The end is nearly in sight! When you have written all your content, procured your images, finalised your audio and video, and have your assessment in place (including testing your quiz and setting up your badge if relevant), you will want your course to undergo some final quality control checks before you make it live.
In the following audio recording Hannah Parish introduces the session.
After probably spending a considerable amount of time writing, rewriting, reading and rereading your course, it’s incredibly important to have the content reviewed by someone else, with a fresh pair of eyes. You may have the resource to send this work to a professional editor. Or you may simply find it useful to ask someone who hasn’t seen the content before to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes.
When briefing this person, it is important to be specific about the level of changes you want them to make or comments you would like them to offer. For example, you may only have time or opportunity to have typos corrected. Conversely, you may want someone to test your course from the viewpoint of a learner and to highlight anything that could be made clearer.
Unless briefed otherwise, generally the person doing the final proofread of your course should carry out the following:
Depending on who is doing the final review of content, you may want them to carry out a final check of the accuracy of your content, especially if they are subject experts. Again, though, you will need to decide if this is feasible depending on time and resource.
In addition to having your course reviewed by an editor to check the content, user testing can be useful for various purposes.
You may find it useful to use the following checklist: such as a laptop, a tablet, and a smart phone.
Many of these issues may have been picked up by course authors already and so may not be applicable to your course. However, it is worth noting that the purpose of user testing is to get the course reviewed by someone from the perspective of a learner. Sometimes things that appear obvious to an author are not clear to a learner who is new to the course and perhaps also to online learning.
You may want this testing to be completed by one person, or a group of testers. Ideally, these would be members of your intended audience, who are likely to take the course but who have not have involvement in the development of the course. Like an editor, they will look at the course with a fresh pair of eyes and notice problems that you hadn’t thought about during the production of the course.
It is crucial to schedule any user testing into the production cycle, so that you have time to make any changes which have come out of the testing.
If you have the time and resource, you might want to pilot the course in its entirety to test the whole learner experience. This is looked at in the following section.
In this session, you have looked at the different types of testing you can do on your course, in order to ensure that the content is correct, the course works technically and is accessible and the badge is set up correctly.
In the next, and final, session of the course you will learn about different ways you can publicise your course, including increasing its search engine optimisation.
You can now go to Session 10.
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