Courses are great. They allow you to create a coaching program as a progression of items that are to delivered over a days, weeks or month, where the items include videos, readings, worksheets, action items, and more. They are super flexible, allowing you to set in motion a slow drip of materials to as many clients as you like with just a few clicks, precisely according to the schedule you define–you can have the system send an intro message on Day 1 at 8am, an audio lesson on Day 2 at 9am and a review worksheet 20 minutes later, and so on.
You can even make it so that completing one item triggers the release of the next, such as completing Day 9’s Worksheet triggers a “well done” message, or watching Day 2’s audio lesson triggers the assignment of a follow up Action. You can make a rich, interactive experience for your program participants as they go through the timeline of your course.
But what if your Course is better suited as a time-independent delivery? You might have a bunch of material wherein completing one section naturally invites flowing into the next. There might be no reason to not let someone who’s cruising through the materials and assignments simply move through more quickly. Similarly, when someone takes a two week vacation it might well be much better to not let assignments and messages pile up while they are away.