Building an outline for online learning experiences.

Build an outline for a course or other online learning experience.

If you’re not sure if you’re ready to create a course, scroll down to the bottom to “Evaluate yourself to see how “ready” you are to create a course”.

I admire you for sharing your gifts with others. Whether launching an online learning experience is a new idea or it’s a longtime coming, thank you for deciding to share your knowledge.

We find that a great place to begin this journey is to build an outline for the course. Similar to if you were going to write an essay or a book.

Note: If you find it difficult to make it through the creation of the outline, you may benefit from exercises such as mindmapping and brainstorming. Use those exercises to get it all out of your body. When you empty yourself of the chaos it creates space for contemplation and a new understanding of your work.

Build an outline for a course

Crafting a Niche

What is the specific topic your learning experience explores?

Learner Profile

Who is the specific person you creating the learning experience for?

Learning Objectives (learners will learn…)

What will the learner learn to do from the course?

Learning Outcomes (learners will create…)

What outcomes will your learners achieve for themselves

Modules

What are all the things a learner must learn in order to achieve the outcome? For example:

  • Module 0: Orientation
  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Phase I
  • Module 3: Phase II
  • Module 4: Phase III
  • Module 5: Conclusion

Lessons

What are the smaller pieces within each module?

  • Module 0: Orientation
    • Lesson 0.1: Syllabus
    • Lesson 0.2: Welcome Session
  • Module 1.0: Introduction
    • Lesson 1.1: What is _____ niche all about?
    • Lesson 1.2: State of the current situation
    • Lesson 1.3: Meet your teacher
    • Lesson 1.4: The methodology
  • Module 2.0: Phase I
  • Module 3.0: Phase II
  • Module 4.0: Phase III
  • Module 5.0: Conclusion

Media to Deliver the Course

Think through the ideal way to deliver your course materials based on the learner profile. Does the learner have a hard time reading? Do they prefer text? How might you find these answers?

  • Text
  • Graphics
  • Slides
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Quizzes
  • Polls
  • Surveys

In the meantime, we recommend always starting by writing the entire learning experience by hand and/or typing on the computer. Once you have the entire course built out, it’s easy to spin it off into different mediums.

Increase the Value of a Course

Once you write out the actual course content and produced the additional media and resources you can now begin to add layers to the course.

  • Private groups for students
  • Live calls or webinars
  • 1-on-1 or group coaching
  • Downloadable resources
  • Payment plans
  • Instructor access
  • Exclusive deals/perks/discounts
  • Certifications

Each layer, or, additional product or service, can be added as you offer different tiers of the course.


Evaluate yourself to see how “ready” you are to create a course.

Course and Online Learning Experience Checklist

Yes, I am ready to turn my decades of empirical research and unique methodology into a digital learning experience so that I may support more people in overcoming adversity and living a meaningful life.

Discovery

Yes, I continue to gather People I work with on this topic to uncover there current challenges and gain a deep understanding of where they are right now in order to inform the design of the work I create with them (Ask Me Anything / Live Q&A / Discussion Threads / Peer-Led Groups / etc).

Niche

Yes, I know the specific person who benefits from the specific topic my Learning Experience explores.

Objectives (learners will learn…)

Yes, I know what learners will learn to do as a result of self-directing their way through each phase within my methodology.

Outcomes (learners will create…)

Yes, I know what learners will create for themselves through each phase within my methodology.

Modules

Yes, I have broken down the course into modules with a beginning, middle, an end, and each phase of my Methodology included as Modules in the middle (ie: intro/problem, module 1/phase 1, module 2/phase 2, module 3/phase 3, conclusion/problem reframed).

Deliverable: Outline 1.0

Lessons

Yes, I unpacked each Module into Lessons representing the foundational language and vocabulary People need to understand the Lesson; evaluations/assessments to make it easy for People to know where they are and what to do if they want to move forward; and practices/activities to bring People through the transformation process of where they are to where they are going.

Deliverable: Outline 2.0 with Lessons and each Lesson’s outline included

Writing

Yes, I have written out the first draft of the entire Learning Experience as text for People to test/read as-is for quick feedback from potential customers. I worked through several versions integrating improvements based on feedback.

Learning Ecosystem

Yes, I know the components of my Learning Experience that place learners in the center of the nurturing social emotional support, resources, and tools to achieve the Outcomes (cohorts, media type, discussions, special groups, prompts, practices, value adds etc).

Premium Services

Sacred Venture provides end-to-end solutions with the highest quality production, design, and development services through our unique partnership approach. Let’s create win-win outcomes for more of us.

  • Mobile Apps
  • Multilingual Support
  • Custom Domain
  • Bespoke Design Service
  • Bespoke Courseware Development
  • Content and Video Creation
  • Migration from other LMS
  • Private Lessons
  • Webinars
  • White-labelling
  • Priority Customer Service
  • Zoom integration

We’re currently in private beta, and we’re onboarding people everyday. When you’re ready to build your learning experience, request an invite.

That’s it for now. Let us know if you need any support. We are here with you every step of the way.

Sending you love.

Daniel

Sacred Venture (SV) is a social enterprise that builds social enterprises, collectives of social enterprises, and facilitate community conversations spacious enough to hold all perspectives.

We do this in Canada, USA, Costa Rica, and more soon. For questions, please contact support@sacredventure.com