Don’t write your course materials while you’re teaching or presenting the course in your community

Welcome to the “What NOT to Do When Building an Online Community!”  In this article, we talk about a very simple concept, but one that seems to come up way too often because it’s way too easy to fall into the trap of doing it:
Don’t write your course materials while you’re teaching or presenting the course in your community.
Before we start, let’s be clear on one major point: there is no condemnation or embarrassment for anyone who has done this for their courses.  Yes, this material is based on real-life situations and existing courses, and there are real people who have either tried to do it, or have done it.  We won’t give names and we won’t cause them to be embarrassed.  With that in mind, please don’t share names of people or companies who have made this decision, and please don’t ask who we know have done this kind of work.
You may wonder why we talk about what NOT to do.  If you’ve played sports, or worked on a hobby, or have tried to master a skill, sometimes it’s more instructive to see how NOT to do something before you attempt to do it the right way.  It’s an effective approach to eliminate a poorly executed skill before you even start to try to do it.  And that’s why we talk about what NOT to do – because we don’t want you to even consider doing it in the first place!
Let’s talk about why you don’t want to write your course materials while you’re teaching or presenting the course.
First, not having the course completely written out, clarified, and finished before you teach it will most likely take you in directions which you wander away from what you know and the expertise you want to present.
the temptation of writing material for a course while you get feedback and responses is very strong, but it’s
Secondly, allowing too many potential opportunities for students to direct and/or sway your presentations when you haven’t clarified your content is potentially dangerous as they can make you look disqualified to teach it.
Thirdly, it’s too easy to fall into a trap where you simply don’t teach anything of value because you didn’t have enough time to fully prepare for the class session(s) you are scheduled to teach.
Fourthly, you don’t want to make the mistake of making the course a conversation with your students, instead of a course which covers the key points they need to know.
Lastly, it’s too easy to forget what you intended to teach and skip the most valuable information you should be teaching.
There are many other reasons why this is a bad approach.  Read and/or watch our articles and videos and you will pick up on some other great reasons why you shouldn’t write the course while you’re presenting it.
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