Designing effective online courses is not a one-time activity but an iterative process which requires constant evaluation to identify areas in which the course can be improved: technology used, instructor-student interaction, way the content is delivered, etc.
This section includes well-known online course evaluation rubrics and describes several methods and recommended practices for evaluating online courses at three different phases of the course cycle:
Before: It includes steps for evaluating the course before it starts. Elements to evaluate include course content, course navigation, links to resources, etc.
During: It includes steps for evaluating the course as it is being taught. Elements to evaluate include assignments, types of interaction, technology used, etc.
After: It includes steps for evaluating the course once it finishes. It evaluates the course as a whole, including whether most students were able to achieve the learning objectives and their level of satisfaction with the course.