Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric

To help campuses ensure that their online courses are learner centered and well designed, a team of Open SUNY staff and campus stakeholders has designed the OSCQR Rubric, a customizable and flexible tool for measurement. The 50 incorporated standards focus on accessibility and course design from the perspective of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model, and help reviewers assess opportunities for social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence in addition to the overall online course educational experience.  The OSCQR Rubric is intended to be used for assessing course design rather than the actual course delivery.

The OSCQR Rubric has a number of unique features that distinguish it:

  • Dashboard function for easy customization to the needs of each campus or program by allowing for prioritization of the standards.
  • Additional standards that can easily be added.
  • Analytics available for the campus, allowing the easy overall tracking of course design issues and trends.
  • Action plan generation that details suggestions for course improvement. These are chosen from a menu of options by each reviewer.

The action plan automatically aggregates the feedback generated during the Course Review and provides recommendations and examples of enhancements for improvement.

The OSCQR Rubric is licensed under a Creative Commons license and can be used by individual faculty members or instructional designers, or on SUNY or non-SUNY campuses as part of a widespread campus process, or as part of the Open SUNY Course Quality Review and Refresh Process for Open SUNY+ programs.


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The OSCQR Rubric in .pdf format

The OSCQR Rubric Google doc


The OSCQR Rubric Self-assessment

Annotations and Refresh resources

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GitHub Repository

Video Tutorials