Course Audit: Step 1 Course Orientation

Dr. Sarah J. Huibregtse

Founder @ Hubrex Designs & Café
Fractional Chief Learning Officer

E. Cultivating a Vibrant Learning Community


To evaluate and enhance the strategies and activities used for building a strong sense of community among participants. This involves ensuring that the initial interactions and ongoing engagements effectively cultivate a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive learning environment right from the start.

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Cultivating a Connected Learning Environment

Engaging and Respectful Introductions

Community-building activities are essential in fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and engaged course environment. They lay the foundation for a strong sense of belonging and mutual respect among participants from the outset.

This audit ensures that your strategies and initial interactions not only welcome participants but also cultivate a lasting, supportive community.

Audit Action Items:

  1. Community Engagement Strategies
    • Audit Point: Evaluate the overall design and impact of community-building activities. Are they effectively creating connections and a sense of camaraderie among participants?
    • Guidance: Develop activities that encourage genuine interaction and collaboration. Ensure they’re adaptable to diverse groups and promote a sense of unity and shared purpose.
  2. Encouragement of Open Sharing
    • Audit Point: Assess how activities facilitate open and respectful sharing. Do participants feel safe and valued when contributing?
    • Guidance: Provide guidelines that promote respectful communication and active listening. Encourage sharing that enhances understanding and empathy within the group.
  3. Tone and Environment Setting
    • Audit Point: Review how the facilitation and instructions contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment. Is the expectation of respect and openness clear?
    • Guidance: Use language and actions that reinforce a supportive community. Facilitators should exemplify and uphold these values consistently.
  4. Accessibility and Inclusivity
    • Audit Point: Ensure activities are accessible and considerate of all participants’ backgrounds and needs.
    • Guidance: Offer varied participation options and be mindful of potential barriers. Adjust activities to be as inclusive and comfortable as possible for everyone.
  5. Feedback Mechanisms
    • Audit Point: Analyze the methods used to gather participant feedback on community-building activities. Is there an effective process for understanding and enhancing their experience?
    • Guidance: Implement simple, anonymous feedback systems. Use insights gained to refine activities and address any concerns promptly.

By concentrating on these areas, you’ll create initial activities that not only break the ice but also build a strong, collaborative community, setting a positive and productive tone for the entire course.



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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