Watch this video to learn all about the key steps involved in course creation and launch process. Follow these steps if you plan on using both a membership plugin and a LMS to create and deliver your courses.
The idea is to get software stuff out of the way first because once you figure out the tech stuff and get it out of the way at the beginning stages instead of waiting until the very end, you'll be able to focus on your content without worrying about the tech or implementation details.
So install and setup your LMS (not all of your course content, just a couple of modules/lessons), then setup your membership plugin, integrate your membership plugin with the LMS, create a course outline page, create a payment button, create a members area and test user experience before you start working on your content.
The very first thing you need to do is determine how your course is going to be organized. The course structure refers to the choice of topics and the organization of these topics in a logical order to create a great learning experience for your students.
So write down every single step to get your students from where they are at (start state) to where they need to be go (end state). Write down everything no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.
Review the steps and arrange them in a logical order. Next group them into sections/modules. Basically figure out how to divide your content into digestible chunks/modules, so your students can navigate the course in a structured, logical order, without getting overwhelmed or confused.
Get Tech Stuff Out-of-the-way!
Before you can pick out a Learning Management Software, you need to make a list of all the features that are important to you. Write down everything - must-have as well as nice-to-have features.
Once you have this list, it'll help you finalize the right learning management software. And you may not even need a LMS because you can just use a membership plugin like DAP to create and deliver your course. Getting the tech stuff out of the way early will help you focus on your course content rather than the tech!
One of the main reasons I created this training called "Crush it with Online Courses" is to help you pick the right learning management software/platform for your online course creation and delivery. So be sure to take this course as it'll help you figure out what learning management platform will best suit your needs. Once you've finalized the software, go ahead and purchase it, and install it on your wordpress site.
Setup the Course
Now create the course structure in your LMS. Just create a module and a couple of topics/units with some dummy content in your LMS. Don't work on your actual content yet. You can add content later.
Your main goal here is to create a course outline page (table of contents page) in your LMS and see if you are satisfied with how it looks or if you want to make any updates to it.
Step 1: Create your course. Give it a name and add course description.
Step 2: Create your first module. Give it a name and add a description.
Step 3: Add one or more units / topics under the module.
Step 4: Now visit the course page (find the url of the course page in your LMS) and you'll find the course outline / table-of-contents on that page. This is first page your students will see when they click on the 'Access this Course' button in the members area.
Next move on to the membership plugin setup. Don't work on your course content yet. It's better to figure out any tech issues involved in course creation / delivery process early so you've sufficient time to address it before your launch.