An ecourse is short for an electronic course, or rather a course that is taught online. Generally, they are self paced which means you have access to the course and related resources 24 hours per day; 365 days per year. They can be a valuable asset to your forever learning strategy.
A well crafted ecourse is one that focuses on a specific skill or goal. It is developed in a way that allows the student to participate in specific tasks instead of just reading from a manual. They are usually broken down into multiple modules that build upon each other and consist of reading text, watching videos, listening to audios, inspecting charts and graphs, and engaging with the instructor as well as other students.
An ecourse should test the skills you are learning through quizzes, exams, and interaction so that you can apply those newly learned skills in your everyday life. Sure, you may be able to search the internet for hours or days to find the same information you would find in many ecourses but not from the perspective and experience with the knowledge to create a course.
As a blogger, you should care about ecourses because if you become a developer, you can potentially cut your own slice of the $50+ Billion a year industry and growing. I know of several bloggers that are earning 6 and 7 figures annually from their ecourses. It only makes sense to incorporate this type of content into your overall blogging strategy if your goal is to earn a decent income from your blog.
As an individual, investing in an ecourse is an economical way to increase needed or desired skills. A recent study showed that ecourses have a 96% positive impact on job performance, a 78% positive factor into promotion and advancement, and an 87% positive effect on compensation and salary.
If that’s not enough to go on then consider these PROS to enrolling to an ecourse:
- Convenience- no commute, no geographic constraints, less stress with verbal expressions, you learn at a pace you are comfortable with, most are virtual discussions and rarely live, and many are student centered but may be expected to engage with other students contributions.
- Less Expensive- no travel or housing costs, no classrooms to fill, and students can continue their jobs without missing a beat.
- May be introduced to a culturally diverse student population from all over the world.
- You can work on the ecourse from virtually anywhere on a computer, tablet, or even a smartphone.
Of course there are also some PROS for bloggers to develop an ecourse:
- Increase in audience.
- Establish oneself as an authority or expert on a particular skill.
- Value added content for their blog.
- Build strong and lasting relationships.
- Potential to greatly increase income.
So, you see, ecourses are a win-win for everyone involved. I’m sure there are probably some CONS to ecourses but they are heavily outweighed by the PROS. The choice is clear; either start enrolling in courses that interest you or help you increase a skill, or if you’re a blogger, develop you own ecourse to increase your following and income. It’s time to incorporate eCourse content with your blog planner.