4 Outstanding Online Course Outline Tips for Your eCoaches Course
With your online course brainstorming basics in place, whether scribbled into your entrepreneurial notebook, or listed in detail, it is time to develop an outline. Your online course outline will serve as your guide to the various stages of development yet to come. The best way to really conceptualize your online course outline is to think of it as academic in nature, but with more zeal and excitement. You want to ensure that you cover all the key attributes that bolster the foundation you crafted during your brainstorming session.
If you took a few notes from the eCoaches online course blogs, you should already have fantastic working idea surrounding your online course’s subject, aim, and target audience. These little brainstorming tidbits will assist you in developing an engaging online course outline that inspires students to click your course, as well as motivate you to craft more exceptional online courses with eCoaches.
You may even have a few misconceptions, such as the degree of difficulty involved with developing a course. However, utilizing a few formulated outstanding online course outline tips, you will find the process not only easy, but also enjoyably satisfying. In fact, putting into motion simple outlines covering key course attributes, course organization, initial notes, and length structure of your lectures is all you need in these first easy stages.
Get your online course outline ready for production with these following tips.
1. Finding your online course’s key attributes is simply invaluable.
Now that you have an aim in mind for your online course, it is essential to continue building upon it. This allows you to expand your essential course material into a more clickable product sure to educate your audience. The wealth of places on the web you can turn to for a bit of inspiration on developing your online course’s key attributes is endless.
For example, Yale University, one of education’s finest institutions offers open courses dubbed “Open Yale courses.” These courses involve online lectures covering real course material. You may find a few of these courses interesting, however, you should take note of each course, and course lecture’s key attribute structure. The courses have brief overviews with each course divided into lectures, and each lecture divided into lecture chapters.
Now, Yale’s version doesn’t necessarily need to be the basis for your online course outline, but you sure can learn from it. Ponder your course aim and jot down a few lecture aspects corresponding to a single lecture in your course. After you have a few lectures, write down a few lecture chapters or sections that you can easily draw upon to further develop your course outline.
Remember, your course and course lectures don’t need to be perfect, or even set in stone. They can simply be good enough to get you moving toward a basic beginning, which means recording your first online course and testing out your first video for any technical issues. With eCoaches, you can easily employ a few of your newfound course and lecture techniques via a live session with real students. This may allow you to obtain invaluable feedback for future eCoaches online courses, whether live or downloadable.
2. Write out your online course outline first.
After jotting down a few notes regarding your online course’s basic structure, you will need to develop it further. Maybe you are an avid note taker with a hawk’s eye for detail, and your notes are already in a concise format. However, if things are still a bit scattered, take a few minutes, or a few hours, and write or type out a course rough draft. Remember, no detail, thought, or even the slightest vision should be crossed out or tossed into your recycle bin.
The best part about a rough draft is that it is exactly that, rough. Let your free flag fly when it comes to developing your course outline rough draft. Begin with your course subject, moving into course lectures, and then onto lecture chapters, or sections. For example, if your course is about “web presence marketing,” you will begin your outline journey there. “Web presence marketing” is your course foundation with framing being the lectures, and lecture sections holding the material together like nails or siding. Below is a quick example of what your foundation, framing, and nails may look like.
Your course foundation: Web Presence Marketing.
Your course framing: Developing a web page.
Your course nails or siding: What platform to use? What host to use? How many web pages? SEO?
You will continue crafting your online course outline in a similar fashion. What would constitute the roof of your outline? Your roof will be your course’s aim, simply because everything you develop will fall under one roof, your aim.
3. Piecing your online course together in an easy to follow, systematic way.
With the rough draft of your online course outline in place, whether on paper or computer screen, it is time to dive a bit deeper into the details. First, it is essential to ensure your course outline follows a flow that is easy for your audience to understand. The best practice for deciding flow is to put yourself in your target audience’s shoes. If you were on the hunt for an online course covering your subject, how would you want the course material presented? You can easily order, or organize, your course lectures and lecture sections in this manner.
Using our “web presence marketing” example, developing a web page would probably come before crafting a Facebook page or Twitter account, simply because you want to direct your audience from social media to your website. With this in mind, your course lectures would be numbered 1. Develop a website, 2. Develop a Facebook page, 3. Start a Twitter account. After lectures are organized, you can number your lecture sections. For example, discussing host and platform options in your online course will absolutely take precedence over content and SEO practices.
Utilizing these online course tips for developing your future eCoaches course can easily be applied to live course sessions as well. With eCoaches, you can connect with eager students across the globe via virtual classrooms. Putting these fresh online course outline strategies into practice for your live sessions will undoubtedly bring success as well. Taking the time to plan your course with an outline is a sure fire way to keep your audience engaged, excited, and purchasing.
4. Keeping a close watch on the clock regarding course length.
Another vital aspect to examine is time. Have you ever experienced a seminar, presentation, or lecture that dragged on, making you sleepy and inattentive? This should be at the forefront of your outlining mind as you develop your online course outline. An article posted by informED, an Open Colleges blog noted the research findings of course attention spans. According to the research, the first “spike” in attention lapses occurs 30 seconds into a lecture with the second spike occurring 4.5 to 5.5 minutes from the lecture start. The third spike in attention lapses was found at 7 to 9 minutes. Shorter lecture times under 10 minutes may be optimal for conveying your message, as well as keeping your audience excited about your online course.
There are a few steps you can take in order to develop an online course that intrigues and sells. Many of these steps simply cover planning, and with the proper amount of motivated planning, come leaps and bounds when it’s time for video production. Professional educators and successful entrepreneurs understand how big of a role planning plays in presenting a product, whether it is knowledge, or the next industry changing technology. Placing an emphasis on planning will assist you in developing the best, most profitable eCoaches courses on the market, allowing your audience to access your knowledge via live sessions or in a downloadable lecture series.
What part of your eCoaches online course outline do you want to focus on?