Start with an outline or a map

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book. I will be publishing more of thes over the next Weeks and months.

Whatever you call it, you need to know what your course will look like and your learners will also want to know what the course is about by looking at the outline.
Having said that, I recommend that you consider this outline as a draft until you have completed the course. Often, I find myself adding or removing lessons as I build the course. Once the course is finished, I can then publish my final outline.

However, you still need to start with a rough outline of what the course is about.

Let’s refer back to the chapter on Setting your Learning Goals. In the first example we discussed the sills the learners will walk away when learning how to paint miniature models.
What skills will they walk away with?
If you are teaching your audience how to paint miniature models, start by making a list of each specific skill they will need to learn.
Maybe, it would be a list that includes:

  • Preparation of the surface for painting
    • How to Sand the surface
    • Primer, how to apply
  • Applying the paint
    • Spray techniques
    • Paint brush techniques
  • And the list goes on…

These steps become the outline for your course. In this example, you would have the following course outline and lessons:

  1. Preparation of the surface for painting
    1a) How to Sand the surface
    1b) Primer, how to apply
  2. Applying the paint
    • Spray techniques
      2b) Paint brush techniques
      And the list of steps goes on…

So, think about the steps or process you want to teach and make an outline out of that. You can always tweak and adjust as you go along. This will give you a road map as you build your course and will keep you organized.