Here are 5 fascinating tips to help you build a bankable course on a budget:
1. Narrow Content Scope – One of the quickest ways bust a budget (I’m talking time, too) is trying to cover too much subject matter in a single online training course or module. This is why it’s important to narrow the scope of your online content before you even start the design and development process. Determining the objectives and goals of the online course gives you the check point you need to make sure this doesn’t happen. Otherwise, you run the risk of wasting resources and time on topics that don’t even belong in your course and or materials.
2. Re-purpose Materials – If you have any materials you’ve already created, use them and cut costs; in this case time. Even if you need to modify it to the current online content, you will still save because you don’t have to start from scratch! You can reuse images, videos, voice-overs, presentation slides, text blocks, background music, and other materials. Just tweak them to fit your purpose.
3. Use Free Tools – There is a wide range of e-Learning tools that are affordable (sometimes even free!), that you can use to design your budget-savvy online training course. Examples of free tools are Google Docs, Dropbox, and Facebook. Typeform is a wonderfully savvy and visually-pleasing survey tool. I love it and it is so easy to use.
4. Use Online Course Creation Templates and Libraries – Find a great pre-designed e-Learning template and use it. In most cases you can change the color or add your logo for quick branding. You simply input your information, images, and any other online resources that are necessary for your course, and Boom! Bam! It’s yours! You can build your course in a fraction of the time.
5. Create Bite-Sized Learning Experiences – Instead of creating one lengthy course that covers all of the subjects you want to teach, you can also opt for several bite-sized modules that focus on a specific sub-topic. This not only reduces the risk of content overload for your learners, but allows you to create learning experiences more rapidly. Another perk is being able to quickly make changes and update each individual module, rather than having to edit and revise the entire course.
Are you currently using any of the tips while building your bankable course on a budget? Let me know which one(s) below.