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How to beta test a course

  • 4 December 2018
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How to beta test a course

As a beta tester, you have the opportunity to evaluate courses before they're available to millions of Coursera learners. If you're not already a member of our beta tester community you will need to sign up to get access to courses for testing.

The standard beta test runs for one week so you won't have time to evaluate each and every item in the course. Instead, we ask for you to sample at least one week of the course, complete a graded assessment and provide feedback in two ways:

1. Flag any course materials that require the course staff's attention

As you go through the course, you have the ability to flag, upvote and downvote course materials (readings, lectures, assessments, etc.). The upvotes, downvotes and flagged items are collected and will be reviewed by the team working on the course. Read over the What to look for when evaluating a course section below to get a better understanding of what feedback is most impactful in improving course quality.

If you notice an issue in a course that would stop you from being able to complete a course successfully, please flag that item and mark your comment as “CRITICAL”. This will alert Coursera staff and course creators that this comment may cause major problems for learners.

2. Complete the Course Evaluation Form

After reviewing as much of the course as you are able, we ask that you fill out the Course Evaluation Form to share your impressions of the course.

Completing the Course Evaluation Form is the most effective way to provide feedback for the team working on the course, and it's also how we mark your participation in the beta test. The form contains 9 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

We take your feedback very seriously and will not launch courses that do not reach a minimum quality standard.

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