Do you have something you really want to share with the world? Perhaps you want to grow your business by teaching a skill that can help people achieve something you know a lot about. Whatever it might be, you have probably considered creating an elearning course at some point. The problem you keep running into is that you still haven’t started yet….why?
Online courses can be very lucrative. Once you have put the product together, you can sell it time and time again through enrollments and actually create a business doing something you love. The challenge comes when you begin to think about everything you need to get done to actually make your course worthwhile for the students enrolling. There is a lot to consider after all. You not only need to have the slides or video content for the lectures, you also need worksheets, workbooks, a platform to host your content and then there are all the marketing resources you need to actually bring awareness to your course.
Everyone has something to share, we are all unique. This means we should all be able to create an online course to become true producers in the information age. If you ever felt intimidated by the idea of creating an elearning course, this post is for you. We are going to be uncovering what it takes to create a course in a single weekend. Step by step.
Choose an Ecourse Topic
Before you get started, you will need to decide on a topic for your ecourse. This is important as it helps you define who benefit most from your course as well as what the learning outcomes will be.
There are a few factors to consider when deciding on what you will be teaching in your course. If you want your ecourse to sell well, you will need to also make sure your course is marketable. There are three questions you ask yourself to reach a conclusion on whether your course will sell. These are:
Is there a demand for this information? Are people actively talking about it and looking for detailed answers?
What is currently not available through a simple Google search.
How are similar courses performing? What are they missing in terms of content that you could fill the gap with.
Establish Learning Outcomes
Now that you have a topic in mind, you will need to set the learning outcomes for your course. This will help your students understand exactly what they will be learning throughout the course and is essentially how they will go from A to B.
This will also help you market your course by understanding the problem faced by your potential students and offering your course as solution. Clearly defined learning outcomes will make it much easier for them to see your course as solution as they will know exactly what is involved.
Grab a pen and paper and write out the answers to the following questions.
What new skills will your students be able to demonstrate at the end of your course.
What new knowledge would they be able to convey if asked questions about the course topics?
What problems would they have overcome following your course.
Remember to double check how in demand these learning outcomes are. You will ideally see the information you present in your course as knowledge gold.
Begin Compiling Course Content
The earlier steps should take you no more than an hour or two. The bulk of your work when building your course is going come from this step. Keep in mind this is where a lot of people procrastinate, give up, have doubts or just plain change their mind because it can bring up a lot of uncertain feelings. You want to be the one out of many that actually has the willpower to get through this and create your course. Keep in mind, you want to have this done over the weekend so there is really no time to delay or listen to those thoughts steering you the other way.
This is where you might need some help. To make it easy to get through this step, DaringTwo created customisable ecourse templates. For those who want to create a course in just a weekend, having a template is essential since it will save your countless hours, money and procrastination to actually make a finished product.
Once you have picked out a template, you can get started filling out the slides with your course content. Keep your learning outcomes in mind and begin breaking your courses down into modules, each one relating to a particular learning outcome.