How to easily create a 90 day editorial calendar.

How to easily create a 90 day editorial calendar.

 

There’s nothing worse than sitting down to write a post and having no idea what to write. Or having too many ideas that they all get jumbled and you don’t know what to choose. This is where having an editorial calendar comes in super handy!

Today in Week 3 of the Build Your Blog Foundation series we’re going to make sure that you never get stuck in this predicament!

So far we’ve discussed all the steps needed to build a strong foundation and how to choose a niche. If you want to catch up you can read the posts here:

Week 1: What you need to build a strong blog foundation

Week 2: How to choose a profitable blog topic

After all, you have wonderful ideas and lessons within you. And we want to get them out of your mind and heart and out into the world!

So let’s create some content!

Ideally, you create your content in a strategic way: aka – an editorial calendar!

I’ll be the first to admit, when I started I had no strategy. I had an idea of what I wanted to teach and whom I could help, but my ideas seem to come all at once. Ideas fly into my mind and I need to quickly catch them and write them down or else they’ll fly right out again. Whenever an idea comes to me, I throw it onto a Trello board. As a result, I have a large list of post ideas. And when it was time to write a post, I’d randomly pick from that list.

The result – inconsistency. With both my posts and the frequency on which I posted.

Not good.

I needed a plan.

And the truth is, I know how to plan. I’m a teacher after all.

Then I thought about how I prepare my lessons for school

  1. I look at the curriculum to see the major topics or big ideas that my students have to learn that year.
  2. Then I figure out when I’m going to teach each topic
  3. I look at the curriculum again to see what they need to learn in each topic and find lessons that will teach to each outcome

You can do the same for your content but you get to create the curriculum and the lessons!

  1. Figure out big ideas within your topic of what people want to learn
  2. Decide the order and months of when you’re going to teach
  3. Create lessons (aka content) that teach to each theme.

But before we figure out the big ideas, we need to create a simple curriculum… aka the learning journey.

Creating The Journey

Have you ever looked at your child’s curriculum? They are massive documents. You can google it and find your local curriculum easily.

Now, there’s absolutely no need to create a curriculum as detailed as a government issued one. But they are important because they clearly lay out the learning journey that the student is supposed to take in a year. You as a blogger/online teacher can do the same to have an epic content calendar. You should do the same process for your course.

Here are the steps:

1. KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE TEACHING AND TO WHOM

You need to know who your readers are. You need to know where they’re starting from and what outcome they desire.

Questions to ask:

  • Who is my reader
  • Why are they coming to my site?
  • What is there problem and what do they need to learn to solve it?

Example time!!

Say you want to teach healthy eating for people who want to lose weight. I’ve made up an avatar named Patricia for this example.

“Patricia really wants to lose weight. She’s started but isn’t finding success and is hungry all the time. She thinks losing weight is only about calories. So she eats 1000 calories a day of highly processed foods and she’s wondering why she isn’t losing weight.”

2. WHAT DOES SHE NEED TO LEARN?

Help her out! She’s coming to your site to learn how to lose weight. List out all the big ideas she needs to know to get from fluffy and frustrated to trim and lean.

What does she need to learn to get to her desired outcome?

Patricia needs to learn:

  • about processed foods and why she should avoid them
  • about meal prep
  • about her own thinking towards food
  • what healthy foods are
  • easy, healthy ways to cook for herself and her family
  • about positive mindset
  • how to feel good now

Each of the above ideas are big ideas. Each big idea requires a handful of lessons to fully understand the concept. Generally speaking, you can devote a month to each big idea.

3. BREAK IT DOWN 

Within each big idea choose 3-4 lessons that are all geared towards teaching to that big idea you’ve chosen for the month. These are your weekly posts. Ta da!!

Example: Monthly theme – mindset

  • How to find motivation
  • How to feel good in your body right now
  • The stories you’re telling yourself are keeping you fat
  • How to eat healthy when you really just want to stuff your face.

And then you can create filler posts to help your readers get to know you and your brand better.

Some additional posts you can create are:

  • Curate – find other people’s content that you can share
  • Document your journey
  • Round up post
  • Interview post
  • Reviews
  • List posts

BONUS TIP:

If you have something to sell, like a course or a 1:1, create a series of posts that lead up to your offer.

4. BATCH  & SCHEDULE IT!

The marketing gurus out there say that you should spend 20% of your time creating content and 80% promoting it. But if you’re a mama and this biz is a side hustle, time is not on your side.

I don’t know about you, but it takes me a while to create content. But this is where batching will help you out!

Take your calendar and (virtual or real, whatever works best for you) and plug in the monthly themes.

Going back to our example:

  • March – mindset
  • April – Nutrition 101
  • May – Meal prep

And then the last week of each month get your lessons ready

  • Monday – Blog and content upgrade outline
  • Tuesday/Wednesday – first draft
  • Thursday – edit
  • Friday – images
  • Saturday – format and schedule

Repeat the last week of every month so you have a new month ready to go.

And now you have an awesome editorial calendar for at least the next 90 days ready and raring to go!

What are is your first monthly theme going to be? I’d love to hear about them!

 

Written by: Alessandra Johnston

Written by: Alessandra Johnston

Alessandra is a mother, wife and avid learner who teaches others how to start and grow an online business by teaching online. She believes that a mother shouldn’t have to choose between her work and her kids. That you really can have it all – You can stay home and build a business. Kids and a Biz is a place to learn how to effectively teach online, create an online presence, manage work from home with littles and how to tame the inner gremlins that so often stop us from moving ahead.

How to Choose A Profitable Blog Topic

How to Choose A Profitable Blog Topic

If you’re wanting to build a personal brand, a girl boss empire or a just a super successful profitable blog – then you need to choose the right topic.

But it’s more than just a topic…you need to teach something.

“I just want to write” you may say.

But here’s the thing…I have seen countless new bloggers come into the online world and they want to start a blog because they love to write and they want to share what’s happening in their life. Totally understandable and sharing is a good thing as we all have a need to be seen and accepted. But the problem is they just talk about themselves and their day.

That’s a journal, not a blog.

You may love to write, but you want people to read it, right? So you need to write for yourself AND others.

You need to enjoy the work (cause it will get very tiresome if you don’t) and you need to think of your audience…or potential audience if you’re just starting out.

Think of your blog like a magazine. Sure there are personal stories, but the stories tie into the overall theme of the magazine. And many magazines teach – whether it’s tips, hacks or how to’s,

The ultimate purpose of a blog is to show and share your expertise and knowledge in a particular subject area.

So the burning question is figuring out exactly what you can teach and make some money teaching. And this is exactly what we’ll be covering in part 2 of this month’s series on building a strong blog foundation.

If this is your first visit to Kids and a Biz, come on over to my Week 1 blog post to learn more about the series.

You need to combine what you want to teach with what people want to learn:

 

 

1. WHAT YOU CAN TEACH

The best question to ask yourself is ‘what do I want to teach?’

If you know the answer to that question then you’re golden! Move on down to the next step to determine if others want to learn what you know.

If you’re still unsure, ask yourself the following:

  •  What are my skills or talents?
  • What do I know lots about?
  • What am I naturally good at?
  • What do I currently get paid to do?
  • What would I love to get paid to do?
  • If I had all the money in the world, what would I spend my time doing?
  • What topics of magazines, books, and blogs am I drawn to?
  • What questions do I get asked all the time?
  • What do I love to talk about?
  • What do I think about?
  • How would I love to help someone?

 

I HAVE LOTS OF INTERESTS AND TALENTS – HOW DO I CHOOSE?

You may be like me and consider yourself to be a jack of all trades. You have many talents and many interests. Lucky you! You have a lot to choose from.

Narrow the topic down to a few choices, quiet your mind and let your intuition tell you which route to go. Or figure out a way to combine your interests.  {Related post – The Ultimate Guide to Nail Your Niche}

Ugh, I really want to do this but I still don’t know what I can teach

You may believe that you have no talent or nothing to give. I know that’s not true. Each of us has a light within us that holds our talents and gifts. You may just not be aware of it.

Here’s a list of some talents that you may or may not be aware that you have.

  • Public Speaking
  • Self Management
  • Networking (person to person)
  • Networking (in the virtual world)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Research
  • Relaxation

This is just a random assortment of ideas. But if you don’t see yourself in that list or you want to see more, I’ve put together a list of talents in the workbook that you can get fo’ free!  Click the image below to grab your copy of What Can I Teach? A Clarity Workbook.

 

 2. FIGURE OUT WHAT people want to learn

Search around on the internet and see what people are willing to learn and more importantly willing to pay to learn. This is important because there needs to be an interest if you’re going to find students.

Most people are looking for ways to improve one of the following:

  1. Their health (physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual)
  2. Their finances
  3. Their time
  4. Their relationships

Do some research to see if people are already paying others to learn what you want to teach….

  • Are there blogs on the topic?
  • Are there books or magazines?
  • Are there courses – both in person and online?
  • Are people asking for help on the topic in forums, groups and online discussions?

If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, then you have a marketable topic that others are interested in learning. If not, you might have to dig a little further to see if there is an interest.

3. FIND STUDENTS

Once you choose your topic and you set up everything {related post – what you need to build a strong foundation}

Then you need to start teaching… for free.

Why for free? Because no one is going to buy from a random person they just find online. They need to get to you before they make a purchase from you. And you build that likeability and trust factor by letting your light shine and show them what you got!! Share your knowledge freely while being yourself and your peeps will be drawn to you.

But first, you need to choose a platform from which you will teach – and that will be either in writing, audio or video. Ideally, you find the time to create a combo of all 3.

You can create:

  • Blog posts
  • Live streams
  • Webinars
  • Interviews
  • Videos
  • Podcasting
  • Social media posts
  • Any combination above

Keep in mind that the quickest way to get someone to KLT (know, like, trust) you through is through video.

I’ve heard that 1 video is = to 12 blog posts in terms of the trust factor. Because when people see your face, see your mannerisms, hear your voice and feel your energy – people will automatically like your or not.

Plus it shows what kind of teacher you are.

However, I do understand that getting on video is frightening for some, including myself (which is why I’m here writing…. I’m working up my courage for video. I will get there soon!!!)

Which platform should I choose?

The best way to choose is to determine which way you feel most comfortable communicating.

I wish I could say that I’m a highly eloquent speaker. But the truth is, it’s much easier for me to write. The ideas flow much more naturally compared to when I speak. Which is why I’m currently writing to share my teachings. As I said…eventually, you will get to see my face on video. It’s a major fear that I will overcome in the near future!

How often should I share?

This comes down to how much time you can commit to creating amazing, beneficial content. You want to do your best to be as consistent as possible. Creating and delivering lessons takes up a lot of time and is a lot of work. The best way to combat this is to come up with a content plan.

(coming next week: creating an editorial calendar that your readers will gush over)

how can I get paid to teach?

There are a few ways… I wrote a post about it – check it out here. 

Still unsure? Make sure to grab your copy of What Can I Teach Online? It’s a super simple workbook with prompts, questions, and lists that will help get your creative juices flowing and help you find something to teach others. Just click on the image below.

 

I’d love to hear what you teach on your blog! If you don’t have a blog but want to start, what are you going to teach? Share in the comments below

 

 

Written by: Alessandra Johnston

Written by: Alessandra Johnston

Alessandra Johnston is a mother, wife and avid learner who teaches others how to start and grow an online business by teaching online. She believes that a mother shouldn’t have to choose between her work and her kids. That you really can have it all – You can stay home and build a business. Kids and a Biz is a place to learn how to effectively teach online, create an online presence, manage work from home with littles and how to tame the inner gremlins that so often stop us from moving ahead.

Why your course might fail and what you can do about it

Why your course might fail and what you can do about it

Courses – they’re everywhere these days. And why not? They offer unlimited earning potential via passive income. Which means you do a ton of work up front, but afterward you can lay back and reap the financial rewards. 

But there’s an issue with that.

Not all courses should be passive, self-led or evergreen. Actually, I believe most courses should not be self-led. 

I know you may be moaning at that idea because everyone desires passive income but the reality is that the ‘set it and forget it’ model of teaching is not a good way of teaching. 

Imagine going into a regular classroom where all the teacher did was talk at you for an hour or two and hand you a worksheet. And at the and you were left on your own to figure the rest out. Would you be motivated to complete it? How would you know if you did the assignment well? What if you had questions?

Evergreen/self-led courses require people to learn by sitting in their home either listening, reading or watching the information. The learner is passively getting the information. They don’t really have to think about it.

It may be good for you as an instructor because you can potentially reach way more people. But it’s not necessarily the best for your students because that’s not how people learn. Which means students success will be low.  

And we want high success rate, don’t we? High success rates mean referrals, fans and growth! 

There’s a reason why most courses have a very low completion and success rate. 

I believe one reason is because courses creators don’t think about proper lesson design. And these skills are rarely taught in courses about courses.

Some people are natural teachers, just like some are natural leaders or designers. But like all skills, the skill of teaching can be learned, practiced and taught. 

I think the first most important idea that needs to be addressed to content creators is that teaching is not telling. Nor is it as simple and breaking down steps.

There are a few fundamental skills that online course creators need to know, understand and implement in order for courses to be a success.

1) Students need feedback

When learning something new, people need to know if what they’re doing is effective or not. That’s where feedback comes in. Depending on the topic, feedback is necessary for implementation and improvement. It helps learners with the feeling confident about their ability. 

Feedback does require more of your time and therefore should be more expensive. If you’re not going to provide feedback the course should cost less.

2) Everyone learns differently

There’s something in education called differentiated learning. In a typical classroom, there are a variety of student strengths and abilities. And everyone learns in their own unique way. The best teachers take 1 lesson and will teach it in various ways to tap into the different learning styles and levels. 

There a 4 main learning styles. (There’s actually more but for now, I’ll just mention 4)  

  1. Visual learners – learn through graphs and images
  2. Auditory learners – need to hear the information
  3. Physical – they need to learn through their hands and/or body
  4. Read/write – pretty obvious, they learn best through reading and writing.

All these styles are on a spectrum and we all use a combination of the 4 to learn. Just some are more prominent than others.

For example – I’m a total visual learner, I need to see charts and diagrams. I can’t always follow and understand from listening alone. And I’m not a huge mover. I can sit still for a while. 

Ideally, when you’re creating a course you use a combination of all the styles to help as many learners as possible.

Why is this important?

Understanding the way the different ways people learn allows you course creators and online teachers to create a variety of amazing content that will effectively teach their students. 

If you’re wanting some help creating amazing lessons and content just click on the button below to download lesson plan template that will help you create killer content! 

3) Understand how people actually retain information

Just by seeing the pyramid you can see that most courses are taught in a passive way and that will only allow your students to retain 30% of the information. People learn best by doing. 

Even if you make videos, provide a transcript and an audio – it’s still passive learning and only 30% of your students will retain what they learn. 

The key to having a successful course is to have your learner actually do something.

What I hear, I forget.
What I hear and see, I remember a little.
What I hear, see, and ask questions about or discuss with someone else, I begin to understand.
What I hear, see, discuss, and do, I acquire knowledge and skill.
What I teach to another, I master.
~Mel Silberman

4) Have an understanding of how people think.

There’s an educational theory that is used quite a bit by educators around the world. It was developed by a guy named Benjamin Bloom and it’s called Bloom’s taxonomy.

Now without going into too much detail, the theory describes the different levels of thinking. Traditional educators (teachers in the school system) do their best to teach to the higher levels to get their students to attain higher order thinking skills.

Why is this important for online instruction?

Because the higher up you go, the more facilitation and feedback from an instructor is required.

The first 2 are basic thinking skill – either you know something or you understand it. There’s really no need for an outside source to intervene. So if you course topic teaches to these 2 levels, then I believe that the course can be evergreen with the option of email support in case the learner still doesn’t get the content. 

But as soon as we get into the upper levels, this requires a more complex way of thinking. I believe collaboration and group work is highly beneficial and the same with descriptive feedback.  

As soon as you start teaching abstract concepts, creative work, or skills that require application or judgment then the course should NOT be self-led or evergreen.

What do you think? Do you agree with my opinion? Do you believe that self-led courses are not the best for student success?

Written by: Ali Johnston

Written by: Ali Johnston

Ali Johnston is a mother, wife and avid learner who teaches others how to start and grow an online business by teaching online. She believes that a mother shouldn’t have to choose between her work and her kids. That you really can have it all – You can stay home and build a business. Kids and a Biz is a place to learn how to effectively teach online, create an online presence, manage work from home with littles and how to tame the inner gremlins that so often stop us from moving ahead.

6 Ways You Can Make Money From Home as an Online Teacher

6 Ways You Can Make Money From Home as an Online Teacher

Building a biz from home has never been easier.

You can actually build a mini online empire through…Teaching. Yup, teaching!

And I don’t mean the teaching in the classic sense (although there is opportunity for that also) If you have a skill, talent or message that others are interested in learning, you can build a profitable business all from home!

There’s an awful saying ‘that those that can’t do, teach.’

What a bull shit statement.

Teachers are messengers of information and knowledge. It’s due to them that we learn, grow and change – often for the better.

And in our information world, it’s the teachers that are being rewarded.

Now, you can’t just slap up a website and start lecturing. That’s not the way it works. There are other skills that you need in order to build a successful online biz. But like all skills, they are teachable. And there are plenty of online teachers that teach those skills.

What should you teach? Get help figuring it out by clicking on the image below.

So how do you actually make money by teaching online?

Teach 1:1

It’s kinda like virtual tutoring, but you’re creating the curriculum and lessons on your topic of expertise. Your clients/students will pay you to help them either learn new skills or help them with a transformation.

People who teach  1:1 with clients often call themselves coaches or consultants.

Teaching Group Classes

This is the same as 1:1 except now you have a small group of students. How you choose to set this up would be up to you and your topic. But what often happens is that the instructor/coach will set up different times for the group to meet online and she will teach a particular lesson. There will be a series of lessons over the course of a few weeks or months all geared towards one particular outcome.

Creating Courses

This is becoming a massively huge way to potentially earn a living. It’s a billion dollar industry. There are people making millions creating courses. So it’s no wonder why so many people are jumping on the bandwagon.

There are different ways to create courses.

One way is to create a course that is always available and is self paced. The benefit of these types of courses is that as a course creator you can set it and forget it. It can be a source or recurring, passive income.

However, these types of courses are not always the best for the students. It depends on the topic – but some topics require more interaction and feedback from an instructor to be effective.

Want some help in creating epic content and lessons for your course? Click on the button below to download a free content creation template.

Membership Sites

This is a combination of creating a course with small group classes. Members pay a monthly fee where they get access to materials that you have created on your topic along with some support from you. I believe it’s a perfect way to combine group coaching with courses and get monthly income.

Creating ebooks, workbooks or guides

How many times have you purchased a book to learn something? I’m willing to bet a number of times. This is a simple way to make a little bit of passive income. Here’s a great article on how to make and sell an ebook

Blogging

The best and most successful blogs are ones that actually teach about topic. I see many new bloggers make the mistake that they can share their lives and people will flock to them and they can make a ton.

This does happen, but people are inherently selfish (I used to fight that fact, but it’s true)  Unless you’re famous, chances are most people won’t care about what you ate or your what your dog wore to the mall.

Now if you teach about how you made your meal, or how you planned it, that will be of interest to others because you are relaying helpful information.

The key is to find a topic that you love and that others love also and are interested in learning more about.

How do you make money blogging?

  • You can put ads on your site. But I personally don’t recommend that because I personally hate blogs that are covered with ads. It makes it feel cluttered, especially on mobile. You also need a lot of traffic which takes time to build. But it is a way if you choose to go that route.
  • You can do affiliate marketing. In which you recommend products that have to do with your topic and if someone purchases that product from your site you get a commission.
  • You can do sponsored posts. That’s when another company pays you to write about their product in a post.
  • You can create your own products or services, which I mentioned above!

It should be noted that blogging and creating content is something that is necessary no matter which way you choose to make money. Creating content (through blogging, making videos, social media or podcasts) is a way of sharing and showing your teaching skills. It’s how you will attract future students.

Still unsure of what you can teach?…Click on the image

 

So are you going to take the teaching plunge? Which method appeals to you the most??

Written by: Alessandra Johnston

Written by: Alessandra Johnston

Alessandra Johnston is a mother, wife and avid learner who teaches others how to start and grow an online business by teaching online. She believes that a mother shouldn’t have to choose between her work and her kids. That you really can have it all – You can stay home and build a business. Kids and a Biz is a place to learn how to effectively teach online, create an online presence, manage work from home with littles and how to tame the inner gremlins that so often stop us from moving ahead.

How To Create Course Content that will Get Your Students Results

How To Create Course Content that will Get Your Students Results

Creating online courses is all the rage right now. And why not? It’s a perfect opportunity to take what you already know and love and turn it into a cash making machine by helping others!

It really is an awesome business model.

But there are 4 things you need to learn in order to have a successful course, but chances are you’re just focusing on 3 of them….

  1. You need to know your subject
  2. You need some technical skills
  3. You need to know how to market
  4. You need to know how to teach

Effective teaching is what makes the difference between a good course and a great one.

Good teaching will get your students results and then they will become your fans and then they will shout your praises from the rooftops.

There is an art to teaching.

We’ve all had experiences with teaching and have an idea of how to do it. After all, every single one of us has gone through the education system is one form or another. We all have preconceived notions of what teaching is and how it should be done.

But teaching is not as easy as putting some slides together and telling the student what to do or think.

Effective teaching is really about knowing and understanding how people learn and applying that knowledge to create amazing lessons.

And then of course, there’s actually delivering the lessons…but I’ll save that for another post.

In the meantime, if you’re struggling with your course content, or you have a course idea that you want out of your head, I’ve created just the thing for you….a content and lesson plan template Just click the button below to grab a copy!

There are 6 steps needed to create content for a course that will get your students results.

KNOW YOUR STUDENT

A good course will take a student on a journey. One where she will start off at A and then learn and apply the skills needed to get to B. You need to be very clear on where she’s starting and what’s the end point. This will not only help your student, it will also help your marketing.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Where is she starting from?
  • What skills will she need to learn?
  • What does she already know about the topic?
  • Why is learning this topic important to her?

PURPOSE OF YOUR COURSE

This is basically what your course is about. There needs to be a defined purpose with a very clear objective at the end. Make sure it’s not too vague. One problem that I’ve noticed with course creators is that they want to stuff too much into their course. If your subject is huge, break it down and just teach one part.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the problem that your course will solve?
  • Why is this important?
  • What will your students accomplish at the end?

CREATE THEMES OR STEPPING STONES

Now that you know what your course is about it’s time to break it down. Depending on the subject size, what are the sub-topics that your student will need to know in order to get from where they are now, to where you want them to be?

Think of each sub-topic as stepping stones that will assist your student in achieving the desired outcome. Each stone should have a theme, and that theme needs to tie into the overall purpose of the course. These are your learning objectives.

For example:

Marie Forleo’s B-school teaches how to create an online presence and business.

Her stepping stones are:

  1. Profit plan
  2. Website
  3. Communication
  4. List building
  5. Offerings
  6. Marketing

Mariah Coz’s Your first 1K teaches how to get your first 1000 subscribers

Her stepping stones are:

  1. Prepping Your Blog and Finding Your People
  2. Blitz Versus Foundation Strategies
  3. Upgrade Your Blog and Create a Simple Sales Page
  4. Guest Blogging
  5. List-Building and Pre-Selling with Webinars and Affiliates
  6. Viral List Building and Pre-Launch
  7. Email Courses & Launch Sequences
  8. Prepping for Launch Traffic, Pre-Launch Planning, and Affiliate Packets

If you haven’t noticed, the stepping stones are the modules. There should be between 4-8. Depending again on what you want your students to accomplish. Any more then that might overwhelm them. You ideally want them to complete the course as quickly as possible.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What are the big ideas?
  • What ideas need to be taught?
  • What should learner take away?
  • What does the learner need to do to get from A to B?

CREATE LESSONS

This is the most important part.

But I think it’s really important to realize something thought when it comes to teaching online…

Telling is not teaching.

Teaching is not as simple as putting up a few slides, talking over them and hoping that your students will get it.

The real purpose of a lesson is to get your student to DO or achieve something at the end. There needs to be a way to show that the student has in fact learned something.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What will I do to explain the topic?
  • How can I illustrate the topic in a different way?
  • What are some relevant real-life examples, analogies, or stories that can help students understand the topic?
  • Why do I want the learners to understand this?

CREATE LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Each lesson should have accompanying activities. This is important because it will help keep your students engaged and it will help with their retention. And a good retention rate will get your students results and then they will be raving fans.

learning-pyramidImage source: http://bit.ly/2g4acoj 

As you can see, if you just do a presentation only 30% of your students will retain the lesson. Even if you do a demonstration, only half will actually learn. That’s because it’s a passive model of learning.

Most people learn by doing.

So creating a course where your students will do things that will help them get towards the desired outcome will make your course even more successful.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What will students need to do or achieve to help them understand the topic better?
  • What skills should the learner be able to perform upon completing the lesson?
  • How can learners do something that is related to what I want them to understand?

FEEDBACK

This is what I feel is missing from many courses. Students can’t improve and find success if they don’t know what to improve upon. This is why providing feedback is vital and necessary.

So after each activity, there should be an opportunity for the student to receive feedback on that activity. Get students to share in a group or on a zoom call. Create opportunities where students can interact and ask questions frequently. Encourage discussions.

This is the issue with evergreen courses. Yes, evergreen courses are a wonderful way to make an income. But without concrete feedback, most people won’t know if they’re doing the task well or not.

Unless the course teaches something that is very concrete and that doesn’t require creativity or application, I highly recommend being there to engage, interact and help your students.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What questions will I ask students to check for understanding?
  • What will I have students do to demonstrate that they are completing the course?

RECAP:

The steps needed to create epic course content are:

  1. Know your student and what she wants
  2. The overall purpose of the course
  3. Create stepping stones
  4. Create Lessons
  5. Create Learning Activities
  6. Provide feedback

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