Review Teacher Tips Designing A Successful Class
Barlett starts by discussing how to pick a class project that relates to what your students will be learning in the course. He also talks about how he builds his brand and his Skillshare channel with a series of courses.
Barlett shares how and where he finds the latest trends and inspiration for his courses, such as social sites. His discusses how he collects this inspiration in a Pinterest board. He also discusses how he checks out other Skillshare course on the same subject, concentrating on the most successful topics and projects. He discusses how he uses this inspiration to decide on the core principle for his next course. He also uses this knowledge when deciding on an easy, fun and trending project for his course.
Next Barlett discusses why its better to create short courses, as opposed to an "everything about X" type of course. He shows how he creates individual, stand alone courses that are loosely related to each other, which results in more students taking his courses in any order they prefer.
Deciding on a title for your course is the next topic and Barlett emphasizes that you need to make a good first impression. He also discusses how he uses keywords in the course title, as he uses a title for one of the own courses as an example.
There are many ways to structure courses and Barlett shares some mistakes that he has encounter along the way. He discusses his basic class structure, which is a cross between an outline and a checklist. He suggests that the first video should be a short trailer or introduction video and what information he always includes. The second video should cover information about the course, such as the software needed and previous knowledge required. Finally he discusses how he mentions the class project early and frequently, to encourage his students to participate.
Now its time to create the lesson videos. Barlett discusses how his lessons are step-by-step demonstrations of the process that he is teaching and how he uses a bullet list to ensure that he covers everything that his students might need to know. Finally, Barlett discusses what he includes in the last video for his course and why.
Barlett is a Freelance Motion Designer and successful Skillshare instructor.
Teacher Tips Designing A Successful Skillshare Class By Jake Barlett
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