|Evaluating the course before it actually starts is a convenient way to ensure that the content to be covered, the activities to be conducted, the technology to be used, and the types of assessment selected are the most appropriate and are readily available for the students. In addition, it helps in detecting and preventing any potential problems that students might encounter when taking the class.
There are several existing rubrics that could be very useful for evaluating your course before it starts, such as the Quality Matters rubric.
Even though you can evaluate your own course, it is convenient to have someone else doing the evaluation process for you. By having someone external looking at your course, you could get valuable feedback and recommendations about elements that you had not considered. The following page includes some suggestions of external people who could evaluate your course before it starts.