If you’re a business owner, a teacher, a trainer or an online solopreneur, you probably know that creating online courses is a highly scalable and profitable way to generate online income. In fact, 75%+ margins are not unheard of.
But there’s a problem: creating an online course is super hard to do!
It could take a week or so to nail down your course outline and many more weeks to create your content. And no matter how motivated you are, you’ll always be starting this process from a blank page.
Now, imagine if you could wave a magic wand and all of a sudden great content begins to appear on the screen, unearthing the perfect online course for your audience?
That’s where a new suite of AI writing assistant tools that just hit the market comes into the picture. In this article I’m going to show you how to use these advanced tools to vault past the competition when it comes to online course content creation.
What is AI And How Does It Work for Content Creation?
AI writing assistants use a programming technique known as language modelling. This is a training algorithm that teaches computers how to write like a human by ingesting massive amounts of text from high-quality blogs, articles and websites.
Given an initial prompt from a human writer the computer can then figure out what words come next, using correct grammar and spelling.
The language modelling algorithm doesn’t use hardcoded rules in order to create content. Instead, it writes based on repeated observation coupled with pattern recognition.
The end result is a human-like writing quality that can tackle virtually any subject with ease. Having said that, you always have to fact check the output of your AI writing assistant because it’ll likely “make stuff up” in order to produce coherent sentences.
Benefits of Using AI for Online Content Creation
The main barrier to content creation is having to always start from a blank page, which can be very time-consuming and frustrating at times.
Yet, by using AI writing assistants you can generate a significant amount of your content for a fraction of the cost and time, creating a solid foundation that you can then build on.
The end result is that hours of content creation effort can be reduced to mere minutes (as you’ll witness later on in this article), days can be turned into hours and weeks into days, depending on the scope and complexity of your project.
How to Use AI to Fast-track Your Online Course Outline
The best way to get started with AI for your online course is to use it to generate your outline.
Once you provide your AI writing assistant with a topic, it’ll create all your headings and subheadings for each course section. Then you can use it to add meat to the bones.
Now, as I mentioned before, keep in mind that while AI writing assistants excel at writing like humans they’re not subject matter experts and will on occasion make stuff up.
So, you always need to supervise the output and make the necessary changes to make your content factually correct.
Tips on How to Use AI Writing Assistants
Here are 3 tips to help you create AI-generated content for your online course:
Tip 1. AI is not a replacement for human content creators
Make sure that you always proofread, amend and improve upon the auto-generated text as necessary — as great as the output may look like, it won’t have the accuracy that only an expert like you can provide.
Tip 2. AI always requires your guidance (i.e. garbage in/garbage out)
You always need to supply the initial angle for your content before you let the AI do its magic. Since AI writes in such human-like fashion, sometimes it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t really know anything about your subject.
Unlike humans, AI writing assistants don’t have cognitive abilities, and therefore can’t understand the nuances of your subject matter or make use of human judgement to create connections between related pieces of information.
However, if you give it the right push at the beginning, it’ll do a very good job in generating awesome content that closely follows your guidance and save you a lot of time in the process.
Tip 3. Make sure you specify a tone of AI voice that reflects your style
AI writing assistants can write in any voice, so make sure to supply this input correctly before you use it to generate your course content.
Always use the voice setting in a way that matches your style, and don’t try to generate content in a voice that’s not natural to you.
For example, if your typical writing style is “casual,” don’t instruct the AI assistant to write in a “witty” voice, because your final content will feel inauthentic to your readers.
Let’s Now Create an Entire Course from Scratch Using AI!
Great, it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. Let’s showcase how these tools can work to help you create the initial draft for your online course in no time.
For the sake of illustration, I’m going to pick a random topic for this example. So, I’ll use an AI writing assistant called Jarvis.ai to generate an outline for a course on how to create a resume.
I’ll begin this process by using their “Blog Post Outline” feature and then guide the AI by typing Outline for a course on how to create a resume under the heading “Blog post title/topic”:
Awesome, this is a great starting point!
Now, I’m going to adjust this first draft slightly, as follows:
- What is a resume?
- Why do you need a resume and what does it include?
- How to create an effective resume that will get you the job you want
- Formatting your resume
- The importance of keywords in resumes
- Examples of good and bad resumes
Let’s now use the AI tool to add some meat to the bones. Making use of the “Blog Post Intro Paragraph” feature, let’s expand on item 1: What is a resume?
This is a great intro for the course!
Now, you may end up using this text just for inspiration and not verbatim. But if you choose to use it as is, know that the text generated by AI writing assistants constitutes 100% original content that is not found anywhere else on the internet.
In fact, AI apps have been thoroughly tested with online plagiarism tools showing no matches to existing online content.
All right. Next you would repeat the same process for item 2: Why do you need a resume and what does it include? For the sake of brevity, I won’t do that here and instead jump to item 3.
Here you want to break down this bullet into subtopics that will become subsections in your online course.
So, let’s now enter How to create an effective resume that will get you the job you want into the “Blog Post Outline” feature once more:
Good! Our course outline is beginning to fill out.
Let’s use the same process to expand on item 4: Formatting your resume. Here, I’m going to give the AI assistant some direction by entering: 5 formatting tips for great resumes in the “Blog Post Outline” feature:
Almost done! Now we need a bit of text to get us going for item 5: The importance of keywords in resumes, which I’m going to generate using the “Blog Post Intro Paragraph” feature:
This is a great intro for the section on keywords (all I would do above is to replace the word post with section and voila.)
Finally, for item 6 you’ll be listing a number of examples of good and bad resumes for guidance and contrast.
There you go, the first pass for an online course on how to create a resume done in about 10 minutes!
Naturally, being a subject matter expert in your field you’ll be able to take your AI content to the next level by filling out any gaps until it’s just right, yet it would be next to impossible to get to this level of content structure so fast without the use of an AI writing assistant.
Use it wisely and it’ll become a game changer for your future online course creation projects.
This article was written by Marcelo Beilin, a Digital Marketing Consultant and blogger who helps clients take their traffic and online revenue to the next level. He also helps readers find the perfect tools to earn online income at BestTech2EarnOnline.com.
You can connect with him on LinkedIn.