Online Review Process

Quick Links

Self-review tool, based on the GenEd guidelines for online instructional design: available via TUPortal – click here or sign into TUPortal, click on the Faculty Tools tab at the top and look for the “GenEd Course Review” link in the Resources channel (top, middle).

PDF of GenEd guidelines for online instructional design: click here.

Questions? Email Dana Dawson at

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During the summer of 2016, a working group of staff from GenEd, the Office of Digital Education and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and members of the GenEd Executive Committee and Area Coordinators developed guidelines for online sections of GenEd courses. The guidelines are based on the Quality Matters standards for excellence in online education.

Throughout the academic year 2016/2017, GenEd piloted a peer review process. In September, 2017, the GenEd Executive Committee voted to integrate the online review process into course recertifications, which occur in every fifth year the course is offered.

Although the formal review process is part of course recertification, instructors offering online sections of GenEd courses in any academic year are expected to:

  1. use the course template made available by GenEd; and
  2. ensure the instructional design of their course meets established guidelines (see below for more information on the rubric and the self-review tool).

While the online review tool must be used by faculty members during recertification, we strongly encourage instructors to use the tool while developing an online course because it is based on best practices for online education. Instructors are also encouraged to review the Canvas Template Reference Course, which shows how guidelines for online education are reflected in the template.


Instructional Design Guidelines and Self-Review Tool

Click here to see the GenEd guidelines for instructional design of online courses. The GenEd guidelines are based on the Quality Matters rubric.

  • Note for instructors designing a new GenEd course: Be sure to download and use the GenEd course template if you are teaching an online course. We encourage instructors teaching an online GenEd for the first time to also use the guidelines for instructional design to ensure you are following best practices in online education. You need only share the results of your self-review if you are in a recertification year.
  • Note for instructors who are in a recertification year: The self-review tool should be used by instructors who are teaching courses that are up for recertification in the current academic year, and who are teaching sections that are fully online and asynchronous. If your course is not up for recertification or if your course meets in-person or virtually regularly throughout the semester, you do NOT need to export and submit the results of your self-review. If you are teaching more than one online asynchronous section of the course, you need only submit one self-review. The deadline for submission is the same as the recertification deadline. If you have questions, please email Dana Dawson at

Any notes made using the tool are private and will not be viewed by other instructors or GenEd staff unless the instructor chooses to export and share the document. During the recertification process, instructors who taught a fully online asynchronous course during the recertification year will complete and download the self-review, and it will be included among recertification documents.


I have more questions. Who should I ask?

Dana Dawson, Associate Director of GenEd. Email or call 215 204 6248.