7 Ways to Turbo-Charge Online Course Creation with ChatGPT

By Chris Huntley 

Published on  November 7, 2023

Creating an online course can be a daunting task, but with the help of AI, specifically ChatGPT, you can streamline the process and ensure your content is engaging and effective.

The idea is not to allow ChatGPT to do all the work for you, but to feed it with your own outlines, ideas, and personal contributions – then to let it act as a creative assistant to help fill in the gaps and speed up your workflow.

Here are seven ways you can leverage ChatGPT to save time and enhance your course creation process.

How to Turbo Charge Online Course Creation with Chat GPT

1. Brainstorming Course Topics

Benefit: Overcome creator’s block and expand your topic horizons.

How to Use: Provide ChatGPT with your niche and ask for a list of potential topics.

Sample Prompt: “Generate a list of 10 innovative online course topics for aspiring Broadway actors.”

When it comes to brainstorming course topics, ChatGPT acts as a creative partner, offering a diverse range of ideas that you might not have considered.

By inputting your area of expertise and any relevant trends or interests, you can receive a tailored list of potential course topics that are aligned with market demand and your personal strengths. For instance, a prompt like “Generate a list of unique online course topics for intermediate-level photographers interested in drone photography” can yield a variety of focused subjects, ensuring your course stands out in a crowded marketplace and resonates with a specific audience.

This initial brainstorm can lay a strong foundation for a course that captivates and educates.

BONUS TIP: You can also ask for ideas for the course’s name.  But you’ve got to have the right inputs.  ChatGPT combined with what we teach in Create Online Awesome Courses will help you nail the name every time!

2. Defining Your Target Audience

Benefit: Tailor your content to the specific needs and interests of your learners.

How to Use: Describe your ideal student profile to ChatGPT and ask for audience-specific course features.

Sample Prompt: “Describe the key characteristics of an online course designed for mid-level marketing managers seeking advanced strategies.”

Defining your target audience is a critical step in crafting a course that resonates and delivers value.

ChatGPT can help you refine your audience profile by considering demographic details, learning preferences, and professional goals.

For example, a prompt such as “Identify the key characteristics and learning objectives for self-taught programmers looking to specialize in cybersecurity” can guide ChatGPT to provide insights into the specific needs and challenges of this group. This targeted approach ensures that your course content is not only relevant but also deeply engaging for the learners you aim to serve.

3. Creating a Course Outline or Curriculum

Benefit: Structure your course effectively from the outset.

How to Use: Ask ChatGPT to organize your topics into a logical, progressive outline.

Sample Prompt: “Develop a detailed 8-week course outline for an at-home workout course, including weekly subtopics and objectives.”

You are the expert.  You shouldn’t use ChatGPT to craft your entire outline.  But you’ll be surprised how many great ideas it will come up with, things you may not have thought to include.  You can also feed it with your own handful of ideas and ask it to help fill in the gaps.

4. Course Content Creation

Benefit: Generate educational content quickly, which can be refined and personalized.

How to Use: Break down your course into sections and ask ChatGPT to draft content for each.

Sample Prompt: “Write an introductory section for a module on LinkedIn advertising best practices.”

Again, the best use for ChatGPT here is to supplement your expertise as a creative assistant.  Let’s say you’ve got five bullet points in mind for your introductory module.  Feed them to the prompt and let it flesh out the content for you.  This way the ideas are still “yours” but it will add ideas you didn’t think to add, and give you a script… if going off a script is your cup of tea.  (It’s not really mine.)

5. Enhancing the Learning Experience

Benefit: Create a more engaging and interactive course.

How to Use: Use ChatGPT to suggest and create interactive elements and multimedia resources.

Sample Prompt: “List 5 interactive elements that can be included in an online course about public speaking to engage participants.”

6. Generating Assessments

Benefit: Save time on creating quizzes and exams while ensuring they are relevant and challenging.

How to Use: Provide ChatGPT with the course material and ask for assessment questions.

Sample Prompt: “Create 10 multiple-choice questions based on the provided content for a course on content marketing, with increasing difficulty.”

What better way to interact with your students than have them take a quiz or assessment at the end of a lesson or module?  Just think.  You could provide a transcript of the lesson to ChatGPT and have it create the assessment questions – AND ask it to make up the multiple choice answers!  Fun stuff.

7. Creating a Customer Survey

Benefit: Gather valuable feedback directly from your target audience to refine your course content and delivery.

How to Use: Use ChatGPT to draft a series of questions that will elicit constructive feedback on various aspects of your course.

Sample Prompt: “Compose a 10-question survey for recent participants of my online marketing course, focusing on the clarity of content, engagement level, and applicability of skills learned.”

Case Study:

I recently marketed an online conference called “New Insights into the New Testament” or NINT.  After the event, I asked ChatGPT to create the questions for me.  You can see how the survey turned out here.  

Could I have written these questions myself?  Sure!  But this was way easier!

By implementing a customer survey, you can tap into the minds of your course participants, gaining insights into their experiences, preferences, and areas for improvement.

ChatGPT can help you formulate questions that are open-ended, allowing for detailed responses, as well as scaled questions that quantify satisfaction levels. 

Conclusion

ChatGPT can be a powerful tool in the course creation process, helping you save time and create a more engaging learning experience. By using targeted prompts, you can harness the power of AI to assist with everything from brainstorming to fact-checking. Remember, the key to success is in refining the AI-generated content to ensure it meets your high standards and provides real value to your learners.


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