Online Course Review Tool for Course Developers

This Online Course Review Tool is a tool that supports Course Developers and Designers to evaluate their own course as part of the monitoring and evaluation process. The tool is also a helpful tool for when a group of Course Developers and Designers evaluates each other’s courses.

You can download a copy of the tool above or complete the course tool below.

The different parts of the criteria and tool evaluate different aspects of the program including; the general aspects of the course, technology resources, course content, course design, communication, interactivity, assessments, and the actual capacity building of the course. The tool is designed to detect, through the tool indicators, specific areas of strengths and possible limitations of an e-Learning course design. It therefore simplifies more complex emergent properties but helps to identify areas of limitations, the relevance of the course materials and the possible areas of improvement.

The Amanzi for Food E-Learning Review Tool is divided into 7 parts for ease of administration

  • Section A deals with the objectives and outcomes of the e-Learning course. It focusses the relevance of the course, the certification process and the mode of delivery.
  • Section B reviews the technical components of the course and the resources included in the course.
  • Section C reviews the E-Learning course content. It focusses on the relevance and alignment of the content and how the content can be updated or improve.
  • Section D identifies the type of media used to present the content and the methods to keep the student actively involved in the learning process. It also focusses on the general functionality and accessibility of the E-Learning course design.
  • Section E reviews the e-Learning course means of assessment
  • Section F concludes with the evaluation of the skills obtained through the course and the post-training support provided for the participants.

Assessment Criteria


  • Use the e-Learning Criteria to guide you to which section of the e-Learning Review Tool is most relevant to your needs.
  • Complete the e-Learning Review Tool by rating each cluster indicator’s relevance and evidence indicating the presence of the identified indicator and relevant practices by choosing between four options ranging from 0 to 3.
  • You will receive a copy of your Review Tool answers. Use the table below to analyse you course review.

Amanzi for Food e-Learning Review Tool

Section A: General Aspect of the E-Learning Course

The Goals and Objectives of the E-Learning Program are clearly communicated and the outcome that the participants can expect to achieve is systematically set out.
Duration of the E-Learning course is clearly stated.
The E-Learning course accreditation meets the requirements set out by Training Department
The certification or qualification the prospective participant obtains after completing the E-Learning course is clearly explained.
Mode of Delivery of the e-Learning course is clearly explained.

Section B: Technology and Resources

The E-Learning course has a data free version available for course participants
The E-Learning course is mobile friendly
Resources are easily accessible and downloadable
E-Learning platform is easy to use
There is technical support available for participants.

Section C: E-Learning Course Content

Modules/units are designed and presented in a uniform and consistent manner Resources are current (< 5 years) and information is relevant to learning objectives Information presented is manageable with both an introduction and a conclusion
The Content is user friendly and available to download to use offline
Technical accessibility is assured through the use of web ready-standard formats, i.e. PowerPoint and Word documents are converted to PDF Graphics are optimized for web delivery and display. Video are embedded in the site and Files requiring specific software are avoided. Links and instructions are located near the materials requiring its use. Any additional cost for the software is made explicit.
Content Presentation: Navigation is structured for clarity and “chunked” and flows in a logical progression using appropriate mechanisms such as internal and external links, embeds, etc. Content is fully developed, explained, and integrated in supporting course outcomes.
Multimedia (Photos, Images, Video, Audio, etc.) and Metaphors Within the Context of the Content and Learning Experience - Multimedia used throughout the course along with a developed metaphor that reflects a progression of course content

Section D: E-Learning Course Design

Segmenting of Content: modules are self-contained and have varying lengths depending on the learning objectives, with apparent progression to facilitate learning
Framework for delivery is apparent and ensure ease of navigation throughout the E-Learning course.
Continuous interaction from the student is required such as listening to an audio file, watching a video, commenting on a statement, evaluating a Case study by completing a questionnaire or task.
Appearance of material is appealing and easy to read. Appropriate colour choice that is easy to the eye, all icons are uniform in style and colour
Learning resources: Learning resource links are comprehensive, clearly articulated, current / active and with instructions what to do if unavailable

Section E: Participants and Assessments

Participants overall progress and actual time spent on course is recorded and can be reported on.
Specific and descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of participants' work and participation.
Assignments are easily navigated to within the E-Learning course
Guidelines are established for the learner that include learner and instructor responsibilities, online communication/ etiquette, and techniques to support the online learner
Assessment is set out in such a way that the application of skills and knowledge is the main focus of the assessment.

Section F: Student Feedback & Post-training support

A benchmark test is provided after the completion of the course to see if the participants have actually obtained the skills required from the course. To see if the objectives of the skills were completed.
Student Feedback: Participants have the opportunity to give feedback to the instructor about the E-Learning course design, course content and course delivery via anonymous feedback mechanisms at the end of the course
Follow up discussion and touch-up sessions are held to ensure that skills obtained can be practically applied
Are Participants capable and able to train other members of their department on the course topic.
Has the e-Learning course lead to the student’s improved performance within the Departmental work setting