3 Steps to Structuring Your Online Course Curriculum

by | Dec 21, 2022 | Online Courses

Making an online course is a great way to make sure your business stands out from the competition in terms of educating, training, and orienting its customers or employees. You want to make sure your content resonates with your audience, which is why creating an effective online course starts with one thing: structure.

Now, our online course videographers understand more than anyone how overwhelming creating an online course can be. That’s why we’ve pulled from our first-hand experience to put together a quick step-by-step guide to make the whole process as easy as possible.

Step One: Create Your Lesson Plan

Creating an online course requires careful consideration and strategic planning. This typically starts with creating an outline, or a lesson plan. From our experience, the more effort you put into the planning process, the easier the entire experience becomes.

When you’re drafting your lesson plan, we recommend starting with your main objective for each lesson. That way, it’ll be easier to develop a list of topics, activities, and assignments that fulfill each respective objective. Make sure to organize everything in chronological order so the overall lesson plan feels linear and logical to viewers.

Doing all this planning in advance will do wonders for production and post-production phases of the whole videography process—trust us!

Step Two: Get to Work on Your Script

Brush up on your storytelling skills! Using your lesson plan as a blueprint, it’s time to get started on writing out your scripts. As you’re writing, we strongly encourage you to keep these writing rules in the back of your head:

  • Get Creative: Simply listing facts is certainly informative, but if you write a script that’s fact upon fact upon fact with no analysis, examples, activities, or personality, we guarantee you that you’ll bore your audience. Presenting your material in an exciting way is a key part of making sure the learning experience sticks! One of the best ways we’ve found to make an online course vibrant and engaging is by inserting personal stories or relatable examples to further prove the point of your material.
  • Write As You Speak: While this point won’t work for certain industries and their online courses, we strongly recommend implementing a casual, conversational tone wherever possible. Being relaxed and friendly when presenting will make it easy for your students to soak in the course information.
  • Get to the Point: Make sure your scripts don’t have any areas where you’re droning on and on over a subject that’s already been adequately covered. Getting your message across in both a clever and swift way is key to keeping your audience’s attention!

Once you’ve written your scripts for each of your lessons, make sure to devote time to sit down and read it all aloud. You’d be shocked at how many grammatical, spelling, and syntax errors you catch!

Step Three: Find a Videographer to Work With

So, you’ve got your lesson plans and your scripts polished and done. Awesome! Now, it’s time to bring your lessons and course material to life. In other words– it’s time to reach out to a professional videographer so you can get the ball rolling on your online course videography.

A skilled, talented, and experienced online course videographer will be able to help bring your vision for the course to life through engaging visuals and sound effects. They can also assist with editing your lesson plans and scripts in such a way that makes them even easier for viewers to digest. Additionally, they may be able to offer advice on other technical aspects of video production such as lighting or sound design which can further enhance the quality of your video content.

Let’s Get Started on Creating Your Online Course

Creating an effective online course curriculum can seem like a daunting task but with some careful planning and the help of a professional videographer, it doesn’t have to be. At One Forty Films, our talented online course videographers know what it takes to create an effective, engaging, and gorgeous online course. We’ll work side-by-side with you to bring your vision to life! Head over to our contact page, fill out the form, and one of our team members will be in touch shortly. 

one forty films denver jill coates

I come from a family full of entrepreneurs. I’ve grown up alongside those with a deep passion for building a successful business and experienced firsthand the work ethic it requires to be a visionary in a specific market. Because of this background, I have a deep passion for creating the tools to help businesses succeed.

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