With guidance from the Online Learning Advisory Council and recipients of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, an internal course review process has been established based on the Quality Essentials standards. Using this process, faculty are able to conduct a detailed self-review of their own courses, then submit that review for additional review and feedback by a CITL staff member. Courses that meet all the Quality Essentials will be recognized as NIU quality online courses.
A course that has met researched quality design standards is more likely to support student success. The course review phase of Quality Essentials was developed to provide NIU faculty with an opportunity to have their online courses reviewed independently by a trained CITL staff member. The course review phase takes place after faculty complete their self-review of the online course and is conducted in the same online platform. There is no need to duplicate efforts, requesting a external review is just one click in the system. Once the faculty request the external review, they will be assigned a CITL staff member or peer reviewer to review their course design, provide feedback, and verify that the course meets Quality Essentials standards.
Utilizing a dynamic online platform, the review process will include automated review management and personalized feedback. As part of the review process, additional resources and opportunities for professional development and one-on-one assistance will be provided. The basic workflow of the review process is as follows:
Faculty accesses the review platform and creates profile.
Faculty initiates review, providing course information and completing self-review.
When ready for course to be reviewed by CITL staff, faculty selects Ready for Review, includes details of course and section to be reviewed.
CITL Admin assigns reviewer (CITL staff member or peer reviewer). Reviewer reviews self-review and Blackboard course.
Reviewer provides feedback, makes determination if course meets Quality Essentials standards.
If more information is needed or the course doesn’t meet Quality Essentials standards:
Once course meets Quality Essentials, recognition is provided.