While creating a course it's important that you're engaging your students by creating a well-structured, practical, and rewarding course experience. The most successful instructors spend a lot of time planning their course before diving into recording to ensure their course will help students achieve clear goals.
Steps to create an engaging course:
Step 1: Choose your course topic.
Pick something you're experienced in and genuinely excited about.If you’re genuinely excited about the topic you’re going to teach you will be able to engage with your audience better.
Step 2: Define your target student and course goals.
Before you begin creating content for your course, it's important to:
- Determine who you are teaching and where you want to take your students by the end of your course.
- Create a student persona so that you can understand their needs and pain points better.
- Don’t try to teach everyone. Courses created for a specific audience have a higher enrollment rate and get more positive reviews.
If you’re having trouble defining your audience, try deciding who your course is not for.
Step 3: Decide how students will practice
Students love being hands-on with their learning: they want to practice what they've learned through exercises, activities, case studies, and more! There are lots of different types of practice you can include, so you'll want to choose what’s best for your topic. Plus, activity based teaching always facilitates learning and ensures better retention.
Step 4: Create your course outline.
Your course outline is the foundation for your course--this is where you decide how you will structure and visualize your content. A better structured course will allow you to deliver the educational content in a much more effective manner.
Step 5: Script your course.
Once you know how your course will be structured, the next step is to prepare for filming your lectures. Most instructors find that scripting each lecture (or writing bullet point notes) helps to reduce filming time and increases the smoothness of their delivery.
The detailed process of creating and uploading courses on Study24x7 is described in this article
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q. What are the components of a course?
A. A course can consist of a combination of videos, slides, text, quizzes, coding exercises, assignments, and practice tests. You can also add additional resources to your course, including: PDFs, links, audio files, etc to create a rich learning experience for students.
These components are structured into sections and lectures (sections are groups of lectures).
Q. Do I need any approval to get started?
A. No, you do not need any approval to get started. Once you have created your account and brand page you can start creating courses right away. However, In order to ensure that students have great learning experiences, we have a Quality Review Process that every course goes through. Hence, before your course is published on our platform it will be reviewed by our course quality team before making it live on the platform.
Q. How do I put course materials on your site?
A. In order to ensure that the students are able to view your course content (lectures, questions, quizzes etc) at any time as per their convenience, you need to upload your materials using the uploader provided by the platform. You can also upload materials in bulk.
Q. How long should my course be?
A. Your course should be as long as it takes to fully teach your topic and allow your students to achieve the course goals. You can also take a look at other courses in your category to get an idea for the average course length of similar courses
Q. How much time does it take to create a course and lesson?
A. Course creation time varies greatly depending on the length of the course and an instructor's time commitment. Ideally creation of a lesson should take between 90 minutes to 2 hrs.
Q. How can I keep students engaged?
A. Use quizzes, assignments, and worksheets. Students love to practice and apply what they are learning. Practice activities can be anything that makes a student apply their learning, not just quizzes or worksheets. Study24x7 has the tools to create quizzes, practice tests, and assignments in your course.
Q. What is Study24x7's copyright policy?
A. Do not use any Copyrighted contents (Direct images of books, websites and newspapers, images or content with watermarks, images or content with sources mentioned, images from movies or TV series) in your lesson to avoid copyright issues.
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Steps to create an engaging course on Study24x7