Course 'pre-launch' testing / checks

The list below contains hints, tips and advice to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls and mistakes that some people fall into, or to simply enhance the experience for your end users.

Some of the advice is very general and will pertain to all Curatr courses, others may only apply if you are adopting a certain structure/approach. We've grouped them into the three categories below, however it's worth considering that these may be quite subjective so you're advised to consider them all carefully.

 

Must do

  1. Market your course using any and all methods at your disposal - and when you think you’re done, do it again, and again, and… (you get the idea!)
  2. Start early and don't leave your final preparation and testing until last minute. You will overlook something and it will come back to haunt you!
  3. Check your Discussion Starter questions. Are they written in such a way to maximise the likelihood of everybody being able to answer? Have you written them in such a way to tap into the real-world scenarios that the respondents can relate to?
  4. Triple check that all the content is in the right place, with the right points attached (changing content in *live* courses/levels is a recipe for problems).
  5. Check you’ve set the correct start (and end) date for the course/level
  6. Double check that the course will behave as you expect it to once it goes live.
  7. Confirm that the difficulty levels (%) are correct for each level.
  8. Reset the User Progress for any test users you have put through the course.



Should do

  1. Set time aside during the first 1-2 weeks of the course to facilitate the initial stages of the course. These early stages are often crucial into ‘hooking’ people into the course and helping them establish habits that will aid future engagement.
  2. Ensure that all the objects have got an image icon attached (to help people quickly locate their preferred media type).
  3. Identify whether all the objects have got an object type prefix in their name e.g. VIDEO: Welcome to the course, or PDF: Sales Techniques? (to help people quickly locate their preferred media type).
  4. Indicate how long each piece of content will take to consume in the object description (to help people maximise any periods of time that they have available).
  5. Ensure the default ‘course completion’ message is changed to reflect the message and tone you wish to convey to completers.



Could do

  1. Set up your initial ‘nudge’ email templates in advance of the course launching - they can then be very easily tweaked just before you send them to add some context.
  2. Tag your course and each piece of content? (this is important if you wish to award badges and even more so if you are connecting your Curatr to Learning Locker).

  

Additional Support

The online Help Centre is available 24 hours a day to provide guidance and support for some of the most common questions that we get asked. But if you’d like us to conduct a quick ‘health check’ of your course before it goes live and offer some feedback we’d be very happy to do so - just let your Project Manager know.


If you’d like us to do more of a ‘deep-dive’ review we offer a range of consultancy services that your Project Manager would be happy to discuss with you.

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