With several years of experience, you might be passionate about a plethora of subject areas. Therefore, to make your selection, it might be prudent to consider on the following.
Which topic would be more relevant to your audience and how will it keep them engaged? To do this, you may want to draw from your own personal/professional experience, hobbies, or consider current events, and review articles/books that you have read. Bear in mind, that your course topic should not be outdated.
How will learners benefit from your choice topic? Will the knowledge you deliver help them to advance their careers, improve their quality of life, or make it more interesting?
When you have decided on your topic, create a compelling course title. Your title will play a decisive role in drawing students to your course. In addition, it will briefly sketch the learning outcomes of your course. Therefore, we advise that you aim for a unique and descriptive title.
Remember you are not expected to teach like the great Albert Einstein, you only need to embody wisdom and demonstrate your love for the subject matter, while simultaneously leveraging engaging and effective delivery methods (e.g., enactment, visualisation, storytelling, quizzes, worksheets, and group discussions) that will help your students fall in love with the topic. Remember, that there is a high market demand for this topic so put your best foot forward to deliver high quality learning content and exceed your students’ expectations of the course.
Determine your audience
Now that you have selected your topic, as a rule of thumb, you will need to define your core audience. Bearing in mind that you cannot teach everyone and so a one size fits all approach should not be applied while teaching. TeachSomebody learners span varying education levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) and demographics (age, social economic status, among others). Thus, when crafting your target audience, we recommend that you try to answer the following questions.
Who and why would any student want to take your course?
What education level will the course satisfy?
How can your course address specific obstacles that your students are battling in their every-day lives?
What knowledge and skills do you want your students to acquire at the end of your course?
Answers to these questions will help you to
devise clear learning objectives,
describe and organise the learning content, and
determine the appropriate delivery methods.
Outline clear learning objectives
With distinct learning outcomes, students can have a clear view of the course expectations and the knowledge and skills they will obtain after completing the course. Through well-defined course objectives you can foster independent learning and help students to thoughtfully monitor and reflect on their learning progress.
Leaning on the recommendations of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at the Carnegie Melon University, we concur that learning objectives should meet the following requirements.
It should be student-centred – Hence you may use the following terms: “At the end of the course, students should be able to ____.”
It should be measurable in this way you can check if your students have achieved mastery on a particular topic. Hence you can ask yourself – “What would students do differently if they really 'understand' or 'appreciate' or ‘gain a working knowledge’ of X?”
It should identify what skills your students will master after completing the course e.g., writing, speaking, problem solving, management, interpersonal, and leadership, etc.
The learning objectives will be more effective if it uses action verbs such as Create, Define, Describe, Assess, Design, and Modify as included in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Kindly refer to this link for more action verbs:BloomsTaxonomyVerbs.pdf
Collect and outline your learning content
Now that you have defined your learning objectives, it is time to select and collate the learning material. At first, this may seem like an overwhelming task especially considering the wealth of information that you have garnered over the years. However, this can be overcome by exploiting the divide and conquer methodology i.e., breaking down the content into sectional components. Accordingly, we recommend a modular approach to organising the course content. To effectively, outline your course, we recommend the following steps.
Determine the length of the course. TeachSomebody’s short courses span two to three weeks while our extensive courses range from six to twelve weeks.
Plan how you will align the learning content to address the learning objectives.
Decide what you will include in each section of the course, select addition reading material, and determine how you will assess that each learning outcome is met.
Similar content can be classified into modules and then ordered to tell a coherent story.
Validate your content with a close friend and later check that you have not plagiarised or infringed any copyright agreements.
Mode of Delivery
Now that you have organised the learning material, you can decide on an instructional strategy to deliver your course. TeachSomebody offers video, text, and audio capabilities to help you to offer the best learning experience to your students. Bear in mind the following points when choosing your mode of delivery.
Text-based courses are perfectly fine. However, to enhance the learning experience you may add visuals to your course. Carefully select all visual material and to avoid copyright infringements. Accordingly, we recommend the following websites Unsplash and Pixabay as no attribution is required.
For video-based courses, ensure you have a good camera, a microphone with good sound quality, as well as adequate lighting. We recommend talking head videos when making PowerPoint slides, or you can simply screen cast using e.g., Quicktime Player, Active Presenter, OBS studio, or Camstudio. Be sure to record videos with a plain background to avoid distractions. For each course section, we recommend that you condense the learning material to a maximum of ten minutes, with a file size of no more than 250 Megabytes. To ensure proper video quality we stipulate that you produce high definition videos of 720 pixels or higher. Editing your videos is easy and on Mac you can use iMovie and Kdenlive on a Windows PC. Create a test video before you proceed with the other modules.
Create your course Logo
Your course logo provides a first impression of the course. You may take a creative or direct approach to designing your course logos. However, try to avoid being too abstract with logos. Logo size of 712 x 400 pixels is recommended.
Pricing your course
TeachSomebody offers several options to price your course. In this way, you can offer your course for free, discounted, or at an affordable cost. Consider the following when pricing your courses.
Free courses provide knowledge access to socially disadvantaged groups and further promotes equality in education and can be used as a tool to mobilise them to access sustainable jobs. In addition, by offering your course for free you can help your students to become more familiar with your work and establish your credibility that is unparalleled with your global audience.
Pricing is highly dependent on course content (interactivity of the course, multimedia elements, written content, and how deep you dive into the subject area) as well as the length of the course. Text-based courses are often priced at a lower cost.
To determine an ideal price for your course, you can offer promo codes or discounted coupons. Start by offering larger discounts then progressively lowering the discounts while keeping a close eye on the total number of sales.
Note well that courses offered on TeachSomebody.com cannot be used on other platforms such as your personal website, Vimeo, YouTube or other e-learning websites.
Launch your course
So you that have met all the requirements above it is time to launch your course! Share your course with your social network and invite your colleagues, family, and friends to take your course. Well done, you are awesome!
Watch a summary of the steps in this video
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