If you’re an instructor, there’s a good chance you’re exploring options for hosting zoom online classes or other live streaming options due to the need for social distancing during the CO-VID 19 pandemic. Luckily WordPress provides many options for creating a secure and reliable platform to stream classes so that you can continue to host classes in real time.Looking to host your classes online during the CO-VID 19 pandemic? Learn how to use live streaming and WordPress for e-learning in this post. Click To Tweet
The benefits of streaming content from your WordPress hosted site is that you can also create a content library or create a membership model to access content. Streaming live classes is also a great way to add value to your LearnDash courses.
Below are a few tips for transitioning your classes online and building a digital platform that can sustain your business in the long run.
Whether you are using your phone or computer, the most important thing is to create high quality content for your students so they feel that they are getting the same experience as they would in an in-person class. Consider your location, lighting and sound before streaming. You may also want to run a test before going live with your students. Make sure you are well lit and use a microphone if needed to improve the sound quality.
Integrating Zoom Online Classes with WordPress
If you already have a WordPress website, then you can easily integrate live streaming platforms into your website like Zoom. Zoom is a virtual conferencing platform that offers a free version as well as a paid subscription. The free version limits the length of sessions to 40 minutes. The upgraded version includes unlimited video conferencing, live streaming, admin controls, reporting features and more. Zoom online classes allow for you to see your students so you can provide real-time feedback.
Elearning Evolve offers an integration for WordPress and LearnDash that allows you to stream your Zoom broadcasts live on your website. The integration also allows you to add a countdown timer, meeting passwords.
Managing your classes and payments can also be done via Zoom. Zoom Video allows you to conduct large events online with video, audio and screen sharing for up to 100 attendees. The webinar feature also allows you to require attendees to register with their email account.
There are a few other webinar platforms that integrate with WordPress such as Webinar Jam, Go to Webinar and Skype but we’ve found that Zoom is the industry standard for streaming a live class or workshop while being able to see your attendees.
Supplementing Your Course with Live Streaming
If you have been considering creating a course for your students, live streaming is a great way to supplement your course with live content that promotes engagement.
By creating a course online you can build a passive stream of income and additional products for your clients. Ideas for courses include fitness instructors that want to create an online bootcamp or nutrition program. Many yoga studios are now beginning to offer online teacher training. If you’re a tutor or instructor, you can create a course based on your knowledge and expertise.
LearnDash and LifterLMS are the two WordPress supported Learning Management Systems we recommend for creating your first course. Evolve Learning’s free plug-in aso allows you to integrate Zoom into your course by providing a short code that can be used on your LearnDash course page.
Integrating Zoom Online Classes and Live Streaming With Your Membership Community
If you are streaming live classes, this is a great opportunity to build content for a membership community. Not only do you get to interact with your members but you can save and deliver the content as course modules or supplementary information.
By using membership platforms such as Memberpress or Restriction Content Pro, you can create a subscription-based platform for your LearnDash course and live streaming content. ZOOM also allows you to save recordings, which can be repurposed for your members to access as a content library.
Memberpress is a plugin that allows you to limit access to content while delivering courses, offering assessments, testing students and awarding certificates to students in one place. It also integrates with payments processors, email responders and drip feed content. Restrict Content Pro also offers a membership platform with student management features and integration with Woocommerce.
Setting up a private Facebook group is another way to interact with your members, build community and live stream classes. You can even get creative and use your Facebook group as a way to create challenges, share resources and inspire your tribe.
Are you looking for support to take your offline offerings online? If so, reach out to our team of Ninjas today.