We set a goal to create this course function without the use of paid features. You never know which resources will be available when it comes time to help a client. Because Thinkific does not offer a gradebook with their free version, we put on our troubleshooting caps to design a workaround. For this course, this meant turning it into a competion-based challange. To assess learner comprehension and application, we included a peer-to-peer discussion board and instructor-learner journal assignments.
Each week, learners were awarded 1 point for finishing each of the following tasks:
1. Required Daily Meditation (4 Points Possible)
2. A Personal Discussion Post (1 Point Possible)
3. Discussion Post Replies (2 points Possible)
4. Weekly Survey Entry (1 Point Possible)
To succeed in the the challenge, learners had to acquire points as they traveled through our three mindfulness levels: seeker, explorer, and master. All tasks were pass/fail with an option to redo any task that fell short. As learners leveled up, we planed to send a personalized certificate to their inbox.
Choosing an LMS isn’t easy. We wanted something that was both free and also provided the functionality we wanted.
After some research, we chose Thinkific. We liked that it is easy to use, offers helpful integrations, includes progress tracking, and produces aesthetically beautiful courses.
Additionally, Thinkific offers a free version that includes unlimited users and content. Admittedly, there are some paid features I’d have preferred to use. However, with a bit of design gymnastics, we were still able to find the functionality that we were looking for.
Tools: Camtasia, Audacity, Powerpoint, Canva, Thinkific
Create & Curate Content
Finally! The fun part—creating and curating content. Check out the screenshots of some of our created content.