Want to create an online course but have little or no design experience?

You're in the right place!

You’ve got a great idea for an online course and you’re ready to get started and create it.  But if you have little or no experience of designing online learning where to do you start? 

In this course we’ll follow 10 steps that will guide you through each part of a process to enable you to design an engaging and valuable online course for your learners.

There’s even a workbook to download for you to capture your thoughts as we go!

Hi, I’m Nikie and I’ve loved working in Learning and Development for over 20 years, both face-to-face and online.  Since 2016 I’ve also been creating my own online learning AND helping others to do the same using this exact process.

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Who is this course for?

  • First time course creators

    First time course creators looking for a structured approach to designing their course

  • From face-to-face to online

    Face-to-face trainers who want idea for converting their course to online

What's with all the cupcakes?

To try and give a practical example of how you might apply these 10 steps to an online course, I am using the example of 'Hosting Cupcake Parties!'  Yes, I know it's random, but that's the point.  these steps will be unique to yourself, your situation and your topic, so any subject as an example will work... so why not cupcakes!

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Let's look at the Aims and Outcomes

The aim of this course is to:  

give you a structured approach to designing an online course using 10 steps   


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the key idea for your course
  2. Sate which platforms would work best for your course
  3. Create Aims and Outcomes for your learners
  4. Identify your audiences pitching level
  5. List the ‘ingredients’ for your course
  6. Structure your ‘ingredient’ in a way that flows well
  7. Identify different mediums and how to make them work best for your learner
  8. Clarify which technical equipment you’ll use
  9. Complete a landing page for your course
  10. Start the creation process of your course

Course Outline

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    • 2. Hosting

  • 4

    End Results

    • 3. End Result

  • 5

    Starting point

    • 4. Starting point

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    • 5. Ingredients

  • 7

    Laying the foundations

    • 6. Laying the foundations

  • 8

    Bridge building

    • Bridge building

  • 9

    First impressions

    • 8. First impressions PDF

    • 8. First impressions PP

    • 8. First impressions Face to camera

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    • 9. Technology

  • 11

    Landing Page

    • 10. Landing Page THIS ONE

    • LANDING PAGE Template TRIO

  • 12

    In summary

    • In Summary

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    ...And finally

    • And finally...



Your Trainer...

Nikie Forster

Nikie Forster

Convinced she was going to be a Radio One presenter from an early age, Nikie’s less than conventional route into the world of Learning & Development has given her a wide range of experiences and skills which enable her to create learning in almost any situation. Two decades later, having backed up these experiences with a plethora of professional qualifications, she now runs Curious Lighthouse Learning Consultancy where she enables Managers and Trainers to increase ​Confidence & Competence in themselves and others through creative, curious and credible training solutions. Find out more at www.curiouslighthouse.co.uk

Testimonials for Nikie Forster

“Nikie’s approach is fresh, she is very experienced, is visible on YouTube and has some wonderful eLearning training online. Nikie has supported my own business as Course Creator for Aspire4business.com/academy and I am looking forward to working with her again in 2020. Thank you Nikie. ”

Beverley Poole - eLearning entrepreneur, Speaker, Business Mentor.

“I first came across Nikie through her quirky and different posts which I’m always compelled to look at further and find myself drawn to. We talked and I described the kind of creative experiments we’re keen to encourage in my team and asked her to share all her secrets! She created a great day packed full of ideas, taught my team how dopamine makes the difference in learning and we left with a shopping list and inspired and reassured that what we were already doing was value add coupled with some ideas to make them even better. From before the day to after she demonstrated how creativity engages and lands learning.”

Natalie Rogers - Head of Talent, Learning & Development at Greencore

“I can’t thank Nikie enough for all of her support and help in moulding me into the professional trainer I am today and would highly recommend having a chat with Nikie and enrolling on some of the courses. ”

Suk Gill ~ Director of The Sales Coach Ltd.