With the lesson on:
2.3 Content organisation and systems
You will learn how to stay organised, on track and sane during the content planning, creating, delivering and reviewing phases.
Please make sure you engage with the Worksheet and the Tutorial or Transcript, before undertaking the Content and Task Planner. It can be a very unwieldy document you're not familiar with all the columns and what they're for. Remember, if the excel document does your head in, there's always the Word version, or good 'ol post it notes!
Another good idea is to engage with the Pre-Reading Task as it will give you a very good idea of the process I went through to get this Library and the personalised educational sequence up and running.
Content and Task Planners
Use which ever Content and Task Planner feels easier for you. Often my clients get very overwhelmed with the Excel Version - so use which ever feels better and if all else fails, map out the process onto large pieces of butcher's paper and use post it notes to move things around until it's all in the right order!
If you're more of a GOOGLE SHEET kinda person, here's the latest version for you: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1REmNFmKwpjatBlJJcEBvdJCUW4Jmgiuk65Le9xKY2rs/edit?usp=sharing
You'll need to 'save as' an excel document, then upload into your Google Drive folder. It's a much cleaner and easier version to work with I think!
Want to learn about how I use this system to market my content?
I developed a personalised educational sequence that begins with a quiz, and ends up with the user receiving a list of drip fed emails that specifically target only the areas they've self identified as needing help with. Want to learn more about how it works? Do the reading here.
Live Masterclass for the Content Creation Incubator
Watch a live session where Maria summarises the connections between good product design and curriculum design, how they inform each other, answers questions from learners who have engaged with the lessons in this Curriculum Development course, and then helps a bookkeeping professional work through the language required in her Content and Task Planner.
Summary of Key Topics (with timing indications):
0-6.45: Introduction: summary of what we're going to cover, questions that are going to be answered, how to interact during the tutorial and introductions
6.45 - 10.15: The key to creating a curriculum that works: how product design and curriculum development are linked - how you cannot build a curriculum without understanding what your learning product is and how it works - a list of things to think about how your learning product works BEFORE you start building the curriculum.
10.15 - 11.58: What this masterclass will give you: how the content and task planner will answer the often asked question: how do you know how much content to give (how to know whether it's not enough or too much) - especially when you're trying to distill your knowledge into a 5 day challenge or free lead generation type / opt in learning resource? Then a slight glitch - nothing like live tutorials to test your tech patience!
11.58 -16.00: What is the Content and Task Planner? - quick overview if you haven't done all the tutorials in the Curriculum Development Course, and how the columns give you everything you need for your blogs, articles or challenges - without giving away too much of your knowledge.
16.00-31.30: Working through the Content and Task Planner of a bookkeeper - who is distilling her knowledge into an online course and 5 day challenge. Using what she has put into her columns, and finessing the language to come up with major and minor outcomes, and the content she'll need for her challenge (as opposed to the whole course). Also looking at whether the activities or tasks she has outlined, match the outcomes she's stated learners will get from that module of work.
31.30-35.36: Using the Content and Task Planner to work out what goes into your sales funnel: (from lead generators, to opt ins, to self selecting quizzes, trust-building through to sales). How to work out what to put in a 5 day challenge (without overwhelming your learners) - using your outcomes to make questions that can be answered in a quiz, a challenge, (using content from a social media marketing professional) - if there are up to 50 outcomes, which ones to use, and how to use some to create motivation for your learners to want to learn more from you (ie progress along your sales funnel).
35.36-40.15: Using 'Test Teach Test' and Scaffolding to engage and motivate your learners. How to use the language within the planner to structure your learning experiences so people are impressed by what they learnt from you (not frustrated by how much they already knew or how little they learnt). How to use questions to build trust with your learners - so they can self-select into your courses or challenges with integrity.
40.15 - 56.00: Q&A from participants
- 40.15: how to avoid using the word 'understand' when writing outcomes, by focusing on the actions, not the theory or information you're providing
- 42.45: lecturing and why it's not the best way to deliver learning experiences - an alternative strategy to lecturing that uses the Test Teach Test principle and questioning techniques
- 50.50: how professionals often try to put too much into one lesson and overwhelm learners, because they are subject matter experts and forget how little base knowledge the learners have - how to combat this, and how to tackle the planner head on!
- 54.04: advice for professionals who believe they don't have an outcomes based course (in this case, a personal development professional) - that it's more theory based and doesn't lend itself to 'outcomes', 'activities' or 'tasks' - if they're not able to use the information you're teaching them, why are you teaching it?