When you have enough students in your traditional courses, but you still do not have the necessary recognition to triple that number without spending huge amounts of money on transport, materials and logistics... the best solution for you is to invest in online courses.
In this way, you will increase the sale of your courses, facilitate the access to classes and you will be able to explore innovative teaching and learning resources that will add value to your brand.
However, producing an online course from scratch may not be that easy and it could require great planning, since online courses have their own special characteristics, approaches and different actions. So, because of the doubts that you may have, we have elaborated a step by step plan for the production of your online classes.
Since you already master your courses content, the topics to be dealt with will not be difficult to elaborate. Now, you have to focus and try to adapt that content to the online class content. You can start by adapting long texts and abstract explanations to a more dynamic and creative format, with short instructions, graphics and symbols. Split your topics in modules to avoid mixing up the contents and elaborate a chronological line with the topics to follow. In this way, your students will see that your courses are ordered and have specific and clear objectives. Besides, when they need to remember some information later, they will know where to find it.
Use dynamic materials, such as videos or images, to attract your students' attention and remember that the web is an environment full of distractions. So, to get your students' attention you will need to create spaces of constant interaction with them.
To have an idea on how to prepare your material, forget about the traditional method of one-way content transmission and focus on knowledge generated through dialogue, inducement and provocation.
In any way, do not stop using the reference and base texts because you will always be able to compile that information and leave it available in your virtual classroom. Your students can download the files to study at home if they feel the need to.
Make practice exercises for classes and home, for your students to solve situations associated with the daily reality of the working world. Interact with them through forums. Take advantage of these spaces of discussion and practice, because this is the way in which knowledge gets to solidify.
Record and edit your classes so that they are registered and available both for your students and you. Watch the videos of your classes again and make self-critical exercises to determine what it is good and what can be improved. Your recordings are the registry of good and bad moments of your classes and help you to keep on improving your performance.
Ready! Now enjoy the advantages of virtual education and increase the scope of your message!