Course Designing Guidelines

A well-designed training course is imperative: a) for clients to understand what to expect out of the training; and, b) for you to make the course customization easier.

Here are some cues to help you plan and structure your course:

  1. Identify and define the target audience. “Machine learning for entry-level non-CS engineering professionals” is preferable to “Foundations of Machine Learning.” The latter will attract a heterogeneous cohort of learners and end up diluting the take-home value.

  2. Think carefully about your course outcomes. Define what the learners will leave the training with and why it is important for them. Link this to the client requirements. E.g., the client may want their team to learn a particular software to execute a project. The course outcomes should communicate why your course is the best learning path to upskilling in the context of the project.

  3. Clients may share the pain points they face and not the topic which they want to learn. This input should be used to customize the course (“mother course”) live on the StepUpwards platform.

  4. Design a course outline by breaking down the total content into module- / session-wise topics. Specify the tentative duration (in hours) of each module/session. It ensures that the client knows what to expect, and you have an itemized list of things to deliver.

  5. Incorporate the use of case studies and ground-level scenarios in your content. Include quizzes, polls & assignments. Mention these in the outline. Corporate learners aim to apply the new knowledge on the job in real-time. Real-life examples, quizzes, and assignments that involve the application of concepts help shorten the learning curve.

  6. Prepare and share presentations, resources, videos, images, links, and any other course content, in advance, before beginning each session. Dedicate adequate time every session to invite and answer questions. This leaves the learners with the material they can use later for reference, and enhance your value delivery.

  7. If you maintain theory notes, you may consider sharing them before or after each session, so that maximum time is spent in applying the knowledge.

  8. Keep your course material up to date and relevant considering industry trends. This also keeps you ready to handle queries from learners who are familiar with their field of work and on top of industry trends.

  9. You may be interested to know how other instructors (in the same field as you) approach the subject. Use the “Explore Courses” and “Search” features on the StepUpwards platform to explore different course outlines. This may also provide you with some insights to highlight the unique aspects of your course. 

  10. You may use course content that you have already created and upload the same to the platform, after incorporating the guidelines shared above. This will facilitate and expedite the process. Feedback from clients/learners and StepUpwards insights will help finetune the course on an ongoing basis, continuously increasing the impact you create.