“I end up overstuffing a training to get ALL the info in or teaching it in a way that makes sense to me, but is confusing to them.” — Course Creator
How do you know if you’re overloading your students with information?
In my experience, there’s a few reasons this happens:
NOT analyzing your learners’ needs before creating your content (so you know where they get stuck)
NOT making your content actionable
NOT structuring your course in a way that encourages application and reflection
When course creators send me questions like this, it’s usually because they’ve been focusing on information alone.
But information alone isn’t the answer.
If it were, all we’d need is a stack of books or online articles and we would achieve all the goals we set.
But it doesn’t work that way, does it?
If you’re like me you have tons of information lying around. Books...courses you’ve bought...articles you’ve saved. It’s not what you know, it’s what you DO.
As a course creator you need to consider this. You need to design for the human element.
One of the things we do in Finish Your Damn Course! is outline the learner’s journey BEFORE creating curriculum. Because that journey will help you see what students need to KNOW vs DO, where they’ll get stuck, and what resources they need.
That’s the first step to not overloading your learners with information.
We want to teach because we have a vision of helping others achieve transformation. But true transformation comes from doing, connecting, taking risks, failing, evaluating, and so on.
I remember having a similar conversation with a mentor, Jen, within a client’s group program. She’d gone through the program herself and now she helped guide new students.
There's that human element again.
Humans are complex:
we say we want to do a thing, but we don’t do the work
we know we need help, but we don’t ask for it
we avoid risk and continue to do things the way we've always done them
The list goes on. Which brings me to the second step of not overloading your students with information: give them less information.
What your students really need is ACTION.
Give them activities to do.
Give them opportunities to apply the information
Give them a chance to succeed...and fail…and reflect...and LEARN
Give them information when they need it and nothing more. Your students don't need all the things. They need one thing, then practice.
That’s how transformative learning happens. That’s how you help students turn information into achievement.
Of course, this is high-level. There's so much more.
If you’re ready to create a transformative course that delivers results, join me and some of your peers in Finish Your Damn Course! Enrollment closes soon.