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πŸ—ž Course Creators Weekly #33 πŸ—“ February 8th, 2021 - Why course completion rates are the wrong metric

This week, Ryan Gum talks about completion rates, Andrew Barry's all about student transformation, and we learn from Wes Kao about engaging Zoom lessons!

Why course completion rates are the wrong metric Why course completion rates are the wrong metric
🐦 Twitter Thread πŸŽ‰ Student Success

Why course completion rates are the wrong metric

Last week, I shared an article on designing courses for near-perfect completion rates. I also shared a caveat: not every course needs to be finished, not necessarily at least. Funnily enough, Ryan Gum posted a Twitter thread on this very topic, at around the same time I scheduled the newsletter! πŸ˜„

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    Remember that students buy courses for the transformation, not for the information
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    Treat completion rates as a "proxy metric"β€”I'd say, a guide
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    Focus your efforts on your students' success
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    Talk to students throughout their journey to make sure they're getting results
Ryan Gum via twitter.com
How To Create a Successful Online Course How To Create a Successful Online Course
πŸŽ™ Podcast πŸŽ‰ Student Success

How To Create a Successful Online Course

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    Make student transformation your central pillarβ€”build everything else around that
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    Design for learning by doing, together with othersβ€”that's how people learn best
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    Create intentional and meaningful human-to-human interactions
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    You don't need fancy tools to create transformational courses at scale
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    Teach something you're passionate aboutβ€”like any business, it's a lot of work
Andrew Barry via spreaker.com
The State Change Method: How to deliver engaging live lectures on Zoom The State Change Method: How to deliver engaging live lectures on Zoom
✏️ Article πŸ‘‹ Engagement

The State Change Method: How to deliver engaging live lectures on Zoom

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    Switch things up every few minutesβ€”we've evolved to notice and react to changes
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    Put students in breakout rooms for group discussions
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    Ask questions, get students to post in the chat or unmute to speak
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    Learn to be an entertainer as much of an instructor, in equal parts
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    Adapt your approach to the size of your cohortβ€”the dynamics are different
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    Vary your pace/style: Fast and slow, loud and quiet
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    Don't just tellβ€”ask questions and lead students to answers
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    Create opportunities for students to meet and interact, e.g. discussions, projects
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    Ask simple ice breaker questions in the first 5–10 minutes (e.g. last thing you ate?)
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    Split content into more slides to speed up the perceived pace of the lecture
Wes Kao via weskao.com

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