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🗞 Course Creators Weekly #37 🗓 March 8th, 2021 - How long should your course be?

We learn from Janelle Allen about designing outcome-focused courses, Andrew Barry talks about the 3 P's of a Transformational Online Course, and Pat Flynn talks about passive income!

How long should your course be? How long should your course be?
📹 Video 🧩 Structure & Design

How long should your course be?

I shared this video from Janelle Allen in the very first issue of CCW, but that first issue was different. I wasn't writing my own summaries yet. A recent subscriber reminded me of this common question so I thought I'd bring it back, with a summary! 😊

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    Your course should be as long as it needs to be for your students to achieve their goal
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    Start with the outcome, and walk backwards to determine the steps to get there
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    Brain dump your content ideas first, look for patterns and chunks to organise later
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    Avoid trying to be perfect—start with an imperfect live pilot, take feedback and iterate
Janelle Allen via janelleallen.com

If you're curious about this "dump then clump" outlining strategy, check out CCW #16, where I shared a video from Pat Flynn explaining how he outlines his courses + more.

3 things you need for a transformational online course 3 things you need for a transformational online course
📹 Video 🎉 Student Success

3 things you need for a transformational online course

Here are the 3 P's of a Transformational Online Course, according to Andrew Barry:

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    Personal meaning—give assignments that force students to reflect on their motivations
  • 2️⃣
    Peer to peer learning—create the space for students to interact + exchange feedback
  • 3️⃣
    Prompts to action—design activities for students to learn incrementally through doing

Watch the video for further explanations and detailed examples!

Andrew Barry via youtube.com
5 Passive Income Mistakes Everyone Makes (But You Don't Have To) 5 Passive Income Mistakes Everyone Makes (But You Don't Have To)
📹 Video 🧠 Mindset

5 Passive Income Mistakes Everyone Makes (But You Don't Have To)

The mistakes, and what you should be doing instead:

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    Trying to build a business that helps everybody; start narrow and focused on a niche
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    Starting with a website + branding work; start by helping just one person get results
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    Thinking of passive income too early; build an active business first, automate later
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    Chasing an arbitrary financial goal; find the number you need to live the life you want
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    Thinking money-first; serve people—money is the byproduct of how well you do that
Pat Flynn via youtube.com

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