Now that you’ve conducted some crucial research on your target student, answer the following questions to guide the creation of your course outline. These questions will help you bring all of this research together, identify who exactly should take your course, and begin to create your course content outline.
Use this document to record your responses to the below questions and draft your own examples.
Phase 1: Defining your target student
Question 1: Why should someone take your course?
This information can be used for structuring your course and helping you inspire people to enroll and participate. Be sure to revisit these answers throughout creating your course.
- What goals the student has for himself and his career.
- What problems or inefficiencies the student may have in her work or personal life.
- What kind of projects or tasks the student hopes to accomplish after taking your course.
Example: Anyone who wants to learn to make their own apps and is interested in doing so for the Android platform, should consider using this course to get started and get published.
Question 2: What should someone be able to do before starting your course?
This will help you understand what prior knowledge the student has before taking your course.
- What expertise the student already has.
- What topic or concept is at the top of her understanding.
Example: Before starting this course, someone should have used an Android device and its applications for several hours and have logically thought through step-by-step tutorials in multiple topics.
Question 3: What should someone be able to do after taking your course?
This will help you identify the skills you’d like to help people acquire.
- What skills the student will need to learn to reach his goal.
- What topics you won’t need to cover because of prior knowledge.
Example: After taking this course, students should be able to design and develop an Android application using Java and XML.
Question 4: Given your answers above, who specifically is your target student?
This will help you design the right course for the right people.
- The students’ goals.
- Their prior knowledge.
- What skills they need.
Example: My target student has experience learning on Youtube, owns an Android device, and is inspired to create their own app by the apps they use every day.
Phase 2: Defining your learning objectives
Step 1: Make a list of the specific abilities you want to help your target students acquire.
- Read and write Java code
- Build Android UIs using XML
- Design user flows for mobile applications
- Implement individual features like list views and navigation
Step 2: For each of the abilities listed above, describe the knowledge students will need to learn in your course.
- Read and write Java code
- Visually and verbally parse Java syntax
- Use the debugger to track the state of objects before during and after method implementation
- Determine the control flow statement needed for a given situation
Course Strategy Challenge: Earn Your Blue Ribbon
- Record your answers to the above questions using this template.
- Share a link to your Google document in the Udemy Studio using the hashtag #CourseStrategy by August 12.
- Get feedback from the community and win a Blue Ribbon!
Congratulations – You’ve just completed our Course Strategy Challenge! You’re now ready to finalize your course outline and start scripting and recording your lectures.
If you posted all five tasks in the Udemy Studio, you’ll be entered to win a one-on-one course strategy consultation with Udemy’s Instructor Success Team!