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Michael

Cooperative Impact


Building an outline for online learning experiences.

Build an outline for a course or other online learning experience.

If you’re not sure if you’re ready to create a course, scroll down to the bottom to “Evaluate yourself to see how “ready” you are to create a course”.

I admire you for sharing your gifts with others. Whether launching an online learning experience is a new idea or it’s a longtime coming, thank you for deciding to share your knowledge.

We find that a great place to begin this journey is to build an outline for the course. Similar to if you were going to write an essay or a book.

Note: If you find it difficult to make it through the creation of the outline, you may benefit from exercises such as mindmapping and brainstorming. Use those exercises to get it all out of your body. When you empty yourself of the chaos it creates space for contemplation and a new understanding of your work.

Build an outline for a course

Crafting a Niche

What is the specific topic your learning experience explores?

Learner Profile

Who is the specific person you creating the learning experience for?

Learning Objectives (learners will learn…)

What will the learner learn to do from the course?

Learning Outcomes (learners will create…)

What outcomes will your learners achieve for themselves

Modules

What are all the things a learner must learn in order to achieve the outcome? For example:

  • Module 0: Orientation
  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Phase I
  • Module 3: Phase II
  • Module 4: Phase III
  • Module 5: Conclusion

Lessons

What are the smaller pieces within each module?

  • Module 0: Orientation
    • Lesson 0.1: Syllabus
    • Lesson 0.2: Welcome Session
  • Module 1.0: Introduction
    • Lesson 1.1: What is _____ niche all about?
    • Lesson 1.2: State of the current situation
    • Lesson 1.3: Meet your teacher
    • Lesson 1.4: The methodology
  • Module 2.0: Phase I
  • Module 3.0: Phase II
  • Module 4.0: Phase III
  • Module 5.0: Conclusion

Media to Deliver the Course

Think through the ideal way to deliver your course materials based on the learner profile. Does the learner have a hard time reading? Do they prefer text? How might you find these answers?

  • Text
  • Graphics
  • Slides
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Quizzes
  • Polls
  • Surveys

In the meantime, we recommend always starting by writing the entire learning experience by hand and/or typing on the computer. Once you have the entire course built out, it’s easy to spin it off into different mediums.

Increase the Value of a Course

Once you write out the actual course content and produced the additional media and resources you can now begin to add layers to the course.

  • Private groups for students
  • Live calls or webinars
  • 1-on-1 or group coaching
  • Downloadable resources
  • Payment plans
  • Instructor access
  • Exclusive deals/perks/discounts
  • Certifications

Each layer, or, additional product or service, can be added as you offer different tiers of the course.


Evaluate yourself to see how “ready” you are to create a course.

Course and Online Learning Experience Checklist

Yes, I am ready to turn my decades of empirical research and unique methodology into a digital learning experience so that I may support more people in overcoming adversity and living a meaningful life.

Discovery

Yes, I continue to gather People I work with on this topic to uncover there current challenges and gain a deep understanding of where they are right now in order to inform the design of the work I create with them (Ask Me Anything / Live Q&A / Discussion Threads / Peer-Led Groups / etc).

Niche

Yes, I know the specific person who benefits from the specific topic my Learning Experience explores.

Objectives (learners will learn…)

Yes, I know what learners will learn to do as a result of self-directing their way through each phase within my methodology.

Outcomes (learners will create…)

Yes, I know what learners will create for themselves through each phase within my methodology.

Modules

Yes, I have broken down the course into modules with a beginning, middle, an end, and each phase of my Methodology included as Modules in the middle (ie: intro/problem, module 1/phase 1, module 2/phase 2, module 3/phase 3, conclusion/problem reframed).

Deliverable: Outline 1.0

Lessons

Yes, I unpacked each Module into Lessons representing the foundational language and vocabulary People need to understand the Lesson; evaluations/assessments to make it easy for People to know where they are and what to do if they want to move forward; and practices/activities to bring People through the transformation process of where they are to where they are going.

Deliverable: Outline 2.0 with Lessons and each Lesson’s outline included

Writing

Yes, I have written out the first draft of the entire Learning Experience as text for People to test/read as-is for quick feedback from potential customers. I worked through several versions integrating improvements based on feedback.

Learning Ecosystem

Yes, I know the components of my Learning Experience that place learners in the center of the nurturing social emotional support, resources, and tools to achieve the Outcomes (cohorts, media type, discussions, special groups, prompts, practices, value adds etc).

Premium Services

Sacred Venture provides end-to-end solutions with the highest quality production, design, and development services through our unique partnership approach. Let’s create win-win outcomes for more of us.

  • Mobile Apps
  • Multilingual Support
  • Custom Domain
  • Bespoke Design Service
  • Bespoke Courseware Development
  • Content and Video Creation
  • Migration from other LMS
  • Private Lessons
  • Webinars
  • White-labelling
  • Priority Customer Service
  • Zoom integration

We’re currently in private beta, and we’re onboarding people everyday. When you’re ready to build your learning experience, request an invite.

That’s it for now. Let us know if you need any support. We are here with you every step of the way.

Sending you love.

Daniel

Learning experiences built using the Four Movements

Emergence

Project-based learning experience for visionary leaders to create a cohort-driven program that can evolve themselves, their communities, and the ecosystems that support them.

Emergence is an adaptation from its original 16-week program we first launched in 2010 at Rutgers University. Back then, the learners focused on the community within and around their university. Today, learners have expanded their understanding of community without borders.

Worldbuilders

21-day immersive experience to learn how to transmute who you are and what you believe into income-producing digital assets.

Worldbuilders is a 21-day immersive retreat experience that was inspired by the 2020 Emergence cohort who turned out to truly be Worldbuilders. We tested the retreat concept in Costa Rica in 2021, and are now gearing up to follow through with the end-to-end journey in November 2022.

Unconference

Four eight-hour days of experimental workshops to create valuable projects for your world while using business to sustain and maximize your impact.

Cooperative Impact first began as a Social Innovation Unconference. After immersing into the community in 2014, we developed relationships with cross-sector stakeholders who had beautiful stories to share. The event felt like a natural next step.

Cooperative Impact was founded in 2015.

In 2020, we made it official. Cooperative Impact is now registered in the State of New Jersey as a for-profit corporation. We are a social enterprise that is shaping the compassionate future of work and life.

For any questions, please contact support@cooperativeimpact.works.

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