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Course Site Evaluation Rubrics:

There are several different rubric-based online course evaluation programs run by individual universities, institutions, and for-profit enterprises. This page will provide information on exemplary rubrics from four such evaluation programs: Illinois Online Network's Quality Online Course Initiative's Rubric; MarylandOnline, Inc's Quality Matters Rubric; California State University Chico's Rubric for Online Instruction; and the Monterey Institute's Online Course Evaluation Project Rubric.

URLs for the Rubrics:
Ion Rubric:
Quality Matters' Rubric:
Chico Rubric:
OCEP Rubric

Purpose of the Rubrics:

ION Rubric: This rubric is designed to be provide a common set of evaluation criteria for a diverse set of institutions and departments. According to their website it is intended to:

  • to create a useful evaluation tool (rubric) that can help faculty develop quality online courses
  • to identify "best practices" in online courses
  • to be able to recognize faculty, programs, and institutions that are creating quality online courses
  • The rubric is not tied to a specific methodology or review panel.

Quality Matters' Rubric: This is a proprietary rubric and is an integral part of MarylandOnline Inc.'s online course quality assurance program. Developed with a Department of Education grant, this rubric is designed to be used as part of a systematic approach to online evaluation which includes peer review.

Chico Rubric: The Chico Rubric is designed to self assess their online course material as well as provide a means for rewarding quality online teaching. From their website...

The Rubric for Online Instruction can be used in one of three ways at CSU, Chico.

    • As a "self-evaluation" tool - assisting instructors how to revise their existing course to the rubric's suggestions.
    • As a means for getting public recognition for exemplary online instruction - going through the nomination process.
    • As a way to design a new course for the online environment, following the rubric as a roadmap.
The rubric, then, is meant both to be used within specific contexts and review methodologies as well as a free standing document to be used in an ad hoc manner.

OCEP Rubric: This rubric is designed to be used within a "team-based approach" for evaluating courses. According to their website

The goal of OCEP is to provide the academic community with a criteria-based evaluation tool to assess and compare the quality of online courses.

The OCEP rubric is meant to be used as part of their evaluation process.

Comparison of Rubric Categories and Seven Principles
ION Rubric 
Quality Matters Rubric 
Chico Rubric Online Course Evaluation Project Rubric Seven Principles
Instructional Design Course Overview and Introduction Learner Support & Resources 
Course Developer and Distribution Models encourages contact between students and faculty,
Communication, Interaction, & Collaboration Learning Objectives (Competencies)  
Online Organization & Design 
Scope and Scholarship develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
Student Evaluation and Assessment 
Assessment and Measurement 
Instructional Design and Delivery User Interface  
encourages active learning
Learner Support & Resources Resources and Materials 
Assessment & Evaluation of Student Learning Course Features and Media Values gives prompt feedback
Web Design Learner Engagement 
Innovative Teaching wih Technology Assessments and Support Materials 
emphasizes time on task
Course Evaluation   Course Technology 
Faculty Use of Student Feedback Communication Tools and Interaction communicates high expectations,
  Learner Support   Technology Requirements and Interoperability 
respects diverse talents and ways of learning
  ADA Compliance  
  Developer Comments    

Content Contributed by:

Al Weiss, Learning Technology Specialist,

Academic Technology Services
Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign