

One thing new content and course creators fail to talk about often is their insecurity when it comes to credibility.

Many seem to think, "Am I even credible to be making this online course?"

Imposter Syndrome is REAL for any content creator and breeds the hesitation for many to share their ideas and skills they think other people may benefit from.

But here are a few things to remember that can help overcome this.

  1. Your Personal Experience is a VALUABLE learning tool that should not be underestimated. At the end of the day, you're sharing YOUR story and what worked for YOU.

  2. Everyone learns differently from different people. Just because Jenny from the block won't need your course, doesn't mean other people won't too. Understand that you give a NEW and DIFFERENT approach to the topic of your choice.

  3. You've Done the Work. You’ve been doing what you do for years and months, spent time to do your research, study, and analyze your topic. Don’t discredit all the work you’ve put into it.

  4. Certifications don’t necessarily mean more trust. I’m not saying being certified isn’t important, but it’s not the only thing that matters. Building an audience requires trust that doesn’t just come from that kind of credibility, but also from your personal experiences. People relate to you better once they know more about you.

  5. Be Kind to Yourself. Why is it that we’re much harder on ourselves than anyone else? Be kind to yourself and don’t put yourself down before you’ve even put the work out.

Share what you have to share. If you end up helping at least one person, then you know you succeeded in what you were trying to do in the first place.

You can read a bit more on these tips here->

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    Share what you have to share. If you end up helping at least one person, then you know you succeeded in what you were trying to do in the first place.

    If you save one person from covid but let the whole world die with the same vaccine. Would you call it success? In terms of courses, stealing the whole worlds time and call it success with helping just one. Is it really an accomplishment.

    Above points are the reasons I'm disliking many "instructors" as a person who watches tutorials on daily basis. All of the above means you have the knowledge in the field. You have nothing about passing the knowledge. All universities has departments of educational science. Education itself is a science. People teaching other people how to teach for years.

    Try listening algorithms from David Malan and from a 20 years C coder who possibly has more experience.
    One will rip a phonebook apart and you'll never forget and get the point without any programming experience. Other will explain what is a pointer, stack, heap, big o notation. Just more complicated stuff to explain an already complicated stuff.

    If you want to be a good course creator, after you mastering your field, try studying how to teach. When they both get together confidence will follow. Then it becomes something useful, something valuable.

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      Absolutely love David Malan's CS50! It's true a lot of tutorials are too 'transactional'. More thoughts and empathy can be applied to creating an experience for learners through courses!

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      Great points. Having clearly defined, thoughtful approach to teaching is what separates the good from the great. It’s not about communicating topics, it’s about enabling students to achieve outcomes.

      The good news: there are millions of people looking to learn, and everybody has different learning preferences. As a teacher, honing in on your approach and figuring out who your target is are two important steps many people don’t do well, IMO

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    Great post, thanks for sharing.
    Indeed, imposter syndrome is real. I'm 15 years in, led teams, large projects, wrote a book and still feel like a fake. But I don't let that stop me ;-)))

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      Sometimes it's just something that we can't shake and creeps in every once in awhile, but it's always great to have reminders somewhere that all the things we've overcome in the past have helped prepare us for our current tasks at hand!

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    I really like this and think some commentors very much missed the point.

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      I really appreciate this, thank you!

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    Thanks a lot @brainfoodinator for this wonderful post!

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    Thanks for sharing! There is a lot of great advice here.

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    Thanks for sharing Charlotte!

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    I definitely agree @brainfoodinator. Many of our life experiences, that we take for granted ourselves, can be of great value to others.

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      An amazing thing about peer-to-peer learning!

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