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Are you ready to make your course content and digital products actionable and implementable? Today, we’re going to dive into the world of creating worksheets for your course students.

How great would this be: your students are engaged and actively participating in their learning journey. With fillable worksheets and workbooks, you can provide them with valuable exercises that reinforce key concepts and help them apply what they’ve learned.

But where do you start? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. In this guide, I’ll show you how to create effective worksheets that will enhance your course content and make a lasting impact on your students’ learning experience.

What Are The Benefits of Including Worksheets?

A worksheet or workbook that accompanies your course material has a lot of different benefits, including:

  • Making it easier for your online course students to implement their knowledge and work through each video lesson
  • It’s an easy way to add more accessibility to your course because not everyone learns the best from videos only or even just audio
  • You’ll get higher course completion rates and better course feedback from students
  • Added value to your course

Making worksheets and workbooks that accompany your lessons has a lot of benefits. Plus, it’s actually a pretty simple thing to do!

Should I Use Canva for Course Worksheets?

Ugh, no.

While Canva is a great graphic design tool (I use it all the time, too!) I don’t think it’s the best option for course worksheets and workbooks.

Here’s why:

Canva is focused on design, not usability, when it comes to workbooks. Plus, they are a nightmare to update. If you create a worksheet or workbook in Canva and something needs to be changed, you would need to:

  1. Completely re-do pages, adjust fonts if you’re adding more text than the page had previously, and completely configure things
  2. Save it as a new PDF
  3. Create a new fillable version using a 3rd party tool
  4. Upload the printable and fillable versions
  5. Change links to the new version wherever you have it listed

That’s why using Google Docs is a much more user-friendly option when you create worksheets as a part of your course material.

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Google Docs For Your Course Worksheets

1) It’s free and accessible for students.

Almost everyone uses Google Drive, and with Google Docs, they can easily make a copy of the worksheet to their own Google Drive account to fill it out. Easy peasy! 

And if they don’t use Google Docs a lot, they can always save/export it as a PDF or Word document if they prefer, or even just print it.

2) It makes it easy to update when something changes.

Another big reason why I love using Google Docs over something like Canva is because you can update the main Google Doc easily — anytime you want to. You don’t have to worry about re-uploading or changing links.

3) They are easy for students to use.

The fact that Google Docs are editable once the student makes a copy is wonderful. They can easily remove colors to make their own printable version if they choose to. They can save it to a specific Google Drive folder. And if built properly, it will be super easy for them to go through the material and fill it out.

4) They can be made beautiful and branded.

One thing I hear about using Google Docs for your course material is, ‘But aren’t Google Docs ugly and all look the same?!’ and the short answer is: NO!

Google Docs can be beautifully branded for your business or online course.

Want to Learn How to Create Worksheets and Workbooks in Google Docs?

If you’re now itching to recreate your PDF worksheets and workbooks into handy Google Docs, I created an actionable training just for you! On-Brand Fillable Workbooks is for course creators who want to improve their course material by including beautifully branded fillable workbooks. I show you exactly how to do this and you get access to all of my shortcuts and hacks.

Almost 4,000 people have snagged this epic training, and did I mention it’s only $9?

Here are just a few testimonials from people who have used On-Brand Fillable Workbooks to transform their course material:

“I’ve been using Docs for years and still learned at least 10 new tricks! I’m off now to transfer all of my Canva workbooks to Google Docs…”

“Took me less than an hour to take a boring Google Doc and turn it into something super engaging & action oriented for my students.”

“Snagged this in the morning, made a workbook for my training at 1:00 today.”

What About Google Sheets for Course Content?

As quickly as I created On-Brand Fillable Workbooks, I had people asking me for the Google Sheets version, and it’s now live – Spot-On Spreadsheets. You’ll learn how to create functional and helpful Google Sheets for your audience and course students.

These are great as extra course materials or even as standalone digital products to sell!

Final Thoughts

The switch from Canva to Google Docs for your course worksheets isn’t just a technical choice; it’s a strategic move toward enhancing your students’ learning experience. 

By using Google Docs, you’re choosing a platform that is not only user-friendly but also versatile and easily adaptable to any changes. This flexibility ensures that your course material remains relevant and up-to-date, providing your students with the most current and effective learning tools.

Remember, the goal is to make learning engaging, accessible, and practical for your students. Google Docs offers the perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics, allowing you to create worksheets that are not only informative but also visually appealing and aligned with your brand. 

Let’s transform your course materials with Google Docs. Your students will appreciate the effort, and you’ll love the simplicity and effectiveness it brings to your course.

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