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.




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.


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


This section flags potential misalignment among learning objectives, formative activities, and summative assessments.


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


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


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.


Readiness Page: Feature Overview

When you click Readiness, you will see a table containing any reports that have previously been run.



Features in this page include:

  • Search Bar: allows the user to search the table contents based on Blueprint, Date Created and Created By fields.
  • New Readiness Report: allows the user to create a new readiness report based on an existing blueprint.
  • Overflow menu: provides the user with options to view, re-run or delete existing repots.


Running a Readiness Report

To run a new report, click on the New Readiness Report button.


Then, select a blueprint from the drop-down menu and click on Create Report.



The report may take a few minutes to compile, and the status will show a loading icon indicating that the report is still in progress.


Readiness Report in progress will show a loading icon and the overflow menu will not be accessible


When it is ready, the status icon will reflect the current report status and you will be able to view, re-run or delete the report by using the overflow menu.


Report Status Icons

The Status column will show different icons that indicate the current status for each report. Possible status icons and descriptions are:

status1.png The report is in progress: Indicates that the report is currently being generated.​

status2.pngLooks good!:​ There are no issues that require review.

status3.png Some items require review: Some items require review.

status4.png The report failed to build: The readiness report failed to generate and can be re-run using the overflow menu.​


Status Column

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:


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


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