The secret to creating an engaging course is to get students to take action. But, not just any type of action. The right action. The action that gets them to do something as it relates to the content you created.
Ernest Hemingway said: “Never mistake motion for action.”
Reading PDFS, watching videos, listening to audios, lots of thinking — it’s all nice and super helpful, but it isn’t action.
You see, when it comes to learning, the actual learning takes place in the doing. It takes place in getting your students to do something they hadn’t done before. It’s a shift from not knowing, to actually doing or having something they didn’t do or have before.
A great way to do that is through worksheets that have assignments for your course participants to do. I’m talking real “grown-up” worksheets with real work.
Ready to spice up your course?
Here are the Three Main Types of Worksheets to include in your Course to Get Students to Take Action:
Pre-work worksheets are like the appetizer before the main meal. The pre-party before the real party. The tailgating before the big game. The warm-up before the work out. Okay…I think you get the point.
These worksheets are designed to get your students to take action on information before the actual course starts. These pre-work worksheets can include:
– Pre-requisite information: any information that students need to know prior to starting the course.
– Pre-requisite action: anything they need to do or have before the start of the course.
– Mindset work: any changes in behavior or thoughts that students need to do before starting.
– How to be successful in the program: information on prepping students how to best complete the program.
– Create interest: You can spice up your course by including a fun activity to get students interested before the course even starts.
In the Your Ultimate Planning Workbook, I include pre-work worksheets on mindset, time management, and self-care. All of these are vital to creating online courses. They’re not part of the main ideas of building a course, but are definitely essential to success!
Consider including pre-work worksheets in your courses and ebooks/workbooks so that you can get your students motivated and ready to dive into the course content!
Action Sheet Worksheets:
I’m sure you’re a smart chica and can figure out that action sheet worksheets get students to take action. If you’ve been around the block for awhile, you know I’m always preaching that you must get your course participants to take action on the information you’re presenting.
Learning takes place in the doing. A well-designed course is one that gets people to take action and do something they haven’t done before.
So, action sheets are worksheets that do just that.
They are designed to be completed by students AFTER they checked out your video, read through your PDF, listened to your audio — so that they can practice and do what they learned.
Action sheet worksheets can get students to:
– reflect on the learning and their personal experience and/or knowledge
– take what they learned and do something knew
– apply it to their situation and needs
When you sit down to outline your content it’s important to think about the ACTION you want your students to take. Every action they take, every action sheet they complete, should move them towards the course goals.
Resource worksheets are slightly different from the two above in that they don’t get students to do anything. These worksheets are designed to give students some extra learning. Remember in elementary school when you’d finish your work early, your teacher would give you more work to do? Some special worksheets! Well, this is similar in that it is “extra” information that’s related to the content.
One of the big things that I see course creators do is, put way too much information in their content. Having resource pages helps that — it’s “Nice to know” information that doesn’t need to be in the main content.
If you’re trying to figure out if this information should be part of the main content or a resource age, ask yourself is this information super important for them to reach the course goals? If it is, it should be content. If it is not, put it in a resource worksheet.
Resource worksheets can include:
– technology tools
– additional reading (books, blogs, etc.)
– list of helpful websites
– list of professional resources
– information that dives deeper into the content
Essentially, anything that provides extra information should go into the resource section.
A course is not complete unless it provides students a way to take action and do the work. And, a great way to do that is through worksheets.
And, You can absolutely create amazing, kick-butt worksheets for your blog and your courses. I know you want your course to be actionable and doable for your students.
So, if you’re looking to create worksheets for your course, opt-in offer, or ebook, check out the Workshop on Worksheets. It’s seriously a worksheet paaartttyyyy! I love creating worksheets, and I want to show you how to create fun and fabulous worksheets. So, join me in this hands-on mini-workhop designed to get your worksheets done! Click here for more information.
Need more worksheet making ideas? Check out these helpful blog posts below!
- The Ultimate Guide to Creating Worksheets
- 10 Tips Everyone Designing Worksheets Should Use
- How to Make a Fillable PDF with PDF Escape
In the comments, let us know what’s one way you can get your readers or course participants to take action on the information you’ve created?