Transitioning to online teaching has been a handful. 2020 has handed us circumstances that we couldn't have seen coming, and right now there's no end in sight.
I've spent the last few months updating and changing the way I do things, and I've learned a lot. I'm sharing the tools that have helped me create something new. These are the things that work for me, and the ConvertKit, Teachable, and Square are referral or affiliate links. This means that if you use my link, I get a bonus for recommending things that I actually use and truly believe in.
ConvertKit for Audience Building & Mailing List Management
If you don't already have one, I highly recommend creating a mailing list.
ConvertKit is a high quality program, and it has fantastic support documentation and videos. You can start will a 14-day free trial with full access to features, and they also have a free plan option for your first 1000 subscribers.
Teachable for Teaching Online Courses
Online course creation was something that I had thought about, but it wasn't part of my 2020 plan. Then March happened. Teachable is easy to use, and they have courses to walk you through each step. It felt like someone was holding my hand through the process. You can visit my school to see how the system works. Also, if you're a Yoga Alliance member, they have member discount.
Square for Payment Processing
When you use the referral link, you'll receive free processing on up to $1,000 in credit card transactions for the first 180 days. You can connect it with Acuity so that your students and clients can schedule and pay in one transaction. Square has detailed reports which come in handy at tax time. You can also create an online store or purchase links separate from Acuity.
Zoom for Teaching Classes and Workshops
They have robust online resources including articles and videos. It takes a while to get the hang of it and some time for your students to get the hang of it, but the challenges have been worth it. It's a powerful tool for connection and community.
This program integrates with Zoom, and you can use it for individual sessions and group classes. Check out my scheduling page for an example of how it looks when Acuity's program is embedded into a page on your web site. This is what it looks like on its own.
Wireless Microphone by Azden
After seeing lots of recommendations for the RODE Wireless Go, I tried to purchase it, but it was out of stock everywhere. So, the sales associate at B&H recommended this. He said it was better, and I'm happy with it.
If you have questions, comment below. I'm happy to help.
Teach. Share your gifts with the world.
Even in the madness, especially in the madness.
A student at heart, Jen is passionate about learning and sharing what she has learned to empower yoga students and teachers. Jen is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher. She teaches online classes and workshops.