Let’s quickly go through an easy to follow guide. Read through, and we promise that you’ll end with a well-structured content plan for your online course.
Grab a pen and paper, generate your master plan with me as you perform the suggested tasks through each step.
Understand the student base who needs your lesson
Map out the audience who would benefit from the knowledge that you have to share. Understand their requirements in detail and try to figure out why are they joining your course.
Ask questions like –
How are they going to benefit from it?
Whom do they expect to become once they are through with your course?
How much time are they willing to spare for this course?
Set the objective of your course
Once you have answers to the above questions and understand student expectations in detail – move forward to establishing clear objectives.
Write the objective for your course in an ‘I Can’ language.
Example – ‘I can write clear and captivating blogs.’
‘I can plan and execute a paid ads campaign on Google.’
List down the one major objective with separate objectives for each lesson within the course.
Generate a lesson plan using a template
Here are the key headers that constitute a lesson plan template for an online course –
Tasks/activities to be performed by students:
Material and online resources required:
Assessments and projects:
Listing down all these details in a template will ensure that you are ready with everything you need to deliver an online lesson, and all the required resources to support through the video content are linked and in place for reference.
Break down each lesson
Once you have a lesson plan ready for various topics, break it down to subtopics.
Remember, the attention span of an online viewer is very low. Make sure that your course is divided into short modules that are easy to understand and quick to consume.
Jot down the details
Script the content of each module listed. If you think conducting an offline class is difficult, you should know that engaging an online student is even more challenging.
Work on the tone of lesson delivery to ensure that your online viewer is interested throughout the module. Ways to do this include referring to various online resources that host activities supporting the lesson. For example, if your module is on coding, you could direct students to an online coding platform to test their algorithms.
Create assessment tools
Once the overall structure of your course is clear, it is time to work on assessment tools to test how successful you have been in meeting the course objectives.
These could be monitored online examinations, timed quizzes, or submissions like projects and assignments.
Our online education solutions help you host a number of assessment formats in controlled and uncontrolled environments.
Once you are ready with assessment details to check the learnings of each module, you are ready to actually shoot your content.
It is recommended that you shoot the content in a flow, and once done, skim through your recorded content and cut it down to relevant information bits ensuring that the modules aren’t too long.
If you are new to the online world and just getting started with establishing your online academy, you can read our guide on setting up your own online education platform – Go get started with building up your educational website!
More power to you for spreading knowledge and awareness. [/ohio_text]