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Course Templates

When creating a new course, Thinkific offers several templates to help you organize your ideas and convert your expert knowledge into marketable courses. 


Building a course can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know just where to start. Each of the course templates, aside from the Blank Course, contains a set of lessons assembled with learning best practices in mind. There is an instructional lesson at the very beginning of each template to help you make the best use of these. 



Note that these are just a guideline and once creating the course, it can be completely customized. Chapters and lessons can be added, deleted, and rearranged as desired!

The following templates are available when creating a new course:

Blank Course

Mini-Course

Flagship Course

Pre-sell

Digital Download

Membership Resource Library

Webinar Replay

Blank Course

Exactly what it sounds like, this template lets you upload your content and build your course to match your specific curriculum needs! Once selecting this template, you can start adding chapters and lessons to your courses or get started with our Bulk Importer.

Mini-Course

This template is designed to help you build a free or low-cost course to help you build an audience. A mini-course can be thought of as a lead magnet or a lead qualifier that helps attract students who might be interested in a larger course down the road.


If you're building an audience or following, a mini-course is a valuable resource that your target audience can get excited about enrolling in. Typically they are low-risk online courses, meaning they don't cost much and require only a small amount of time to learn with. 


Students who enjoy this course and want to learn more are more likely to enroll in another course like your Flagship course!

Flagship Course

This template is designed to help you build your premium online course. A flagship course can be thought of as the product you're known for as a course creator. It is a valuable and prestigious source of education for your target audience.


A flagship course is best for course creators who want to produce a definitive and often expensive resource for their area of expertise. Flagship courses are typically bundled with bonuses like other courses, extra services like coaching, or with physical products. They can have multiple price points and comprehensive brands all to themselves.


Students for this course have likely seen other, smaller knowledge products (e.g. mini-courses, ebooks, blog posts, podcasts) and are committing to a larger, more robust educational experience because they trust your expertise and are looking for a transformation in their lives.

Pre-sell

This template is designed to help you build a pre-sell course quickly. A pre-sell course is an unfinished product used to validate interest in a course topic.


Pre-selling is a technique used to achieve market validation for a course topic. This means getting interest in the form of sign-ups or revenue before actually creating content or delivering your already created content. 


You can save time and money by finding proof that your online course has a group of people willing to enroll in it before actually making the course. For more on pre-selling, check out our Guide to Pre-Selling.

Digital Download

This template is designed to help you build a digital download delivery system quickly. A digital download is a file that can be downloaded after the purchaser proceeds through a secure checkout or opts into a mailing list.


This isn't so much an online course, but rather a method of delivering a different kind of knowledge product. If you have put together a digital knowledge product like an ebook, podcast, video series, presentation, infographic, etc. and wants to sell or collect emails, this template works great!

Membership Resource Library

This template is designed to help you build a library of files or other resources to be included in a membership bundle. Typically, along with online courses, a resource library is offered as a bonus or perk as a part of a membership subscription offer.


Membership sites that include access to a resource library use the library as a repository for useful information, tools, or other resources that aid students in learning and practicing what you're teaching. This is great to include in an existing Bundle offering.

Webinar Replay

This template is designed to help you build a way for your webinar attendees to watch, or rewatch, a past webinar that you've presented. This isn't an online course, but a way to host and deliver a webinar replay to your audience for free or after proceeding through a secure checkout.


After delivering a webinar, attendees typically hear your pitch and evaluate the offer. Watching a webinar replay helps attendees review the pitch and offer, and delivers the pitch to anyone who missed the live presentation.


Next Steps 

Once you have selected a template, it can be fully customized! Chapters and lessons can be added, deleted, and rearranged as desired. If you have lessons that are works in progress, you can add them as draft content to your course. You can also make use of the draft feature to hide template lessons that you might not use now but want to come back to later. 



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