Stage 3 of Curriculum Development

Okay, welcome back. And I hope that you’ve done the exercises that I suggested you do in the previous lectures. If you’ve not done them, please do them, particularly the success path exercise, and perhaps a sales page exercise. Okay? Because otherwise you really will find the next stage quite challenging, quite difficult and not as successful. Yeah, there is a reason why I’m teaching this stuff in this order. So look, the stage three. So let’s, first of all, we flushed out our course idea. We’ve isolated what we care about. We’ve now started to map out already the kind of the curriculum in rough Yeah, in broad terms, broad brush terms, both on a horizontal line. And in terms of a sales page that would connect what people feel painful or problematic about with what we’re actually going to be teaching. So stage three is actually now to start to actually really develop and start to build your curriculum. Okay. And I think it looks a little bit like this. Okay. Um, yes, I do love New York. Pay basically, course curriculums, great course curriculums are combination of organization, but also creativity and art, that that actually makes things rich. Okay? This is not a kind of scientific linear approach. A great course curriculum is one that has the science it has linearity is that word. It has the the sequencing of ideas. It certainly has a logic. Yeah, definitely has a logic, but where you have the freedom to throw paint up the canvas and actually bring the course of life very much in which I’m doing right now with you, I hope, okay. And, and so actually, when I think about a series of paint pots and brushes, yeah, we’re gonna have our brushes in these baskets. These are our modules. These are our lectures. This is what we’re bringing to bring into the course. But we’re also recognizing that things are sometimes a little bit of a jumble. And sometimes Yes, the student will have to kind of work The stuff out for themselves. But isn’t that the point? Yeah. Do we want to be teaching a bunch of dummies who have to be taken literally every single step through through a process? You know, I mean, honestly, AI and robots can do that far better than us. Why would we instruct a course like that? Yeah. Our job is to inspire, to motivate, to point, the right path to give framings to give structures to give exercises, sometimes to give processes and sequences, but we’re bringing a multi layered approach to what we’re designing here. And the way in which we’re going to teach it in order for the course to have true value for the student. Yeah, we don’t want to be doing stuff that you can find in a million YouTube videos. I mean, these listicle videos, you know, number one, number two, number three, number four, I cannot say that, listen, they serve a purpose, okay? But they’re not really where it’s at with a rich, valuable online course. Nor do we want to simply translate shopping lists of stuff across to an online course. That also ain’t gonna cut it. Honestly, for a quality online course. Think of yourself as a creator, a builder, a maker and an artist. You are a creator, you are a creative person, however kind of geeky and kind of, you know, what have you that you might feel about yourself? believe you, me, you have this artistry inside you. And it’s simply a question of tapping into that artistry and that creativity. Yeah. By the way, I should mention, I mean, brilliant to, we can help you with that. Okay. So if you are interested in deepening creativity and storytelling, as practices in online course development, head over to brilliant to.com and go check out who we are and what we do. And you know, consider signing up for a membership. Okay, I’m allowed to give a few plugs inside this training. So that’s definitely a blog. But you know, madbright are great, great friends of ours. Yeah, we’re collaborating very, very closely with madbright. So you know, I mean, basically, you know, feel comfortable in your For sure, yeah, don’t I’m not trying to bleed your hate from madbright. I’m just I’m just basically explaining that we’re really antiA do have an additional thing going on, where this is kind of the methodology that we’re using. Yeah, this is an approach we’re using. So if you find it super useful, and you like it, go check out what we’ve got to offer. Okay, plug over. So here we aren’t curriculum development. Now. Let’s dive in. This basically, was an earlier design. Okay, so you can rip up a little bit of this. But some of this will be definitely useful now. I strongly encourage you to get a mind mapping app, a mind mapping software. And the one I would suggest you get is I thoughts. It’s available for Mac and PC. It’s what I’m using to teach you right now. safe to say that you can not only use it to rapidly structure an idea to course and research even to research a course. But you can create what I believe is actually an attractive graphical and visual experience for people, as you’ve seen me doing in this course so far. That actually you can teach from. Yeah, it can also if you want to another degree of professionalism, you can generate slides inside, I thought and present those slides, which are animated, the animations come up automatically. Or even if you’re not going to use that as a teaching mechanism or teaching prompt as a teaching aid. What you can do is use that mind map and then actually feed for example, those slides into keynote or PowerPoint, for example, or you could work up your PowerPoints or keep keynotes from the ideas that you’ve ideated inside your mind map. That mind mapping is a critical skill, in my opinion, in ideation, research, planning, mapping, restructuring your online course because that will happen as well and actually clarify Your ideas on what have you got? How you’re teaching it? how’s this gonna work? how’s this going to feel? Before teaching this course to you? I’ve taken a bigger course that I have, I’ve actually stripped it down deliberately. And I just cut it down to the essentials, I could not have done that without actually having it thoughts. Yeah, the thought of trying to do that in Keynote or PowerPoint or inside a Word document or anything like that. You know, I mean, it would just eat my liver, honestly, to have to do that. But then I thought it took about a half an hour, maybe three quarters of an hour to take what was about, I think about six hours of training, and to bring it down to about one and a half to two hours, which is what you’re getting in this course. Yeah, tremendously useful. Yeah. Or at the stage where, in fact, when I then did that, and I cut stuff out, what I then had to do was to actually restructure the sequencing of this particular course or in now, in order to in order to be able to teach it and and for it to be impactful and useful for you. Yeah, again, I could not have done that. Without without the mind map, literally, I was able just to drag the thoughts around and the sequencing and and that worked really, really well. Okay. This is not a mind mapping course. So I won’t dive too deeply into mind mapping theory and practice. But what will help you with the mind mapping app and I’ll just try and step out now into a bigger overview if I can, hang on, let’s try and show you the whole the whole caboodle here. And what I’ll do actually is just to show and hide levels like this. When your mind mapping some important principles, okay. One is trying to keep phrases short, even single words or shorter phrases in in in in the mind map, okay? A second important principle is to be radial, do some things in a circle, okay? A third important principle is when at the point you’re putting stuff down in the mind map, do it quite quickly and rapidly. Yeah, the structure will come later. The important thing is to is to get the flushed out onto the page quickly. Okay. Next up is the use of color. In I thought you can set rainbow colors and stuff like this and styles and what have you. And the next important point is imagery. Okay? You’ll notice quite often I’ve dropped in photographs here. That’s because human retention with imagery is incredibly accurate and powerful, just incredibly, okay. And it’s a wonderful device for people to actually learn with you. All right. So that basically is mind mapping. And actually, if I find out, I’ll expand this out, so I’ll show you a little bit more of the masterpiece we have available here. Look, so you can see how it’s starting to develop out and in this particular course, right? And I’ll keep going. So I’ll show now to say seven levels, okay. And things start to get kind of super, super complex. All right, so I’ll start reducing the complexity. But one of the things I love about this is how you can actually very rapidly go from 30,000 feet. What’s the overall structure Down to actually diving into more detail. Yeah, that’s also a very valuable thing in what we’re doing. So yeah, basically, mind maps as a way to ideate and structure and think your way through something are irreplaceable in my view, and we’re on the wrong thought. Okay, but we go. So what I would encourage you to do is get I thought cost about 40 or 50 bucks for a lifetime license and use it to put your success path and sales page thoughts into a broad structure on your mind map. So actually, we just step back to here. So what you want to be doing is, or we encourage you to do is, excuse me, is basically get the main ideas mapped out first. Now, if you can take it down to seven, that will help you Yeah, the human brain can only process seven things at any one time. And so, but if you present seven things on a on a on a map like this What’s going to happen is that the brain is saying to itself, right, I can absorb that I can understand that, that what it what’s in front of me. But it’s also presenting complexity and richness. Okay? So one very possible structure for you, as you’re mapping your stuff out is seven modules, if you like for your course, here we go 1234567. And then you might put seven lectures inside each module. And you might put seven points inside each lecture, if you like. But the point is that you’re trying to drill down basically into each of the modules into each of the modules into each of the lectures into each of the points inside the lecture. Typically speaking, you have one principle point inside any any one lecture. But in that way, what will start to happen is you’re starting to flush out and get out and develop out your thinking on something your insights, what you want to teach about it in a graphical format, which is easily restructure trouble down the line. Okay, and don’t get too hung up. Don’t get too caught up in this process. Just Basic, it’s more important to get it down on the page. You can edit and move stuff around later. Okay, but get it down on the page first. All right. Yeah. And so that that’s, that’s really the next the next exercise Okay. Do that now, before you come on to the next lecture in this particular course.