Do you ever have one of those projects that just stops you in your tracks? You put everything else aside to work on this one thing that you’re just crazy passionate about! That’s where I am with creating an online course about World War 2 history that tells a story of the USA home front. The reason for my passion? My mom, Lucille Maris, is my content expert for the course.
I’ve designed, developed and marketed many online courses and learning opportunities throughout my career as an instructional designer, but this one definitely tugs at my heart strings. I feel as though if it won’t matter if the only goal I accomplish is to have archived these historical materials in a place where my nieces, nephews, other family members and friends can access it. I’m not sweating about a marketing plan, enrollment numbers or other topics like these that you would typically have in your goals related to launch of a new course.
More often, I would be advising that you should:
1) Test out the market to see if people are interested in the materials you are about to compile into an online course. Do they have a problem that taking the course would solve?;
2) Consider a beta test of the material;
3) Put a marketing plan together to promote the availability of your course;
4) … and many more standard items on the to-do list of course development and marketing.
But for this one, I simply wanted to forge ahead and capture the content while my mom, 93, is available to share her wisdom. We have had such fun working together on the content; combing through scrapbooks, old letters, telegrams, military mission maps my dad used as a pilot of a B-24 bomber, receipts from the company in London that shipped his Cocker Spaniel, Blondie, home from the war and a host of many memories.
Mom has been reliving for me, the stressful times of war. She has shared the stress of being a newly-married young woman and not knowing the fate of her spouse for weeks at a time as he flew combat in another country. She recounts the challenges of trying to find housing when it was tough to even find a room to rent in someone’s house, or the difficulties of purchasing food with the rationing stamps provided to Americans during World War 2 (WWII).
I will be sharing more technical articles about online course design and elearning tips on this blog in the future, but with this post, I hope to have instilled the notion that it’s OK to take time out and design a course, write a book, conduct an interview – do something to create content in a topic you are passionate about. Give yourself permission to go off routine and get the creative juices flowing again if you’re feeling stalled.
Taking an Online Course
You can also find that taking, rather than creating, an online course in a topic you have lots of interest in or passion about can provide the same results.
So whether you’re thinking about designing a course or taking a course, find a topic that’s of interest – one that you can really sink your teeth into – and get going.
If you’d like to view this documentary-style course (about 2 hours of video), it is live in the Udemy platform. Here is a link for enrolling in the course at a discounted price of $19: Aviator’s Wife Tells of Home Front Life During World War 2.
You can watch the videos and view the files from just about any type of device – laptop to tablet to mobile phone. Please add your comments below and let me know what type of course you plan to create!