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March 2, 2016

Create your own online training course in 6 easy steps

First Steps

Unless you were living under a rock for the past decade, everyone has heard about online learning solutions. Throughout the years, online courses have become very popular and part of our everyday life. We can now study and even create our own courses thanks to many digital tools. It’s not as easy as A, B, C, but with a little effort, willpower, good advice and a user-friendly platform, you’ll have all the ingredients for a winning recipe.

Discover the 6 easy steps to success!

Step 1: Define a clear project

In order to have a good project, you’ll need a good idea. Is your head filled with training ideas? Take your time to think about what you really want to offer and focus on that idea. With that in mind, it’s really important to think about the expertise and knowledge you would like to share.

Depending on your training topics, it could be relevant to scope out the competition in order to help you stand out. Take time to nail down your idea and assess the level of motivation and enthusiasm you have to share it. Once you are ready to go, it’s time to move to step 2.

Step 2: Target your audience and adapt your strategies

By defining your audience, you have achieved an essential and major step in creating your online class. Without it, it would be impossible to develop a training class that would target the right people and bring them any added value.

Once again, this step is incredibly important, because you are going to be building your training objectives, structure and strategies around it. When it comes to online training, you have to adapt to your market to fully reach it, and not the other way around.

Step 3: Define your objectives and training structure

First and foremost, you have to define a general objective, in other words, the big picture. Then, you will have to define a number of specific yet small objectives, directly linked to the skills and knowledge your future students will acquire when following your courses. Your objectives must always be clear, precise and simple. Depending on the scale of your training content, you will be able to split it into sections, subdivided into units and once more into lessons.

Important note: make sure your structure and objectives are completely in line with one another. By doing this, you are making sure that you follow and reach your course objectives.

Step 4: Define the titles and descriptions of your courses

To catch the eye of the participant, use a title that speaks for itself and doesn’t require any explanation. For your course description, use the language best fitted for your target market, while clearly explaining the content of your course. Students must quickly understand the content and topics of your course.

To do this, use formatting tools to help you layout your training courses, descriptions and objectives.

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Step 5: Summaries are your best bet

At the end of each section, feel free to give a summary and highlight the key points they should remember. You can use a summary in bullet points or an image that summarizes the main aspects of the content. You must always be crystal clear. This will help your students remember the information you have shared.

Step 6: Graded activities and exams

In every online course, it’s important to define a method and frequency of assessment. Even though it’s not the most popular step, it’s still important. It allows students to see how well they are doing and if they understand the material.

As a teacher you will also benefit from this step, it will give you the necessary clues to see what part of the course is understood and what is not, you will be able to adjust the content of your course accordingly.

Are you ready to create your online course? Would you like to know more? Stay tuned for our next article, where we will talk about how Didacte will help you create your online course.

Claudia marcotte

Claudia Marcotte