A huge part of creating a successful online course starts with outlining your content and the user flow.
What is a user flow?
A user flow can be simply described as an outline (similar to the ones you use to do for reports back in grade school). You are simply outlining the steps a user, in this case, a student, will go through. What do you want to teach them first? What follows next? Is that exactly what they need to know?
Below is an example of what your outline, your user flow, could look like for your online course idea:
- Intro about you and why you are teaching this
- Problem you saw in the market
- Solution you are going to provide
- Supporting steps (typically lesson 1, 2, 3, etc.) to your solution
Of course, in between all of that you will be adding the media components (a 5-minutes or less video for each lesson). I also like to use what I call parking lot Questions in the background. This is your go-to document for all the questions you have regarding your online course.
Questions that come to mind while you are crafting your online course. Questions that maybe you notice your audience is asking online but you don’t have the answers just yet or maybe you just don’t know where to put these questions yet. This parking lot questions document is one you will keep going back to which is why it’s important to establish it upfront.
How do you format a user flow document?
Simple. It’s just a bulleted Word document. Each bullet point can be:
- Your main topic per lesson with…
- The sub-bullet points being the questions that relate directly to that page
G-Suite is a great way to keep track of all your online course documents and course materials. By doing all of this “prep-work” you will be setting yourself, your online course, and your students up for success.
Feel free to share your tips in the comments.