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This is the 3rd in a series covering all the questions you definitely should be asking yourself when you start creating your online course.
If you need to catch up, fly back in time to the first in the series about strategizing your course. This is a meaty one – there are 6 questions to consider and I strongly advise taking the time to answer those before moving on. So go ahead and check all that out here.
But.. if you’ve got all that covered, then do READ ON!!
We’re already on question #10 (over half way through!).
Q10. What are the likely topics for each of your course modules? How many modules does that add up to be?
If you’ve taught your course content as a workshop or written a book/e-book, this should be a cinch. If not, you might want to mind map this step, get out your post it notes and clear a large space, or open up a new file on your computer so you can easily revise and move stuff around.
People always want to know how many modules should be.
A good rule of thumb here is to craft your course so it has about 6-10 modules. Within those modules you could have several lessons, resources, and worksheets.
Since figuring out how much depth and breadth to cover can be kind of tricky you might want to delve into this question a bit more deeply. Here are some ways to do that:
- Check out this blog post, “You Know So Much! Avoid Overloading Your Course with Too Much Content.”
- I give a lot more advice about choosing and structuring content in the eCourse Roadmap. It covers the entire course creation roadmap and so if you’re struggling in other areas this pdf might help you there, too.
- You can also book me for a complimentary strategy session where we can really dig into this deeper.
Okay, let’s move on to the next question!
Q11. What guides, resources, and worksheets will you be creating within each module?
- Guide for a process you’re teaching
If you’re teaching a process – something with steps and a sequence – think about what kind of supporting documentation or step-by-step help your learners might need to actually put your teaching into practice. You might call this a “cheat sheet” or a “step-by-step guide.”For example, if your course covers how to create effective Facebook ads you might consider creating documentation on the Facebook ads dashboard. This would allow your learner to pull out your documentation and set it beside them as they work through in the dashboard for their own ad.
- Resource List
If you’re teaching about a topic for which your learner may choose to purchase equipment or use an app, including a list of recommended resources removes just one more barrier to implementing your teaching.For example, if your course covers branding yourself and a module teaches people to create a video introduction of themselves, your resource list might cover recommended cameras, audio devices, and editing software.(And don’t forget to get an affiliate account with Amazon if you’d like a small commission on these recommendations!)
If you’re teaching about a topic that necessities reflection or personalization of content for the individual, include fillable worksheets. This is especially important in helping people make your content personable and actionable. In fact, I can’t think of one exception to my strongly felt “create worksheets” advice.
For example, if you are teaching people how to manifest abundance through feng shui you might ask them to write a particular story on your worksheet and then have them extract from that the values that are important to them and then identify the objects and symbols that would be most impactful for them.So in this case, if they didn’t bother writing the story and doing the values work, they wouldn’t have been able to identify the most powerful symbols and objects to them.
Boom! Done! You’ve thought through the 2 key questions for getting a handle on your content.
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page. This post is part of a series. If you missed the first couple of posts with questions you can catch up here:
- Strategize! The 6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting Your eCourse
- The Nuts & Bolts: 3 More Questions You Need to Ask Yourself When Starting your eCourse
And if you just want a list of all the questions (no explanation, but at least the questions!) get the handout:
Best of luck to you!!