So, you want to take your classes and the courses that you offer to the internet. You've gone through a bunch of other resources such as websites, listened to various podcasts, and seen a bunch of videos. But you still seem confused and conflicted at the same time, because it all seems very fuzzy.
Online course creation is an absolute part of online learning and development, and is the effort and time that goes into its creation, it does make making mistakes expensive. There were days where you could make promises about the quality of your product and the likeliness of it succeeding. And there is no better way to prove your quality and expertise than by creating an online course. Of course, when it comes to teaching, it does say a lot about the knowledge you have regarding the courses and topics you express your insights on. And if you want to spread that knowledge in the best possible way, it is only ideal that you turn your talent into the best possible business. In short, we're here to help you with that.
To become one of the fastest growing businesses on the global market, it is important to create a big impact on young minds as they make their way to your website.
What you will find in this article are 6 important stages for you to create your online course.
The topic that you choose should be something you enjoy sharing. It is an obvious fact that if it's not something you're passionate about, your training would not be as engaging as you would want it to be. It shouldn't feel like you have to teach at a university-level profession, but what your main focus should be is on your skill, talent, and expertise. You should be able to convey your thoughts in the most engaging way. If you love your topic, and you're good at it, and feel confident enough to teach it on a global scale, then that's the topic you really should be teaching.
You may enjoy teaching a course you've picked to the millions of students that you assume await your content, but would it make sense for you to put in that time and effort into a course that isn't getting the publicity it requires?
What is required after narrowing down the course of your choice is to conduct market research tests to see if the topic you've chosen is in demand or no. Many course creators fall into the trap of assuming that their course idea won't make the top, but this shows a possibility for that course idea to grow in the midst of a strong market, which deserves more investigating. While diving into the course's market, here are a few things you should consider:
Are people talking about it?
Are people asking questions about it?
Is there a gap in what the competition is offering?
If the answer to the above question is a resounding yes, then there you have a course idea that is capable of becoming a best-seller.
What you put up on the internet in the form of learning modules, topics, or discussions calls for an ample amount of feedback regarding the published courses. Feedback comes in many forms, and in this case, we pick the learning outcome of your courses and the effect they could have on your business's reputation.
It is important that your potential learners understand what they're signing up for, so it shouldn't only be understanding the courses and facilities you offer. It should also be clearly conveyed to your students. Make sure that they know how the course is going to help them. Learning outcomes clearly state what the learner will be able to do, know and feel by the end of your course. What skills will they be able to demonstrate? What new knowledge would they have acquired? And would the course give them a new perspective on a topic previously touched?
It also enlists the right students your course wishes to invite. This means that higher completion and satisfaction rates and lower refund requests will shape the future of your business.
It all looks like a flowery path with no thorns when you've finalized the course you wish to publish. But, as a teacher, you would know what every course entails, and what each of their specific requirements are. So, while you're trying to figure out the above points, do take into consideration the topics you would be covering. Due to the presence of enormous amount of information in the form of books and research papers, it is in this stage that your marketing research and learning objectives come to serve you again. Your marketing research would allow you to list content that is relevant for increasing your reach, and your learning objective would help you sort through the piles of content, ensuring that content carefully selected has a learning objective aligned towards it.
This is the stage where you group together similar themes, tips and ideas into modules, and then order lectures within those modules into a logical manner so that they form a sequence of lessons that move in an orderly manner.
Since you've listed out your content and its material, you need to be aware of the types of delivery methods that are compatible with your business. Content doesn't have to only be in PPT or PDF format. You need to ensure that your content is as engaging as what it contains, therefore, providing the same in written, visual and audio format is what will help in further drilling the idea of engagement into your business.
There's an entire article I've written that lists out the requirements and costs for each component in the mystery that is online course creation. Do visit the link by clicking here.