Guide for Online Course Evaluators

Priority of the Course Evaluation:

Evaluation priority will be given to courses by request in the following order:
  1. courses requested by the Instructional Council (IC)
  2. courses requested by the division dean
  3. courses requested by the department chair
  4. courses requested by the instructor

Formation of the Evaluation Team

Upon receipt of the evaluation request, an evaluation team will be formed. The team should consist of the Faculty in Educational Technology (FET) and at least two experienced online instructors designated by the Learning Technologies Subcommittee (LTC). It is recommended that the evaluator pool should be broadened to include the instructors whose online courses have been evaluated and met the Quality Matters rubrics. This will help with LTC workload and also get more faculty involved in thinking critically about online course design during the peer review process.

Evaluation Process

  1. After the evaluation team is formed, the FET will send the direct URL to the online course site to the evaluators. To keep the evaluation process anonymous, the FET will create an evaluator account that the evaluators will use to access the course to be evaluated;
  2. The team will review the course and assign points using the QM-based evaluation worksheet;
  3. The evaluators will send the completed evaluation worksheet with recommendations back to the FET via email. The FET will summarize the evaluation result.
  4. A favorable recommendation will be made to the IC only if the course receives either a minimum score of 81 from each evaluator or a minimum average score of 81 points from all of the evaluators, with all the 3-point standards being met (63 points total).
  5. If the course failed to meet the quality standards, recommendations will be made by the evaluation team to help the instructor improve the course;
  6. The FET will set a schedule to work with the instructor to make improvement accordingly;
  7. Repeat 1-4 as needed.


Should you have any questions regarding the evaluation rubrics and process, please contact Wei Ma, Faculty in Educational Technology.