Today’s january 28th. The anticipated launch date of my Headway Hero video tutorial.
Anyone who knows me well, will attest that I’m quite serious (arguably to the extent of being rigid) about dates, appointments, and my work. I hate when people change plans or don’t live up to their promises.
Yet here I am. Is there a Headway Hero tutorial to launch today? Well – yeah… both yes and no. Yes there is a tutorial. Is it finished? Regrettably, no. Not to the extent that I’m comfortable releasing it.
Last summer I took on the job of teaching WordPress from a-z, to a mixed group of beginners and intermediates.
I didn’t take on that assignment for the sake of money. I did it, because I wanted direct teaching experience. I wanted to challenge myself. I’ve given three WordCamp Denmark talks, but I’d never been in front of a “class” before, and not for such an extended period of time. 7 full days in person + webinars in between.
The biggest takeway from that experience, is that it’s a very bad idea to begin a course without the necessary prerequisites and structure being firmly in place. The framework, the learning objectives, the outline: all need to be there at the beginning. Else, the learners will (understandably) get confused, impatient and frustrated.
I promised myself I would never let that happen again.
Is my Headway tutorial “ready for consumption” with the above experience in mind? No. I’m sorry, even though I would love to say the opposite. Yes, all the pieces are there, content is NOT the missing link, trust me. Quite the contrary.
A major task, is the editing process. I normally spend around 30+ hours designing a small business website like the one I’ve based the course around. Imagine the resulting, huge amount of (screencast) material to edit (refine) down to a coherent, manageable, interesting course that makes as much sense as possible, from beginning to end. It takes an insane amount of time. Add to tha the fact that I’m not a native english speaker, so the words doesn’t always flow as easily out of my mouth as I’d wish. I have to think a lot about what I say and how I say it. It reminds me of the nice F.R. David 80s song “Words… don’t come easy… to me…”
Anyway. I’m left with a choice:
Option A – Spend another three weeks working sweatshop hours 7 days a week, frantically, to perfectionistically (is that even a word?) produce “the perfect online course”.
Option B – I could decide to release the course gradually. Getting your feedback along the way, giving you a soft start, and myself an opportunity to finalise it, one step at a time.
I’ll choose option B:)
So (hopefully – fingers crossed) within this week, I’ll open up the course, BUT be aware that it won’t be complete. New lessons will be added as quickly as possible, over the coming weeks. But the flow will be logical.
I look so much forward to getting you aboard!
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