The primary purpose of a learning management software like Kajabi is to offer online courses for clients. Since switching to Kajabi, we’ve been really impressed with the way the platform allows you to create courses.
However, as with any new thing, there is bound to be a learning curve. To help you out, we put together this overall explanation of building courses in Kajabi. We also included some examples of courses that we’ve created within the platform for you to see.
After reading this, you’ll hopefully feel more comfortable with building a course in Kajabi. Hopefully, you can use what we’ve learned along the way to make your experience with Kajabi even better!
Kajabi Courses: How to build them
If your online business is planning on offering online courses, it follows that knowing how to build a course plays a key role in the success of your business. While there are many online platforms available for this purpose, we’ve recently switched over to Kajabi. After using several other learning management software, we feel confident saying that Kajabi really is one of the best out there.
A huge reason that we feel this way is because Kajabi makes it so easy to build a course on their platform. The whole system is incredibly user-friendly, and that translates into creating online courses, too.
From the perspective of the client, the home page of the course will show you a few different things. Across the top, there will be a banner with the graphic of the course. You’ll be able to see the different sections of the course and information about the instructor.
Within each section, users can watch videos, view the available downloads, leave comments (if the instructor has enabled them), and read the description of that section. We’ve found that comments haven’t been utilized much by our clients, but it’s definitely a nice feature to have available.
When you flip to the other side – the course creator side – it’s pretty easy to navigate, which we love. You have options to edit details, customize, view offers and members, and more. There’s also a preview function, which is a convenient way to make sure everything is showing up the way you’d like it to show up.
One of the nicest things about Kajabi courses is that they make adding content so simple. You can go section by section, adding content in the form of subcategories or posts. When you choose a section to edit, you can edit the title of the section, select the category, and add media and descriptions. Kajabi allows users to upload videos up to 4GB. It definitely takes a while to upload a video to Kajabi (this might be one of our only complaints), but they provide users with a bulk upload feature. We use this to upload weeks of video content at a time.
You’ll also find the option to select a thumbnail image here. Some of our courses have a graphic as the thumbnail, while we’ve chosen to let the thumbnail image just pull from the video for others.
This is also the section where you determine whether or not you would like to turn comments on. Kajabi courses allow 3 different options: comments on, comments hidden, or comments locked. You can choose whatever works best for your business. So far, we’ve found Facebook groups to be a better landing space for comments. However, it’s always nice to have the option.
When it comes to adding downloads, Kajabi courses have made it really simple. All you have to do is click add file, and Kajabi allows you to pull in a file from your computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or an external link.
Finally, Kajabi also lets its users create automation. You’ll find this here, as well. Essentially, Kajabi courses provide users with the ability to create an automatic response for certain actions taken. For example, the automation section would allow for a client to automatically receive a pre-planned email after completing a certain section of the course.
Kajabi Course Example 1: Volunteer Pipeline
The Volunteer Pipeline course was one of our earlier Kajabi courses. It has 9 lessons within it, and it was one of the first courses that we really developed. Essentially, we worked hard on incorporating different features, like videos, downloads, and effective descriptions.
In comparison to some of our other courses, you can tell we weren’t as familiar with the platform. We used the same graphic for the banner, thumbnails, and course graphic. As time went on, we started to differentiate that more.
Within this course, you can really see how convenient Kajabi courses’ video containers are. Your clients are able to easily move from one video to the next without much effort at all. That’s an excellent feature of Kajabi courses that we’ve really loved.
Kajabi Course Example 2: Frequency
Our Frequency course on Kajabi felt very similar to the Volunteer Pipeline course we just discussed. Instead of lessons, this course was set up in phases. It doesn’t change the way we created the course, it just appears differently for clients.
Earlier, we mentioned that the Volunteer Pipeline course was one of the first courses that we really developed. You can see that when you compare it to this shorter course. Frequency didn’t have many downloads at all, actually. It’s primarily just videos. Because it was so simple, we didn’t have to do much with the descriptions. Everything stays uniform in appearance, but it’s a pretty scaled-back course. This just goes to show that Kajabi courses can really be whatever you need them to be.
Kajabi Course Example 3: New Digital Church Course
The New Digital Church Course that we offer is a bit more extensive than the Frequency course. For this one, we had quite a few downloads for clients, which you can see on the home page of the course.
With this course, we got a little more varied when it came to graphics and thumbnails. The banner of the course that clients see on the homepage differs from the course graphic.
You can tell that we were more familiar with Kajabi courses and their functionality when you look at the way this course was set up. Compared to some of the other courses we created earlier on, this one is definitely more complex and utilizes more aspects of the Kajabi courses.
Taking a look at Session 1, for example, you’ll see that we pre-recorded the video via webinar on Zoom. After doing that, we were able to divide up the video into appropriate sections, like a Q&A. Rather than having one long video for clients to watch, we separated them out.
Then, another convenient part of having the description section of the Kajabi courses is that it allowed us to write out the questions from the Q&A part of the video. That way, clients could tell if that video would be beneficial to them or not. Little features like this on Kajabi allow us to add value to our clients’ experience.
Kajabi Course Example 4: Volunteer Boost
Saving the best for last, our final Kajabi course example is our Volunteer Boost course. This course is, thus far, the best one that we’ve created within Kajabi. When you look at it, you can tell immediately that we’re more familiar with the platform and, therefore, able to do more with it.
The banner we used on the homepage for this course is consistent with the graphic for the course, and the sections are well-organized. A big difference in this course as compared to the other courses we’ve discussed is that we chose to let the video preview be the thumbnail image. You can see when you look at the homepage, that this allowed us to differentiate the videos and improve the overall visual appeal. For features in the course that didn’t have a video to pull a thumbnail from, we used the course graphic. Again, this helps with overall organization and allows clients to see the differences in content.
This course is a really great example of how superior Kajabi is when it comes to the overall looks.
As you’ve seen with the different Kajabi course examples here, the more familiar with the software you get, the more creative you can be. For example, we created challenges within some of our courses in order to give content for every single day. You can incorporate something like these challenges, or Q&As like you saw in the Volunteer Boost course. The possibilities really open up as you get used to the platform. It’s a learning process for us, too, but hopefully, these examples of Kajabi courses illuminate the way you can learn quickly and progress as you go.
If you’re interested in using Kajabi to develop some of your own courses, you can use our affiliate link to get signed up. We’ve also included some free coaching about Kajabi if you use that link, which ideally will take some of the trial and error time out of it for you. Ultimately, Kajabi courses are simple to create and have the ability to look really visually appealing and organized for your clients, once you get used to the platform.