Creative Online Course Design for The Beginner
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Creative Online Course Design for The Beginner

A streamlined template to take any idea to a complete course to teach online.
4.3 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
21 students enrolled
Created by Linda Jackson
Last updated 5/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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.

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.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
An Introduction to Creative Course Design for The Beginner
6 Lectures 13:44

What we will be doing. What we won't be doing in this course.

The Excitement & Challenges of Online Teaching

Nuts & Bolts: What you will need on hand

A Quick Section Review
1 page
Your Teaching Idea
4 Lectures 07:53

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

Preview 02:53

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.

An Exercise: Finding Your Sweet Topics for Teaching Success
Refining Your Chosen Topic
5 Lectures 13:59

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

Research Your Competition

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.

Slaying Emotional Dragons

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

What is Your Specialty? What makes you different & unique?

Assignment: How are you different & unique?
1 page

Let's review where we are now
Who Are Your Ideal Students?
4 Lectures 07:55

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

Preview 04:35

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

What Questions do Your Students Want Answered By Taking Your Course?

Assignment: Your Ideal Student & Your Questions
1 page

Let's Review What We've Done
1 page
Mind Mapping -- Unleashing Your Creativity in Design
3 Lectures 10:36

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

What is Mind Mapping and Why Do It, You Ask?

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

A Mind Map Experience

A Quick Review
Writing Clear Goals For Your Course
4 Lectures 05:16

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

What Will Your Students Be Able To Do By The End Of Your Course?

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

Write Your Goals In Answer to Your Questions

Assignment: Your Course Goals
1 page

Section Review
1 page
Writing Your Course Outline
4 Lectures 06:36

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

Your Outline is Your Course Timeline

Assignment: Crafting Your Outline
1 page

You've Written Your Course Outline. You Are Almost Ready for Production!

Quick Review
1 page
Dressing It Up -- Giving Your Students More
4 Lectures 07:31

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

Going Over Your Outline & Planning Production Design

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.

To Write a Script or Not?

Quick Review
1 page
Camera Comfort and Teaching Tutorial
5 Lectures 09:05
Some Useful Teaching Tips

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

In Front of the Lens

Scripts, Cheat Sheets, or Notes

Assignment: Practicing With Your Camera
1 page

Review: Points to Remember
1 page
2 Lectures 02:21
What's next?

The Importance of Feedback
1 page
About the Instructor
Linda Jackson
4.3 Average rating
3 Reviews
21 Students
1 Course
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.