Readiness Report Overview

The Readiness Report is found in Smart Author in the Review section of the left-hand navigation bar. When you select Readiness Report, you will see a table of previous reports and the option to run a new report.

The Readiness Report tool checks a blueprint for a wide variety of issues that could affect the behavior of a course. The report provides a final check on the course before it is published for students. The report is organized into five sections.

Sections of the Readiness Report

All courses are rated with a readiness status on the report. Directly below the course's status is the course readiness summary. Specific details regarding the items in each category are located below the summary.

Section

Description

Summary

This section provides a high-level overview of the number of issues and the status of the five categories in a course. Each section of the report contains information regarding one of the categories.

Skill Graph

This section provides details on the connections among learning objectives, skills, and questions. Making sure all the connections are properly made among these elements is critical to the accuracy of data in the Learning Dashboard. 

Alignment

This section flags potential misalignment among learning objectives, formative activities, and summative assessments. This section is often affected by issues in the Skill Graph section, so it's important to resolve skill graph problems before moving to this section.

Questions

This section identifies any questions that are problematic. It also identifies learning objectives that do not have enough questions for students to practice. 

Mechanics

This section ensures that all the components of a blueprint are set up and functioning correctly. 

Accessibility

This section checks media assets for accessibility, allowing users to fix some of these issues directly from the report.

 

Note: The Readiness Report runs at the blueprint level.

A blueprint represents what a course will comprise for your students, so the Readiness Report checks a single blueprint at a time. If you have multiple blueprints that students will use, be sure to run a report on each one. Different blueprints could have different reports, depending on how much the content in each blueprint differs from the others.

 

Running a Readiness Report

The Readiness Report is available through the Review section of the left navigation bar. When you click Readiness, you will see a table containing any reports that have previously been run. To review an existing report, click the View (eyeball) icon on the right. To run a new report, first select a blueprint from the drop-down menu, then click the Create readiness report button. The report may take a few minutes to compile. When it is ready, the report will open.

 

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Above you can see a table of reports previously run on a World History course and review the results. Above the table is a drop-down menu that allows you to select a blueprint and run a report.

 

Readiness Report Best Practices

Always run and check a Readiness Report before releasing a course for student enrollments. Allow up to a week in your release schedule to address issues you find in the report. 

If you are developing a course from scratch, you may want to run a report periodically and make changes as you develop the course. Make changes from the top of the report first and work down. When you run a report and make fixes to the issues in a section, you will want to re-run the report before you address other sections. Fixing problems in a section may change the results in another section.

Do not stage with placeholder pages.

 

Potential Blockers

The following are potential blockers for staging and publishing:

Questions

  • A question does not have the correct form.
  • Questions do not have the correct inputs.
  • Your blueprint contains questions that will not publish correctly.

Mechanics

  • Incomplete Units
  • Incomplete Modules
  • Links to content outside blueprints