Evaluate and Improve your Course Design

OLC Quality Scorecards provide benchmarks and quality standards to help you evaluate your course design. Institutions may choose from among several course-level scorecards and may request multiple scorecard reviews.

Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP)

The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) scorecard is a comprehensive scorecard designed to evaluate the overall classroom experience that can be used for an in-depth review to validate instructional practices as compared to quality standards.

Online Course Quality Review (OSCQR)

The Online SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) scorecard is a course-level quality rubric for reviewing and improving the instructional design and accessibility of online courses based on online best practices.

Digital Courseware and Instructional Practice (DCIP)

The Digital Courseware Instructional Practice scorecard provides quality indicators on how to build an effective classroom experience for students, for those faculty making use of digital courseware to enhance the learning process.

Review Types

OLC provides two types of course level reviews to meet diverse needs and budgets.

Initial Reviews 

Initial reviews are used to identify and address key issues at the course level. Completed by a trained OLC reviewer using your preferred scorecard, initial reviews result in a completed scorecard that identifies areas of strength and suggestions for improvement.

Endorsement Reviews 

Endorsement reviews provide a 3-year OLC Exemplary Course Endorsement for courses that meet the quality standards outlined in the scorecard. The process is identical to that of the initial review except that endorsement reviews include two additional reviews resulting in two completed scorecards. Endorsement reviews first require an initial review.

Review Process

All institutions participate in the same review process no matter which review type is selected.

Complete Self Review

All institutions undergoing an official OLC review engage in an initial self-review. This consists of learning about the Quality Scorecard and how to fulfill each section, rating the institution against each objective on a 0-3 point scale, collecting evidence artifacts to support each rating, as well as writing narratives for each rating that will be submitted to the OLC external reviewers.

Receive Peer Review

OLC external reviewers will then conduct the peer review process which consists of reviewing the scores provided by the institution for each objective, validating that each score has a corresponding piece of evidence, and aligning the narratives with the evidence and scores to ensure that each objective has been appropriately met.

For more information about how your institution can distinguish itself with an OLC Quality Scorecard Review and Endorsement, please contact sales@onlinelearning-c.org


"Quality continues to remain one of the greatest challenges in online education; the OLC Quality Scorecard is a robust tool meant to take the guesswork out of ascertaining quality in online programs."

Georgianna Laws, Augusta University Instructional Designer & Maryville University doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership