How to Test Your Course Setup

Before giving your new course enrollment the green light, let’s take time to send a test user from start to finish.

Understanding the Testing Process

Testing your course setup is a great way to experience your hard work the same way that your students will see it. The process is fairly straightforward: you’ll simply go through each step the same way that a client would, from submitting a test purchase to going through course material, checking off objectives, etc.

Tip: Have a notepad handy to keep track of changes that you’d like to make, as well as issues that arise during the testing process.

Testing Process:

1. Purchase the Course with a “Test Email”

Go to the order form and submit a purchase with an email that is not currently in your system. (This is extremely important, since you want to test to make sure that new users are properly created).

Since your own email is the most convenient, we recommend using the gmail trick to create new test emails from the same inbox.

Tip: To prevent a large number of charges on your personal card, you can create a special testing coupon that reduces the price on the order form.

What to look for:

  • Was a new user properly created for the new test email?
  • Were you able to log in using your new login credentials?

2. Go through the course materials

Now, head into the course. Take your time combing through each of the lesson pages, homework assignments, videos, and quizzes.

What to look for:

  • Does the course navigation work, leading students properly from Lesson 1 to Lesson 2, etc?
  • Do the LMS features (progress tracking, private notes, quizzes) work as intended?
  • Do all downloads work properly?

3. Log in as an admin, review the AccessAlly tracking pieces

Now, go ahead and log in with your regular admin account. With this view, you’ll be able to review the “behind the scenes” information as a final check.

What to look for:

  • Does the test user have all proper tags on their account?
  • Did the order register properly (AccessAlly > Purchase Log)
  • Did any private notes get submitted properly? (ProgressAlly > Private Notes)
Updated on October 12, 2020

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