Course Design Review: Online Courses

The course-level review tool is available for improving the instructional design and accessibility of fully online courses using research-based criteria.

Why use the checklist?

Launching a successful course is a complex and time-consuming process. This checklist provides helpful prompts to ensure that important points are addressed and details are tended to. With increasing numbers of students accessing your Canvas course from a mobile device, the checklist adds review items to optimize the mobile experience.

About the checklist

The checklist focuses on the essential elements for your course. Additional review points are recommended, such as a consultation with your departmental instructional designer or a faculty peer reviewer.

Recommended uses

The checklist is intended for faculty and instructional designers working on an online course design at the University of Delaware.


The link below will prompt you to “Make a Copy” of the Google Sheet. You are encouraged to make a copy for each of your courses.
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