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[FREE TEMPLATE] Using Action Guides In Your Online Course

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You May Have Great Video Lesson Content and Lesson Summaries, But What Do your Students Do Next?

When Ben and I began creating our first online course in 2011, we wanted a way to ensure that our students not only retained the information presented within a lesson, but we wanted to also ensure that they implemented the lessons learned.

And…cue the action guide speech!

Fortunately, We’d both just taken a course which implemented PDF action guides which were hyperlinked to below the lesson video. These became incredibly helpful for us and I even printed mine throughout the course and kept them in a binder for easy review.

So What’s In an Action Guide?

Our action guides generally include:

  • Course logo
  • Lesson titile
  • Key concepts learned
  • Action steps required (with room to brainstorm if necessary)
  • An area for taking personal notes
  • Copyright information

However, action guides are also a great place to include:

  • Supplemental resources
  • Diagrams
  • Images
  • Infographics
  • Problem solving tasks
  • Or anything else!

This One's On Us!

To get you motivated to begin using action guides to help your students along within your course, we’d like to provide a free action guide template for you to work with.

These files are included in both PowerPoint and Keynote formats. Once you download them, you can make styling or color changes, add/remove elements, or even just use them as a framework to create your own action guide from scratch!

[DOWNLOAD SAMPLE KEYNOTE ACTION GUIDE PDF]

[DOWNLOAD SAMPLE POWERPOINT ACTION GUIDE PDF]

Once you’ve finalized an action guide, simple export it as a PDF:

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After that, simply upload the PDF to your WordPress Media Library, link to it from your course lesson, and voila!

About Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson is one of the co-founders of Fly Plugins, creators of the first and most widely-implemented learning management system for WordPress, WP Courseware. Since 2012, he has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, corporate training departments, and higher education institutions develop and deploy online training courses from their WordPress websites.

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