If you have a lot of information to share on a given topic, you might have considered making an online course.
It’s a simple and fun way to share your knowledge with your target audience all over the world and can be a great source of extra income.
But long, detailed courses can take a large amount of effort to create, and this can be daunting if you have lots of ideas.
Follow this tutorial to see how I used ChatGPT and Pictory to create high-quality video content without any unnecessary stress.
If you’re looking for a more general overview of this software, read Pictory and ChatGPT – The Best AI Combination for Your Content Creation.
AI-Powered Content Creation
Using AI tools for creating content is a no-brainer:
Easier than learning how to use complicated editing software
Quicker than creating work from scratch, meaning you can post more content
More cost-effective than hiring external designers and videographers etc.
ChatGPT uses Natural Language Processing to create natural-sounding conversations in seconds and can respond to any prompt with ease.
Pictory is an online video editor that empowers you with all the tools you’ll ever need to create even more engaging videos for your online course in minutes.
Write Your Online Course Material With ChatGPT
Creating an exciting and informative video script is essential to a successful course, and ChatGPT can help every step of the way.
Whilst it speeds to process to have a plan for the course you want to create, it isn’t essential.
ChatGPT can create a lesson plan for you from just an idea, and it makes the process fun too!
Finding the Title
There’s no need to panic if you only know the subject area you want to focus on for your course.
In seconds ChatGPT can create as many titles as desired for you to pick your favorites from.
I knew I wanted my course to focus on content creation, but that was as far as I’d gotten in planning.
So, I asked ChatGPT to come up with 10 titles for online courses in the world of online content creation, and these were some of the responses:
YouTube Video Production for Content Creators: This course focuses on the ins and outs of creating professional-quality videos for YouTube, covering scriptwriting, filming, editing, and optimizing videos for better visibility and engagement.
Podcasting 101: Creating, Launching & Growing Your Podcast: Targeted towards aspiring podcasters, this course provides step-by-step guidance on developing podcast ideas, recording, editing, and promoting podcasts effectively.
Monetizing Your Content: Turning Creativity into Profit: This course guides content creators through various monetization strategies, including affiliate marketing, sponsored content, and creating digital products to generate income from their creative endeavors.
What I love about these ideas is not only do you get a title, but it discusses the topics to be covered in the course, giving you a head start at outlining your lesson plans.
I liked the top one the best, but if I wanted to get more niche with my course, I could then ask ChatGPT for 10 titles for online courses in the world of Youtube Video Production.
These steps can be repeated until you find something that resonates with you.
I could also ask for the title to be rewritten to give myself options to choose from.
There was also advice at the bottom of my response, which advised me to consider interactive elements such as assignments to the online course, as well as just the script, which is something I will touch on later.
Creating a Lesson Plan
Once I have my course title, I can start thinking of the individual lessons I’m going to create within my course.
How long or short you want your course to be is entirely up to you, and the beauty of this software is you can create as many lessons as you like in seconds and pick the ones that make the most sense for your vision.
I asked ChatGPT for 10 lesson ideas for my course title.
Also included was the brief for the online course as given to me, to help ChatGPT focus its responses.
Here are some of the ideas it generated:
- 1: Understanding Your YouTube Audience Objective: Students will learn how to identify their target audience, conduct audience research, and understand the preferences and interests of their viewers to create content that resonates.
- 2: Effective Scriptwriting for YouTube Videos Objective: This lesson will cover the art of crafting compelling scripts for YouTube videos and structuring content for maximum impact.
- 3: Essential Video Equipment and Setup Objective: Students will explore the necessary video equipment and learn how to set up their recording environment effectively on a budget.
Again, I find it incredibly useful that along with the lesson titles, it delivers an objective for the students, giving more detail and focus.
It’s of course possible at this stage to take the lesson plans you like and write them yourself, thinking about your brand identity and the length you want each section to be.
But ChatGPT can help to break this down even further.
Outlining and Writing
As ChatGPT has a prompt limit of 1000 characters, it’s easiest to go through your course lesson by lesson, which will also generate more comprehensive responses.
I asked for a lesson plan for Lesson 2 as written above, along with the objective to help generate a clearer response.
The response was a ten-point outline like below:
Introduction to Scriptwriting for YouTube
Understanding the importance of well-written scripts in creating engaging YouTube videos.
Explaining the impact of effective scripting on audience retention and video performance.
Identifying Your Video’s Purpose and Target Audience
Defining the purpose of the video (entertainment, education, inspiration, etc.).
Identifying and analyzing the target audience to tailor the script accordingly.
Again, depending on how long or short you wanted your course to be, you could very easily make each of these lesson points its own piece of content.
Being given a detailed outline makes it easy to write the script yourself, or you can use the software for this.
For example, when I asked for a 3-minute lesson on Identifying Your Video’s Purpose and Target Audience, ChatGPT had no problem delivering a concise and comprehensive video script, including slide concerns and visuals.
These scripts can be easily copied to your clipboard and transferred into any document to save for your content creation.
As mentioned above, an online course benefits from interactive elements for the students.
Assignments and practical tasks help users engage with the material in a new way and increase satisfaction with the course as a whole.
Chat GPT can easily generate a plethora of assignment ideas for any of your lessons and will even translate this assignment objective into a brief that’s easy to transfer directly into your lesson.
These steps can be repeated as many times as necessary until you have a fully realized online course of video scripts ready to be turned into engaging video content.
But it is also important to remember to edit and fact-check all the responses yourself to catch any errors.
This process will also enable you to personalize the text to further align with your vision.
Create Your Online Course With Pictory
When your script is finished and you’ve decided how many videos you want your course to have, you’re ready to start making video content.
Pictory’s AI video editing software allows you to create videos without any technical skills in just a few clicks.
Start by signing in to your Pictory account, available with a free trial, and select the Script to Video Feature in the menu.
Script to Video in Minutes
Upload as much or as little text into the Script Editor as you like, bearing in mind you want to start a new project for each video you want to create.
You can highlight any keywords in your text, or let our AI analyze the text and find the keywords for you.
Before proceeding to the editor, you can also choose your captions template and aspect ratio for the final video.
Then proceed and watch as your script is transformed in minutes!
For a full guide on how to use this feature, check out Script to Video In Minutes With Pictory!
One of the most impressive features of Pictory is adding automatic visuals to your project.
Our AI software scans your text and, using the keywords, searches our database of millions of stock visuals, applying them instantly.
You can change these at any point in the editor and even upload your own visuals for a more personalized experience.
Captions are also automatically applied to every scene in your video, which can be edited through the storyboard.
There are two ways to add voiceover to your online course; using our AI software or live audio recorded in person.
AI voiceovers will read every caption and can be applied in either male or female voices in a variety of accents.
You can upload your own voiceovers, or record directly into each scene, which will allow you to make an even more personal video and go off script where necessary.
Video Editing Toolkit
Pictory’s wide range of tools enables you to add as many details to your project as you like, customizing your online course to your needs.
As well as visuals and voice-over, you can add music to your project as well as stickers, GIFs, and scene transitions.
It is also quick and simple to add your own logos and branding to intros and outros as well as every scene, to ensure students know who made their course.
Once you’re satisfied with your work, publishing content is just as simple.
You can download work straight to your device, or upload through our Hootsuite integration if you wanted to create social media posts.
Publishing one or two clips to social media can be a great way to draw your audience to your online course.
And then you’re ready to start the process all over again with your next lesson plan!
ChatGPT and Pictory are two pieces of AI software you need in your course creation toolkit.
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