3 Step guide on how to create a learning community using Opentute as your online academy

Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of knowledge-based businesses around the world. As a result, training and coaching businesses are struggling to learn and adopt new skills and technologies. You might be already using Zoom, Skype and other video conferencing tools to carry out coaching sessions. But how are you planning to create a learning community that is engaged, active and growing?

For training professionals, Opentute is a single platform to transition your face-to-face business to online. Equipped with powerful features and integrations, Opentute platform is more than your traditional LMS, it is your learning experience platform – your online academy. But what are the key aspects of an online academy?

The key components of your business are:

  1. Delivering high-quality interactive online courses
  2. Growing your community members and proving them unique experiences
  3. An easy-to-setup payment system that is fair
  4. Carrying out active discussions and Q&A sessions
  5. Regularly keeping in touch with your community
  6. Generating participation for your events and webinars

Imagine having an ability to do all that seamlessly at a scale. For that, you need to have a platform to deliver your online courses and manage your community.

Opentute can help you set up your online learning community in just 3 steps. 

#1 Build an interactive and engaging course

Unlike most interest-based online communities, a learning community is looking to improve their skills. Hence, you need to start with an interactive course that allows members to engage with the content and discuss with other learners. 

Opentute has a powerful course builder with the most advanced learning management system features. You can use the builder to add text content, photo galleries, PDFs, videos, presentation files, SCORM, quizzes and survey monkey. You can also set up YouTube live to carryout one-on-one sessions with your members. 

Screenshot of a course builder

In Opentute, your course structure is built on activities. Each course can have multiple activities grouped together into separate sections.

Each activity on your course can have its own discussions, assessments, files and custom layouts. This will allow you to create a learning path for your members so that they can use these features to interact with each other and progress on their courses.

Further, you can create dependencies on your courses to prevent your members from jumping into multiple courses without following your learning path.

#2 Setup online payment system

Setting up payment can be a complex process but not with Opentute. You can easily set up a price for your courses and link your Stripe account with Opentute to receive the payment.

Screenshot of a payment setup.

What if you don’t want to use Stripe? No worries. You can use Zapier to connect Opentute with any of your payment systems. Hence, your members can use other systems to pay for the courses and access your courses.

#3 Promote your course online

Once you have your courses ready with a payment setup, it is time to start promoting them. Opentute allows you to create your own landing page for your course – your own custom branded portal. 

In this landing page, you can include all your marketing materials like an introductory video for your course or an HTML content for people to engage with. 

Users visiting your portal can view all your promotional content and all your courses in a single page. They can then use the portal to register for your courses.

Screenshot of a public landing page

 And there you have it, your own learning community. 

But what about groups, Q&As and event management? That’s the best part of Opentute, you don’t have to do anything for that, it comes with the portal – pre-built and ready to be used.

Once a member registers for your course, they automatically become a part of your community. They can then join your channels, participate in Q&As and engage with other members on a Newsfeed. 

Screenshot of a custom portal.

How to get started with Opentute?

You can start building your course on Opentute in 2 ways:

  • Join a free Opentute community called MyOpentute.

MyOpentute is an open-access portal where you can register for free and start building your courses and share them with Opentute’s community or your own community.

If you would like to create your own custom portal, then you can start with one of our 14 days free trial account and start designing your own community. Our team can help you with each step as you progress.