course scope based on audience objectives and course length. Estimate
that it will take 20 minutes of course time for every task on your
Rank tasks in order of importance then eliminate the ones that
do not fit your time frame.
When you have shortened your list to the most important tasks,
organize them into chapters. Base chapters on the largest concepts
that the tasks have in common, such as object creation or object
editing. Put no more than five tasks in a chapter.
Put your chapters in order, basic through advanced. Do not leave
out any subjects and make sure you do not get ahead of yourself
by addressing subjects before their time. Build the course in
order from foundation to walls to roof to trim.
Make an Outline
Within each chapter, turn tasks into lessons. Arrange lessons
in the order that users will need to perform them.
Make an outline. Give equal weight to equal topics. Write headings
using gerunds that indicate action, such as: "Creating," or "Modifying."
If you prefer to write longer chapters, include more lessons per
chapter and group them under A-Heads (second level headings).
Create a solid hierarchy of ideas and a parallel structure among
As you get to know the material, you will find deeper principles
around which to organize the content. Keep revising your outline
until it is simple. Make the course clear, consistent and complete.
Fig. 1. A sample outline. Note the parallel structure
among equal concepts and equal tasks.