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Course Design Review

The Online Learning and Technology is offering online Course Design Reviews based on the SUNY Online Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric. If you are interested in starting a course design review, please register.

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The Course Design Review (CDR) process guides faculty through self-reflection and design review in creating online courses that are student-centered and adopt effective research-based pedagogy. Its focus on course design, and help instructors assess opportunities for social and cognitive presence, in addition to the overall online course management. The CDR process is intended to be used for reviewing course design, not course delivery or instructor performance. 

To learn more about how and why the CDR rubric has been developed, visit About CDR.

CDR provides an opportunity for instructors to self-assess their coursework using current effective practices in teaching and learning. These 13 standards meet the College's expectations for foundational course design.

Can Anyone Complete a CDR?

CDR is a voluntary self-reflective process and is not for the formal review of any course. The product of the CDR review may inform your teaching practice and help you create a more effective course.

CDR may be used in the following ways:

  • As a self-directed course design review and improvement process.
  • A roadmap for new course development.
  • A guide to perform an accessibility check.
  • For recognition of exemplary course design and instructional best practices.
  • To inform a department or program review process.

What Does the CDR Process Entail?

After reviewing this website:

  1. The CDR process begins with you requesting a review.
  2. Once a review is requested, the Learning Design Center will reach out to you to set up an initial interview, in which both parties will review the process, answer any questions you may have and set up a timeline.
  3. After the interview, both the learning designer and the instructor will take a few weeks to review the course using the Course Design Review rubric.
  4. A final conversation takes place once the rubric is completed. The learning designer and instructor will walk through and develop an action plan together with key points for improving the course design. Follow-up meetings may be scheduled for the future.

How Long Does the Process Take?

There are many ways to utilize CDR and therefore the length of the review will vary. Since the review is voluntary, the timeline for completion is set by the instructor. If the instructor does not have the time for a full course design review, we encourage reaching out for a more casual self-directed opportunity.

We recommend CDR occur within one semester and implementing the action plan and any follow-up conversations take as long as needed.