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πŸš€ Course Creators Weekly #43 πŸ—“ April 19th, 2021 - A framework for Course-Market fit

Wes Kao shares a framework for building an effective CBC that's uniquely yours, Khe Hy talks with Andrew Barry about market validation, and Julia Saxena talks tools! 🧰

Course Mechanics Canvas: 12 Levers to Achieve Course-Market Fit Course Mechanics Canvas: 12 Levers to Achieve Course-Market Fit
✏️ Article ✊ Cohort-Based Courses

Course Mechanics Canvas: 12 Levers to Achieve Course-Market Fit

Courses are complex systems with interdependent parts (levers) influencing one another.

In this article, Wes Kao presents her Course Mechanics Canvas, a framework and 12 levers you can pull on to design and deliver a cohort-based course that's uniquely yours, while following best practices from the most successful CBCs.

Here are the 12 levers:

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    Number of students
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    Group interaction
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    Coach involvement
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    Instructor involvement
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    Production value
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    Pre-recorded content
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    Application process
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    Cohort frequency

Some levers are highly interdependent and "move" together:

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    Intensity, Project-driven, Group Interaction
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    Number of students, coach involvement, instructor involvement
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    Length and price

Some key takeaways:

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    Begin with the transformationβ€”bigger transformation = more value/leverage needed
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    Binary outcomes promise bigger transformations + value than Spectrum outcomes do
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    The levers you pull depend on your existing assets + constraints + personal preferences
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    Start with the levers you care most about / trust your gutβ€”you can always revise later
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    Lean into your strengths, natural inclinations, and what's practical for you, not others
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    In the beginning, it's OK to mimic othersβ€”you'll develop your own style over time
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    The most transformational courses tend to be intensive, project-driven and interactive
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    Use coaches (aka mentors) to scale your cohorts while limiting your own involvement
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    The ideal length + price for a course depend on the students' perceived value of time

Whether or not you're creating a cohort-based course, it's absolutely worth checking out the article for more context, more tips, and plenty of examples/case studies that are relevant to any type of course.

The case studies are full of additional insights! πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

πŸ”— Wes Kao via weskao.com
Khe Hy on Market Validation and Teaching Khe Hy on Market Validation and Teaching
πŸ“Ή Video βœ”οΈ Idea Validation

Khe Hy on Market Validation and Teaching

"You never want to compete with someone who's having fun and genuinely cares." β€”Khe Hy

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    Validate your course idea through 1:1 or group coaching, if you're not doing it already
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    Get a first-hand look into people's daily challenges by coaching in small group settings
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    Sell something, however small it may beβ€”it'll expose you to a whole new set of skills
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    When it comes to idea validation, a single actual sale > subscriber/follower count
πŸ”— Khe Hy w/ Andrew Barry via youtube.com
What tools do you need to run a CBC? What tools do you need to run a CBC?
🐦 Twitter Thread πŸ“¦ Hosting & Delivery

What tools do you need to run a CBC?

Julia Saxena has written a great overview of the bunch of tools you need to create and sell a cohort-based course.

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    Creating your sales page: most course platforms, landing page builders, even Notion
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    Accepting payments: course platforms do this, or you can use services like Gumroad
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    Emailing students: newsletter tools (e.g. ConvertKit) would workβ€”regular email too!
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    Surveying students: onboard and offboard students with Google Forms, Typeform, etc
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    Scheduling sessions: use a shared calendar (e.g. Google Calendar), or tools like Luma
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    Hosting live sessions: Zoom is a great optionβ€”you might need the Pro plan
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    Letting students interact: Slack, chat apps like Telegram, or community tools like Circle
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    Hosting your content/recordings: most course platforms will doβ€”some also use Circle

Check out Julia's atomic essay for more context and examples of tools. While you're at it, you should definitely follow her on Twitter! πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

πŸ”— Julia Saxena via twitter.com

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