7 Ways to Avoid Bad Presentations in Your Online Course

7 Ways to Avoid Bad Presentations in Your Online Course

For all the wiz-bang technology that allows us to teach online, most online courses use pimped-out versions of medieval teaching methods.  When you scrape away all the bells and whistles, the video-based course is just a bunch of lectures. Even if you use a variety of...

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7 Reasons to Drip, Not Drop

7 Reasons to Drip, Not Drop

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...

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Want to teach?  Make a sandwich!

Want to teach? Make a sandwich!

Numbers don’t lie. The shorter the video, the more likely your students will watch the entire thing. As the video gets longer, students start dropping like flies. Wistia, a video hosting platform, studied viewer engagement in relationship to the length of the video...

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Get Students to Complete Your Course:  Tips from 11 Experts

Get Students to Complete Your Course: Tips from 11 Experts

Completion rates for online courses are abysmal. By some measures, as low as 7-14%!  How can we provide transformative learning for students if they don't get through the course? We have to do better, folks! So, I reached out to eCourse experts to find out the most...

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Can a nomad shelter boost  student learning?

Can a nomad shelter boost student learning?

Well, not really.  But bear with me, please.  This post is about BOTH nomad shelters and online learning! Using quizzes in your online course is one of the best teaching strategies available. Don’t believe me? Let me show you. Take this quiz about yurts (nomad...

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A Stupid Simple Way to Help Students Learn

A Stupid Simple Way to Help Students Learn

When students record notes from a presentation, they learn more, retain it longer, and report more satisfaction with the course. Duh! The benefit of taking notes is not only using them later to review the material. The actual note taking is a powerful learning tool....

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Completion Rates:  Part 2 – Razor Sharp Focus

Completion Rates: Part 2 – Razor Sharp Focus

eCourse experts all agree on one thing: completion rates are dismal. An online course creator might wonder, “Who cares? So long as I get the enrollments (and revenue), it doesn’t really matter who finishes it.” Not only is this an abominable attitude for a teacher, it...

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Get More Students to Complete Your Course

Get More Students to Complete Your Course

Part 1 – Provide Snacks eCourse completion rates are abysmal. Some claim that only 7-14% of students enrolled in a course offered online by an entrepreneur will finish it. The research that points to these specific numbers is not very robust, so it may not be exactly...

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What you know, think you know, and want to know

What you know, think you know, and want to know

If you’re like most eCourse creators, you spend oodles of time and effort creating your content, focused on the new information you want to share with your students. Most of us think that we have to jam-pack our courses with valuable – and new – information so that...

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