Technology 6/1/2020

How is a Lifeology course created?

How is a Lifeology course created?

Lifeology courses help people learn science and health information in a mobile-beautiful illustrated flashcard format. But how is a Lifeology course created?
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The main ingredients of a Lifeology course are content and collaboration. It all starts with scientific content, which creative collaboration transforms into impact.

The story of a Lifeology course starts with an expert who wants to help people understand something complex. How does spending time in nature benefit the brain?

Scientists are always revealing new things about how our bodies and the world works. But they report their findings in language that most of us can’t understand.

We could apply more scientific knowledge in our daily lives if it were written in our universal human language - the language of stories and art.

So when an expert comes to Lifeology with science to share, our team gets to work translating that science into story and art!

Lifeology course ingredients:
  1. Scientist
  2. Writer
  3. Artist
  4. A Lifeology process that brings them all together!

The Lifeology team assigns a writer and an artist to help put each course together.

First, our team and the writer help the expert define the objectives and the target audience for the course. Who should learn what from this flashcard mini-course?

Next, our team and the writer help the expert create a story arc for the course. For example, a character faces a challenge and uses scientific knowledge to overcome it!

The writer translates the expert’s content into bite-sized text that fits Lifeology’s card deck format, with each card connected by the overarching story arc.

Once the card deck text is complete, it’s time to bring in the artist! Together the expert, writer and artist brainstorm an overall art tone and visual ideas for each card.

Next, the artist develops a storyboard consisting of visual ideas and rough sketches for each card. A lot of research and creativity goes into the storyboarding!

“While creating a visual storyboard, I decided this course would have a recurring character - the brain. The calming and nature-inspired color scheme and art style would reflect the main message." - Jessika Raisor

Once the artist has created a storyboard along with a few final color card illustrations, the Lifeology team, the expert and the course writer review and suggest changes.

Lifeology course creation is a collaborative, interactive process. After one or two revisions to the final card deck and illustrations, it’s time to publish!

The Lifeology team uploads the final card deck text and illustrations into our (quite magical) mobile-friendly platform!

From here, the expert can share the course anywhere and to whomever they’d like, as a web link! They can also easily access audience metrics and feedback.

And that is how a Lifeology course gets created! Science + Story + Art = Impact.

Summary

While our platform can support DIY course creation, we think our collaborative process is critical to creating better science communication. The best part? This process only requires minutes of a scientist’s time! Our team coordinates everything. Try it today - get in touch to create your own Lifeology course!
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