In eCourse lingo, “drip” simply means to schedule your lessons to be released over time. You can drip content based on when a student enrolls or, my preferred method, release content based on a specific start date. With a “drop” course, students have access to all the content at once.
Which should you do? Simple: if you want your students to maximize their learning and you want to build a community of engaged learners, drip is the way to go.
Here are 7 Reasons to Drip Your Course
Keep student overwhelm to a minimum.
It is easy to get completely paralyzed when you are facing an enormous task. The role of a teacher is to cut the gigantic amount of content into easily accessible chunks so that a student can take one step at a time. When you drip content, it is less likely that students will get stuck in the mire of too much to do
Keep students interested and coming back for more.
If you make sure that students feel a sense of accomplishment with each piece of content that you drip out, they will never bore of the course and beg for more and more. They will be excited to keep learning from you. And, most likely, be ready to receive another set of dripped content from another course of yours!
Build a community of learners.
Dripping based on a particular start date, coupled with a Facebook group or private forum allows you to build a community of engaged learners. The students are all in it together and can share wins and struggles with each other. They feel connected, which is the key to being opened to learning.
Help students maximize learning.
In order to learn anything, we have to move the newly acquired information from short-term memory into long term memory, but if that short term memory is overloaded, little to nothing will get filed away for later retrieval. As the teacher, you can parse out the information via a drip schedule to avoid overload and to boost long-term learning.
How many of us couldn’t use a little help with managing our time? IF you drip out content in chunks that require equal effort, students can plan the time they need for each lesson into their regular schedule. This way, it is waaaay more likely that your students will actually find the time to complete the course.
Encouraging students to take a step-by-step approach.
People are funny sometimes. Even when they pay good money for a course, if you give it to them all at once, they are likely to think they already know the basics and jumping to the end. Needless to say, that leads to trouble: less successful students, more disgruntled customers, and lots more refund headaches for you.
When you drip your content, it is vital that you also provide instant access to some part of your content. And I mean vital with a capital V. A student is highly motivated at the moment they enroll in a course. As a teacher, you want them to capitalize on that motivation and get moving. As a business owner, you want your customers to get instant gratification for the good money they have just spent on your product.
Find one chunk of content that students can start with at any time while waiting for the course to open and the rest of the content to drip out at regular intervals.