Learn How to Become an Instructor

The first step to becoming an instructor is to register as an instructor by clicking on the “Become an Instructor” link on the homepage and clicking on the “sign up now” button. Upon registering, you will receive an instructor approval email to the address that you provide.  (It is recommended that you use an email address that is connected to your paypal account. This is so you can easily be paid once you start selling your courses.)

Once registered, you can begin creating courses. When you log in to the site, you will be taken to your profile page where you can adjust your profile settings including editing your bio, and adding a profile picture.

Build a Course in OutdoorU

Once you are logged in to OutdoorU as an instructor, you will see your instructor dashboard. To begin building your course, click on the “Course” button. The Course button will take you to the course builder page. Click on the “Add New” button to add your course name and preferably a course intro video. As an instructor, you can create text content, build quizzes, and embed or upload instructional videos. All lessons and quizzes require approval from OutdoorU prior to becoming visible for customer use. This means that each time you create a lesson or quiz, it will be viewed and approved by OutdoorU admin.

Uploading or Embedding Video

We recommend using videos as the primary delivery method for your lessons. Uploading or embedding videos is fast and easy. To upload a video you will click on the “add course content” and select the “video” block. You will have the option to upload a video file or select one from your media library. The media library is where your uploaded video is stored. Once uploaded, your video can be used as many times as needed. Video uploads work best if they are saved in .mp4 format and are around 5 minutes or less in length. For faster video upload it is also recommended to minimize video size. How to Upload a Video

To embed a video, you will copy and paste the link from your video platform to the “embed video” area in the contents section.

Creating A Course

To create a course, click on the “course” tab on the left hand side of your screen in the in the instructor dashboard. Here you will be able to name your course, upload picture or video files, and create a course introduction. Once you have added your content for your course information, you will submit the course for review and approval. Once the course is approved, it will show up as a course in your instructor dashboard. This means that you will be able to add lessons to the course. How to Build a Course

Setting Course Price

To set your course price, you will click on the settings tab within the “course” page. Once in the settings tab, find the “Access Mode” selection options. Click on the “Buy Now” button and set the price for your course. It is recommended that course prices range between $10.00 & $50.00 dollars. How to Set Course Price

Adding Lessons

To add lessons, click on the lessons tab on the left hand side of your screen in the instructor dashboard. Here you will be able to name your lesson, upload picture files, upload or embed video files, and set lesson settings including associating to your course. It is recommended that video files be used as the primary method of delivery. Videos of approximately 5 minutes or less are most effective for instruction.

The first thing you will want to do is associate your lesson to your course by selecting the settings tab and selecting your course using the dropdown selections. Once you have added content for your lesson, you will submit the lesson for review and approval. How to Add a Lesson

Adding Quizzes

To add quizzes, click on the quizzes tab in the instructor dashboard. Once you have created your quiz, you will need to submit the quiz for review and approval. It is also important to associate your quiz with the appropriate course and lesson. How to Add a Quiz

Getting Paid

OutdoorU will send payment via Paypal to the email that you provide when registering as an instructor. Commission payments will be processed via Paypal and will be subject to the PayPal transaction fee which is currently $.30 + 2.9% per transaction. Payments will be made monthly.