When designing a course it’s vital to think about the assessment plan which includes:
– identifying the grading system (decide on the weight of specific assignments, quizzes, discussions, etc)
– identifying what assignments should be compulsory/ optional
– what percentage should be minimal to get a pass (if not regulated by the educational institution)
– detailed rubrics for assessment of specific assignments

– which assignments need additional feedback
– what feedback would be included in the course


Step 1 

Go through a course and get overall impression

– colour scheme: is it pleasant to the eye of your learners
– whether all information you would like to translate to your learners is included
– page design (what information is highlighted and the ways it is done)
– all assignments have the same design (e.g. all tests are named Test: …)
– the way the authors address their learners the same (learners, students, colleagues, etc) depending on the target audience


Step 2

Go through a course and check whether
– all  planned learning objectives have the assignments
– all assignments have rubrics
– tests are graded (or not)
– the modules are sequenced
– the information in the modules is sequenced and coherent
– learners have access to the information and assignments
– all references are given

Step 3

Go into each page, assignment, rubrics and check
– wording
– spelling mistakes
– punctuation (capitalised letters, commas, etc)