Why do you want to create an online course?
I’ve asked that question to many people and one response seems to come up again and again.
And, it’s probably not what you think.
The Reason Most People Want to Create a Course
Sure, people want to create online courses to share their knowledge, for location independence, and to earn extra money on the side.
But, the number one response is to be able to reach MORE people in the same amount of time.
They envision taking a small workshop or a one on one program and being able to put it online to affect the lives of many more.
That is the power of online learning. In the simplest form, you can start with a passion, create an online course, and impact the lives of people around the world.
Jeans + Online Courses
Online courses have the potential to reach people all over the world.
But, who do you imagine sitting on the other side of the computer taking your course?
Do your course participants look the same? Act the same? Think the same? Or heck, even learn the same?
Really, your online course participants are like jeans.
Think about when you go shopping for pants. The shelves are overflowing with different types of jeans: straight fit, skinny, bootcut, flares, and jeggings (yes, there is such a thing!). Oh, and let’s not forget the PajamaJeans.
There are a variety of options because stores are trying to accommodate different tastes.
And, just like the diverse options in jeans, your course participants are going to have diverse learning styles.
They each come with different experiences, lifestyles, upbringing, careers and so on.
Some will prefer to listen to the course on the go. Some will prefer to read handouts. Some may prefer to watch a video and have visuals.
It’s all about making it accessible to all.
4 Ways to Present Your Course Material
|Provide Hands-on Experiences:
|Provide Materials to Read:
There’s more than one option for presenting your course content just like there’s more than one type of jean.
These are just a few options. Get creative and find different ways you can present the same type of information.
It’s your turn! In the comments below, let us know:
1. What’s your favorite type of jean?
2. What type of learning options do you plan to provide in your course?
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