Solutions For Cohort-based, Live Courses on Zoom

Blog Dec 08, 2020

Programs like On Deck, Building a Second Brain, and Write of Passage have started a revolution in the online education space. Earning more than $1,000,000 per cohort that typically lasts three months, these online training programs have a few things in common. They all offer highly engaging live classes, real-time access to instructors, and the ability to learn and network alongside peers and alumni mentors. These programs are also high-ticket. They range from $1,000 up to $5,000 per student. While most people sign up for the content, they ultimately stay for the community. For example, throughout On Deck’s 10-week program, fellows have access to a network of 200+ founders. On Deck is the perfect place to meet a co-founder, build on concepts, and explore new ideas.

While highly effective, creating an online school with a live component is challenging. In addition to creating the curriculum, online educators have various administrative tasks to complete.

Before your first class, you have to promote your program, manage registrations, process payments, and be available for customer support. You also have to create Zoom links, send out calendar invites and reminders, and track student attendance throughout. Not to mention needing a place to store curriculum content like pre-recorded videos, documents, and more. If this sounds overwhelming, the good news is that there are a variety of solutions available for building an online learning community. However, some are more efficient than others.

Ineffective Solutions

While you can piece together your virtual classroom with spreadsheets (for tracking attendance and payments), use Zoom for live classes, and Google Hangouts for interacting, this is an ineffective solution. It is time-consuming and can impede your ability to deliver on your promise. The lack of a centralized hub for meetings and administrative tasks can hurt participant attendance and overall satisfaction.

Read Next: Strategies For Running Live Classes With Zoom

A Better Solution

Building your online school with a dedicated course platform like Teachable is a better solution. Teachable offers unlimited hosting and videos on all of their plans. You can still use Zoom for live classes, but you will have to send out links and calendar invites manually. Teachable and other course platforms do not specialize in live courses. This is where Virtually comes in.

The Best Solution: Virtually

Virtually isn’t your typical learning management system, we are custom built to host cohort-based programs such as bootcamps, accelerators, and memberships. Understanding what it takes to teach online, we make it easy to manage cohorts, create and organize a content library, host pre-recorded videos, group forums, and so much more all in one place. Additionally, Virtually seamlessly integrates with tools like:

  • Stripe and PayPal for payments.
  • Zoom and Daily.co for conferencing and live event management.
  • Google Calendar for adding events and sending reminders, and more.

Check out the best tools for managing your online school here.

Get Started With Virtually Today

If you are ready to build your online school with powerful tools integrated into a one-stop-shop solution, get started with our Pro plan risk-free for 7-days here (no credit card required) or schedule a demo with a team member to learn more.

Read Next: The Power Of Cohort Based Learning

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    Danielle Desir

    Danielle Desir is an author and the host of The Thought Card, an affordable travel & personal finance podcast. When she's not writing, you can find her traveling, hiking, and running outdoors.

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