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#607: A Step-by-Step For Creating Accountability Pods To Support Your Digital Course Students

September 14, 2023

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A deep dive into Accountability Pods (& how they’ve helped my digital course students succeed)

Agree or disagree: As a digital course creator, you want your students to thrive in your course and go on to accomplish whatever goals they set out to achieve using the information that you’ve taught them.

I’d hedge a bet that you agree. 

That’s why it’s so important as the captain of your digital course ship to foster an environment of accountability within your community. It’s been a crucial part of what’s made my courses so successful.

In fact, what drives the remarkable transformations my students undergo during Digital Course Academy’s intensive nine-week journey is thanks to what I lovingly call “Accountability Pods.” 

And after helping thousands of students launch digital courses over the years, I've fine tuned an effective system that will guide you in creating your own accountability program for your course.

Not only will this system make your students’ course experience better, but it will also streamline the facilitation process for you. 

Throughout this episode, I'll unveil the five core strategies I use to lay the foundation for an Accountability Pod program in my courses. 

You’ll also hear real life stories of how my students have leveraged their Accountability Pods not only to craft profitable digital courses, but also to forge lasting friendships.

So if your digital course needs a little boost in the accountability department, then tune in and pay close attention! And if you’ve yet to launch your course, this episode is sure to spark ideas for your future course development and offerings for your audience.

So, grab your notepad, roll up your sleeves, and let's dive right in!

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [04:16] This is a strategic episode about how to facilitate an environment for your students to create accountability for one another. 
  • [06:06] 5 main assets for establishing an accountability pod: 1. A welcome video lesson. 2. A PDF cheat sheet. 3. A pod finder spreadsheet. 4. An onboarding email. 5. A pod finder event hosted on Zoom.
  • [06:45] An accountability pod is a small committed group of students taking your course together and holding each other accountable for what they learn.
  • [09:50] Michelle’s group has been meeting for two years and holding each other accountable with their business goals. 
  • [11:34] I send a welcome video lesson with a module on the importance of the accountability pod, what it is, the benefits, and how to find potential pod mates. 
  • [14:27] The accountability program cheat sheet houses all of the information and links for the program. 
  • [19:52] The pod finder spreadsheet includes information such as your niche, course topic, availability, language preference, and preferred contact method.
  • [23:03] I send a dedicated email a week after students sign up for DCA. This outlines a pod and includes a gentle nudge to join one. 
  • [26:12] The accountability pod finder event is hosted on Zoom. Students meet in five breakout groups of people for 10-minute sessions.

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