We all want transformation. We want to achieve it. We want to promote it. We want to see it happen.
BUT...(and this is only natural and to be expected), we don't want to have to actually change.
We love the IDEA of transforming ourselves, or helping others do so.
But real change, which is what makes transformation possible, is messy and painful and HARD.
And confusing and frightening.
And takes us out of our comfort zone.
Which is why, understandably, we resist it...and our course participants do too.
Part of being a skilled teacher (online or off),
is being prepared to deal with the resistance to change that is a natural part of the learning process.
There are three main roadblocks or chokepoints where resistance shows up:
Each of these roadblocks requires a different teaching strategy to get past it.
The problem: learners can only take in a small amount of information at a time.
The solution: Don't try to "TEACH ALL THE THINGS" all at the same time.
TO GET PAST THIS ROADBLOCK
METHODOLOGY: INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
The problem: Learners can't do new things on their own just by watching an expert do them.
The solution: Provide guided practice and facilitate independent performance.
TO GET PAST THIS ROADBLOCK:
LIVE GROUP COACHING
The problem: It takes time and repeated practice for learning to become ingrained.
The motivation needed for ongoing practice often wanes over time.
The solution: Provide individualized accountability and personal coaching.
TO GET PAST THIS ROADBLOCK:
PRIVATE INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING
What does this mean for you from a business-design point of view?
Structuring your online teaching practice to include different levels of social presence allows you to account for the roadblocks to learning wherever they show up.
At one end of the social presence scale, a book affords learners the chance to absorb big ideas at their own pace.
An online course can also be a great way to promote understanding... and more.... as long as it's designed to keep cognitive load below the threshold of working memory.
Live group coaching is a great way to create community and help your learners find synergy and inspiring role models in each other.
And private one-on-one coaching allows for maximum accountability and support while tailoring your instruction to each learner's specific needs.
Including a book, a mix of courses, and different types of coaching
in your online teaching practice
allows you to meet your learners' needs
and help them get past
the types of obstacles
that stop many online learners from achieving their goals.
How many of these teaching modalities do you include (or plan to include)
in YOUR online teaching business?
Let's talk about it.... here are some ways to connect with me and other course creators:
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Where we talk about how to survive and thrive
with online courses and online business
in these challenging times