Get your Lessons in the right Order
For seasonal drip-feed courses this is easy: you use the blog post scheduling feature to set the date for your lessons as you want them be available for your students. In this case you also don’t have to hide the date.
For evergreen courses you need to be a bit more organized. The order in which your lessons appear is also determined by the blog post date but unlike with a drip-feed course where you schedule future dates you use past dates to organize your lessons.
A blog normally works like this: The newest post is shown first.
For your course this means: The first lesson has to have the newest date and the last lesson has to have the oldest date.
April 4, 2017
March 4, 2017
February 4, 2017
January 4, 2017
December 4, 2016
November 4, 2016
I like to space my lessons with one month apart because that gives me the flexibility to easily add lessons in between at a later stage if want to. You could also set them a day apart and use the hours of the day to add lessons in between. Entirely up to you!
Know your structure
If you are creating an e-course it always a good idea to have the outline of your lesson plan in place and to prepare your content. Here is how I plan my courses:
I create a list of my modules and the lessons contained within.
I count all of my lessons so that I know how far back in time I need to go with my monthly dates. If I have a lot of lessons I put the plan and dates into a spreadsheet, or write it into my Bullet Journal.
I write the content for each lesson in Pages, which is my preferred word processing software. You can use Word, or Scrivener, or Mac Notes, whatever your preferred software is.
Once that’s all done I start creating my blog posts, populating them with the content I already created and adding the respective date.
I stay flexible! Meaning: As I populate my website with the course content, I sometimes decide to add lessons, or to split a lesson into two. That’s when I use the in between dates to place these additional lessons. Spacing my blog post dates a month apart gives me plenty of flexibility to make these kind of changes.
You have hidden the date on your posts so no-one will ever see these dates. They are purely used to ensure your lessons appear in the intended order.