Howdy Fellow Course Creator!
Have you worked your way through the 6 questions you need to ask yourself when you start your e-course?
….. Then click here and do that!!
…. WOOT! READ ON!
Here’s question #7, the first of the “nuts and bolts” –>
Q7. There are so many different kinds of e-courses out there. What kind of e-course will yours be?
Here are some options to consider:
- Video of you teaching to the camera. Super common. But please don’t use the mic on your iPad or camera. My favorite mic is the Blue Yeti. It’s kind of spendy, but if you think you’re going to be creating more courses in the future it may be worth it. In my opinion, good audio is always worth it. You’ll come across more professionally and people will be able to hear it clearly even if out and about with their earbuds in. But if that’s just too high a price to pay, check out the decent lavaliers I mention next.
- Recordings of live training. Yep, with this option you give a workshop and have someone record it. At the minimum, you’re going to need a decent mic and a tripod. Better yet set up a couple of cameras (and camera operators) so you can capture yourself at different angles and get audience shots. As for mics, I use a MOVO lavalier that works just great and only cost me about $20. A professional videographer I’ve worked with recommends this Audio Technica lavalier mic which is a little bit more expensive.
- Slides you narrate with written guided exercises and worksheets. I know it, you don’t want to be on camera – at least not for the whole thing. Plus, to be honest, probably no one is going to watch you talking away for the entire course. If you go ahead and choose the slide narration route then that Blue Yeti is going to look like a stronger audio option for you. If you’re just getting started, could you co-purchase it with a nearby entrepreneur and share it? Just an idea. Anyway, Screenflow on the Mac and Camtasia Relay (now called “TechSmith Relay”) on the PC are the tools I use. There are a bunch of free options like Screenr, CamStudio and Jing. SnagIt also can do this. Soooo many options!
Q8. Can you pull all this off yourself? How much can you do yourself and what do you need to hire for?
Some people want someone to walk them through each step from beginning to end but many others like a good, challenged DIY project. However, sometimes we can go too far with DIY, right?
There are some common things that a newbie course creator might need help with. See if any of these apply for you and then plan some time into your e-course project plan to research options and hire the right person (or people) for any of these areas you’re not going to want to take on by yourself:
- Creating your branding and visuals
- Shooting video
- Capturing audio
- Editing the video/audio
- Putting the course components into a course platform, hosting platform and/or web page
- Planning and executing the launch
- Keeping yourself on track and accountable
Q9. What kind of timeline makes sense for getting this course done and out in the world?
A long one.
Seriously. You hear about people who can knock a short course out in a few weeks. Sure, if you’re quick and experienced and can keep the course fairly bounded. And if you’ve tested the content out enough that it’s right there at the tip of your tongue or already captured in an e-book or other format and just needs to be adapted… And if you’ve got the launch thing down and can pound it out or have a VA and/or team who can roll it out for you.
Sure, then it’s a pretty quick deal.
But if that’s your story, you’re not sitting here reading this post.
So, assuming you’re a relative beginner at teaching, at the tech that you need for an e-course, and at launching, estimate what you hope it will take – then double it. Or even triple it.
You’re going to hate me for this, but the most basic e-learning will probably take you at least 14 hours to make for every 1 hour of your finalized course.
(And in the corporate world when e-learning includes all the fancy bells-and-whistles you’re looking at about 160 hours per one hour of finished e-learning. WHICH IS CRAZY and why corporate e-learning products can be oodles of money to buy!)
And 14 is just a ball-park. If one hour of a finalized course really means one module with one worksheet that’s a whole lot different than is one hour equaling THREE separate modules with THREE separate worksheets and resources and perhaps a few lessons in each module.
That’s a whole lot more shooting and stopping and editing and loading and labeling, etc. etc.
You can see how 14 hours per 1 hour of the final course is just a very, very rough estimate. And we haven’t even talked about the amount of time it’s going to take to master your learning platform (e.g. Wishlist or CreativeLive, etc.)! Or your launch!
My rule of thumb? Give yourself at least 3 months working steadily 10-20 hours a week. If you jump on my Kickstarter offer we’ll actually go through everything step-by-step and estimate the amount of time we think it will take you for your particular e-course project. It’s just one hour on the phone and you’ll leave with a doable deadline and your work paced out in a way that will feel manageable to you. (More about that here.)
There you go. You’ve now got 3 more questions you need to answer when you’re strategizing your course
If you missed the first 6 questions, no worries. Backtrack here.
This post is the 2nd in a series of 5 blog posts that I’ll be posting in the next couple of months. In this series, I’m walking you through all the questions you’ll want to ask yourself throughout the course creation process.
And if you just want a list of all the questions (no explanation, but at least the questions!) check this out: