5 Surprisingly Common Misconceptions About Teaching On Skillshare

Surprisingly enough, even Skillshare's most successful teachers had some hesitations about publishing their first classes. Fortunately, they had nothing to worry about, and neither do you! If you’ve doubted your ability to teach, we’re here to prove you wrong. Check out our top 5 misconceptions about teaching, and you’ll see just how easy teaching can be. Some of Skillshare's teachers talk about their own initial misconceptions about teaching. 

1. I have a full-time job already. I don't have any time to make a class!

Classes on Skillshare aren’t like the long lectures you snoozed through in school. Since Skillshare students learn every day and on-the-go, classes on Skillshare are bite-sized and only 10-25 minutes of content. We recently talked with one of our teachers Helen Bradley, who told us, “It takes me about 6-7 hours to make a single 20-40 minute course.” Because Helen’s classes are focused and bite-sized, she’s able to make a class every week on top of her 50-hour work week! Plus, since it’s easy to make a class on your computer at home (see misconception #3), you make your class on your own schedule.

2. I have nothing to teach! I’m not an expert at anything.

Whether you have an awesome recipe for your grandma’s key lime pie or just picked up a new trick in Excel, you know a skill worth sharing! You don’t have to be the world’s expert in a subject to be able to share a process you’re comfortable with or how to walk through a quick project you just made. To help you figure out what you can share, check out the ultimate guide for picking your Skillshare class topic.

3. I’ve never made a video before! I don’t have a camera and wouldn’t know where to begin.

We hear you! Fortunately, you don’t need to have a camera and can make an awesome class with equipment you already have. All you need is a computer and a microphone to screencast a video from your laptop–which is our number 1 recommended way to film your class. It’s so easy, we had teacher Jake Bartlett set up a screencast of his filming tips in this 2-minute video.

4. I'm not famous enough to teach — I barely get 10 likes on an Instagram post!

At Skillshare, our top teachers build their student followings from the ground up. You don’t need to be famous or have a large following off of Skillshare to develop a large, engaged audience. As long as you are willing to share your class with your friends and family, you’ll do just fine. Check out this simple infographic for tips on building your following on Skillshare.

5. There’s already a class on my topic. Why even bother?

If what you want to teach is already on Skillshare, that’s okay! Students want to learn YOUR unique process and approach to the subject, and will often take multiple classes in the same subject. Plus, if your subject is popular on Skillshare, you know that there are lots of students who are eager to learn more.

Now that you know you CAN teach, head to www.skillshare.com/teach to start your class.