Here is a fascinating story from The New Yorker about Harvard professor David Malan and his popular online introductory computer class. More than 2 million have signed up for CS50 over the years. Check out the preview video on edX to see what it is about. This is a great example of what remote learning can be with an engaging teacher and a well-designed curriculum. With online learning exploding in popularity, there are big opportunities for instructors willing to put in the effort to become exceptional. What can you teach? There is a surplus of courses, but a shortage of great instructors. Salman Khan of KhanAcademy is another inspiring story in the online learning space. Starting with videos to tutor his cousins, Khan Academy has become a global non-profit educating millions around the world.
Amy Porterfield shares some of the unique courses that her students are finding success with. As they say, the riches are in the niches. These might help you generate some innovative course ideas. Psychic medium, Marilyn Alauria has made. $500k from her courses. Kasey Snelling earned $45k in two launches selling designs for Cricut and Silhouette cutting machines on Etsy. Tanya Smith earned $25k from her launch of The Profitable Boudoir and Portrait Academy, Danira Cancinos made over $120k from her caramel-apple course and another $60k from a course on sugar cookies. It’s pretty safe to say that almost any idea can be successful. Seth Godin’s advice to focus on a minimum viable audience, sounds pretty solid.