Purnima Valiathan

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Developing a Program Outline


Goldilocks of the brain! It’s a phrase coined by Amy Arnsten, professor of neurobiology at Yale Medical School. And it is a mantra that all those who teach and train must be aware of. So, what does it mean and why is it important for us to consider when we develop the program outline? In this microlearning piece, we address the principles of working memory ,  how it impacts the learning process and thereby the design of learning material. These principles are designed around a task – Developing a program outline – so you also get to learn how a good program outline must be designed.

Who should take this course?

Content developers, instructional designers and trainers – but it’s free, so what’s stopping you?

How is the course designed?

The course is presented using engaging videos in a simple, yet insightful way. It comprises three units, and a short online quiz.

  • Principles and Frameworks
  • Theory into Practice
  • Exhibit: Exploring the Deliverable


To qualify for your certificate from Purnima Valiathan, you must complete all episodes in this course and score 70% or more in the course assessment.

Course Reviews


8 ratings
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  1. Good


    It taught some of the important points for setting the content outline, which are necessary for content outline

  2. Excellent course!


    Informative and engaging.

  3. Excellent course!


    Informative and engaging.

  4. Chunking Content


    Good course. Easily understandable

  5. Good


    The information was arranged in chunks and was structured very well

  6. 5

    Good leaning material, could be more effective

  7. Chunking content


    Chunking content used to be my bugbear. I will use this knowledge in my current assignment. I guess, Goldilocks tamed my bugbear. 🙂 Thank you!

  8. good course


    A course that gives you the information in a logical and engaging manner. I wish it was more comprehensive.

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