You have already broken down your online course into 9 topics, 36 sub-topics and 108 elements. Now you will be creating content that will be taught in your course and provided in your course articles. These articles can be used as scripts for your videos. You can also use these as blogs to promote your course to non-students.
You, An Author
By the time you have finished, you will have created quite a lot of content, so that if you add an introduction and conclusion, you will have your own book. These articles will help you clarify what you know and what you want to say. First, you are going to learn a handy system for converting the elements you just created into articles.
6a: The SEE HOW Principle
The “SEE HOW” principle is very helpful if you want to write content, but you just aren’t sure what to write. This section explains the principle, how you can apply it to your course subject and how you can use it to help you write quickly.
Caveat: You May Not Need This
The SEE HOW principle makes it very easy to flesh out a series of points you have made into a paragraph. It gives you some ideas about what to write and what to think about to convey the meaning. However, it is really not needed for everyone. If you are more comfortable just writing your own paragraph in your own style, just go ahead and do that. You can even skip the next few sections and jump straight into Task 6i.
(SEE) Solution, Explanation, Example
The SEE principle is the idea of making a point, giving an explanation of that point and giving an example. It’s an easy way to expand on what you have to say and to put your thoughts in context so that you and your readers can imagine exactly what your points mean. The idea is that each of your points deals with a problem and you will provide the solution.
- S – give a Solution
- E – give an Explanation
- E – give an Example
(HOW) How You Apply, Outcome To Expect, Why Do This
You can expand this: HOW – or “How can you use or apply this point in your life” and “what Outcome you can expect” and “Why you implement this.”
- H – How can you apply in your life
- O – Outcome you can expect
- W – Why implement this
6b: Example Of SEE HOW Principle
Example of SEE HOW
If you’ve ever struggled with writing content, this will make your life a lot easier. Take a look at this example: look again at a health course. Imagine this course has a step on exercise. Further this step has a learning point on benefits of regular exercise.
- S – give a Solution: “Regular exercise has been shown to improve heart health.”
- E – give an Explanation: “According to many reports that I have read, people that do regular exercise have a much lower incidence of heart-problems.”
- E – give an Example: “In the Journal of Health issue from last month, I read that you are 50% less likely to suffer a heart attack if you do at least 10 minutes daily exercise.”
Pretty quickly you can see that you have managed to turn one simple point (benefits of regular exercise) into three sentences, by explaining a bit more and giving an example. Now you can add on the extra parts:
- H – How you can apply: “I’ve recently started doing 10 minutes training every day.”
- O – what Outcome to expect: “Since starting the new exercise plan, my blood pressure has dropped to much more healthy levels.”
- W – Why implement this? “If you begin training 10 minutes per day, you can gain similar benefits.”
Full SEE HOW Paragraph
To wrap it up, here is the full paragraph: from one simple point:
“Regular exercise has been shown to improve heart health. According to many reports that I have read, people that do regular exercise have a much lower incidence of heart-problems. In the Journal of Health issue from last month, I read that you are 50% less likely to suffer a heart attack if you do at least 10 minutes daily exercise. I’ve recently started doing 10 minutes training every day. Since starting the new exercise plan, my blood pressure has dropped to much more healthy levels. If you begin training 10 minutes per day, you can gain similar benefits.”
OK so it’s not a work of Shakespeare, but at the same time, it has given you plenty to work with along the lines of making a paragraph. It prevents you from simply writing whatever you think without any structure and gives you a step-by-step system that allows you know what to write next.
Apply The SEE HOW Principle
Now you can start to imagine how you can make paragraphs from elements for each of your learning points using the “SEE HOW” principle.
6c: Benefits Of SEE HOW Principle
Write Content Quickly
The task in this step is that you spend some time going down through each of your learning points and elements and write paragraphs using the SEE HOW principle. This way, you will not need to stop and think about what points you want to make. You have already done the thinking, you just need to expand on these points. Now you have a formula to help you do that – the SEE HOW principle. Overall, this makes it very easy to write huge amounts of material very quickly.
108 Learning Points
At this stage, you already have 36 learning points with 3 learning elements in each one. 108 different points altogether. It’s a very solid framework for hanging your course on. You will be able to race through the construction of your course, using the SEE HOW principle. Quickly, you will be able to make a point that you have already considered, then you can explain in your own words, then give an example.
No Standing At The Crossroads
When you have done that, there will be no “standing at the crossroads, scratching your head” thinking where do you go next. You just simply will move on to the next element, and do the same. If you want to go into more detail and really expand on any particular point, of course you can: go right ahead – it will add more value to your course as your content becomes more developed.
The next points in the course are about tasks and learning-resources. For each step in your course, you have already given some thought to tasks and resources. At this stage while you are listing the elements, it helps to imagine what format the task will take and what format the resources are in.
6d: Alternative To SEE HOW Principle
Just Write Paragraphs
Having said all of that about the SEE HOW principle, it’s really of use to you if you are stuck on writing. If you prefer it and you are comfortable churning out content, just write a paragraph about each element.
Write Your Content
Now it’s time for you to write your articles. You are going to follow the SEE HOW principle and create a paragraph for each element, which will in turn, create an article for each learning point.
Type out your SEE HOW in the tasks in this step. The tasks can be quite time-consuming and will depend on how fast you can write. You can comfortably complete this in 3 weeks by completing 6 elements per day, 6 days per week. This only amounts to 18 sentences per day. When it’s broken down like this, you will find it very easy to complete, especially if you stick to a rhythm. Of course if you want to write more every day, go ahead.