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Planning Your Skillshare Class With Notion

Dalton Fabian, Data Science Pharmacist

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Notion

    • 2. Lesson 2: Overview and Demo of Notion

    • 3. Lesson 3: Class Project Overview

    • 4. Lesson 4: Creating the Class Information Section

    • 5. Lesson 5: Creating the Video Lesson Outline Section

    • 6. Lesson 6: Creating the Class Project Section

    • 7. Lesson 7: Using Your Template and Wrap-Up

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About This Class

This class will introduce you to Notion, a platform which allows you to organize information in an easy to view, cohesive format. This makes Notion ideal as a resource to gather your thoughts for your very own Skillshare class!

This course will guide you through using Notion to plan a Skillshare class from beginning to end. The class project will have you create a class template that you can duplicate to create each of your future classes. The template will allow you to focus in on your topic and plan out all of the information that you will need to create an amazing class. No previous experience or knowledge is needed for this course.


1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Notion: Hello and welcome to my skill share class. My name is Dalton, and my background is as a pharmacist, but I've always been interested in using technology and software to solve problems with this class. The problem I hope to help with is planning your next or first online class using a platform called Notion. In this class, you'll learn the basic components of notion and build a class outlined template that you can use over and over to plan your classes. After creating the template, you'll be encouraged to adapt the template to make it your own and share a screenshot of it with the rest of the class. Without further ado, let's get into the course. 2. Lesson 2: Overview and Demo of Notion: in this video, I'm going to give you an overview and demonstration of notion. So notion is an organization tool that's designed to put your needed information all in one place. And to find out about notion you can simply go to www dot notion dot eso and you'll be taken to this page here. And so if you're new user to start your account creation, you can simply enter email there. But one of the handy things about notion is that it's available as an app on IOS and Android as well as a Web app. But you can also download the desktop version, and lastly, I wanted to talk about the basic pricing that notion offers. So notion does offer a free tier, which puts a limit on the size of the file that you can upload as well as it gives you a 1000 block storage limit. And we can talk about what a block is in a little bit. But for someone who is just beginning to use notion, 1000 blocks will last you quite a long time, especially if you're just using this platform to plan your classes the next tier up from the free tears, the personal tear. And so you have unlimited storage. There's no file upload limit, and you have unlimited blocks that you can use. Now we'll give you a demonstration of notion. So once we have notion installed or were using the Web app to add a new page, weaken simply go down here to new page. And so let's say I want to make a page just for all the classes that I'm going to make on skill share. So I could simply title this skill share classes, and I can choose a template. That notion provides me, or it could just make a blank page. So I'm going to make a blank page. And so now we have a page for all of my skill share classes. And now one of the handiest features of notion is the ability to put blocks together to make content. And so on. Earlier, I mentioned that there's 1000 block limit in the free tier and what a block is as you first hit these slash and now all of these items that you can see in this pop up list are a block so I can have header block bulleted lists plain text, but there's many different options that notion gives you. You can even put tables and calendars as well as links and videos, and they also integrates with a few other services, like Google Drive or Google Maps. And so, for example, if I want to make a header, I can simply click Header and now I can type. And so this item right here is one block. It's essentially one block equals one row, and I just wanted to give you a few of my favorite blocks that I find myself using most frequently. So one of those blocks is the toggle list, and I could search that by hitting, taping, toggle. And so let's say I have a project that I'm working on as I project one, and I want to create projects. Subparts, Alexei Subpart one sub part to and let's say I don't need to see all of these subparts at all times. In that case with the toggle Aiken, go back up to Project One and click the arrow, and it will hide all of the sub elements. Another one of my favorite blocks is the page block. So if I start typing in page and page here. So this creates a new page within my skill share classes page. So if I want to teach a class on notion like I'm doing now, I can have I could make a notion page. And if you'll notice up here, there's a menu to go back and forth between pages and some pages. So if I click back up to skill share, I'm back to my main page. And so, in my example, what I can do is make each of these sub pages for each of my classes. So if I want to work in my notion class, I can going to this page and start adding blocks. But then I can always come out to the Skill Share classes page to see all of my projects. In the next video, we're going to talk about the project that will be doing in this class, which will be creating a notion page that could be used to plan your own online course. 3. Lesson 3: Class Project Overview: in this video, I wanted to discuss the project that will be doing for this course. So as a new teacher on skill share that give you access to a great document that can help you plan your class. And so our project will be to take this document and turn it into a notion page that you can use for Plantier classes and have all that information in one central location. The nice thing about notion is that you can duplicate this page for each new class they're going to teach. So here on the screen we have a copy of the outline template. That skill share provides new teachers. And so the main sections of the document are the video outline where you're going to be putting down things like your class title and your class description. The video section where you plan out the names of all of your lessons, what type of video that you'll be using, whether it be a physical demonstration or a screen cast. How long do you think your videos are gonna be approximately and the key talking points and key concepts that you're going to present in your lesson and then Finally, we have a section on the class project. So this will help. You kind of put together what you think you're class product will be about, and in the next video will get into walking through our class project and creating our notion template document. 4. Lesson 4: Creating the Class Information Section: will now start our class project by making a page for our templates in adding in the class information section. So to do that, we will create a page block by typing in the slash page, and then we will type in class template. So this new document that were making will serve as the template that will use to plan future classes. So after we type in the title, we can hit enter. After we have our class template page made, we can start putting together the different components of the template. So first will start out with the class information section and so will turn that into a header and name it class information. And with headers, I often like supported divider below them to separate the header from the information for the class title, we can simply start typing class title and just like a word processor, you can bold and italicize be text if you would like and then I found to actually put the class title in. There's a block called Quote that nicely highlights that block and so I will put the title of the class in here. But for now we will just leave it as class title because you'll be changing it later when Ugo and make your own class next will want to do the class description, and similarly to that. You can bold that or make a stand out anyway you would like and will enter in another quote section, and we will simply put class description in here. It's that you can enter it in a later time. As a last section of the class information portion of our template. I've added a things to consider for your description section. And so these are the things that skill share encourages you to consider while you're thinking of your class description. So your description should touch on a few different things it should touch own what the year classes about and what skills your students will learn, what they will create as a class project and who the classes geared towards and if the course requires any prior knowledge or experience. So as you go and you're creating your class description, you can simply check these items off and to create that section. I simply did a normal text header for the things to consider for your description and then for the to do list. I typed into do and then hit tab to make it a sub component. In our next video, we will move on to the video lesson outline section. 5. Lesson 5: Creating the Video Lesson Outline Section: the next section that will make is the video lesson outline. So this will be where we plan each video and the key talking points that will mention in the videos. So to do that will create a little space from our previous section. And then we'll do another header and we'll title this one video lesson outline and again, weaken. Do another divider. Perfect. Now we'll want to recreate the table that's in the skill shared document. So to do that will start taping table, and we'll want to include it as an in line table so that we can see the table with all of the are other class information. And, as you see it will create a table with a number of different columns. Now will want to create each of the different column headers that will need. So in this first column, we can keep it names. This will essentially be the lesson title, so we can simply to lesson one, and then you can name it, whatever your lesson is, and then we would do the same with the next rose lesson to, and you can put the name in there the next one that will want to create is the video format . So to change the name of the header, you simply click on the header. Go up to here, backspace that out, and then type in whatever you want. This header to be video format and hit enter and you'll see it's changed. Next will create the files column, and so conveniently there's already a section that says Files on it. And if you want, you can create a column that has the key talking points in the key concepts that you go over in your class. I found it easier, since it's kind of a limited amount of space to include those key talking points below, and I'll go over how I do that. One last option that you can put for one of the combs is the video length I have chosen not to, but that's more of a personal preference. So with some of these some of these columns I want to change the type of information that can be input into the the Rose. So for video format, I have a number of different options, so there could be a screen cast or there could be a product demo using a camera. So if I want to lay out those options, only be able to choose from a limited number of options. I can go click on the header and make sure it is multi select. So that a lead you put in multiple different options and then go to configure options. And now you can enter in the items that you want to show up in this column. So let's just say are two options are product demo and we can hit. Internet will create that option, and then we want a screen cast option, you know, hit, enter. So now when we click inside each of these boxes, we have the option to add those, and I could go back in and delete them out. So that gives you a way to think about how you're going to do your videos and be able to select those to put in those rows. The files. Since this one was already done, you can you could normally go into this area here and choose between the different types of information. You can have that column, and so what files and media does is you can upload, for example, finished copies of each lesson to here. And the nice thing about that is that you would have access to those wherever you log in to notion. So if you originally did all of the video work on your laptop and you don't have access to it at that moment, you could go on another device and log in to notion and be able to access that information . Usually, that will only work, though, if you have the personal plan, since the free tier has a limit on the file size that you can upload. Lastly, for this section, I like to put the key talking points below the table. So usually how I like to do those is by using the toggle block. And so I will type in Lesson one and the lesson. Name it. Enter Hit tab. And this is where I can type in all of my talking points. And then once I'm done with the talking points for Lesson one, I can simply backspace until we get up to here and create a ta go for Lesson two and do the same thing. And what I like about putting the talking points in the toggles below is that if I have a bunch of talking points in less than one, I can hit the arrow in collapse. Thes sub points. So then I only need to expand it when I am going over that information or recording the video so that I have a list of the talking points. So that is the last part of the video lesson outline. Our next video will go over the class project. 6. Lesson 6: Creating the Class Project Section: Our last section of the class template will be the class project section. And so this is something, although it's at the end of the template is something you should be thinking of as you go through the whole class creation process like we talked about before. The class project should probably be mentioned in your class description also. So you should have an idea of your class project when you're working on even the basic information about your class. So to create the class Project section, we will leave a little space after the video lesson outline, and we will add another header. You can call this the class project he and put another divider next, just like we did above skill share provides you with some items to consider for a class project, and we can go ahead and make that line bold. And then, just like girls we did before will create some to do items and hit tab. And so the things that you should consider when writing up your project description is to you list these steps needed list. The resource is that the student will need and plan your project to be something fun as well as make your project on the easy side. You don't want to discourage your students if the project is too difficult and these air merely suggestions about the things that you should be considering, Feel free to add your own items that you think will help. The last thing that we have to do for the class project is to write the project description . And so to do that will create a new little part to your titled project description and then below it like we did above. I'm going to use the quote block to be able to put my class description. And then you can simply type in the description there after you take these items into consideration. And, of course, we can make this boat. So next I wanted to go over a few items that I like to use to customize my class templates , something that I like to do when I format the template. So these items thes two items right here, the class description in the class title. I like to put them side by side just to save some room. And so to do that, you can click on the dots and drag it over to the side there and even upwards here. And they drink the class description also to decide. And sometimes it just takes a little bit of maneuvering to get them tow line up. But now we have these two side by side, and we can delete some space back there. When I'm creating my class titles and class descriptions and even the project description down here, I like to make the background of these a different color. So if you click on the dots right here and do color, you can either change the text color or change the background color. And so I like a nice blue background, and then it will change background of that and make it stand out more. And I like to do that with this also, and you could make them any color that you want. It just helps these items to stand out, So those are a couple things that I like to do kind of mess around with how things are formatted. You can make things side by side and then changing the color of the background. And now, in our final video, we will go over how to make this class template or how to duplicate it to make your own classes 7. Lesson 7: Using Your Template and Wrap-Up: this last video will show you how to take your newly made class template and use it to plan out your classes. So to do that, we'll go from the class template back to our skill share classes page. And now so say we want to build a new class or come up with a new class. We can simply click the box is there will duplicate this item and maybe we'll want to create something like ah Hander that says classes divider. And we can now drag our copy down here, go clicking here unless they're doing a class on notion, I can rename this and fill in all of this information. So then, when I go back to school share classes, I have my template over the top in this new notion class down here. And so I can keep doing that as much as I want to keep making copies, pulling them down here in renaming them. So that is a wrap for this class on how to use notion to plan your online classes or skill shared classes. If you're able to, I encourage you to take the templates and get creative with them and share a screenshot of your template with the rest of the class. That could be anything for him rearranging different items or adding your own coloring or anything like that. I can't wait to see what you build.