Session 116 – How to write a training course outline

Course outline

You are listening to the Success Club Podcast. Hello and welcome to session 116 This week I am talking to you about How to write a training course outline.

Hello and welcome to the Success Club Podcast, my name is Kaz Johnson and I am your host today, this is episode 116 and today I am talking about How to write a training course outline.

When planning your course, one of the first steps you need to take is to create a course outline.

This course outline covers the following steps…

Step no 1 – What is the Aim of your course?

Aims and objectives can be really confusing so for the Aims of the course, I usually start off with “the aim of this course is to…’ for example, ‘At the end of reading this article the learner should be able to write a simple objective for an eLearning course.

Step no 2 – What is the objective of your course?

When writing your objective, you need to think about a verb, a doing word, for example:-
• describe,
• identify,
• contrast,
• perceive,
• influence,
• determine,
• disassemble,
• construct,
• recognise.

So when writing your objective, I start off with the words ‘ By the end of this course, the learner will be able to ….’ Put the transformation that the learner will be able to do in where the dots are.

Step no 3 – Outline the lessons and topics.

The next step is to write all the steps the learner needs to do in order to get them from where they are now, to where they need to be in a logical order. You can do this on posts it notes, or use a tool as I do, Scrivvenr, as its easy to see all the steps outlined and if need be, you can move them around until you have the exact steps the learner needs to do in order to see that transformation. If there are a lot of steps that the learner needs to take, then put them in separate topics.

Step no 4 – Create the lessons with timings

Now you are ready to create the lessons, along with timings. At first, getting the timings right is a bit tricky, but you need to have a rough idea of how long the learner will need to complete each lesson – and as I said before, break down each lesson into topics if need be.

You will also need to think about the resources you will need in order to complete the lesson, this could be anything from videos you need to create, or other resources that you could use, for example, a YouTube video that a software company has produced to show you how to use their product, is a great use of a resource.

Another thing you need to bear in mind is that learners are different and learn in different ways, so you need to make sure that you do not disadvantage the learner by leaving their preferred method of learning out.

The three main ways people learn are, visual, audible and kinaesthetic, (VAK) however, most people use a mixture of all three learning styles, so make sure that you cover all three bases by providing things like pictures or video, audio and some kind of action plan for them to do so that they can re-enforce their learning and that knowledge transfer has taken place.  I have a Theories of Learning download for you that looks at this in more detail, just head on over to

I have a free lesson plan template that you can download here. It’s the same one I have been using since I first started training way back in the 80’s, but the same principles still stand.

Now you have all the steps you need to create a training course program outline

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