Justin Ferriman of LearnDash

Justin Ferriman

Co-founder and CEO of LearnDash
Justin has made a career as an e-learning consultant where he has implemented global training programs for Fortune 500 companies.

Passionate about e-learning and WordPress, both Justin and LearnDash have been featured in multiple industry publications, including ELearning! Magazine, Training Magazine, INTERCOM Magazine, EdTech Magazine, Chief Learning Officer, and Learning Technologies by the Association for Talent Development.

Justin’s experience-based vision has helped make LearnDash the most trusted WordPress LMS plugin for major universities, continuing education providers, and entrepreneurs world-wide.

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The Importance Of How You Structure Your Content

Justin Ferriman of LearnDash
Online learning programs are a great way to stay current with what’s going on in your field. I’ve been helping companies set up platforms for their online trainings since 2013.

What drove me towards building my own company was seeing how much ease of use and functionality platforms like WordPress were providing so I decided to jump into the marketplace and get more people on board.

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Tactic that has had the biggest impact on Justin’s success
Structuring content.
Result if you follow the steps in Justin’s session
An online course that is structured in a way to achieve your objectives for your members.

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It starts with before you even choose the technology. It starts with the content and how you structure it. Now, I’ve always been a fan of storyboarding which is just a fancy word of saying structuring your content, be it in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint and you can call things lessons and topics or what-have-you, but placing your content in buckets. So, your learners can logically follow the topic at hand and then they meet the objective.

Now, when you have a course or we have content online you should have one objective for the set of content. So, if we’re using lessons, for example, your lessons should have one objective now all these lessons in the course can feed up to the course objectives which can be one the three objectives usually, but this this kind of top-down structure I’m kind of like a tree and as you storymap, storyboard I say the content out, it will become clear what those objectives are and then you know you can find ways to measure that and form your course or structure your content in that way all right.

It doesn’t have to be linear. It certainly can, I think everybody’s familiar with a linear progression path but you know we’re like going back to what I was saying, we get distracted easily, so if you can keep your content concise, we call it micro content, if you can create micro content and let people get these early small wins and check the box for for an objective, then that’s going to compound over time with all your content, otherwise it’s pretty overwhelming if you’re just kind of somebody comes into a membership siteand they see everything there and they don’t know where to go to begin, or at least to start.

 

So, what I’ve seen be quite successful, actually and we used to do this one where I used to do this while setting up courses and I’ve seen it in people that are using learn dashes though start with a linear progression. In the beginning, it’s kind of the reading process and then open it up and let people choose what they want to learn as they kind of get more familiar with the basics and have a solid foundation it’s important to create that foundation across all the learners all the members of the membership site so, everybody’s on the same page.

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