10 Tips for Creating a Learning Playlist
Have you already created a learning activity on our platform? Maybe you have some doubts or questions about how to do it? Learn from the best! Check these tips prepared by our network partners on how to create activities on Cities of Learning platform.
- Create a common visual identity for the playlist. Your activities will look similar and will be recognisable on the platform.
- Start by preparing your cover pictures. It happened more than once, at the beginning, that the whole activity was set up and ready to go. Then at the final step, there was no cover visual to upload. So one has to make something up real quick on the spot. Preparing a visual cover in advance with all the right requirements is a big time saver.
- If starting from zero, wait with the name of the activity. Have a working title you can always change after the playlist is done. It should reflect the content but also motivate others to take part!
- When describing activity, always have the target audience in mind! Which information do they need? What will attract their attention? Which skills can they learn? Also include how they can contact you when they have questions.
- Add additional supporting materials about the topic of your activity to inspire participants. E.g. include an attractive youtube video that your participants will like.
- Don’t exaggerate with materials and resources! Make sure there are a few and they’re straight to the point. If too much, usually young people feel less motivated, thinking it will be tons of work.
- When creating an activity think about which skills are important to learn for your participants. Create your badge around this learning objective. CoL partners have many badges systems that you can use for inspiration. E.g. one can include 21st Century Badges, Entrepreneurial badges, LifeSkills badges in your activity. Earners from these badges will benefit for their well being but also career path development.
- When updating badge tasks, remember to double check who confirms each task. There are different roles such as a participant, leader or peer members.
- Don’t get stressed with the ESCO competence list. One activity can’t have a million choices. Choose 2-3 main ones.
- When creating playlists always start with the structure. The first thing you can do in your head is to visualise some kind of order (get an understanding how the elements are connected). You can start by trying to set fixed (with time and date) activities, events or happenings and then build the content around them (finding or producing additional content or resources).