Map Out Your Lesson Flow
You’re now ready to complete your course map by mapping out your lesson flow. We’ve already established that your course should cover a single topic in depth for a targeted group of learners. We’ve also unpacked your course and identified a rough structure to it. The next step is to turn the rough structure into logical, sequential, bite-sized lessons.

Lesson Goals

Each lesson should cover its own individual sub section of your topic and stand independently from the other lessons in your course. Yes, your lessons are to be linked and a learner’s knowledge should be built upon sequentially in each lesson, but each lesson needs to have a clear, distinct learning goal of its own.
As with course goals, lesson goals should be broad, overarching statements that cover what learners will be able to do by the end lesson. Each lesson should have a learning goal.
The breakdown of your topic into independent lessons with distinct goals will benefit your learners as we all learn more effectively when information is presented in chunks. We need to have to time to process the new chunk of information, to fit it into our current knowledge before diving into more learning. Chunking learning in this way also allows learners to easily learn at a pace that suits them.

Back Once Again To Your Unpacked Idea

To work out your lesson flow and individual lesson goals, you need to return to your unpacked idea again and your rough structure. With your course goals in mind, turn your rough structure into lessons that your target learners need to take to get from where they are now to where you want them to be a the end of your course. Then analyse those lessons; can any of them be grouped? Do your lessons follow in a logical, sequential order? Are there any lessons missing?
This method should uncover a number of sequential lessons with clear learning goals (lesson goals) of their own. There is no limit to the number of lessons in a course, but we recommend no more that 15 lessons per course… any more than that and your course could seem too daunting to complete.

Lesson Titles

Your lesson titles, as with your course title, should be specific and clear, telling the learner what each individual lesson covers. Clear titles are really useful for learners as it allows them to personalize their learning, picking and choosing what lessons they want to take or revisit if they find they didn’t quite get it the first time, or want to refresh their memory.
Once you’ve decided on the bite-sized lessons of your course, you can fill in the lesson titles and lesson goals in your Course Map. It’s important to note, that your first lesson should be a welcoming introduction that explains what learners will get out of the course, and a walk through of the lesson flow… an introduction to you and how you got interested in subject is also a nice touch.

Prior Knowledge

The final column in your lesson flow is a prompt for you to consider prior knowledge. Now that you have identified you lessons and the goals, think about what the learner would need to know to complete that lesson. Are they ready for the lesson? Did you cover all that they need to know in the previous lesson? If not, can that be added to that lesson or do you need another lesson in your flow? Considering prior knowledge makes sure that your lessons flow well and that you are supporting you learners to succeed.
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