Creating a Lesson

By · September 3, 2011 · Filed in Uncategorized

To create a lesson:

  1. Log in to the DCL Dashboard (You will need your login name and password)
  2. Click the POST tab on the left.
  3. Click NEW at the top of the page.
  4. Follow the remaining steps below.

Create a title for your lesson. Keep it simple and to the point. Do not use ALL CAPS and avoid using superlatives or comparisons to other lessons, such as “best ever…” or “fastest…”

You can get a feel for DLC formatting by looking at some of the other lessons on the site. It’s pretty simple actually.

Provide a brief explanation of what your lesson teaches. Avoid talking about the ‘story’ behind the lesson, but focus on what the student will get out of it instead. A standard DLC lesson will have three sections:

  1. An introduction that is between 125 and 250 words (1/4 to 1/2 a standard page). The introduction tells the student about the lesson and is a general overview.
  2. The main lesson content. This section shows the steps to learning the skill or rhythm you are teaching. Include photos, video, audio and anything that makes it a good lesson. Videos are preferred. To embed media, click one of the icons above the toolbar (to the right of where it says “Upload/Insert.” All you need to embed video is the URL of the file – the one that appears in your browser when you watch the video online. Check out THIS PAGE for an overview.
  3. Applications and other uses. Explain how the student will use the skill or rhythm. Provide some options, alternatives, tips, different applications, and other advice. You can also add some personal information at the end, such as your email, website link, good luck wishes, etc.

If you’re not sure where to begin, start by answering these questions and then place them into lesson form.

  • What is the main skill or topic taught?
  • How will the student develop this skill?
  • What steps are needed to practice or use the skill?
  • What are some applications (uses) of the skill, technique, or rhythm?

When uploading photos, place them in between text blocks and limit the maximum width to 500.

You can use the SAVE DRAFT feature to backup  your lesson and return to it for further editing before you publish it.

When you’re happy with your lesson and you’re ready to publish. First select some relevant CATEGORIES from the list you find on the right. You can also include some keywords. Please select ONLY those categories under which your lesson falls. These are used to help people find lessons under specific topics. Most lessons fall under 2-3 categories at the most.

The final step is to add a TITLE and DESCRIPTION (find these fields at the bottom of the page). Filling these in will help search engines locate and log your lesson, which means more traffic to you and your site. (free publicity).

When you’ve completed all of the above, click the PUBLISH button to make your lesson LIVE. If you find errors or want to make some changes, just log in and edit the lesson as you did when you created it. Hit PUBLISH to save any updates.

For topics that are complex or involve multiple steps, create a separate lesson for each step, rather than creating one big lesson. This is better for you anyway, as it allows you to have more posts, which means more opportunities to promote yourself and your products. Please – No product or commercials in lessons. That stuff can be on your site or a company site. Keep DLC lessons pure and high-quality by not making them into infomercials! Lessons that have low-content with lots of “ads” will be removed and may forfeit authorship privileges. As a teacher, you know that the main goal is to help your students. “Selling” people on your products and services can be a real turnoff.  We recommend creating useful, quality content. If people enjoy your work, they will seek out your products and services.

Thank you for contributing to the percussive arts and growing the global community of drummers and percussionists.

– The DLC Team