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Developing a Quality Online Course Design Checklist

, , eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education, Air University, United States

Innovate Learning Summit, in Online, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-59-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


This presentation is intended for instructional design experts, particularly those interested in tailoring online course quality assurance instruments and processes for their unique institutional contexts.

Presentation Sections:

  1. Framing the Problem: The eSchool designs and manages all US Air Force OPME online courses. As of 2020, the courses were not consistently developed using a commonly held set of design best practices or quality standards. Consequently, the courses exhibit notable deficiencies across multiple aspects of online course design.

  2. Creating a Solution: We developed an evaluative instrument, the Course Design Quality Checklist (CDQC) to establish an institutionally supported baseline for online course quality in the eSchool.

  3. Importance and Relevance to a Broader Audience: Our CDQC project provides a unique perspective for those seeking to develop quality assurance standards and processes for their online programs, particularly those who have unique institutional characteristics and needs.


Hostetter, S. & French, J. (2021). Developing a Quality Online Course Design Checklist. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of Innovate Learning Summit 2021 (pp. 44-48). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 28, 2022 from .