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The Short History of Online Courses

This might be appropriately called “A Personal History of Online Learning” since it traces my own engagement with education online. I think my own anecdotes trace enough of the broader trends in the space, though, to warrant the title above. This post traces 5 successive phases in the evolution of online learning.

Top 7 Things Online Courses Can Learn from Top Gear

What do the North Pole, Japan’s high-speed train, and practical jokes all have in common? 

The Best Free Tool for Understanding Your Audience: Buyer Personas

This post is part of a series on how to build an online course.

Imagine this, you go to all the effort of building an online course and then discover that you failed to reach a major group of potential learners. Or imagine getting your course online only to discover that you need to start over because it doesn’t really speak to the interests and needs of your target audience. The best protection against these outcomes is to begin your course building by testing your own understanding of your target audience.

Use Your Existing Content to Build an Online Course

Most people I’ve spoken with who are seriously looking into creating an online course already have material or content that they want to use as the basis of their course.

That existing material may come in many formats including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Blog posts
  • eBooks
  • Books
  • Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • and other print materials

The question is, how to translate that material into something that works as an online course?

For many people, especially those with a lot of existing material, this can seem like an overwhelming task. This post recommends 5 steps for how to build an online course, with guidelines to simplify that process.

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