Date: June 23, 2022

An easier way to "roadmap" your course...

I caught the exotic travel bug in my twenties, and it all started with a trip to Nepal.

I decided to book a place on an adventurous guided tour — 16 days of tracking, whitewater rafting and jungle safari.

Naturally the travel brochures gave detailed itineraries, like:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive to Besi Sahar then hike to Bhulbule

Day 3: Trek to the Jagat village

…and so on.

But since my Nepalese geography was pretty non-existent, the stopping points on the journey didn’t mean that much to me.

What sold me on the trip were the things we would be doing and seeing along the way:

  • trekking through forests of rhododendrons
  • swimming in natural waterfalls off the beaten path
  • experiencing traditional Sherpa culture

In other words, it was what happened between the stopping points that were important.

And it’s a concept that carries over into the world of online courses…

One of the most common tools when planning your course is a roadmap. It’s the series of significant milestones that lie on the path to the result you’ve promised to your students.

But as a course creator, it can be really tough to work out exactly what those milestones should be. Not all journeys have clear, neatly spaced markers along the route.

So here’s a shift that I’ve found really helpful:

Instead of thinking about the milestones, think about what students will focus on at different stages of their journey.

For instance, if your course teaches people how to grow their LinkedIn following, then an early part of that journey might have them focusing on creating a kick-ass profile page. In a later stage they might focus on making connections with the people they used to work with.

I’ve found that when you focus on what students are doing and learning at different stages of their journey, it takes the pressure away from trying to perfectly define the milestones in between.

Don’t get me wrong, milestones are great — they really help to give student a sense of progress.

But you don’t have to nail them all upfront. :-)

See you soon,

Glen.

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