I was talking to someone recently about how plain Jane their course is. There’s video of them talking or there’s video of them narrating through a slide deck – over and over. Oh, and throw in a pdf here and there.
It’s fine. It’s solid. But it’s boring. It’s vanilla. She was afraid that her tribe would be less-than-impressed. She wanted to add spice and energy and surprises to help differentiate from other products out in the market and motivate her learners to complete her course.
Oh, but did she mention that she needed to do this on the cheap? And that she didn’t want to spend money to hire someone? And could I help her with that?
Yes, yes I can, I replied.
And I’m happy to share with you all right here.
In this post, I’ll be focusing on some of the handy pretty-easy-to-use tech add-ons that will shake up the ole’ Talk-And-Show routine and breathe some life into your course.
But first, some words of caution:
It’s all too easy to find some cool new tool that you want to try out and then to try to figure out how to fit it into your course.
So please try not to get all gratuitous about your fancy pants tech. Instead, make sure that the point you are making and the learning that you want to spark would be served by that fancy pants tech.
Let’s start smallish. At the very least you might want to amp up your visuals. Here are a couple of options: