Distance Learning & Instructional Technology


Online Learning Consortium (OLC) OSCQR Course Design Review

The OLC OSCQR Course Design Review at UNT Dallas addresses the shared concern and need for online course quality. The approach assures quality through evidence-based online learning practices and guidance on how to develop and continuously improve distance education courses to improve student learning.


The OSCQR Course Design Review Scorecard is a course-level quality rubric for reviewing and improving the instructional design and accessibility of online courses based on online best practices. With 50 instructional design and accessibility standards integrated into the rubric, it can be used to identify and target aspects of online courses for improvement. The rubric is designed to guide online faculty to use research-based effective practices and standards to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their online course design.

The rubric includes the following categories: Course Overview and Information, Course Technology and Tools, Design and Layout, Content and Activities, Interaction, Assessment and Feedback.

Principles of Good Practice

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board commends and encourages the development of online courses and programs that enhance access to higher education throughout the state of Texas. The Coordinating Board works closely with Texas colleges and universities as well as with ICUT (Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas) to ensure the high quality of distance education. To that end, UNT Dallas is required to certify that their distance education programs are in compliance with the Principles of Good Practice.

Compliance with SACS

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools guidelines for Online learning programs are listed in the Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs and Distance and Correspondence Education Policy Statement.