We are delighted by your interest in our Web site and at the prospect of your developing an e-course with us. Whether you have just submitted a course proposal or are considering doing so, here is some information on course development, set-up and other services we think will be helpful to you based on our communications with other content providers now on board.
Course Development Suggestions
Determine your focus and target audience first
Many of you may have a course idea that could be adapted for various audiences (e.g., counselors, parents or teachers). We are open to several courses on the same topic, course sequels and series but we suggest you target your largest audience first since the smaller audiences take longer to find. Thereafter, it is easier to expand your topic and audiences.
How do we Create Value?
Many of you ask me about the course length and pace. We think course length and pace are intertwined with course value. In other words, what are we offering for $34.95?
Think of it this way, I buy a lot of self-help books. So if I were the consumer, I might ask myself...
Think about these questions and answers as you begin developing your course.
- What is the value of this e-course versus a book on the subject?
- Am I receiving valuable
with my purchase?
- Does this e-course provide me with the same substance a book provides - only in smaller, more focused doses?
- Does this course offer online interactive web tools or printable forms that
a book canít offer?
- Does this online experience provide audio messages such as guided meditations?
- Do I appreciate this method of information delivery and this "less is more" approach on the subject?
- Do the daily, weekly or bi-weekly lessons improve my chances of retaining this material?
- Will this daily, weekly or bi-weekly course suggest new ways of dealing with this challenge or issue?
- Can I "try out" or "digest the information" over the next week (or two) and then build on that information each subsequent lesson?
- Does this e-course effectively reinforce material presented in this author's book(s) and/or workshops?
- Does a short daily or weekly lesson assist me in my recovery, diet, and/or healing?
- Are there valuable resources (books, Web sites, support groups, etc.) that I will learn about through this e-course?
Having said all that, we recommend:
Create a rough course outline of lesson titles
- Courses designed for weekly or bi-weekly distribution consist of 16 to 20 lessons.
- Courses designed for daily distribution span over four to six months (this includes weekend delivery of lessons).
Knowing how many lessons you plan to cover helps determine the ideal course pace. Yes, the course may be ideal on a weekly or bi-weekly basis but regardless of what we suggest, the learner has the final say on how frequent these lessons arrive in their e-mail inbox. So, a standard 20-lesson course designed for bi-weekly delivery over ten months, could end up being five months of weekly lessons or even 20 days of daily lessons!
If you wish to see a few random lessons from some existing courses,
with this request. Let us know the course concept you are considering.
Upon course acceptance, we generate a contract and confidentiality
agreement for us both to sign.
We agree upon a due date for the first lesson and the course outline. This is
usually set for a few weeks following the contract signing. The contract also
contains the time frame in which the course is to be completed (e.g.,
three months). This is usually based on your preference as noted on the online
Course Proposal application form.
Our easy-to-use lesson template
Once the contract is signed, we give you access to our web-based lesson builder template. Lesson format includes:
After editing, formatting and obtaining final approval on your course, we take it from there: promoting, administering and delivering your e-course.
- Course title
- Mindset preparation
- Lesson number and title
- Author's name
- Relevant quote
- One line recap of last lesson
- Lesson body with exercises or questions
- Closing thoughts
- Suggested readings or resources for additional guidance
- Next week (one line teaser for upcoming lesson)
- About instructor/links to your site and books
- Copyright info
Promotion of your Web site
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Content Providers with Web sites, click here for partnering details and benefits!
We are very pleased about your interest in this project and look forward to further communication with you.
President & CEO
E-Mail Expressions, LLC