With the Curriculum Development Course you will learn how to:
Lesson 1: create discrete modules of learning that have client centred, realistic goals to work towards.
Lesson 2: layer the learning experience, so that your clients can immediately use their new knowledge.
Lesson 3: stay organised, on track and sane during the content planning, creating, delivering and reviewing phases.
Lesson 4: ensure efficiency and productivity in your business.
What specifically is included in this course?
In this course there is an introductory lesson, followed by 3 full lessons complete with tutorials, matching podcasts and worksheets. There is also a bonus guest interview with an efficiency expert.
Find out exactly whether you need each one, and follow specific links to the pre-reading materials which will give you a sneak peak into each of the lessons. If your interest isn't piqued by the introductory module embedded below, this course may not be for you!
Why is it beneficial to be consistent when developing your curriculum and resources?
So many clients come to me in confusion and overwhelm because they have created so much content, but have no idea how it all fits together, no idea where anything is, their filing system is an endless rabbit warren of duplicate information and they've totally lost the love with it. All of it. All that hard work, and they've created themselves a monster. Don't do this to yourself.
Forget feeling overwhelmed, confused and out of your depth.
Create a system that will keep you organised, and will give you a complete picture of your content, your resources and the marketing language you'll need to pitch it to your ideal clients. It will also help you scaffold your learning journey into one that is outcomes based, organised, logically sequenced so that your clients are building on their new knowledge and skills, and YOU are staying organised and working efficiently. The final task in this course, is to start your Content and Task Planner - the overview document that summarises all your content, resources and marketing language, and keeps you focused, on track and organised. Yes, such a document exists, and it's fully demonstrated and explained in this short course, an introduction to effective Curriculum Development.
If you don't have a systemised approach to creating content?
There's a fair chance your content will be all over the place, and not follow a solid system which includes things like the language and structure needed to help them understand WHY they should be engaging with your content, or how to apply it immediately. When that happens, they'll either not be motivated to stay switched on, or it'll go in the folder of 'learnings' they've never done anything with. You'd prefer them to use it, benefit from it, then tell everyone about how their lives have changed because of it right?
What happens when you have solid curriculum design?
Just a quick note, prompted by your newsletter, to let you know where the work you did with me has gone… this week your awesome planning tools were used to create a workshop for at-risk youth, helping them understand anxiety and depression so they can be empowered to disrupt the symptoms. Following your framework, Maria, led to 93% of these young people feeling they would handle the symptoms better in the future, and the youth coordinator said she’d never seen a better program. She was over the moon ♥
It was a group project for my tafe program (I’m switching careers, and doing a double-diploma in community services and counselling!) and there were many things that went into the success of the program (like amazing teammates) but Maria, I’m so grateful that I had worked with you and could push to build a workshop that focused on applied experience to cement demonstration and explanation. The effect on the students was massive, better than we could have hoped for. Our lecturer is falling over herself with compliments, and there’s talk of rolling the program out on a wider scale. Astounding!
So thank you. You’re an awesome educator, Maria, and an inspiration. I’m so pleased to know you =D
Maria, thank you! Working with you has been so much fun and so productive!
The way your brain can take complex information (also known as the 20 years of theory and experience in my head!) and turn it into a structure that makes total sense, is phenomenal. That you can then turn this into a visual blows my mind! Oh and you did this in what, three sessions? Amazing!
Through what you’ve taught me, I’ve been able to nail a structure for my coaching practice and the online programs I’m creating. I feel incredibly confident now that I’ll be able to share my knowledge and experience in a way that will truly inspire and help others.
Thank you, with all of my heart! You are brilliant and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to do the 4 PILLARS e-Course and work one-to-one with you.
Founder and Director - The Joy Society
Maria has this uncanny knack of helping your brain make sense of a ton of information. The time I spent in her group workshop was just what I needed to re-set my systemisation skills and help me continue to pull together all the stuff inside my head into a usable format. Maria is the person to go to help you get your ducks in a row so that you’re ready to chunk and package your know-how into something that works. Plus, she is great fun to work with and is so generous with her help and support. Thanks Maria.
Director - Grow Talent
Fancy a free taste test of what's in this short course?
This brief introduction will give you an overview of how to apply these 3 steps in your Curriculum Development plans. Click on the images below and experience the learnings the way that is best for YOU! Watch the video, read the transcript, or just listen to the audio - and yep! It's all free! No need to download or sign up for anything.
Please note that originally the FOUNDATIONS Level was an e-Course; therefore in the tutorials I may refer to Courses as 'Modules', and 'weeks' of the course, which refer to the 4 different Courses that are now housed in the FOUNDATIONS Level.
Learn how to create discrete modules of learning that have client centred, realistic goals to work towards.
Because when you don't?
It's no secret that when there's no goal to work towards, motivation disappears, engagement drops off, and your learners can end up frustrated and disappointed that they didn't achieve what they initially set out to achieve, which is a great way to get negative feedback and stinking reviews. Give them a concrete goal to reach and they'll be more motivated to apply their new knowledge and see the benefits faster. Information without application really, is, not particularly useful!
Disagree? OK. I have two articles for you.
The first explains why 'personalised' outcomes based products are 'the new black', and how I've created an educational sequence that suits EVERY type of content creation client - and no, it's not a one size fits all approach - the clients literally hand pick the exact outcomes THEY want, and get them hand delivered. The second article explains how to avoid turning your clients off you, and your industry for life. Harsh, I know, but wait till you read the story.
Learn how to layer the learning experience according to Bloom's Taxonomy, so that you're taking your clients on a learning journey - not just throwing heaps of information at them and hoping something sticks. It's not just about putting modules or lessons in the right order either. It's about understanding how adults learn, and how they learn most effectively by being lead through a learning journey that piques their interest, then keeps them engaged, eager to find out more and get excited about the benefits they'll see when they apply their new knowledge.
If you don't know how to effectively scaffold the learning experience, your clients won't stay engaged in your program, your completion rates will be low, and you won't be getting the rave reviews every professional needs to be known as the go-to-expert in their niche.
Not sure you need this lesson?
OK. SO have you ever asked yourself the questions - "how much content is too much content? How much should I include? I don't want to bombard them, overwhelm them, or completely insult their intelligence by not giving them enough." Yes? Then have a read of this article, that will summarise this lesson for you, and also give you an awesome demonstration of what it feels like when you get it all wrong.
Learn how to stay sane during the content and task planning, creating, delivering and reviewing phases.
Because when you don't?
Well, we've discussed this already right? No more need for procrastibaking, feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with all your content. Fall back in love with it and get it out there into the world!
Remember there are lots of different ways to stay organised with your content and it's not necessarily all about digital solutions. Good ol' post-it notes, and huge A1 blank planners are awesome tools I often use with my clients. Get a full tutorial on how to best use a Content and Task Planner, and start with the templates that I use with all my clients.
Need some inspiration?
I learnt the hard way. Yes, I'm a systems nerd but my OWN content literally toook 3 years to get out of my head and into this Library. You don't have to go through the same torture! Read bout the process I used here.
BONUS! In this interview, we talk about 'how efficiency and productivity enables you to do things better, quicker and easier, therefore allowing you to CREATE TIME to do whatever you'd like. Efficiency, productivity, organisation and systems are not about being boring or being regimented! They're about showing you better ways of doing things so as to get stuff out of your head, move you out of overwhelm and into a state of flow within life and business so that your precious time is freed up for whatever you'd like to do with it!'