Creative Online Course Design for The Beginner

A streamlined template to take any idea to a complete course to teach online.
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Do you have ideas you wish to teach or share with others? Are you new to online teaching? Are you unsure of how to proceed with your idea to a course you can teach?

At the completion of this course, you will be able to take any idea and design a course with this easy and streamlined template. This course, designed by a long-time educator, course leader, author, and positive psychology coach, will walk you step-by-step with your idea - refine it, make it uniquely yours for your ideal students, creatively break it down into its many parts, and build it back up into a course you and your students will love. During this course you will have an opportunity to explore many ideas you might have and help you find the topics best suited for your best teaching self. As you work in each section of this course, you will have your own course to teach.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no special requirements before this course. It would be helpful to have on hand creative materials such as newsprint, markers, pens, or colored pencils for the creative sections of this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Choose your topic to craft into an online course
  • Refine and differentiate your idea that is unique to you
  • Define your ideal students, including their age range, gender, demographics, and interests
  • Write clear and specific goals for your course that answer questions your course answers for your students
  • Use mind mapping to creatively and intuitively brainstorm all ideas within the main topic of your course
  • Create an outline of your course that will become your sections and lectures with content for your course.
  • Write teaching points to be included in each of your lectures
  • Write specific notes on production design you plan to use for each lecture such as video, audio, powerpoint, text, photo's, quotes, and/or handouts and additional resources for your course

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone new to online teaching and designing course curriculum. This is a template for the beginner or someone wanting an easy to follow template for designing a course.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: An Introduction to Creative Course Design for The Beginner
Introduction to the course.
What we will be doing. What we won't be doing in this course.
Goals of the Course: What you will be able to do.
The Excitement & Challenges of Online Teaching
Nuts & Bolts: What you will need on hand
A Quick Section Review
1 page
Section 2: Your Teaching Idea

Nearly any idea that you have and want to share with others through teaching, is a teachable idea.

Choosing One Idea From Many
Assignment: Which topic is your first?
1 page

What ideas are best for you to teach? How do you find out? This exercise will help you find your best topics for being your best at teaching.

Section 3: Refining Your Chosen Topic

Competition is good, I'll tell you why I think so!


At this point in your course design, it is natural to feel everything from hesitant to fear. I'll explore the value of emotions and how to use them positively.


We each have our unique qualities, ideas, and perspectives on ideas. Find out what makes you unique with your chosen idea.

Assignment: How are you different & unique?
1 page
Let's review where we are now
Section 4: Who Are Your Ideal Students?

Who are the students you would like most to teach? These are your ideal students and the focus of your teaching.


When deciding to design a course from your idea, knowing the questions your course answers for your students helps your design process.

Assignment: Your Ideal Student & Your Questions
1 page
Let's Review What We've Done
1 page
Section 5: Mind Mapping -- Unleashing Your Creativity in Design

Mind mapping is a useful tool for breaking down your idea into all of its parts.


Here is a mind mapping exercise for you to take your idea farther.

A Quick Review
Section 6: Writing Clear Goals For Your Course

Goals written as clear action outcomes will make your course more powerful in meeting your students needs.


Your goals are directly related to the questions you wrote earlier in the course.

Assignment: Your Course Goals
1 page
Section Review
1 page
Section 7: Writing Your Course Outline

A clearly written outline is your timeline for completing your course.

Assignment: Crafting Your Outline
1 page
You've Written Your Course Outline. You Are Almost Ready for Production!
Quick Review
1 page
Section 8: Dressing It Up -- Giving Your Students More

Planning how you will deliver your lectures is next to make production easier.

Assignment: How will your course look? Making a Handout
1 page

Exploring what works for you - a script or simple notes - for delivering your lectures.

Quick Review
1 page
Section 9: Camera Comfort and Teaching Tutorial
Some Useful Teaching Tips

How to become comfortable in front of a camera before and during production.

Scripts, Cheat Sheets, or Notes
Assignment: Practicing With Your Camera
1 page
Review: Points to Remember
1 page
Section 10: Conclusion
What's next?
The Importance of Feedback
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Linda Jackson, Educator & Acupuncturist

I am an educator, program designer & leader, author, and positive psychology coach. I have taught in classrooms from preschool to college. I was a senior program leader and founding member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts for many years. Currently, I teach workshops in Positive Psychology, Canine Massage, and mentor teachers transitioning from classroom to online learning. I am also an acupuncturist teaching people about healthy living and lifestyle choices.

My purpose is to use all of what I know and have done to help people live fulfilling, healthy, and happy lives. Teaching is my common thread. All else helps to direct my subjects such as course design, health issues, lifestyle choices, happiness, canine massage, and living creatively through mindfulness, meditation, and personal expression.

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