Course Evaluation Checklist

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** UPDATE JANUARY 2020**

Our Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0 is Now Available! Please visit our Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0 Blog Post to learn more about v2.0 and create your own copy of the checklist. We hope you enjoy! Smiley Happy


When Shauna Vorkink - Content Services Director first approached me about collaborating on a Course Evaluation Checklist with Erin Keefe - Training Team Lead and Deonne Johnson - Consultant, I was beyond thrilled. I knew this was something I could utilize in my current position as an Instructional Designer for Instructure, but even more importantly, it would provide the framework to ultimately help millions of Canvas users.

Potential Uses

  • Share this checklist with your colleagues
  • Apply the principles to your own course
  • Elevate the quality of your institution’s courses

 


Access

The checklist is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy" so you can customize for your institution. Please select the following link for access: Course Evaluation Checklist Editable

 

Note: We ask that you maintain our Citation list located at the bottom of the document. 


:smileyinfo: Update

This checklist is now available in Spanish! Please select the following link for access: Lista de Evaluacion del Curso

:smileyinfo: Update 

Members of the Content Services team collaborated with Canvas mobile app guru, Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu, to create another go-to resource to help you understand mobile app design considerations. Please be sure to visit the Mobile App Design Course Evaluation Checklist blog post to access this additional resource!

Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Our Instructional Design team offers full Course Evaluations. Course evaluation services provide insight into best practices. Recommendations will focus on aligning course objectives, accessibility, and overall creation of an enhanced user experience. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Shauna Vorkink - Content Services Director ‌at svorkink@instructure.com.

45 Comments
Community Member

Hurray to Deonne Johnson for quietly, modestly, taking the lead on this checklist! I'll start using it as of yesterday.

Community Coach
Community Coach

Oh my word, just what I was looking for. Thank you Deactivated user

Learner II

Think this is something the future learning team can implement for the College david.summerville@det.nsw.edu.au‌ 

Great validation tool. Thanks for developing this!

Community Team
Community Team

Deactivated user‌, asking on behalf of tobe.baeyens@ehb.be‌: Is there a text (not PDF) version of the document available?

Learner II

This is really great! As I look at this I'm also envisioning morphing this into a rubric-type document, but first I need to ask: What level of CC usage rights are being granted for this document? 

Adventurer

FWIW - I was able to export from Acrobat to Word pretty seamlessly for editing.

Learner II

Now if my school district would only purchase Acrobat for me, I'd be golden Smiley Wink

Adventurer

Well pending on the answer to your question on CC, I might just be willing to post a link to the .docx version.

Adventurer

So what say you, Deactivated user? Can we convert and manipulate this for our specific needs?

Instructure
Instructure

Thank you for the comments! At this time, we do not have an editable text version available for use. As you may see below, others have had success translating this PDF into a Word Document. Please feel free to do the same! We just ask that you maintain our Citation list located at the bottom of the document.

Thanks again! 

Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for the question! Please feel free to use/edit/transform this document to fit your needs. We just ask that you maintain our Citation list located at the bottom of the document. 

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Deactivated user, ekeefe@instructure.com‌, and djohnson@instructure.com‌ - Nice job all around on this document!  I have already forwarded it to a few of our faculty members here.  It is especially nice to see links to relevant organizations and sites embedded within it.  (One item:  it appears the link to the UDL Guidelines 2.0 will be changing by the end of June 2018, according to the very page you link to.) 

I hope that this becomes a bit of a "living document" that will be updated as needed for the Community. 

Thanks very much for this!

Instructure
Instructure

So glad this is a resource you see value in, kblack@dom.edu‌! Thanks for that heads' up about the UDL Guidelines 2.0. We very much plan on it being a living document, and will update as needed!!

Instructure
Instructure

We'd love to hear how you've modified the checklist for your institution's specific needs. I presented atcanvascon2018 FIU yesterday and shared this resource. It was so fun to hear the excitement this checklist generated and so rewarding to see our efforts are appreciated. 

Instructure
Instructure

kblack@dom.edu‌, THANKS for the kinds words and valuable feedback. We're already in the process of updating this living document based on feedback we've already received. This has been on my personal "wish list" for quite some time so it's so exciting to have it shared with the Canvas Community. We'd love to hear how others are using it! One of the things I love about Instructure and our community of users is the level of openness that exists. Love working for a company who's stated core values are trust, ownership, excellence, integrity, simplicity, customer experience, and openness.

Surveyor

I love, love, love this! What a great resource, so organized and concise. Can't wait to share with my colleagues!

Instructure
Instructure

Thanks, holly.owens@touro.edu‌! We'd love to hear how you and your colleagues use the checklist. Smiley Happy We're hoping this resource spreads far and wide! 

Community Member

This checklist is fabulous - I love the rating indicators of what's expected all the way to exemplary.  Our faculty will appreciate this course development road map and supports the best practices will teach in our Canvas training courses. Thank you so much for doing this and sharing it!!!

Community Member

Thank you for this clear and straightforward checklist!  It is easy to understand, and the "star" system is very helpful.  We will be using in our training for instructors!

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

djohnson@instructure.com‌, ekeefe@instructure.com‌, and Deactivated user‌ - Thank you for this resource. It blows the document I use to help faculty out of the water. Everything I've been trying to say all neatly packaged. Your hard work is appreciated and we are grateful for you! 

Instructure
Instructure

tolinm@trine.edu‌ - Thanks for the positive feedback!  

Community Member

Love this, thank you! We've been using a well-known course quality rubric that has many of the same instructional-design components as this, but what I like about your checklist is the detail on universal design and especially information architecture & structure. This will be very useful.

Adventurer

Thanks Deactivated user‌! Here is a link to a Word version:

Course-Evaluation-Checklist.docx - Google Drive

Free the learning!!!!

**UPDATE** - Please see the comment by Lily below for the official link to a Google Doc "Make a Copy" version.

Instructure
Instructure

shero@geneseo.edu Thank you so much for the comment! It sounds like the checklist will be put to great use... which makes us super happy. 😃

Surveyor

I turned all the items with one star into a little checklist that I added to our Canvas teacher course. It's a graded quiz. The quiz has one question with 15 checkboxes. Teachers do get 1 point for every item they check. The grades appear in the gradebook, so I can give feedback based on what (they say that) they did.

Learner II

We are using this across our College for a training afternoon on Tuesday. Will send through some feedback after that. I love this document, so hopefully, the other 200+ teachers will too. A great tool for organisation and validation of courses - very timely for us. Thank you!

#callaghancollegewallsendcampus#callaghancollegedavid.summerville@det.nsw.edu.au

Surveyor

This is a fantastic document and I copied it to a Google Doc with changes to its formatting. The link is set to copy. 

Instructure
Instructure

Brilliant tobe.baeyens@ehb.be‌! LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing. Smiley Happy

Instructure
Instructure

This seriously makes my ❤️so happy! Love that you're sharing this with 200+ teachers and that you'll provide some feedback. Thank you, stacy.lambert@det.nsw.edu.au‌!

Instructure
Instructure

Hi mjennings@uab.edu‌! We now have a Google Doc "Make a Copy" version of the Course Evaluation Checklist available. Please select the following link for access: Course Evaluation Checklist Editable

Instructure
Instructure

Hi stacy.lambert@det.nsw.edu.au‌! It is fantastic to hear you will be sharing this resource with such a large group of teachers. As an update, we've just made a Google Doc "Make a Copy" version of the Course Evaluation Checklist available. You can select the following link for access: Course Evaluation Checklist Editable

We look forward to your feedback!

Instructure
Instructure

Hi lph‌! Thank you for your comment. 😃 We now have a Google Doc "Make a Copy" version of the Course Evaluation Checklist available. Please select the following link for access: Course Evaluation Checklist Editable

Surveyor

Very nice and very clean. 

Surveyor

Yours is much nicer. 

Adventurer

Thanks! I have removed my link in the comment above and redirected to your document to keep things a bit cleaner.

Surveyor

This is fantastic!  Thank you.

Learner II

HI djohnson@instructure.com,

We have had 155 staff respond to the professional development afternoon evaluation so far for our College. For the session that we looked at the Course Evaluation Sheet, here are the responses.

Staff had to self nominate their class prior to entering and chose their level based on criteria on usage and training (first chart). The people from the Canvas entry and beginner classes were the staff that mainly rated the sheet the lowest as some are new staff just starting and didn't know a lot about what was on the actual sheet (which is fair - they worked on their own training modules).

I do believe the second chart demonstrates that the Evaluation Sheet has gained a bit of support and traction as 134 staff rated it a 3 or above - 5 being a high. This is a great result also considering it was the first session after a long day's work and the one before afternoon tea (they were tired and hungry - we call that hangry in Australia - angry/hungry Smiley Happy)

The analytics are basic, but a start for you at least.

Cheers

Stacy #callaghancollegewallsendcampus#callaghancollegedavid.summerville@det.nsw.edu.au

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Instructure
Instructure

THANKS for sharing! And I completely agree with you, 87% hangry Smiley Wink participants rating the workshop 3 or higher is a success in my book! We're collaborating on some additional projects so stay tuned to this thread to keep in the loop. Smiley Happy

Instructure
Instructure

cdilgen-c@instructure.com‌ shared a set of posters with me titled, "A set of posters on how to design for accessibility" and it's one of the most helpful resources I've encountered in a long time. Thanks, Claudia! You can read the "Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility" blog post and download the posters from UKHomeOffice GitHub.

Learner II

Thanks for sharing this djohnson@instructure.com‌. Will pass them on to staff - great infographics and easy to follow. Cheers!

Surveyor

Excellent! I shared it with my team. Thanks so much!

Learner II

HI all, 

Further to this, we are looking at minimum standards for courses across our College to ensure consistency. The evaluation checklist has been an inspiration for this, it is very basic and most of the templates we speak about are created in Cidilabs. Any feedback would be great.

Canvas Standards

Cheers

Stacy

#callaghancollegewallsendcampusdavid.summerville@det.nsw.edu.au

Community Coach
Community Coach

stacy.lambert@det.nsw.edu.auI LOVE this idea. It's a great model for others to use. It models your expectations and keeps them nice and high while having room for people to develop skills and knowledge along the way. 

It does highlight that you are confident, as a school, in your connectivity and your devices to be able to mandate so much, and open up for best practice to occur. I liked the examples you highlighted there especially. 

Unfortunately a few schools still don't have the luxury of reliable connectivity and devices. That seems to be a stumbling block for a few people to get started. 

I'm keen to know how you get on. Is this K-12? 

Learner II

HI bobby.pedersen@education.tas.gov.au‌,

We are 7-10 on two campuses (1100 kids at ours, and 700 at the other one), 11-12 on the senior campus(about 750 kids there). We have a great bandwidth, and are on the NSW ET4L service. The Department of Education are working really hard to get schools sorted. Several years ago, before we embarked on any technology changes, david.summerville@det.nsw.edu.au‌ got the switches, electricity, cabling etc all fixed and upgraded prior to doing anything - the foundations were completely fixed for our journey. We also kept most of our DER laptops, when the second bank were rolled out, these are just being replaced now. We have approx 800 devices in the school and a BYOD policy. There are over 500 registered BYOD devices, however, not all kids are "allowed" to bring them to school for fear of damage. Our school is low socio-economic, and a good chunk of budgeting is saved for tech. We just keep plodding along with the 'if you build it, they will come' theory. 

Our teachers are all provided with devices, as they get old, some have purchased their own, others have requested new ones. We have a TSO 3 days a week and he keeps all our devices well maintained. 

It is a costly exercise, equity is always firmly in our minds, but we are hoping it all catches on with the students. The staff are determined to see all this succeed.

Community Coach
Community Coach

Top effort. Great example to us all stacy.lambert@det.nsw.edu.au.

This is often key to the success of using an LMS, and using it well. 

About the Author
I am the Team Lead for the Instructional Designers within the Content Services Department at Instructure. I am passionate about all things instructional design... and especially love working on the graphic design elements of a template! It is not uncommon to find me huddled at my desk "obsessing" over a particular color choice or page design for a course template. It's all about the details! =)