Quality Assurance & Review

In order to ensure the quality in online courses, a nationally-recognized quality standards rubric (created by Quality Matters or QM) was adopted to evaluate the design of existing and new online courses. The rubric evaluates the design of the course and not its delivery.

The evaluation rubric includes eight major standards with forty-three specific criteria in the following areas:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (or Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Learning Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

Review Schedule

All existing online courses will be reviewed by 2020 using the QM rubric to help faculty and departments identify areas of improvement and development needs.

Courses will be attached to an ongoing review schedule in the future, in coordination with academic departments and the Office of Curriculum & Planning.

Course Review Process

Course Review Process

Currently, courses are formally reviewed by contract QM-certified reviewers, facilitated by DDL. These costs are covered by DDL. In the future, we anticipate having DSU faculty be certified to review courses.

If the course doesn’t meet the DSU QM standards, the course is given a modification period of up to one full semester to make the needed adjustments.

Course versions that do not meet the DSU QM standards after the modification period will not be allowed to be offered until corrections are made.