August 1

How to Research Online Course Topics

How to research online course topics? Are you thinking about creating an online course to offer your audience? The first and most crucial step is to decide on a topic.

The topic choice determines all the other decisions you’ll make as you plan your course, and it’s the single biggest factor determining whether you’ll see high enrollment.

The internet offers various places to get ideas for your topic. Of course, a simple Google search and social media can help you find an excellent topic idea.

But here are three great places for topic ideas you might not have considered.

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How to Research Online Course Topics

Online Course Topics | How to Research Online Course Topics

1. Feedly

Closeup photo of Feedly icon on mobile phone screen | Feedly

Feedly is a news aggregator application that brings you blogs and articles. It takes the work out of searching for you by bringing stories you’re interested in into your feed.

What sets Feedly apart is its ease of use; it brings you headlines that you can scan to see what’s new.

You choose sources by clicking on an “add” icon and then mark the sources by priority. You can create categories and organize your feed to make it as efficient as possible.

You’ll see blog posts and news in your niche by checking your feed. Feedly is available for various web browsers and mobile devices using iOS and Android.

2. Quora Q&A Platform

Quora company logo on a website, seen on a computer screen through a magnifying glass | Quora

A great way to get topic ideas is to consider questions your target audience asks. What are the things they always want to know from you?

Social media is useful for seeing conversations and seeing what people are asking. But Q&A sites like Quora are even better.

You can search for questions that users are asking directly. Then, find a good question and base a course on answering it.

You can also get an idea of how popular topics are. You can see which questions are asked most often on Quora.

These high-demand questions are good issues to tackle in your course. You can then read answers to get ideas on the kind of advice that’s given.

3. Reddit


Reddit is a very active online community and message board with conversations on every niche under the sun. Users create “subreddits” for specific topics and questions.

Like Quora, it provides a place where people can ask questions and other users can answer. You can search Reddit to find questions for topic ideas.

When you’re looking at these sources for ideas, here are a few things to consider:

  • Look for pressing problems that your target market is facing. Then, your course should aim to offer one unique way to solve the problem.
  • Try to consider length. Your online course should be about five to seven modules. Is this a question you can answer at that length?
  • Choose a topic that’s timely but also evergreen. If you teach something evergreen, you can run the course multiple times.
  • Try to choose a topic you know about through experience if possible (but remember that you can fill in gaps by researching or hiring a writer).

Make a big list of ideas and save the ones you don’t use this time for future courses.

To Your Success!

Coach Cheryl Thacker



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