Course Review

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CDLI reviews all new online courses before they are taught to ensure that the university maintains legal and accreditation standards related to online courses and programs. An online course is defined as follows:

All course activity is done online. There are no required face-to-face sessions within the course and no requirements for on-campus activity. Most online course activity and coursework are completed asynchronously (no requirement to be online at the same time), although there may be occasional synchronous meetings but they do not necessitate that students be on campus. Online courses cannot be self-paced, independent study courses and should instead provide rich learning experiences with a high number of instructor-student and student-student interactions.

How Course Review Works

The criteria used to review online courses can be found on the Online Course Standards document. Most faculty who have courses reviewed participate in the Course Design Program and are assigned an instructional designer to work one-on-one with you to ensure your course is ready for review. Courses need to be completed* before they are reviewed. Before a course goes up for review, you will be asked to fill out the Course Review Questionnaire. Your instructional designer will present your course to one or more instructional designers  - and in some cases someone from your department. If any questions from reviewers come up during review that the instructional designer can’t answer, he or she will refer to the answers on your questionnaire. The reviewers typically identify some minor revisions that need to be made before the course goes live and you are emailed those suggested revisions. In the event that there are significant revisions that need to be made, the reviewers will ask to check the course again before the course goes live.

If you are not part of the Course Design Program, or have already participated in it at an earlier time, we will ask that you fill out the Course Review Questionnaire and send it to along with a link to your course by the deadline (see above). If we have questions or concerns about the course we will contact you for more information. You are welcome to talk to one of our instructional designers before submitting your course to make sure that it is ready. Just give us a call or send us an email.

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* A completed course is one in which all of the materials for the course are included i.e., all of the instructional videos are done, discussions and assignments are ready and all of the content pages have been written and proofed.