Course Lab: Lessons from Successful Online Course Creators

As a young adult, Jonathan Levi discovered he had a knack for learning and entrepreneurship. And in combining those, he found success as an online teacher. From Udemy to YouTube, Jonathan shares his experience engaging students in the learning journey.

Show Notes

Jonathan Levi is a serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, and founder of SuperHuman Enterprises. Jonathan’s media products have been enjoyed by over 350,000 people in 205 countries and territories.  

In this episode, Danny and Abe talk with Jonathan about his journey through many platforms of teaching, covering in particular: 

  • The evolution of courses and online platforms over the past decade
  • Implementing interactive learning into an online course
  • Andragogy: the science of adult learning
  • The importance of “why” as the foundation of the learning process
  • YouTube as a way to demonstrate expertise and acquire students 

“The adult brain learns differently than the child's brain. And one of the most important, if not the most important thing… is that adults need to know why [they’re learning].”

– Jonathan Levi

Jonathan Levi is a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, and keynote speaker born and raised in Silicon Valley. At the age of 16, he started an e-commerce company that would go on to become one of Inc.’s 5,000 fastest growing companies in America before being sold in 2011.

Starting in 2014, Jonathan has been one of the top-performing instructors on online learning platform Udemy. He then snowballed this success into the launch of his rapidly growing information products company, SuperHuman Enterprises. The company produces such products as the award-winning SuperHuman Academy Podcast; the bestselling "Become a SuperLearner®” print, digital, and audio books; and numerous other online courses through its portals, SuperHuman Academy® and Branding You™ Academy. SuperHuman now counts more than 350,000 people as customers in nearly every country around the world.

In 2022, Jonathan sold his personal development brands and portfolio to online education company Mirasee, with the intent of focusing more on Bitcoin and 3D-printing-related content. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Business from INSEAD. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, with his wife, Limmor, and his son, Ari.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
SuperHuman Academy

Hosts: Danny Iny and Abe Crystal
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Assembled by: Geoff Govertsen
Audio Post Supervisors: Evan Miles and Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits: 

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Artist Name: Marie
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough

Track Title: Grace
Artist Name: Shimmer
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Carousel Lights
Artist Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

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Artist Name: Dresden, The Flamingo
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Episode transcript: Learn to Teach (Jonathan Levi) coming soon


Creators & Guests

Abe Crystal
Danny Iny
Cynthia Lamb
Jonathan Levi

What is Course Lab: Lessons from Successful Online Course Creators?

Want to create a hugely successful online course, one that has a major impact on the lives of your students? If you want to learn how to create online courses from the best, you turn to Mirasee; and if you want to host that course, you can’t go wrong using the powerful platform, Ruzuku.

Ruzuku co-founder Abe Crystal and Mirasee founder and CEO Danny Iny know what it takes to stand out and be successful in the online courses industry. And now they’re teaming up to share this intel with you in their new Course Lab podcast.

In every episode, Course Lab showcases an entrepreneur/course creator who is nailing it with their online course -- and not because they’re teaching people how to make more money. In fact, most of these creators occupy unusual or overlooked niches, like music, writing for video games, overcoming inherent bias, and finding your life purpose.

Turns out, the key to their success all comes down to their online course design. In this podcast, Danny and Abe reveal the most important design tactics that are making all the difference for these online course creators -- and how you can implement them in your own online course. So if you want to create a successful online course that changes the lives of your students, this is your big chance to learn how it’s done from the best in the industry!