Coaching You to Online Course Success

In the first episode for 2016 I'm going to cover some questions that I have received over the last couple of weeks relating to topic selection, online course navigation and course structure and organisation.

Topic Selection

Over the final few days of 2015, something really weird happened. The downloads for Episode 3 - Getting Started: Topic Selection went through the roof, taking the episode to 2nd spot for the year.

This sent a very clear message that this was indeed a topic of interest, and I can assure you, you got my attention.

There is more to topic selection than science. It isn't black and white. You have to consider a number of factors, use your intuition and gauge intangible factors.

In this episode, I'm going to share the audio from a video I posted on YouTube a little while back. It looks at topic selection from the student's emotional standpoint. How urgently they need to find a solution to the problem.

Course Navigation

Keeping navigation simple and straight forward is very important when it comes to setting out your lesson page structure. I use an OptimizePress Course template as a starting point and customise from there.


The layout is very clean and navigation is clearly identified. Users have the option of moving back and forth through the lessons in order or they can jump to any part of the course using the buttons and navigation panels provided.

Organising Content

This is a massive topic and probably one better suited to a course all by itself. I use mind mapping software (MindMeister) to simply enter all the information I wish to share in the course. I start out just typing the points out as they come to me. I then look at the logical steps and move the points under the relevant steps. The steps become the course sections and the points become the lessons.

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If you have a question about any aspect of online course delivery, from concept to market, please feel free to send me an email at I'd love to hear from you and your question could very well feature in a future podcast.

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