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The OSCQR Course Design Review scorecard is a course-level rubric for reviewing and improving the instructional design and accessibility of online courses based on online best practices. Thanks to a 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.

Institutions can pursue a third-party, independent course review through the OLC Course Review services. Those that achieve exemplary status may be eligible to display an OLC Exemplary Course logo in their course.

A free version of the OSCQR Course Design Review Scorecard is also available to download. Contact sales@onlinelearning-c.org to learn more about how your institution can benefit from a Program Review.



"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