Online Course Design Guidelines

University of Toronto Canada
The following guidelines provide a roadmap for instructors during the course design process or as a “self-evaluation” tool to assist instructors in revision of an existing online course using the rubric and suggested examples. This research-informed framework highlights key components essential to a high quality learning experience for students.

Teaching Courses – Instructional Resources

In the Classroom – Tips. Helpful information about classroom management and related topics.

Course design: Are you designing a course? Have a look at these helpful resources.

Assignment Design .Preparing an Assignment? Here are some useful resources on best practices.

Syllabus Design Best practices and UofT policy related to course syllabi.

Course Tools / Resources Looking for more information related to teaching? Please have a look here.

Apply for Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) using the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) instrument

Recognition of faculty for excellence in course (re)design is based on the evaluation of a course against a rubric or instrument. Since 2014 Chico has used the CSU developed Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) instrument that will recognize quality course design or redesign in both fully online and hybrid courses. QOLT replaced Chico’s previous self-developed instrument, the Rubric for Online Instruction, in 2014. We are using the QOLT instrument for evaluating Chico’s courses at the local level. The program in place for faculty to be recognized has existed since 2003 and is called Exemplary Online Instruction. At each year’s CELT Conference we recognize our local faculty with the EOI award. The CSU is recognizing excellent courses at the state level.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT)


Call for Participation

The Deadline for applications is May 15, 2016.

Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI) – Chico has used the Rubric for Online Instruction from 2003 to 2014.

Other universities and colleges still use it, and may continue to use it as well.
However, now we use the QOLT instrument for our EOI recognition program.

Information – About the Rubric for Online Instruction

Instrument – The Rubric for Online Instruction


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