Things to Include at the End of Your Course
Sometimes, when we’re designing a course, we put effort into the body and not so much into the introduction and conclusion. These sections are equally important; the introduction is how you keep viewers engaged, and a conclusion is an opportunity to tie it up well with additional resources and rewards for those who reached the end!
Check out the things you should add to your introduction here!
Your conclusion can also help your students know what to do next because often they might feel a bit lost once they’re done.
So here are a few things you should definitely put in the conclusion chapter of your course!
What They Have Learnt
Spend a minute or two covering what the course has taught them. This should be similar to the course objectives you discussed in the introduction of your course! It’s a good recap for them and checks all the boxes for you.
Do your students need to contact someone to get the certificate? Do they need to complete a final quiz? If it’s a corporate training video, do they need to inform HR they are finished? Or should they go enroll in a follow-up course?
Give them all the information here!
And if there are no next steps after this point, let them know that too.
If you are providing additional links or study material for further study, let your students know where to find them. Some instructors keep these materials on their website while putting their course on a different platform so you might want to make it clear how they should navigate after the course is over.
Check out why it’s important to give additional resources at the end of a course here!
If you are offering a follow-up call for any students that might have questions, let them know how exactly they can get in touch with you. Include your contact information like an e-mail address or Skype ID and state your working hours. Make sure you mention your timezone too, so you don’t get rushed with calls at 3 AM!
If the course is the effort of multiple people and your students can clarify their doubts with anybody, make the email address more generic, like firstname.lastname@example.org, rather than email@example.com.
Plug other courses
If you have other courses that your students might find useful, this is a good time to call their attention to them.
So if you just covered digital marketing, your students might be interested in learning more about starting a blog. You can inform them that you teach a specialized course on SEO keywords and blog writing, and then tell them how to access it.
It might seem simple, but it’s important to thank your students for enrolling in your course. Both of you have provided value to the other, so it’s good to acknowledge that!
The end of your course should make your students feel empowered and confident to tackle the problem you helped them solve.
If you’re thinking of creating a course and need some guidance on structuring and scriptwriting, you can contact me through my website! I offer additional services like branding, animation, voice-over, and promotional content creation.