Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance (QA) is the Distance Education's internal process to ensure quality design for our online and hybrid courses. Quality Assurance is built into both the course design and review process. This newly customized rubric and set of requirements and recommendations contain four key pieces:

University rigor and integrity

Our instructional designers will provide information and advice about course format (delivery mode and equivalency of credit hours), academic integrity, accessibility, and copyright.

Why: We help ensure that courses in the university’s online programs are equivalent in quality to every Ohio State course.

How: Syllabus template; a database of university and college standards.


Teaching and learning

Our IDs provide expertise to re-envision excellent teaching in the context of online learning:

  • Showcasing and maximizing instructor presence.
  • Providing effective, meaningful content and learning activities.
  • Facilitating meaningful student peer connection.
  • Encouraging metacognition and student ownership of learning.

Why: ODEE supports the university’s mission of excellence in teaching; our course-design priorities are based on the current scholarship of teaching and learning and the broad experience of other Ohio State faculty.

How: Flexible backward-design process led by an experienced instructional designer.

Carmen and technology setup

We create a Carmen course that is clear, navigable, welcoming, functional, and accessible.

Why: We want to allow these tools to support (and never to stand in the way of) your teaching-learning goals. In addition, our templates help to make courses consistent with the standards of Quality Matters, a widely used rubric for the setup of online courses.

How: Prebuilt Carmen course templates, careful quality-check process.

Professional Development Grants

We provide grant opportunities to participate in Quality Matters professional development courses. See Quality Matters Grants for more information.

Ohio State Lead QM Coordinator

Interested in learning more about Quality Assurance or the available Quality Matters grants? Reach out to Ohio State's Lead QM Coordinator, Timothy Lombardo, for more information.