The course creation journey is a life cycle of its own. In this episode, we will explore the different stages of the life cycle of an online course.

Understanding these stages and their respective elements will help you successfully navigate through your course creation journey.

Planning and Development

The first stage of the life cycle is the planning and development stage. Here, you will identify your goals, set objectives, define your target audience, and develop a course outline. Building a content plan is crucial at this stage. Consider using tools like the course credit circle planning sheets or guidebooks to assist you in this process. Additionally, booking a strategy session can provide valuable insight. The planning and development stage sets the foundation for creating a successful online course.

Course Creation

Once you have a solid plan in place, you move on to the course creation stage. Here, you bring your course content to life. This includes creating text, images, videos, quizzes, and other multimedia elements that will engage your learners. You may also develop assessments to evaluate your students’ progress. As you progress through this stage, you start to fill in the learning structure established during the planning and development phase.

Marketing and Promotion

Marketing and promotion play a significant role in the success of your course. Consider starting your courses with pre-sale options, allowing interested individuals to pre-order and engage with your promotional materials. Create compelling landing pages, sales pages, and utilise social media channels to reach your target audience. Consider incorporating podcasts and other marketing strategies to generate interest and drive enrollments. Marketing and promotion efforts should be ongoing throughout the entire life cycle of your course.

Enrollment and Delivery

After successfully marketing your course, it’s time for enrollment and delivery. This stage involves signing up students for the course and conducting the launch day. Choose a suitable learning management system, such as Thinkific, to facilitate the enrollment process and make the course content accessible to students. Determine whether your course will have a live component or be self-paced and evergreen. Be prepared to deliver the course content effectively, ensuring students receive the necessary support and materials.

Evaluation and Assessment

As learners progress through your course, it’s crucial to evaluate their performance and provide assessments. Regularly monitor student progress and reach out for feedback. Quizzes, exams, and live interactions can help gauge comprehension and address any roadblocks students may encounter. This stage allows you to fine-tune the course content and make necessary improvements.

Maintenance and Updates

Once your course is launched, it requires maintenance and updates. Keep the material relevant and engaging by regularly updating and improving it. Monitor student engagement and satisfaction levels. Request reviews from satisfied students and utilise them as a marketing tool to attract new enrollees. Maintain an ongoing marketing journey by leveraging these reviews and appearing on podcasts to keep the course in the spotlight.

Review and Renewal

The final stage of the life cycle is the review and renewal phase. Continuously assess your plan and development, making any necessary additions or modifications to the course. Create new content to keep the course fresh and up-to-date. Update your marketing and promotion strategies to reflect these additions. Maintain the enrollment and delivery process, evaluate and assess student progress, and ensure course satisfaction. This cycle of review and renewal allows your course to evolve and remain relevant.

Creating an online course is a process that involves several stages. Understanding the life cycle and its key components provides a roadmap for success. From planning and development to enrollment and delivery, and through marketing, evaluation, maintenance, and review, each stage contributes to the overall success of the course. Embrace the journey and continue to refine and improve your online course as you navigate through its life cycle.


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