Mighty Networks is one of the best platforms for building an online community, and you can also use it to create online courses.
Still, does the course builder have all the necessary features? How easy is it to create a course on Mighty Networks? And how exactly do you create an online course on Mighty Networks?
To answer these questions, we’ve created an in-depth Mighty Networks Courses guide. We’ll cover all you need to know about creating and launching a course on the platform, including available features and step-by-step instructions.
What Is Mighty Networks Courses?
Mighty Networks Courses is the platform’s tool for creating and hosting online courses inside your community. You can use it to build structured online courses with sections and lessons, as well as add multiple types of content, including videos, text, PDFs, and embeds.
Since the platform takes a community-first approach, meaning that its main emphasis is on creating an online community, your course will live inside your community.
Only members of the community can join a course, which makes the experience different from traditional online course platforms. This makes Mighty Networks a perfect solution for creating cohort courses, which require live components, e.g., group management tools, live sessions, and a thriving community.
The platform is also an excellent fit for creators who want to build a community-based membership site or add courses to engage their community members.
As far as pricing is concerned, the course builder isn’t available on the entry-level Community plan but only on the Business plan ($119/month) and above.
With this overview in mind, let’s explore all the course creation tools available on the platform.
A Closer Look at Mighty Networks Courses
In this section, we’ll go into the details of what Mighty Networks Courses can do for you and help you figure out whether it will meet your needs.
Let’s start with the course builder. Mighty Networks’ course builder is straightforward to use. You can easily create lessons and sections to add and organize your course material.
The builder supports drag-and-drop functionality, so you can easily move lessons or entire sections and reorder them.
Now, adding content to the lessons is simple with Mighty Networks’ HTML lesson editor. The lesson editor allows you to add text content, videos, audio, downloadable files, and even external embeds. It also gives you the flexibility to add as many content types in the same lesson as you want.
On the downside, the course builder doesn’t have a bulk upload functionality, so you’ll need to upload each lesson individually.
Another significant drawback of the Mighty Networks course builder is that it doesn’t support quizzes, assignments, or certificates, which are important online learning tools.
Meanwhile, there are a few powerful tools for content delivery:
- You can drip content instead of releasing all of it at once.
- You can schedule your lessons and release them on specific dates.
- You can require students to go through the lessons in a linear fashion.
- You can require students to actually watch the video to mark it complete.
One of the platform’s highlights is that you can add different community features to your courses. For instance, you can add a discussion feed, a live events section, or a group chat (we’ll show you how to do it later).
We like the course player because it’s well-designed, with the navigation on the left and the content area on the right. Below the content area, there’s a comments area and an option to mark a lesson complete.
The only issue we’ve found is that when students click on a lesson, it first opens in a slide-out window, requiring an extra click to open the full course player.
Your members can also use the Mighty Networks apps to watch courses and interact with the community. The player is optimized for mobile devices, and the overall experience is good.
Finally, Mighty Networks offers an analytics feature for tracking your course performance and students’ progress. It lets you see the list of course members and their member activity, such as when they last interacted with your course, as well as your top-performing lessons and average completion rates.
Overall, Mighty Networks has a decent course builder that differs from traditional course builders in the sense that it’s not meant to create assessment-based courses. Instead, it supports an active and collaborative learning environment that combines course content with discussions and virtual events.
Steps to Create an Online Course in Mighty Networks
Now, let’s create a Mighty Course together.
First, we need to find a place to add our course, meaning we need to create a new space.
In the bottom left part of the screen, click Create a Space, and this will show you the option to choose a pre-built template or start from scratch.
Based on the type of course you want to create, you can choose the following templates:
- A Cohort Course: Community-based learning environment
- A Content Course: Members go through your course at their own pace
These templates have course-specific features enabled by default, which makes the course creation process simple and straightforward.
For this guide, we’ll choose the Cohort Course template because it has several elements: Table of Contents, Feed, and Members.
Once you select the template, you can add additional features, including choosing a course title and tagline, assigning it to a Collection, and setting its privacy.
On the next screen, you’ll see the option to set up your payment method and charge for access, invite members, or view the Space.
We’ll come back to the first two options later, but for now, we want to customize our course in the Space we’ve created.
At the top center of the Space, you’ll see the default template elements:
- Course Community: A feed where you and your students can add discussion posts, questions, and polls
- Course Materials: The curriculum page where you’ll add course material and your students can access them
- Discovery: A page where you can add and highlight the most important content, including popular posts, live-stream recordings, and more
- Members: A list of all members that have joined your course
Before we start adding content to our course, we must mention that all Spaces in Mighty Networks are created equal, and you can enable/disable features based on your preferences.
For example, you can enable events and group chat sections in your course space and disable the Discovery page. To do that, click the gear icon next to the space name and then, go to Features, and turn on/off the features.
If you’d like to learn more about setting up a community, you should check our Mighty Networks tutorial.
To start adding content to your course, click on Course Materials, and you’ll enter the curriculum builder, also known as Table of Contents in Mighty Networks. This page consists of three elements: an overview, lessons, and sections.
In the overview section, you can add an introduction to the course. Lessons are where you add your content while sections let you group your lessons logically.
Start by creating a new section and adding a name to it, and then you can move on to creating lessons by clicking Add Lesson.
Now, hover over the lesson name and click the Edit Lesson icon. This will open the lesson editor, where you can add text-based content, upload videos, images, downloadable files, and much more.
Below the content area, you’ll see Lessons Settings. From here, you can control how you want to release your content.
Click Manage Lesson Settings to open the settings page.
First, you’ll see Unlock Options:
- None: All lessons are available to all students
- Sequential: A student must complete a lesson before moving to the next one (a handy feature for creating a linear learning path)
- Timed: Release the lesson a specific number of days after enrollment (useful for dripping your content)
- Scheduled: All students can access a lesson on a specific date (useful for cohort courses)
Additionally, you can choose what a student should do to complete a lesson, e.g., click a button, visit it, or watch a video.
This is how you create a lesson. You can continue building your course by following the same steps to add more lessons and content.
Now, let’s discuss how you can monetize your course in Mighty Networks. To do that, go to your course, and click on the gear icon next to its name. This will open Space Settings and then go to Payments → Space Plans → Create Plan.
Here, you should select the spaces you want to include in your pricing plan. For example, you can sell your course only or bundle it with your community to create a paid membership.
In terms of pricing options, Mighty Networks allows you to make your course free, set a one-time fee, or charge a monthly or yearly subscription.
It’s also possible to select the platform on which users can purchase a plan, including web, Android devices, and iOS devices.
That’s it. Your course is now ready, and you can start inviting people to it.
We’ve come to the end of our Mighty Networks courses guide. We gave you an overview of the platform’s course builder and also showed the steps to create a course there.
Mighty Networks is a great way to start building your community and complement it with an online course. This combination is ideal for cohort courses and membership communities.
If you haven’t signed up for Mighty Networks yet, start a free trial to use the Courses feature.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Are you using Mighty Networks? What type of course do you want to deliver through the platform? Leave a comment and let us know.