Technology is a distraction

It's been pretty quiet around here lately. Today you're going to find out why.

If you've followed my articles, you know I've spent a lot of time reviewing hosted online course platforms (like Thinkific and Coach), Learning Management System (LMS) plugins and talking about online course technology.

Starting today you won't see any new platform or plugin reviews on the site.

Why am I making this change?

How to design for obstacles in your online course

How to design for obstacles in your online course

Creating an online course isn’t just about making your content look pretty. To create online courses that change lives, you’ve got to consider all the things.

Like where your learner is when they start your course and where they want to end up.

This is called your learner journey. It’s a great way to put yourself in your learner’s shoes. But there’s another aspect that’s often overlooked.

Obstacles.

Your students will have resistance to changing habits and behavior. Not to mention trying to finish your course while dealing with kids, a full-time job, aging parents, and all the other stuff that tries to poo on our goals.
 
How are you, dear course creator, going to design for that?

To drip or not to drip?

To drip or not to drip?

If you've been creating (or taking) online courses for a while, you're probably familiar with the drip vs self-paced conversation: are drip courses more effective than self-paced courses for learning?

The motivation for this age-old question comes from self-paced courses: they have notoriously low completion rates.

Only 10% of your students completing your self-paced course? Yep, that's not unusual.

But do completion results improve with a drip course? 🤔

Use the Power of Email to Grow Your Education Business

If you’re working on your first course, you might think you need to jump head first into trying to build the perfect course in an LMS.

Don’t do that.

For one, there’s no such thing as a perfect course.

If you want to provide quality and value, you should always be iterating and improving your course based on student feedback. (Contrary to the passive income myth, teaching isn’t a one and done thing.)

So instead of stressing out about creating a huge course, start small: Start with an email course.

How to motivate people to finish your online course

How to motivate people to finish your online course

You've spent months creating your online course. You launch it and sell out in a week. In the first couple weeks, people are excited, they're engaging...asking questions even!

But then you start to notice things drop off. With each week it seems that less people are working on the material (you know because you've checked the stats).

Here’s the truth: people will buy your course and never complete it. 

Online courses have a reputation for abysmal completion rates. Generally around 20%.

How do we solve this problem?

The good news is we know the source...

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