When it comes to creating an online course it can be overwhelming to select an idea. As mentioned in an earlier blog post you just have to pick one idea and develop it out. Now, I know that sounds easy, but once you get into it you will realize it’s more complicated. You begin to wonder how much more you can pack into your online course. Let’s pump the breaks right there.
When creating an online course everyone wants to pack in as much information as they can to make it feel like their course is good enough – “but wait, there’s more…” You need to stop. You are not only stressing yourself out, you are overwhelming your students. Students are eager to jump into your online course but don’t have enough time to go through everything. They want bite-sized information.
Let’s face it, you (the course creator) are just like like your students – rushing around town running from one appointment to another, trying to knock out your to-do list and trying to figure out how you can squeeze one more thing into your day. Some days you barely make time to eat. Our brains need food in order to help us make it through the day. Food and exercise are key to managing your energy and therefore your lifestyle. Anyway, back to your online course material.
When you find that one idea you want to teach on then comes the fun part – breaking down your idea to its simplest form.
Anyone can throw a bunch of content into an online course and call it good. But when you take the time to break your course content down and really focus on just delivering the key points that your students can actually understand and implement, that’s a skill. That’s learning made simple!
In a world (don’t worry, I won’t finish that line from every movie trailer, but you knew I was thinking about it, right?) where the average attention span is 8.4 seconds, it’s no wonder why so many people purchase online courses but rarely finish them. While the intention is good and the course sounds great, people just don’t have time to sit and watch a 10, 20, 30 or even worse 60-minute training videos.
People want short and sweet bite-sized pieces of information they can both process and put into practice right away.
Creating an online course that gets straight to the point and just delivers the right amount of information is what we call bite-sized learning.
You (the course creator/teacher) will show them (your students) how to do all of this once you create your first online course here on Stupid Easy. When you create your online course, whether it’s your first or your 100th, I want you to think differently – sound familiar? Pulled that one from my buddy Steve Jobs. Brilliant man!
Write out all the content you would love to add into one course. Then scale it back.
It may seem crazy to do this and in the moment the challenge might be harder for you than you thought. Creating a course full of bite-sized information will increase the value of your course and you’ll leave room for yourself to generate more courses. Less is more and by scaling it back you are essentially creating more content with less effort. Don’t go for quantity, go for quality.