How to Create an Online Training Course

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A great online training course is a transformative tool that provides a repeatable and consistent experience to onboard new employees, upskill teams, and train clients or partners.

In this free course leveraging ten years of GoSkills experience, and led by GoSkills course producer Dan Gorgone, learn how to replicate our foolproof process for creating engaging courses that boast above-industry average completion rates.

We’ll cover how to:

  • Define the scope of your course content to meet specific training goals.
  • Balance active and passive learning to effectively engage your learners. 
  • Create a course outline and define learning objectives.
  • Confidently assemble your course content from start to finish.
  • Publish and successfully promote your course.

This course is best suited for:

  • Learning and development managers who want to create engaging e-learning opportunities for their employees.
  • Instructional designers and corporate trainers looking to create microlearning courses using industry best practices. 
  • Course providers that want to create and promote online courses for their clients.
  • Companies that need to train customers, clients, or partners on products or services to promote feature adoption.
  • Managers who want to ‘train the trainers’ to provide engaging, consistent, and polished online courses.
  • Anyone interested in leveraging an award-winning course authoring tool to create engaging online courses. 

Learn how to create effective online training courses that your learners will love and smash your training goals with confidence.

How to Create an Online Training Course
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This course is for anyone who wants to create a new online training course or improve an existing one. Whether you are planning to build your first course or want to broaden your skills, this course provides actionable strategies to help you accomplish your goals.

While we demonstrate our approach to creating content and building a course using the GoSkills course builder, you are able to use any content and/or course-building tool of your choice.

While your experience of assembling lessons and content may vary, our approach to creating and conceptualizing an online course is universal, making these lessons invaluable for anyone’s needs.

Absolutely! If you want to learn the process and approach used by experienced instructional designers, which can be applied to almost any course you can imagine, this course is for you. These lessons will help you assemble your ideas and show you the first steps toward creating your course.

That’s up to you. Many of our learners put the ideas into practice immediately as they work through each lesson. Others use these lessons as inspiration and will reference them later.

If you decide to go through each lesson now without building your course in real-time, this content will be of great help as you prepare course ideas and materials, as well as anticipate the needs of your own learners. You can go at your own pace as you ideate, build, refine, and launch your own course.

This course is written and presented by GoSkills course producer, Dan Gorgone, who has over a decade of experience building online courses for a wide variety of audiences. Each lesson features a video presentation explaining the various concepts and examples. Downloadable exercises are included to help you practice and apply the concepts to your own course ideas. Along with notes and quizzes, the course provides learners with a variety of ways to understand and review each strategy and approach.

Absolutely. We work with many businesses, big and small, to train and upskill their staff. Get started here or contact us with your requirements.


Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes
Lessons: 9
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Video duration: 42m
Estimated study time: 6h for all materials

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Choose the Right Path for Course Creation

Understanding your content, audience, and resources will prepare you for proper course development.


Define the Scope of Your Course

The size of your course project depends on the depth of the content - how much do you need to cover?


Passive Learning and Active Learning

Improve understanding and retention by providing content as well as opportunities for learners to take action.


Outline Your Course and Learning Objectives

Dividing your course into sections and relying on learning objectives can help you create the ideal content with an easy-to-follow structure.


Teach One Thing with a Lesson

A focused approach to building lessons will make is easier to complete the entire course.


Build Your Course Materials

Consider the options to create the ideal content for your audience.


Hands On with Course Building Tools

Let's walk through the GoSkills course builder to see how easy it is to assemble a new course.


Publish, Promote, and Support Your Course

When the course launches, your work is not done. Pay attention to feedback and look for opportunities to fix any issues.



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