Let’s begin with a question:
How do you package what you know in a way others can readily see and understand?
Within the course proposals you’ll create on Courseography, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to give someone a snapshot into who you are and what you can teach, including:
Course title and description
Preferred presentation format
Ideal course length
Your instructor biography
Where you live and your willingness to travel
You’ll be able to submit as many course ideas as you’d like and we’ll place them in front of the learning providers, companies, and organizations who might like to learn more about you.
Proposing a course is simple, and this may be the only reason you need to take the next step.
We’d like to offer a few more reasons, though.
Your ideas matter
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d love to create a course on (insert any subject/passion of your choosing here). What stopped you from taking the next step? Did you laugh it off with a smile and a shrug, thinking to yourself, “I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”?
Well, meet your beginning.
If you’re stuck thinking a course needs to be a polished package of thoughts, curriculum, and activities, or you don’t have the requisite experience or skill, you’re wrong.
A course is not what you think it is.
A course can be short or long, elemental or advanced, offered for a grade or purely to enrich, an entertaining evening or a strict multi-week class, something that is taught face-to-face or run exclusively online.
So, whatever kind of course is dying to get out of you, it doesn’t need to be finely-tuned or even something you’ve taught before. Jot a few ideas down and let us help you give it a shape by framing it in a course proposal.
You can use the proposal as a calling card to share your ideas and test your assumptions with a prospective audience who might be interested in hiring you to offer your course.
The Course Proposal is Your Minimum Viable Product
In start-up speak, a minimum viable product or M.V.P is “a development technique in which a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters. The final, complete set of features is only designed and developed after considering feedback from the product’s initial users.”
So, just for fun, let’s take that definition and swap a few words in:
A course proposal is “a development technique in which a new course or presentation is developed with basic information to satisfy prospective students and learning providers. The final, complete set of information, activities, and features are only designed and developed after considering feedback from the proposal’s initial viewers.”
Pretty similar, huh?
The course proposal can function as a tool to test your new or existing course idea before you take the time to create or refine it further. You’ll be able to glean useful insights into what should go into your course, how it might be taught, and where you’ll find the best audience based on what your viewers reveal to you.
On Courseography, you’ll be able to put a rough sketch of a course together quickly and easily. It’ll give learning providers and organizations an opportunity to assess who you are and whether your course will fit in the context of their school, program, or business.
Unifying a Fragmented Marketplace
The problem we’re attempting to address at Courseography is how to connect freelance instructors with learning providers and organizations of all kinds. The challenge here is how does this growing pool of instructors efficiently engage local class providers, large institutions, school districts, education companies, and online course marketplaces who share few, if any, of the same systems or processes?
Well, we think we have the answer (and stop us if you’ve heard this before): the course proposal.
In researching *just* community colleges in three states — California, Illinois, and New York, over 80% had continuing education programs that solicited enrichment instructors by asking them to complete either a PDF, MS Word document, or online course proposal form.
The key takeaway: a significant number of learning providers do the SAME thing, not all, but enough. And not just continuing ed programs at hundreds of colleges and universities, but many others. Take a look at a few examples — parks and recreation programs, adult schools, school districts, conference organizers etc.
This is our Arrival moment (we’re kidding…sort of).
The course proposal is the common language that many learning providers share and it’s one that can be used to engage a growing workforce of gig-based instructors, speakers, and presenters.