The world of education has been turned on its head a few times in recent decades. You can thank the internet for that. And there’s little sign that how we teach online will stop changing any time soon, either.
If you’ve learned anything yourself in the last decade (I hope so!), you might have noticed the explosion of content aimed at helping you learn faster, better, and easier.
Looking through my own recent search history, I can see in just the last few weeks I’ve learned how to:
- Fix a part on my car on YouTube
- Write a snippet of PHP for my website from W3 Schools
- Create an advanced email automation campaign on Lynda, and
- Set up a woodworking shop on Udemy
These are but a tiny fraction of the things I’ve learned by turning to everyday experts—often bloggers—to teach me. And many of them make a tidy profit sharing their expertise with me. Continue
A couple years ago, I volunteered at a financial literacy startup to help write their first online course. I ‘d never worked on one before, but, I’d taken several and was looking for a way to use my writing abilities to make a difference.
When I started, the founder gave me an excel spreadsheet with over one hundred standards, a list of topics to cover, and dozens of financial literacy resources. The sheer amount of information was overwhelming—it felt like climbing a Himalayan mountain— and I had no idea where to begin.
Initially, I tried writing lessons on topics I was the most familiar with while I adapted my writing style. The problem was there was no direction to what I was doing and I still felt overwhelmed by the broad scope of the project.
As I struggled with this problem, I began to wonder why writers and course developers tend to have such a difficult time approaching our projects, yet other types of creators like construction engineers rarely do.Suddenly, it was clear.. We often plan and build our courses simultaneously, but engineers don’t build until they have a complete set of blueprints in front of them.
Could you imagine if a construction engineer showed up to a job site with no idea what he was going to instruct his team to do? It would be complete chaos..
Likewise, I learned it’s almost impossible to create a great online course until you have a course outline that maps out your entire project the same way engineers use blueprints to build theirs. Continue