Welcome to our audio course template! Feel free to duplicate and make this your own (you can find it in Notion here).
This is a template designed specifically for an asynchronous audio course. but can easily be used for other kinds of asynchronous courses. We have two sections:
Enjoy and may the Force be with you.
Example below, feel free to duplicate this template and write your own.
Course name: A history of the Force
Instructor name: Yoda (Not Baby Yoda)
Instructor bio (a link to a CV/website/Linkedin works as well): Yoda is a long time practicing Jedi, some call him the most ancient Jedi to live. He’s taught at prestigious universities of the Force, including his small academy on Dagobah and the Jedi temple on Coruscant.
🏆 Pro tip: Make objectives concrete by using the appropriate adjectives regarding your material from Bloom’s Taxonomy. Will students remember something? Understand it? or will they be expected to apply it as well? By making your objective concrete, this will help you structure your course content and what concepts should be repeated often.
Brief description of the course: What led up to the Jedi and Sith wars? Who are these mysterious Force wielders and what is the Force anyway? In this course we’ll cover all those topics. You’ll learn:
Alpe courses are guided by some of the following principles drawn from the pedagogical and game design worlds.
🏆 Pro tip: Start your course outline by sketching in broad strokes: main topics, how they connect (an information tree works great to show what topics depend on other topics). Highlight for yourself the main, interesting and fun points. After you’ve done that, you can start focusing and breakdown actual lesson structure.
Below is an example of the lesson structure for an online course:
|Lesson number||Lesson name||Lesson description||Length|
|1||Trailer: Welcome to The Force Introduction to instructor & course||Leave this for once you’ve finished the first few lessons.||~3|
|2||Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader: The Force as a tool for good or evil||Start your course with a bang! Drop the learner into the most interesting part and what they really want to know about. You can fill in the backstory in the next lessons once learners are invested.|
In this example, learners will be dropped into a discussion on the Force before they fully understand what the Force is or where it came from. And that’s ok! Showing learners what they don’t know is a great way to spark curiosity.
The end of this lesson should also let learners know what the entire course is about and where they’ll be when they finish it.
|3||The history of the Force Basics #1||Go back in time and back to basics.This is a good lesson to start foreshadowing complex topics to leverage the interleaving effect|
CTA: Add a section that challenges students to apply what they’ve learned, even if they don’t yet have all the tools
|4||Powerful Force users & their influence Basics #2||wrap up the basics and make sure to reference topics learned in lesson 1.||~15|
|5||The Force wars: Early Sith & Jedi||Main course topic #1||~25|
|6||The Force wars: The Sith comeback||Main course topic #2. Now that learners have completed 6 lessons, this is a good place to force them to apply what they’ve learned and generate the realization of what they’ve learned and accomplished so far.||~25|
|7||Why I love the Sith||This is a great place to change it up: a personal take, an interview, or a case study.Review of lessons 5-6 from a different angle.||~15|
|8||The rise of the Jedi||Main course topic #3||~22|
|9||The revenge of the Sith||Main course topic #4||~25|
|10||Return of the Jedi||Bringing it all together. Make sure to add a course review section and a call to action||~17|
There you have it! A complete online audio course template. If you’re starting out building a cohort based course or an online audio course, this template is at your service. Make sure to take into account all the principles of learning we’ve implemented: Storytelling, interleaving, variable difficulty and repetition.