Quality Online Course Design

Quality Blended Course Badge

Do you ever get the feeling that the design of your online or mixed-mode course could be enhanced, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Quality Online Course Design offers a space in which you can learn about course components proven to be effective in online courses, and see how they are being implemented at UCF. The Quality and High Quality online and blended course reviews are also described.

Design with Quality in Mind

Explore the Design with Quality in Mind series below to discover strategies that are directly drawn from the Quality and High Quality course review items. These items have been informed by best practices in online learning. Click on the categories below to view items, peruse artifacts from real online and blended courses at UCF, and learn about resources and services that are available to faculty teaching in online modalities. 

Quality and High Quality Course Reviews

The Instructional Design team offers course reviews for eligible faculty* teaching in a variety of online modalities. These reviews explore course components proven to be best practices in online course design rather than simple page formatting or aesthetics. Engaging in a course review demonstrates that you are continuously improving the learning experience for your students. Students will benefit by engaging in an effectively designed course that provides seamless structure and navigation, up-to-date syllabus information, and activities that promote meaningful learning. 

Perks for Participation

If your online course is designated as Quality (Q) and/or High Quality (HQ), you will receive:

  • A digital badge which can be displayed within your online or blended course
  • Eligibility to apply for the Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching (High Quality Online only). In the future, an award for blended courses will be offered.
  • An acknowledgement letter from the executive director of the Center for Distributed Learning, for faculty that engaged in a collaborative review with an Instructional Designer

“I was inspired to add more activities to promote student interaction.”

“The accessibility of my course was greatly improved.”

“The review resulted in better navigation for students.”

– Participating UCF Faculty Members

Online Course Review

Faculty* teaching courses in W, RA, RV, or V modalities may request a Quality online course review. Eligible faculty include those who have completed IDL6543, DLI7836, OFRA, or TLC professional development offerings

When an online course has earned a Quality designation, the faculty can choose to request a High Quality online review.

Blended Course Review

Faculty teaching courses in the M modality may request a Quality blended course review. Eligible faculty include those who have completed IDL6543, DLI7836, OFRA, or TLC professional development offerings.

When a course in the M modality has earned a Quality designation, the faculty can choose to request a High Quality blended course review (coming soon).

Act Now

Interested in earning a Quality and/or High Quality course designation for one of your online or blended courses? Eligible faculty include those who have completed IDL6543, DLI7836, OFRA, or TLC professional development offerings. Complete the Course Review Request Form to start the conversation with an instructional designer. CDL encourages and supports faculty through the course review process. It requires only your commitment to succeed with enhancing your course.

The nature of the personalized consultation process requires that the instructional designer coordinate and schedule multiple steps in the course review process. We strive to coordinate these requests in a timely fashion. Please note that priority may be given to courses with time-intensive needs (applying for the Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching, online program accreditation, etc.).