Is My Course Ready to Go Live?
Testing your course is important — even more so if you're offering a complete online course where you'll have minimal interaction with your learners. Recruit a former learner or a colleague to go through it. Watch your helpers and see how they interact with your course. Develop a check list and watch the interactions. Ask your helpers to test all quiz questions. Here are a few suggestions:
- Did they find the introduction document/instructions?
- Did they read what they were instructed to read first?
- Were they confused? Did they click different things before they returned to your instruction? I'm assuming you uploaded a syllabus or instructions. In my courses, I prepare a “Please Read First!” document, upload it to the top section so that learners to see it right away, and also e-mail it to new learners.
- Was the syllabus clear?
- Identify difficulties.
- Interview the testers and ask what they liked, disliked, found useful, confusing, and so on.
The companion Web site (www.dummies.com/go/moodlefd) has a template for a checklist and suggestions about how to run a pilot study or evaluation.