What is an ecourse?

ecourse learning strategy

An ecourse is short for an electronic course, or rather a course that is taught online.  Generally, they are self paced which means you have access to the course and related resources 24 hours per day; 365 days per year.  They can be a valuable asset to your forever learning strategy.

A well crafted ecourse is one that focuses on a specific skill or goal.  It is developed in a way that allows the student to participate in specific tasks instead of just reading from a manual.  They are usually broken down into multiple modules that build upon each other and consist of reading text, watching videos, listening to audios, inspecting charts and graphs, and engaging with the instructor as well as other students.

An ecourse should test the skills you are learning through quizzes, exams, and interaction so that you can apply those newly learned skills in your everyday life.  Sure, you may be able to search the internet for hours or days to find the same information you would find in many ecourses but not from the perspective and experience with the knowledge to create a course.

As a blogger, you should care about ecourses because if you become a developer, you can potentially cut your own slice of the $50+ Billion a year industry and growing.   I know of several bloggers that are earning 6 and 7 figures annually from their ecourses.  It only makes sense to incorporate this type of content into your overall blogging strategy if your goal is to earn a decent income from your blog.

As an individual, investing in an ecourse is an economical way to increase needed or desired skills.  A recent study showed that ecourses have a 96% positive impact on job performance, a 78% positive factor into promotion and advancement, and an 87% positive effect on compensation and salary.

If that’s not enough to go on then consider these PROS to enrolling to an ecourse:

  • Convenience- no commute, no geographic constraints, less stress with verbal expressions, you learn at a pace you are comfortable with, most are virtual discussions and rarely live, and many are student centered but may be expected to engage with other students contributions.
  • Less Expensive- no travel or housing costs, no classrooms to fill, and students can continue their jobs without missing a beat.
  • May be introduced to a culturally diverse student population from all over the world.
  • You can work on the ecourse from virtually anywhere on a computer, tablet, or even a smartphone.

Of course there are also some PROS for bloggers to develop an ecourse:

  • Increase in audience.
  • Establish oneself as an authority or expert on a particular skill.
  • Value added content for their blog.
  • Build strong and lasting relationships.
  • Potential to greatly increase income.

So, you see, ecourses are a win-win for everyone involved.  I’m sure there are probably some CONS to ecourses but they are heavily outweighed by the PROS.  The choice is clear; either start enrolling in courses that interest you or help you increase a skill, or if you’re a blogger, develop you own ecourse to increase your following and income.  It’s time to incorporate eCourse content with your blog planner.

 

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  • Ivan Talafuk

    e-course for the win!

  • Robin Rue

    I am all about ecourses. They are an easy way to learn or gather information right from the comfort of your own home (or at Starbucks).

    • e-coursesxyz

      You got it… plus they’re an easy way to earn money from those same places.

  • I haven’t taken an e-course yet. Maybe one day! I know they can be helpful.

    • e-coursesxyz

      If you want to get a feel for an ecourse then look into Udemy. They have a bunch of free courses. Then you get an idea for your own blog and make your own courses.

  • I have yet to take any e-courses. I have been pondering taking one though.

    • e-coursesxyz

      A good place to look for free courses is Udemy.

  • Jessica Taylor

    I love E-courses! They are so helpful and easy to take!

    • e-coursesxyz

      I agree and they come in sizes that fit all.

  • Amanda Hartman

    I love that I can take an e-course while still at home with my kids. It make juggling family and learning much easier.

    • e-coursesxyz

      So true… they are by design meant to help people study at their own pace, when and where ever they are.

  • I am a food blogger, so I am not sure what kind of ecourse I could offer. I have often wondered this.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Maybe you can teach how to cook food from a certain region (German, Dutch, Cajun, etc.) or how to decorate cakes and cupcakes.. How to prepare freezer meals for a week, How to become a Paleo diet expert, How to recreate meals from famous restaurants… these are just off the top of my head so I’m sure if you put your mind to it you could think of some things to teach… look for questions in your comments, if something is asked often enough then it’s probably something people want to learn.

  • Cristina Leau

    I love e-courses. They are easy to follow and more important you can take them no matter where you are.

    • e-coursesxyz

      That’s what I like about them too.

  • I love how ecourses are passive income. I would love to write one one day, just need to figure out what it would be about!

    • e-coursesxyz

      I’ve been to your blog and you do well with your video beauty tips… they can all be used to teach in an ecourse.

  • miles and ellie

    E-courses are a wonderful thing and there are so many I want to take. One day I might jump into trying to create one myself but that is certainly a long ways off! The idea of having that sort of passive income is kind of awesome.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Sure is and hope it works out for you.

  • Marcie W.

    I have a never ending desire to learn, so I am always open to taking an ecourse, especially if the price is right. I think finding one that focuses on business finance would be quite helpful for me.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Udemy is a good place to start… lots of primer courses there for free and on the cheaper end.

  • Jazz (@jazzontherun)

    I’m so happy to have come across your website! You always seem to have some of the best and easy to understand info out there. I’d love to offer e-courses in the near future. Once I get a little more time on my hand and can really learn about how it all works, I’ll be on board soon enough!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you and that’s awesome. Time is a real consideration in creating an ecourse but the rewards are more than worth it.

  • Bernadette

    E courses are a great resource. The ones I have used are a great option for me, having the ability to learn on my own time and in my house or anywhere.

    • e-coursesxyz

      That is also what draws me to them as well.

  • Shaheen Khan

    I have taken four e-courses so I can say for sure how helpful and engaging they are. Your posts are always very helpful so it’s fruitful stumbling across your blog:) Designing an e-course however might require a bit of expertise.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you and my free mini course could help guide you in creating your first ecourse… it’s located in the top tab next to my About tab.

  • Cindy Nicoletti

    I have to say for the first time I am looking into take an E Class course for Google Analytics. Just can’t get the results I need.

    • e-coursesxyz

      That’s great… yes GA is a tricky beast to get to know.

  • Helene Bludman

    I like be having a wide variety of e-courses to choose from. There is something for everyone!

    • e-coursesxyz

      This is so true and to be able to learn at your own pace.

  • E courses are a great resource. I have taken 3 e-courses in the past. It helped me a lot and i have learned new things.

    http://thestyletraveller.com/

    • e-coursesxyz

      Yes, I’ve taken over a dozen and will probably take another dozen over the next couple of months.

  • Samantha Broyles

    Great resource!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thanks.

  • Marissa Abao

    I have studied a Web Development online course last year. I learned a lot but I wished that the online school have job placements in Asia. I should have taken free online courses first before paying for a course.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Yes.. many of the larger platforms allow the instructors to issues certificates of completion to students who then can use them in ther resumes.

  • skinandsatori

    this is a great stategy to help with my blog. I plan on doing a couple of e-courses later this year.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Me too.. they’re a great way to monetize your blogging efforts.

  • girlychiq

    Great resource!

  • Thi Ngo

    Yes! I definitely agree that people turn to e-courses a lot for help or anything and it’s a great way to monetize!

  • Great idea! I’m still working on growing my blog and email list, so hopefully one day!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

  • Daisha Williams

    Very helpful info, though rght now I’ve decided to go with a workbook freebie since courses are not really my thing.

    Daisha Renee | https://www.daisharenee.com/

  • I’d like to do an ebook but it just seems like so much work. Maybe one day I’ll conquer it though!

    • e-coursesxyz

      My first ebook was just a compilation of some old related articles that I wrote for another site. It’s actually on Amazon Kindle and produces a small bit of pocket chage each month.

  • Ruth Earley

    I’m not quite there yet, but it’s good info to have for the future

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you.. hope you get there.

  • sauumye

    I love E-Courses!!! I usually sign up for them & finish them on the way to my office.

    • e-coursesxyz

      I would do them while riding the L when I lived in Chicago, now I try to complete one each weekend.

  • Michelle Stewart

    E-courses are the best. I enjoying learning at my leisure. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Nicole Wi

    E-courses are great – no need to leave the house haha 🙂