In this blog, we are going to share a step-by-step guide on how you can create an effective course outline for your online courses.
Is it fine to directly jump into recording after you have validated your online course idea?
Well, the answer to this question is a big No!
You can not just start recording after getting your idea validated. Because no matter how good you are at teaching a certain topic, you will have to create a roadmap (course outline) for your learners. You will have to design your online course in such a way that it would help your learners to achieve their end goals.
Even if you are teaching the most boring or complicated topic, your learners should be able to understand it while enjoying the learning process.
Are you in alignment with what we are saying? Aren’t you nodding your head?
Since we have worked closely with thousands of creators, we understand that it is not easy to create a life-changing digital course. From finding your niche to giving a structure to your course to finally launching it in the market, it is a long journey.
Hence, if you have figured out your niche and have validated your online course idea, we would like to appreciate you because you already have cleared the two levels of your course creation journey successfully.
Here is a huge round of applause for you! (Endless claps..)
But, if you are not able to create an effective course outline, don’t worry because we have it all sorted for you. As in this blog, we are going to share a step-by-step guide on how you can create an effective course outline for your online courses. Plus we are also going to tell you why it is important to create an effective course outline before jumping into the recording phase.
Let’s dive in!
Why you should create a course outline?
Creating a course outline is important because knowing the destination is the key to not getting distracted. Since you will have a roadmap (course outline) before actually working on your online course, the chances of getting swayed away are very less.
The moment you would feel lost, you can look at your course outline and stick with what you have planned. Consequently, you will end up creating a power-packed, well-structured online course for your learners. It will help them to consume the content in the best possible way.
Steps to create an effective course outline
1- Start with the end goals
While creating the course outline it is important to visualize the destination ie, the results that your learners will get. Believe it or not, this is the best way to create an effective course outline because once you are clear with the end results, you would be able to create a roadmap on how your learners can achieve that.
Here, the key is to sit at the destination and then look backward.
Have a clear picture of what your learners will be able to achieve after finishing your online course. For instance, if you teach Facebook ads, your learners should be able to create well-optimized Facebook ad campaigns for their clients after finishing the course.
2- Walk on the road to the destination
Once you are clear with the end goals, visualize how reached there. What were the steps you followed to reach there?
For instance, if you are a fitness instructor and teach people how they can stay fit and shed a few pounds. It is obvious that you will give the proper training to your clients regarding – lifestyle changes, diet, workout, and sustainable habits. You will also make sure that your clients stay motivated by giving them the required breaks as well.
So, when you are creating a 12-week course on it, you will be very clear about what your clients need to do to achieve their goals. Like in the first week, you will ask them to perform easy workouts, make some lifestyle changes and follow the diet chart that you have given to them. You will also chalk out the days on which they have to take a pause and rest.
Week by week the intensity of workouts will increase and they will also have to make some drastic changes in their lifestyle.
That’s exactly what you have to do in this step. Break down the journey of your learners week by week. Jot down all the topics and sub-topics on a sheet of paper. Don’t forget to include targets that they have to achieve every week. Include quizzes and puzzles to make their journey challenging. This will also help you to assess their performance.
Now, assemble all the pieces all together and give a structure to your online course.
3- Put it to test
Once you have given a structure to your course, put it to the test. Go through the course outline that you have created by yourself. Figure out if you have arranged it in the best possible way or not.
Ask questions like, will my learner be able to complete modules in the order in which I have arranged them or will they find it difficult? Get into the shoes of your learners and try to think like them.
If the answer is yes, you can get into the final creation phase. But, if the answer is no then re-edit the course outline, fix it in the best possible way, and then test it again. Follow these steps till the time, you are satisfied with your course outline.
If you have someone maybe your mentor or senior who can guide you in this context, you should show them the course outline that you have created to get a second opinion.
Once you get the go-ahead from them and yourself, you can jump to the next step ie, The Creation Phase.
Before you start recording, you need to choose the best online course platform to host your online courses.
How to choose the best online course platform?
By now, you will be clear with the type of content that you want to add to your course. For example, if you want to:
- Create a rich multimedia course
- Conduct live classes and live tests
- Include quizzes and challenges in your course
- Launch your own branded course website and mobile app
- Market your online course all around the world
- Integrate multiple payment gateways
Then you will have to compare all the alternatives based on your requirements and budget. Do your research and choose the one that fulfills your needs and provides decent customer support.
Well, we would recommend you choose Graphy. As it not only provides the above-mentioned features but also assigns you a dedicated account manager, who would always be there to help you out.
Moreover, you will get all the tools that you need to scale your knowledge-commerce business.
To sum it up:
Now, you have a clear idea of how you can create a course outline for your online course. We are sure that if you religiously follow the steps that we have shared, you will be able to create an effective course outline.
So, what are you waiting for? Follow the path and launch your supercharged online courses on Graphy!