July 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm #78023
I had a request from @laurakoller to share an example of my Thinkific school.
You can see it here:
As you can see, the URL is a subdomain (“members”) of my website (learnandgetsmarter.com), but it’s actually my Thinkific school. You are on Thinkific on that page but without realizing you’ve left my WordPress site. I really like being able to set it up that way in Thinkific using a custom URL.
Right now I only have 2 mini courses live, but I am working on a ton more stuff on the back end. You can see some of my green screen work in the digital flipbook course by the way. I look like I’m popping out of the background of the flipbook, while giving instruction on how to create it.
I’m working on setting up my coaching and consulting bundle in Thinkific. Here are some screenshots of how the bundle landing page will look on mobile. This only took a few hours to set up (like, 2 hours) and I am very happy with it. (See screenshots).
I haven’t forgotten the Green Screen Adventure, just haven’t had a chance to dive back into it. I’m working on getting my book ready to load up to Amazon, and getting more courses live on Thinkific. My new website and blog are live at https://askmotherrebecca.com/
I need all this infrastructure to support what will later become Course Crafters Camp ™…. I’m excited about incorporating green screen into all of this, but I need the instructional design backbone to be set up and solid first. It’s all coming together (left brain/ right brain).
I’ll include some screenshots of how the landing pages for my Course Design Formula ™ and Course Crafters Camp(tm) course bundles will look, on Thinkific, once I get them launched. The reason I love Thinkific is that it’s user friendly for both course creators and course participants. It makes CREATING the course easy once you have the instructional design worked out, and it works WITH good instructional design best practices, which are my main area of focus and emphasis.
In terms of creating a community to go with the course, it’s possible to do that in Thinkific using Disqus comments, however, I don’t love that because Disqus comments are public. I think a course community should be private. One can integrate one’s Facebook group or Slack group into a Thinkific course, or create a private social network in some other way.
If creating a GREAT student forum experience directly within an online course interface is your MAIN priority, in my experience the best way to do that is with Moodle. Moodle is an outstanding elearning platform, but setting it up as an independent online course creator may require more of a learning curve than a lot of folks want to climb.
Another solution is to use Zoom within Thinkific, for live group interactions. Zoom also offers breakout rooms for small groups to collaborate and then come back into a larger group discussion. You can integrate that into Thinkific using a multimedia lesson.
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Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
Thanks so much for the update and for sharing your experiences with Thinkific. We are slowly building a better relationship with them and they’ve got a good group running the company. We are hoping to collaborate on some stuff coming up here.
Another great one that we’re talking with a bunch os Podia.com
Their platform is super duper simple to use as well and you can publish eBooks, courses, memberships, etc through it. Again, like Thinkific, no community and no gamification.
I talked to the Mighty Networks team and their next set of features will be comign out some time in the next 30 days. That should include some gamification, paid courses & groups options and some autoresponders. I’m more in it with them for a long-run thing. I like where they’re going and they seem to be listening to feedback I and we, the GEA community are offering them. It’s slow-going cuz they are a big company, but it’s a lot better than building it ourselves like Andy and I seriously considered.
I’d say for now, anyone out there reading this, you’ve got a few options. If you want wordpress and you love what we have here, let me know and I can tell you the combo of plugins. LifterLMS.com is another great option. We just interviewed their founder last week at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iyi8XV_Kco&t=7s
Thanks again Rebecca. you’re always so helpful around here!July 16, 2018 at 10:12 am #78274
Thanks so much for your input, Rebecca! Combined with Bradley’s input, that gives me a lot to think about. Ultimately, it appears there’s no “perfect” course platform (darnit!) but each one does have its benefits and drawbacks.
Also, I’m so impressed with all the balls you’ve got going in the air right now. I checked out your “Ask Mother Rebecca” website. It’s chock full of information and personality! I, um, enjoyed the blog on your colonoscopy. As a dietitian, I tend to be drawn to matters of the gut 😉July 16, 2018 at 11:04 am #78277
Awww…. thanks for your kind words (and as always, very helpful guidance), @bradleytmorris!July 16, 2018 at 11:09 am #78279
Thanks for your kind words, @laurakoller! It’s so interesting to see which posts people enjoy. I think that the colonoscopy post will always have a very “special” and specific audience, but hopefully it will be helpful to those who, like you, are interested. I’m thinking of putting together a virtual “colonoscopy gift basket” made up of the items I listed in the blog post, that would be helpful to someone getting ready to go through that. The virtual gift baskets idea is one that I had years ago in an ecommerce class… I find that in terms of having a lot of balls in the air, that’s how my mind works… what I’m pleased to see now is that the Mother Rebecca blog is providing a landing place and structure for some of those balls to land.
I haven’t forgotten my green screen studies…Mother Rebecca will be your hostess at Course Crafters Camp and we will be making videos to bring that to life (we= me, myself and I because there’s nobody here but us chickens, lol).August 17, 2018 at 6:41 pm #80201
I am staggering out of the rabbit hole (the light! the light! lol) to share what I’ve been up to. First of all my book (not the one about how to teach, that is next, but the one about Mother Rebecca, see screenshot) is almost ready to go live on Amazon. I’m aiming for a launch date of November 27th in time for the holidays). I’ve create a free mini course to house the launch.. in the next week or so I will be able to upload the final proof of the book so my launch team can read it and start thinking about a helpful review to get the book launched.. then on launch day, the book will go LIVE on Amazon (in both print and ebook versions) and that’s when it will be time to actually POST the reviews. I plan to include some other info in the launch team mini course too.. things relating to the process of getting ideas out of our heads, into a book, and onto the web. Learn more here:
(after watching the video, which I hope you enjoy, scroll down on this page to sign up for the launch team if you want). You can also sign up for the FREE mini course here:
I’ve also been working hard to get my Thinkific site set up and live, even though not all my course content is live yet. Eventually, Course Crafters Camp ™ will be on that site as well, but I have to develop some other stuff first. Course Crafters Camp ™ will be a membership site for those adventurous souls (as @bradleytmorris reminds me) who are truly dedicated to craftsmanship, art and adventure in elearning.
First, I set up my school on Thinkific and integrated it with my WordPress site. If you go to http://www.learnandgetsmarter.com/courses you will get to the front page of my Thinkific site, but you won’t realize you are on Thinkfic.
Then, I created a course bundle for my course design coaching. You can access it from the red button labeled “coaching options” on this page:
I’m working super hard on a series of action plans, which are not live yet, but you can learn about them here:
I’m going to change the price to $197 for 12 action plans (plus the intro to them all for free, so it’s a baker’s dozen).
And finally there is Mother Rebecca’s School of Wisdom.. the course content is not live yet, but the structure is here. This is going to be a membership site as well:
go to http://www.askmotherrebecca.com (yes, I launched my website and blog) and click on the link that says “Get Schooled” to check out Mother Rebecca’s School of Wisdom.
So as you can see, I have been working my tail off which is why I have been so quiet.
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@learnandgetsmarter Fantastic job you are doing, I am impressed about all the thing you are doing. You are making a fantastic job. Well done!August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am #80239
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, @xbobby! It really means a lot to me.
I’m impressed with everything you’re doing too! How is your Stress course going? And how is the new job?August 19, 2018 at 2:21 am #80249
The producing of the videos to Stress News goes fine. Today I finish, lesson 13, 14 and 15, and the next week I make the last video. I finish my videos one month before I have planned, so it goes fine.
My jobs office is special, I am sitting in a 200-year old room, with an old green lamp. It is like a Harry Potter film in their library. I like to work on the center Hall it is a special place to work.August 20, 2018 at 10:28 am #80318
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