Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0

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Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0 is Here!

What’s Included in This Post?
• The WHY behind the checklist
• The Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0


Version 3.0 of our Course Evaluation Checklist has been released! Check it out in our Course Evaluation Checklist v3.0 Community Blog Post. Version 3.0 adds additional criteria to evaluate your course content to promote ongoing independent learning. Since Version 3.0 targets full course builds, we have kept Version 2.0 available below for those who prefer to continue to use it for courses without quite as much asynchronous content.

▶ Make a copy of the Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0 (shared as an easy-to-copy preview via Google Docs) so you can customize it for your institution. Note: We ask that you comply with the Creative Commons licensing located at the bottom of the document. 

A few months ago, it came to my attention that the original Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist had been reviewed in the International Review of Research in Open & Distributed Learning journal. I was thrilled to discover the checklist had received that type of attention. Additionally, it opened the door to an excellent opportunity to collaborate with one of the authors, Sally Baldwin, implement her suggestions, and make some overall improvements.  


The purpose of the Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist is to support the majority of Canvas course creators as they strive to elevate the quality of their Canvas courses. What are the strengths of the checklist? The checklist is designed to support a variety of course creators (instructional designers, K12 teachers, higher ed faculty, etc.) in diverse settings (brick and mortar, hybrid, fully online, etc.) as they create Canvas courses for learners of all ages. As we say, “Our mission is to enable the learning and development experience — from the first day of school to the last day of work.” The checklist doesn’t require any formal training to use and is helpful whether you’re starting a course from scratch or evaluating a more mature course. It’s short — four pages! In no way is this tool meant to compete with or replace proprietary evaluations. Rather, this free tool serves as a great starting point for institutions to make a copy and customize it to meet their individualized needs. That’s why we put it in the Canvas Community — to encourage conversation amongst Canvas users and create a space for ongoing dialogue.   

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

We invite you to take a few minutes to watch the video below as @RyanLay and @deonne_johnson  walk through the Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist. 


Final Thoughts


Look for a blog post coming soon that will share hands-on, research-based principles that will elevate your courses to a whole new level!

Check out some other useful checklists in the community:


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


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