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3 steps to design your online course

How to design your online course?

Course designing can be one of the most challenging parts for new course creators! So how to design your online course (without losing too much time & sanity)?


While course design might seem like a challenge, it can actually be quite an enjoyable process even for those who are not quite sure how to make it happen.

Let’s review this simple step-by-step guide to designing your own online course!

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3 steps to design your online course

How to design your own online course?

STEP #1: Choose the tools that work the best for you

My initial suggestion would be to definitely go with Canva if you’re a new creator with no design knowledge. Canva is a free online tool that gives you a chance to easily design any of the necessary course elements, as well as any other graphics necessary for online business.

However, let’s keep an open mind! There are plenty of different designing tools that can be used.

First of all, keep in mind any of your existing experiences or preferences. If you are already familiar with any designing tools, it might be the easiest choice to just go with that.

Possibly you have some background experience with Photoshop or any other pro-level tools. Or maybe you’ve used platforms like PicMonkey for picture editing. Either way, you can consider the options you are already familiar with.

The next thing to keep in mind is which platform would you be open to LEARNING. See, the course creation process will take quite a lot of your time as it is. But there is no harm in wanting to learn a new program along the way. Maybe it’s time to give InDesign a try?! Or maybe now is the perfect moment to get on Canva?

Give yourself a chance to learn this new, tempting platform that you might’ve already been looking at.


STEP #2: Find relevant templates

Okay, honestly, this step is the KEY to successful online course designing all on your own! TEMPLATES can work like a charm.

Even though templates are widely used these days, many creators still avoid them feeling like using the template will work like “cheating”. But this is SO NOT TRUE.

See templates as a helpful base for your course design. You should always adjust the branding to your colors and fonts, align everything to be consistent. And once you do that, the template will barely look like one!!

So what to keep in mind when searching for the best templates?

First, I’d definitely suggest paying for your templates. Even though, for example, Canva offers plenty of great options for free, template markets like CreativeMarket have so many bundled options that have it all set for you! It truly can save loads of your time and make your content look AMAZING. Besides that, they are quite cheap!

Here are some samples:

3 steps to design your online course: eBook design by ProductiveandFree

eBook design by ProductiveandFree

Workbook design for online courses: 3 steps to design your online course

Workbook Creator for Coaches

Workbook design for online courses: 3 steps to design your online course

Workbook Creator for Coaches

E-book template for online coaches 3 steps to design your online course

Canva & InDesign eBook Template Kayla

When purchasing templates, it’s also important to know which designing tools you’ll be using because each template will be based on a different designing tool.

The easiest will be to find Canva and/or InDesign and Photoshop templates when it comes to online course design materials. However, there are also plenty of other options!

The last but not least step in choosing the best templates for your business is knowing what type of content will you create! As I already mentioned, on CreativeMarket you can find plenty of BUNDLE templates. Such bundles can include several different templates, for example, presentations, workbooks, e-books, as well as other content variations.

Therefore, before you decide on which template to buy, make sure to look into what type of content it offers exactly!


STEP #3: Brand-align your templates

As I already mentioned in step #2, adjusting your templates to YOUR brand and adding YOUR VIBE is the key to making these designs work.

Possibly you already have some brand guidelines ready. But if that’s not the case, make sure to choose what colors and fonts you’ll be using through your online course design.

Then, set up a brand guide for yourself so you can check in on it when designing any of the course materials. A brand guide is like a reference book with all the relevant info, for example, color codes and font names you’re going to be using. Having a brand guide at hand will help you to stay consistent through your designs and it will also save loads of your time.


These 3 simple steps give you a chance to design your online course without much of a hussle.

The most important thing to remember is to STAY CONSISTENT. Choose the design elements that will work through all of your designs, either those are presentations, promo materials, workbooks or anything else.

Don’t switch up your colors, fonts or base presentations, it will help your design to stay more enjoyable.

Do you feel ready to design your online course? If not, what seems to be holding you back?


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