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, providing a final check on the course before it is published for students.

The report checks a blueprint so you may validate it is ready for students, by checking for pedagogical alignment, broken links/resources and accessibility features. You will also find other informative insights and platform utilization improvements to help you improve key sections of the course.


Sections of the Readiness Report

All courses are rated with a readiness status, and specific details regarding the items in each category can be found in the detailed view of the report.

Each report is organized into 5 sections:


The summary at the top of the page provides a quick overview of the three primary check categories' current state and the amount of potential issues found.​

Critical Course Publishing Issues

Examines key elements like incorrect inputs, incomplete units, questions without the correct form, invalid links or remaining placeholders. This will ensure a seamless course publishing process.​

Platform Utilization Improvements​

Reviews course functionality by connecting practice with Learning Objectives, establishing adaptive levels, and guaranteeing proper organization. Identifies and flags issues such as duplicated learning objectives, pages with insufficient or excessive learning objectives, and untagged questions, ensuring pedagogical alignment.

Accessibility & Usability Enhancements​

Focuses on improving course accessibility by checking for missing alternative text, video transcripts, and overall video accessibility.​

Informative Insights

Provides useful information about the scope of the course; such as total pages, questions, Learning Objectives, and question types used throughout the course. Provides a complete overview for greater comprehension and progress.​


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