Evaluate effectiveness and identify areas of opportunity at the course-level

A key aspect of successful online programs is the quality of the courses themselves. 

The OLC OSCQR Course Design Review Scorecard is a course-level quality rubric for reviewing and improving the instructional design and accessibility of online courses based on online best practices. Thanks to a new partnership with the State University of New York, OLC members now have an easy way to review and improve quality in the online classroom. 

With 50 instructional design and accessibility standards integrated into the rubric, it can be used to identify and target aspects of online courses for improvement.  The rubric includes the following categories: Course Overview and Information, Course Technology and Tools, Design and Layout, Content and Activities, Interaction, Assessment and Feedback.  This scorecard was recently updated to meet the evolving needs of instructors, instructional designers, and administrators as they work to showcase the ways they meet Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) standards.

We understand that finding the time and resources to complete this important work can be a challenge. The experts at OLC can help with yours.

Here’s how it works:

  • OLC’s experts work with your university to complete the initial review using the OLC OSCQR Course Design Review rubric
  • Your Institution identifies action items for continuous improvement based on the result
  • Your university can earn an OLC Certification to validate the quality of your online or blended course(s)

These results provide key information that allows for targeted improvements, thus improving the quality and efficacy of your online or blended courses.

This scorecard is available for free. Download it now.

Would you like OLC’s help with your review? Please contact us at consulting@onlinelearning-c.org.

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"The Quality Scorecard is grounded in research, best practices, and expert opinion, so I know the University is well-served by implementing the self-assessment process and demonstrating our continuous improvement processes and outcomes to accreditors."


Debbie Thorne, Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Professor of Marketing – Texas State University