||It is important to have a method of evaluation built into your course design process.
We have provided the following rubrics to help you:
SPSU DL Standard Rubric (PDF | MS Word Document)
This is the rubric used at Southern Polytechnic State University for assessing all
online course offerings.
- There are 43 elements (Required and Recommended) divided among 7 major sections.
Required and Recommended are terms used by the Rubric in order to nominate courses
for internal and external award programs for online design and to satisfy their
contract of development with the DLTF.
- Each of the 7 Sections has two (2) Required Elements that should receive a rating of “4” or higher on the 1-5 scale. The Rubric allows for exceptions
with written justification of how the elements are handled through alternative
- Of the 29 Recommended Elements, a course should contain at minimum 20 Recommended Elements and an overall rating on the Recommended
Elements employed of "3.5" or higher. There is no minimum required rating for
any one Recommended Element; however, those that fall below "3" are better removed
from the course or improved immediately. The Rubric allows for exceptions with
written justification of how the elements are handled through alternative means.
See Exceptions and additions to the Recommended Elements below.
- As you begin building an online course, it might help to use the Simplified SPSU Checklist (PDF).
This checklist is an aid to the SPSU Standard Rubric, it is not a replacement.
Use this as a quick guide to achieving the goals outlined in the Rubric.