An evaluation checklist for course design


I am currently working on a chapter on the 7Cs of Learning Design, ed for a book that James Dalziel is editing. Today I have been working on the Consolidate C and in particular I have been writing about rubrics and checklists to evaluate the effectiveness of a design. Below is one example, comments welcome

  • Are learning outcomes indicated?
  • Do the learning outcomes use active verbs?
  • Are there clear signposts for navigation and labelling (i.e. are there clear headings and is it easy for the participants to navigate around?
  • Is the learning time associated with resources and activities indicated?
  • Is the material logically structured and coherent (are terms explained, do sections follow each other??
  • Is there an appropriate mix of multimedia?
  • Are videos kept to below 10 minutes?
  • Is there a clear and logical learning pathway
  • Is the way in which technologies are to be used made clear to the learners?
  • Is the content coherent and logically structured?
  • Are the pedagogical approaches explicit
  • In what ways are communication and collaboration encouraged?
  • Are all the materials accessible (variable fonts, suitable colours)?
  • Do all the links work
  • Are the activities consistent with the platform’s functionality (i.e. discussion forum, feedback mechanism)?
  • Are the materials open (are there any technological access issues)?
  • What pedagogical approaches are used?
  • Are sections given clear timeframes
  • How are activities monitored?
  • Is there is clear minimum to complete and is there a clear learning timescale?
  • What assessment elements are there?

4 Responses to “An evaluation checklist for course design”

  1. Zoraini Says:

    Is there alignment between learning activities and learning outcome, content in learning materials and learning outcome as well as assessment and learning outcome.

  2. Gráinne Says:

    Yes good points Zoraini thanks will add something to that effect!

  3. Stephen Powell Says:

    Hi, for learning outcomes I think the Jenny Moon patter of “verb, object, context” (critically evaluate the roles which managers play in different organisations) is a helpful one. It appears that the design you have in mind is quite a formal one, so I would think assessment criteria should also be included.

    Cheers, Stephen.

  4. Gráinne Says:

    Thanks Stephen will take a look

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