Creating an Auto Dripped Course
An auto-drip schedule allows you to drip course content out to a user over a period of time starting when the student purchases access to the course. This differs from a class schedule in that each student gets access to their content on their own schedule. The auto-drip method is great for evergreen courses that you don't want to deliver immediately, but over a longer period of time.
This guide will walk you through an example of setting up, scheduling, and launching an auto-drip course with Doki.
1. Create Course and Content
To start, you should create the Course if you haven't yet. You should also create the Modules you want to drip out to your students over time. These modules will contain the lessons you want to teach them. Doki's drip system works on a module-basis, so if you have a 12 module program and you create a schedule that drips every week, it'll take 12 weeks to complete. For simplicities sake, we're going to create a simple 3 module course for this demo.
IMPORTANT NOTE: dripping unlocks modules, not lessons, so any lessons you want to unlock for that period should be grouped in a module.
Here's my "Acrobatics" course outline. It's got 3 Modules with some Lessons in each Module.
2. Create a Package
Now that we've got our class curriculum prepped, we need to create a package and the auto-drip schedule. Click over to "Selling" and then to the "Packages" link in the drop-down. Then click "Create Package".
Give your package a name. I'm calling mine "Wild Acrobatics 101". I'm selling it for $5.00; what a steal.
On the "Delivery" screen we'll select "Auto-Drip Schedule".
In the form that appears, you'll want to give your class a name. I'll call mine "Acrobatics Auto-Drip" to reflect my course name and schedule type. I want my content unlocks to happen at 7am when they do, so I'll select that.
Finally, I'll select how the content should drip. I'd like the Modules to drip for 3 months, so I'll select "1 month" as the drip frequency and leave "when the user signs up" selected. If I want to delay the first drip by a bit, I can select "staring after a delay of" and pick the delay.
Fantastic. Click "Save Delivery" to continue.
On the "Content" page I'll leave "All modules currently in this program (3)" because I want to include all 3 modules in the package's curriculum and click "Select Modules" to continue.
On the "Finish" screen, I'll review what I'm going to create and click the "Create Package" button.
3. Manage the Schedule
Great, our package was created and we've got an associated schedule. You can see the details about it at a glance on the Packages page. From the drop-down arrow button next to the "Edit" button on this page, click "Edit Schedule". This will take you to the Delivery tab of the Package where we can change our schedule.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the "Auto-drip Schedule". This shows us a preview of what a drip schedule would look like for a student that signed up today. Today is October 5th, so we're seeing that each drip happens on the 5th of each month for someone signing up today.
Let's say that we want to give our student only a week on that first module though because it's a simpler intro module.
Scroll back up and click the "Pause & Edit" button. This will allow us to make changes to a schedule. You can do this after a schedule has started running, but the schedule will need to be paused to reflect the changes and rebuilt if you change dates, so it's HIGHLY recommended to have your schedule all set before your start date.
Now that our schedule is paused, you can make some changes to the drip timing. Next to our seocond drip, we'll click "Change Delay" and change it to "2 weeks" instead of "1 month". You'll see the dates update to show you the new timing.
Click "Save" to update the drip delay.
Finally, we'll scroll back up and click "Resume" to make sure the schedule is locked and ready to start delivering content to students.
4. Active Schedules
Based on our demo above, when a student buys access to this package they'll immediately get Module 1 unlocked. After 2 weeks, module 2 will unlock. And 1 month after that, module 3 will unlock.