Online Course Review Process
The Online Learning Course Review Committee (OLRC) is a peer-review governance body charged with reviewing and approving new and existing online and hybrid courses. New courses must be approved prior to online delivery and all previously approved courses must be reviewed every three years. Courses are evaluated using the governance approved Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric (OSCQR). The OLRC membership consists of a cross-section of campus faculty and staff.
The process for submitting a course for review to OLRC is as follows:
1st Step: For NEW courses and EXISTING courses due for re-review:
Request a Course Development Shell
A development shell provides a space in Blackboard (Bb) to create your course and is what OLRC will be evaluating during the course review process.
The development shell contains:
- The Online Syllabus: All syllabi of online courses are required to include the components of the governance approved Online Syllabus.
- The Pre-Assessment OSCQR Rubric: Developers are required to use and complete a pre-assessment using the College approved OSCQR rubric. The Pre-Assessment OSCQR Rubric file can be found in the Pre-Assessment OSCQR Rubric Directions, located in the "Pre-Assessment OSCQR Rubric - Required" content area of your course menu. It can be downloaded and completed as you build your course. The rubric offers tools, tutorials, and tips for course development and online instructional best practices. A Pre-Assessment Rubric must also be completed for courses in re-review.
- An example of best practices from an exemplary online course.
2nd Step: Notify the Peer Review Online Learning Review Committee (OLRC)
Notify the OLRC that your course is ready for review via the link provided in your development shell. Submit your course for formal review ASAP, no later than November 1 for winter or spring semester instruction; or April 1 for summer or fall instruction.
The above instructions are also located in your Course Development Shell, under the OSCQR menu tab.
For more information or questions on the course review process, please contact the Online Course Review Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.