Course Audit: Step 1: Course Orientation

Dr. Sarah J. Huibregtse

Founder @ Hubrex Designs & Café
Fractional Chief Learning Officer

Course Audit Overview


To create a comprehensive and welcoming onboarding experience to significantly enhance participant satisfaction and engagement.

Quick Start

Elevating Your Course Launch Experience

First impressions set the tone. Ensuring participants feel welcomed, equipped, and ready to fully engage from the start is key to satisfaction and retention.

This comprehensive checklist outlines essential components to evaluate and enhance your course orientation. It covers critical areas like:

  • Navigation overview
  • Technology requirements
  • Coach or Instructor welcome
  • Roadmap and guidelines
  • Community building
  • Support access

Carefully go through your current course onboarding process. Audit how and where you address each checklist item. If certain components are missing, note opportunities to add or improve them. If they exist but need refinement, detail specific enhancement ideas.

This evaluation process will reveal gaps and possibilities for elevating your orientation. Tightening up these rituals paves the way for participants to kick off with confidence, clear expectations, and motivations to stay actively involved thanks to human connections formed.

Use this list to inspect then refine, enrich and support your vital course launch sequences. Let’s connect to discuss taking your orientation to the next level!

Note: You are now accessing the full “Course Audit: Step 1 Course Orientation” — a comprehensive resource for enhancing your online course. Enjoy your journey to excellence!

Quick Start

Elevating Your Course Launch Experience

5i Impact Cycle

Getting Started

Embark on a transformative journey with your online course. A Course Audit is designed to help you elevate your course by viewing it through the lens of your participants. This initial audit will provide a foundation for deeper analysis and refinement, setting the stage for excellence and ensuring your course stands out as a gold standard in online learning.

Conducting a Layered Audit

Go through each step’s checklist from different lenses: your participant’s view, the instructor view delivering it, and the desired outcome you want to achieve. Note observations.

Then, step back for a day and revisit with fresh eyes. Often new enhancement ideas arise with a second review.

Ask probing questions on each component like:

  • Does this prepare and motivate participants for success?
  • Am I addressing components in right sequence?
  • What creative medium or method could increase engagement?

Peel each checklist layer like an onion, uncovering deeper insights into improvements with every iterative pass. At any point, I’m just a strategy call away to connect to discuss aligning your orientation to participant needs for maximum impact.

Conducting an Impactful Audit

Personally, I leverage my signature 5i Impact Cycle framework to guide comprehensive course audits. This takes you through layers of Immerse, Integrate, Illuminate, Intensify, and Ignite per element.

For example, on course orientation navigation I would:

  • Inspect flow, features and ease of use.
  • Draw inspiration from best-in-class examples.
  • Innovate on creative enhancements.
  • Detail implementation plan.
  • Map investment of resources needed.

Then I would iterate on each phase, uncovering deeper insights like:

  • Does this meet client(s) and their business/personal needs?
  • What formats or methods boost engagement?

This 5i Impact Cycle enables elevating your course through purposeful audit layers.

Explore my 5i Impact Cycle Framework

Interested in amplifying your course’s value?

Click the button below to discover more about my 5i Impact Cycle framework and explore how we can tailor it to your needs. Let’s connect and unlock the full potential of your course together!

Learn More & Connect

Course experience design isn’t just about imparting knowledge;
it’s about crafting a journey that resonates, inspires, and sticks.

It’s about transforming every module, every interaction into an opportunity for growth and engagement. When you design with the learner in mind, you’re not just building a course; you’re creating an experience that leaves a lasting imprint, motivating and moving your participants towards not just completion, but mastery and fulfillment.

Using The Audit Checklist with the Downloadable Google File

The downloadable Google document is provided to keep a running record of your thoughts, notes, and feedback during the audit. It’s a dynamic space for capturing everything that comes to mind as you review each aspect of your course.

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Note on Scheduling Pre-Paid Strategy Calls

If you’ve purchased Strategy Calls along with the Course Audit : Step 1 Course Orientation course, please remember to use the pre-paid link provided in your confirmation email to schedule your calls. This ensures your session is recognized as part of your package.

Misplaced the email or need assistance? No worries! Just drop a message at, and I’ll help you get your calls scheduled promptly. Your journey towards an exceptional course is important, and I’m here to support every step of the way.

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  • Focused and Fast-Paced: In this 45-minute Design Lab Call, we’ll pinpoint specific areas of your course that need immediate attention and strategize quick wins to enhance your course’s effectiveness and participant engagement.
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Deep Dive with a 90-Min Strategy Call

  • Comprehensive Analysis: This 90-minute call is an intensive session designed to dissect your course structure, content, and delivery. Together, we’ll craft a detailed roadmap for transformation and long-term success.
  • Action-Oriented Planning: Walk away with a clear, actionable plan that aligns with your vision and objectives, ensuring you’re equipped to elevate your course and provide a standout learning experience.

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Rolling out the red carpet in your course’s orientation isn’t just a gesture, it’s a promise.
It’s about setting the stage for an exceptional learning experience where every detail is crafted with care. From the first click to the final lesson, make your participants feel like honored guests, ready to embark on an unforgettable journey of growth and discovery.

Sailing much like the USS Mount Hood (AE-29), the very ship I called home for three years, I understand the transformative journey from dry dock to open seas. Courses, akin to vessels, may occasionally find themselves docked, beset with challenges that limit their voyage to success.

My role? I’m the seasoned captain and strategist, diagnosing your course’s challenges, charting a course from the red oceans of competition to the blue oceans of boundless opportunity. With a custom-crafted plan, streamlined by savvy automation tools, your course will set sail once more, sleeker, more robust, and primed to captivate clients anew.

Together, we’ll navigate the waters of online learning, leveraging my expertise to calibrate your course’s true north. From assessing its current bearings to prescribing impactful optimizations, I am here to guide your journey from the stillness of the dock to the exhilarating promise of uncharted waters.

Sarah J. Huibregtse

Achieving the gold standard in your course begins with orientation.
It’s where you lay the foundations of excellence, engage learners with a supportive tone, and guide them with clarity. By personalizing each step, you’re not just teaching; you’re elevating the learning experience to its highest standard, ensuring every participant’s journey is as rewarding as the knowledge they gain.

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