I am a professional learning designer. I made this course in just 2 weeks using AGILE methodology.
I started with lots of interaction with students
When the WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, yoga teachers started messaging me on Facebook seeking help to get online using Zoom. I offered to run a webinar.
- I started by making a few adjustments to a lecture I'd been teaching locally on Getting Started Making Helpful Videos (the link goes the recording of this lecture which I am selling as a separate course). It was already well developed. I knew that the material would be useful enough to help people get going, even if it wasn't perfect. I felt obligated to try because there were so many people in need of help.I kept everyone's microphones open during the call and encouraged them to talk to me throughout so I could hear their questions.
- The next day I updated the course content based on what I learned that first time through and I ran it again. It was already vastly improved. I continued to run this webinar several times, encouraging students to talk so I could learn what to add and what to subtract to make this better.
- Meantime, i kept hearing from students who had actually gotten online using Zoom. They'd share what was helpful to them (unanimously, the demo of the lights and cameras in my space) and what more information they needed. What was a big surprise, in the midst of how dark the world had suddenly become with the pandemic looming over us, was how positively giddy people were with excitement after they taught their first class. It was really wonderful to me to feel how I was giving people hope during this crisis. Teaching is important.
- About a week later, I once again ran the webinar to a live audience. In this one, I felt that I was totally prepared to answer the questions that were coming. I knew then that this was the best version of the material. This is the main recording shown in this course. By this time, the course had radically shifted from the original material I had begun with. I could have re-recorded this with just me to a microphone and no audience, but I felt in this case it was valuable for you to see me performing on camera as I was teaching you how to do it.
How that webinar turned into a complete course
Once I had the webinar recording done, I turned to a learning design tool, Robert Gagne's 9 Events of Instruction, to complete the course
The 9 Events of Instruction define a basic outline that works for any and every course and curriculum to help students learn effectively. It's been around a long time.
The first 3 events are preparing the learner for instruction. In this lesson:
- Gain attention My welcome video
- Explain objectives I explain my objectives in my welcome video
- Remind the learner of what they already know: In the webinar when I talk about how we all know photography
The next event is the main event: teaching the course content (the webinar)
But wait! There's more! There are still 5 more segments in a class
- Handouts The checklist
- Have them practice Request users to share and post their recordings
- Provide Feedback When people who take the course correspond with me, I respond back. If they were able to successfuly teach a class on Zoom- my learning objective for them - I share my excitement with them and give them some helpful comments for what was great. If they couldn't run the meeting just from the course materials, I support participants who need more attention by offering them the A Little Help Call so I can get on a Zoom call with them and help them set up their own equipment and space.
- Assessment: When a student corresponds with me, I assess whether they met my objective of running a meeting on Zoom (an assessment isn't always a written test)
- Help Them Remember and Continue to Grow The checklist and all the references in the Additional Resources section
And then I was done...and I knew it
If I hadn't known professional learning design skills, I likely could have gotten to a complete course like this in my own way, because most teachers have an inate sense of what goes into a class. But, it would have taken me longer and I would have been less sure that I'd created something truly helpful.
What's wrong with yoga teacher training courses
I think teacher training programs should be teaching us this stuff...how to design our own courses, how to be effective teachers, how to evaluate whether learners are really learning and what to do to improve our teaching.
If you would like to learn how to design your own courses (quickly or slowly), or you would like help to learn how to do what I can do, then make an appointment with me for a business mentoring evaluation session.