On BuildUp, you can teach any construction or engineering topic you’re passionate about.
Our courses encompass a wide range of categories, and our users are always eager to learn from new teachers who bring a unique style and perspective - that’s you! To ensure users are keen to watch and participate in your course, it’s important to choose a specific, real world topic that you’re confident in sharing.
Here are the two best practices to keep in mind when deciding what to teach:
It's best to keep your course focused on a specific subject that you know well and are confident in sharing. Don’t try to cover too much. A lightweight course that walks through a quick project you're comfortable with will resonate more with BuildUp users looking for an opportunity to flex their know how muscles. Here is a great example: Lisa Vernon focuses her JCT course specifically on procurement strategy under JCT. Specialised courses like this one tend to be the most popular on BuildUp because they appeal directly to a certain set of users interested in that particular topic. Keeping your topic focused on a specific topic or technique will also help to set it apart from other courses in your category.
Think about what you want users to do and share
All courses on BuildUp are task-based - they give users the chance to learn new skills by doing something practical to share with the community. The more real and engaging your course task, the more likely users will be to dive in and get started. Here's a great example: in Assessment Float under an NEC ECC Programme, Glenn Hide teaches users how to and when to add float to the Programme by lots of simple examples that construction professionals will come across all the time. Glenn chose this course topic by thinking first about a realistic challenge that he knew users would be interested to do and then thinking about what skills they’d need to do it successfully.
- We recommend that title are generally less than 6 words long.
We recommend that you include at least one technical key word for the programme e.g. NEC4
We recommend that you include at least one technical key word for the process or subjects eg EWN
We recommend that you include at least one enticing/sticky key word e.g. practical, successful, simple, fundamental, effective, tips, tricks, etc.
- Old school approach:- "NEC4 005 How to apply the principles of the Early Warning Mechanism"
- Recommend approach:- "Managing NEC4 Early Warnings Effectively"
Need some help?
If you're thinking of teaching a technical course, check out the topics currently trending in BuildUp's technical categories. Or, if you're looking to share your business or tech skills, take a look at this category and learn what courses BuildUp users are looking for in these areas. For tips on choosing a great course topic from some of our top teachers on the platform, check out this article. Moreover, try one of these creative strategies that will help you brainstorm topic ideas.
Once you've decided on your course topic, fill in your Course Description in the Course Overview section of your course draft. Your course description should give users a quick understanding of what your course will cover. Feel free to come back and polish it once you've produced your lessons and are ready to publish. Need help with your course topic? Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them with our teacher community in the BuildUp Teacher Centre.