Elearning Tip #3: Creating a Course Outline is Easy

You’ve just landed your biggest client. You are shocked that they accepted your bid for an elearning course and you cannot wait to get started. There’s only one problem: the client wants a Management 101 course and they have absolutely no content for you. And no content means no outline.  It may seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be that hard.

We now have access to a wonderful thing called Amazon.com. Located on Amazon.com are books about every subject imaginable. As of the writing of this post, there are over 600k books on management.  Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting you buy any of these books. You don’t have to…

Simply find a few books that interest you (titles will tell you a lot) and look for the “Look Inside” graphic above the cover image. If you see that graphic, that means you can glance at the table of contents and a few pages of introductory content. This is exactly what you need.

After you analyze the tables of contents for three or four books, you will have plenty of content for your outline. It’s good to be able to compare the tables of contents and see how each author has arranged their material. You might find one you really like and would love to emulate or you might combine the best topics into an outline of your own. Either way, this simple technique will jumpstart your elearning development process.

For more tips, check out my book “45 Elearning Tips and Tricks” now available in the Kindle bookstore. Or if you are new to elearning and want some advice, try my other book “Become an Elearning Developer Today!” It’s basically a blueprint for getting into the field of elearning development.


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