June 28, 2018 at 11:46 am #77564
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
@laurakoller, there is an easier way.
All you need to do is design the beautiful PDF to look and read how you want. And then hire someone on Fiverr.com to make it “Interactive” so that your students can enter journal entries inside of it. That’ll give you the basics of what you want for now.July 10, 2018 at 10:52 am #77985
@bradleytmorris – Thanks for the tip. That sounds far easier than figuring it out myself!
This week I started playing around with Canva. I’ve now created my first 2 PDFs for the course 🙂
What I have right now:
Chapter 1 – Welcome to the Lungs
Video – Are You Breathing?
Chapter 2 – Mindfulness
Skill Sheet – The Stop Strategy
Chapter 3 – Reflective Practice
Skill Sheet – The Three Questions
Journal page for each chapter (build in Canva)
Achievement page/video (???)
Record audio (I’ve downloaded Audacity, will figure that out later this week)
I know there are many ways I can improve these materials. At the moment, though, I’m going to go with the advice of Peter Bregman to get things half right, roll them out, and then gather feedback. This is feeling close now!!!July 10, 2018 at 11:40 am #77988
Really good job you have don there. I like the book you can read your text, and I love your writing. Hope I bee so good one day.
Good luck with your eCourse 🙂July 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm #78003
@laurakoller, this is really coming together.. I am so thrilled for you!
This would work beautifully (and be simple for you to implement) in Thinkific.
You can get started with a free account and it’s really easy to embed the flipbooks and embed links to other online resources (such as your journal lessons), etc.
Let me know if I can be of service in helping you get it up and running asap!July 11, 2018 at 12:33 pm #78016
@xbobby – Thanks for your positive response. I appreciate it!
@learnandgetsmarter – Thanks for your enthusiasm. I haven’t decided what to do with platforms yet. I’ve used Teachable (first course, three students) and that was pretty straightforward. I have an account with Thinkific that I haven’t used, though I’ve been getting a lot of emails from them lately. I’ve been planning to start a course in Mighty Networks because that also incorporates the community, which has been one of the most valuable perks within GEA, and yet I’m not 100% sold on that either – and have yet to see anyone’s course. I still have a few more things to create while I let this percolate in my brain.
Do you have a Thinkific example you could share? Have you been able to incorporate a community into your course? I’d be interested to hear what you have to share from your own experience.July 12, 2018 at 1:01 am #78033
@laurakoller Fabulous. Love the use of the different media. I can’t wait to create more flipbooks. You’re doing brilliantly and yes.. it feels close.July 12, 2018 at 2:20 am #78038
@laurakoller – so proud of you and incredibly excited because this is looking so professional and complete now! You are nearly there, and have overcome so many learning curves to get here. Just look at how much more you know and can do than this time last year (and even then you knew a lot)
Oh and also…hallelujah to Peter Bregman! I think he has hit the nail on the head!July 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm #78084
@saramccann – You are so right about measuring progress. What seems like inches becomes feet and eventually miles. (Translated for you English folks – what seems like centimeters becomes meters and eventually kilometers. LOL!!!)
AND JUST LOOK WHAT I DID NOW!!!
🙂July 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm #78088
Like it!July 13, 2018 at 1:01 am #78101
Man! You are really getting the hang of Canva now! I am so pleased you found it and have been brave enough to dive in to learn! Well done. You deserve a certificate of achievement yourself!
and lol about your English translation only, I THINK kilometres is American isn’t it? At least, that’s what I always thought!? I know I use miles but maybe I’m an odd British person lol! Anyway, you made me smile and that’s always a good thing. Keep going Laura, you are zooming through this now!July 13, 2018 at 1:20 am #78103
@laurakoller Good job and god idea!July 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm #78160
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
Loving all the different forms of media you’re putting into this Laura!
If you need to talk about Mighty Networks, shoot me a private email. Happy to give you a little tour and help you make a decision 🙂July 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm #78289
Today I completed my first journal page. Nothing fancy, just good enough. Now I’m thinking about Bradley’s idea to make it interactive.
I’m still considering platforms, but my gut says the option for a community forum may be the deciding factor.July 17, 2018 at 6:19 am #78299
Excellent Laura! I like that the theme is consistent across the pages you have already.
Another job ticked off your list – keep going, you’re doing great!July 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm #78410
@bradleytmorris – When I followed the link in your email, I noticed that it led to your Mighty Network. I’ll spend some more time there checking it out. I really do believe the community is such a huge draw for this course. I would not be where I am now if it were not for the active, ongoing support of GEA members. The community can lead us from our own (small) individual potential to our (big) collective potential – and that’s a BIG thing!
A question: My plan has always been to offer the first module (The Lungs/Mindfulness) as a free intro. I’m not sure whether I’d be able to do that in Mighty Networks, the way it’s set up right now, so that people could take the free intro and then sign up for the whole shebang. As I see it, the way things are set up now, the choice is to a) invite people to your community with no charge and this gives them access to the course, or b) invite people to your community and they have to pay for entry to the whole course – no free module option. Is there a way to offer a free segment? Can I set up two networks – the first one a free intro community and module, and the second one the paid community and module? I want to make this work so people can have a taste of what I’m offering and feel confident in committing – especially since I may start recruiting before the whole course is complete.
Another question: Is it a smarter business plan to charge entry to the FULL course (8 modules)? Or would it be a better option to offer three separate courses (each 3 modules)? I feel strongly that each module builds on the previous module, and I’d prefer people follow that order. That being said, if someone wants to sign up for the “Execution” strategies and bypass the “Attention” and “Connection” strategies, who am I to stop them from paying me? And maybe being impressed with what I have to offer and signing up for another course?
And all this being said, it’s my understanding that when someone signs up for my Mighty Network, it grants them access to everything and I can’t charge separately for each/all courses. In that case, maybe I set up a free Mighty Network but they take the course on a separate platform (like Thinkific or Teachable) and when they sign up then I give them access to the Mighty Network which we use as a community but not for the course.
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