When you decide to create your very first course online, you will want to start with an outline before hand. This is something most forget about doing at the very start.
Outlines are for you and for your audience. The outline will help you avoid missing any part of what you need to teach in order to reach the objectives of your training, it also helps attract your audience to your course.
It will give them a quick sneak peek into what they'll learn and encourage them to hurry and sign up for your training.
This is what you need to include in your outline:
1. Why You Qualify to Teach this Course
Everyone wants to know why you are the right person or expert to teach the course. What gives you the qualifications to teach the course you're going to describe? Who you are, what your credentials are, and so forth should be listed.
2. Describe The Course (Training)
Explain to the audience what the course is about in detail, but don't describe so much that they no longer need to take the course
3. Got To Have Some Goals
Have you defined the goals of the course yet? For example, will the student know how to make a website or web page using a particular platform when the course is over?
4. Learning Objectives and Outcome
Once the students are done with the course, what will they know and how can they use it? Will they have something that's workable and in their possession when they're done with the training? Perhaps, when their done with the training they'll have a website up and running with all the sites legal pages included that they can use.
5. List of The Covered Topics in Each Module
You want to state exactly how many modules or sections there will be, along with a title and description of what is covered in each module.
6. What Formats Will This Couse Be In
State what formats the information will include, for example if you'll have audio, podcasts, video. And other types of material like, .txt, .doc, .docx, PDF or will this be an Ebook? This will also alert the student about the requirements of their own systems.
7. Procedures for Accomplishing Objectives
Explain what you'll do to ensure that the students accomplish the objectives. For example, a reminder will go out to all students each week checking how they have progressed.
8. Student Requirements
In cases where there are prerequisites for what students need to know, then let them know. Also, if they will need to complete work that is turned in and evaluated, express this requirement as well.
9. Assessments (If Any)
If your courses have tests and assessments to qualify for a certificate, and others will not. It would be good to mention this right up front.
10. Schedule of Activities
There could be many things to do in your training. A good thing to do is list the schedule of activities that are included in this course that the student will need to do, or if you the instructor will be demonstrating.
11. List of Extra Reading (If Any)
In the case where you have a book to go with the training. And if you've written a book that they need to purchase, or you're using a book someone else wrote, link to it so they can buy it.
12. Including Follow-Ups For Opportunities
Sometime you might have a student that had some problems during the training. A great thing to include in your course is a way for them to follow up with you in this case and possibly sign up for other courses you teach.
The outline for an online course is only slightly different than, if you were teaching a course in person.
In both cases you want to explain what's inside the course, what your audience will learn, and what to do after for more information or where to find more courses that you teach.
So as you can see the importance of creating course outlines, going forward before you create the training, it would be better to start with the outline first.
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