What is structured teaching? Why is it important?
Structuring a course is about organizing your content well, and ensuring it is thorough and comprehensive.
When a course is structured well, it helps:
- Students see the learning path that will help them achieve course goals
- Students follow the course better since it is well organized and easier to consume
What you need to know
- Create an introductory lecture which covers what students will get out of the course and walks them through the curriculum.
- Ensure the introductory lecture articulates the reasoning behind how you've designed the curriculum, summarizes practice activities you will be covering, addresses who should take the course and what they will get out of it.
- Stick to one skill per section, and one concept per lecture.
- Make sure all the sections add up to achieve the course goals.
- Keep the sections as modular as possible.
- Cover the needed material to achieve course goals without being overwhelming or distracting.
- Ensure that sections and lectures are well-sequenced.
- Based on best practices, create an outline for your course using our template, gather feedback from our instructor community, and then transfer it into your Udemy account.
Remember, we do check for this as part of our Policy Review Process.
In this article we will cover:
- Best practices
- Minimum requirements to pass our Policy Review Process
- Tools to help you create an outline
- Create an introductory lecture. Ensure the introductory lecture articulates the reasoning behind how you've designed the curriculum, summarizes practice activities you will be covering, addresses who should take the course and what they will get out of it
- Provide value right away by diving into the heart of your content in the first section of your course. The earlier the better!
- Address one skill per section. Give students a chance to make progress every few lectures. Each section should map out to one of your course goals and be devoted to a specific skill. A section should only contain 3-5 lectures and focus on helping students acquire one new relevant skill.
- Stick to one concept per lecture. Don’t try to cover too much in a single lecture. Keep it simple, stick to one specific concept and address 3-5 points about that concept.
- Make sure your sections add up to the course goals. While each section should help students acquire one new skill, all the sections together should add up to deliver on all the skills your course promises to address in your course goals.
- Keep it modular. Each section should be devoted to a specific skill, where the section can be consumed by itself if a student wants to learn only that skill. The titles of the sections and lectures should be clear so students understand what skills they’ll gain.
- Cover the needed material. Ensure that the course doesn’t cover too much or too little. You should be focused on ensuring that the material covers everything needed to achieve the course goals, but not so much information that it is overwhelming or distracting from the goals.
- Sequence the content. Sequence your sections and lectures so that there is a continuous learning path and there are no gaps.
Minimum requirements to pass our Policy Review Process
The course must have an introduction that explains what students will get out of the course, and walks them through the curriculum.
Tools to help you create an outline
Creating an outline will help you plan out the sections and lectures of your course, what you will cover in each lecture; and the format you want to use for each lecture.
Feel free to use the following resources as you develop your course outline to plan the structure of your course: