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How to Create a Course Using AI, Step-By-Step

Using AI to create a course is fast and efficient, but only if you understand the process. Discover the steps to develop effective courses with AI tools.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the education landscape as we know it by simplifying and speeding up content creation. Unfortunately, some instructors and course developers aren't taking full advantage of what AI has to offer. ChatGPT is powerful, but it's not enough on its own. You still have to separate the output into structured courses.

The right AI tool can streamline the process and build out an entire course in a matter of seconds, and IllumiDesk is a one-stop-shop platform that does just that. In this post, we'll explain every step you'll need to follow to create a course with AI.

1. Establish the Foundation

Maybe you're building a brand new course you've never taught before, or you might be updating an existing course with materials that you've used for years. In either case, the first step to creating your course with AI is deciding on your goal and specific subject. Those points will guide the AI and help focus your content.

While you decide on the basics of your course, don't be too quick to cast aside all the materials you've gathered in the past. If you have a pile of lessons, tests, and activities from previous classes, they'll come in handy later.

2. Provide Some Context

Remember those files you had on standby? Now's the time to put them to good use. When you create a course using AI, those materials can provide valuable insights into what it should include.

IllumiDesk gives you the option to add additional files early in the course development process. The AI will use that information to generate your course and generate suggested content. All you have to do is sit back and wait for it to finish.

3. Add, Review, and Fine-Tune Your Content

Once your course is ready, you can start building out your content. The Activity Editor interface makes it easy to add everything you need for an interactive learning environment.

AI chatbots can generate a wide range of content types, including:

  • Raw text
  • Test, quiz, or discussion questions
  • Project instructions
  • Learning activities

A 2023 survey found that more than 35% of teachers use AI to generate lesson plans and classroom materials. That number is sure to grow because AI can produce new content with a few quick clicks rather than hours or days of effort putting together new materials.

However, if you rely exclusively on an AI chatbot, you'll wind up wasting time trying to format the output so that it works with your course design. IllumiDesk, on the other hand, will format the text for you based on the type of content you request.

4. Publish Your Completed Course

When you're happy with your course, just click publish to make it available to students. Even after your content goes live, remember that there's always room to grow. Explore different options and features to enhance students' learning experiences based on their specific needs.

For example, IllumiDesk's automated grader and OpenAI integration create assessments and instantly grade submitted work, providing students with real-time feedback. Giving fast and accurate scores and guidance is vital to improving student outcomes.

Leverage AI for Faster Course Creation

According to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's 2023 Educator Confidence Report, only 1 in 5 teachers feel that they're prepared to use ChatGPT and other AI tools. That's in no small part because the tools they're using aren't optimized for education and course creation.

IllumiDesk uses context-aware AI to create fully developed courses. The user-friendly interface and integration with a variety of Learning Management Systems allow you to generate usable content in no time. If you're ready to build great courses with a fraction of the effort, get started with IllumiDesk for free.

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