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Online Class Peer Review Process

Online Peer Review

The Online Class Peer Review Process ensures quality design in online classes at Daytona State College. The Division of Online Studies along with the faculty trained to be Peer Reviewers designed the Rubric for Online Class Design as the evaluation instrument. It covers seven main areas (Class Introduction and Overview, Learning Objectives, Assessment and Progress, Communication/Interaction, Active Learning and Critical Thinking, Learner Support, and Usability) that align with best practices for online classes.


Rubric for Online Class Design

Annotated Rubric for Online Class Design

Scoring Guidelines

UDL/Accessibility Checklist


Online Class Peer Reviews are conducted during the Fall and Spring semesters. Each faculty member teaching an online class is reviewed once within a three-year period. The current review cycle is from Spring 2019 through Spring 2021.


The Online Class Peer Review process works like this:

  • Faculty are notified about which class is being reviewed during the semester before the review will take place and will receive all required documentation beforehand. 
  • All courses going through the peer review process will also need to comply with the UDL/Accessibility check list. An instructional designer from the Division of Online Studies will meet with the faculty member and walk through the UDL/Accessibility Checklist together before their course goes through the peer review process. 
  • During the review semester, two of the Peer Reviewers are embedded in the Falcon Online shell of the class being reviewed for a three-week time period. The Reviewers are never a faculty member in the same subject area.
  • Each Peer Reviewer completes an independent review of the class based on the standards in the rubric. At the end of the review period, the results are submitted to the Director of Online Studies.
  • The Director of Online Studies then summarizes the observations from the Reviewers into a Score Report. Each class is rated as Developing, Competent, or Exemplary based on the Scoring Guidelines.
  • For classes that rate as Competent of Exemplary, the Director of Online Studies meets directly with the faculty member to go over the results. For classes that rate as Developing, the Director of Online Studies meets with the faculty member and their direct supervisor. In this case, Developing classes must have changes made before the class can be taught again by that faculty member.

Support with this process is offered within the Faculty Innovation Center. Faculty are encouraged to self-assess their class before review and make changes where necessary.


If you have any other questions about this process, please contact Cheryl Kohen, Director for the Division of Online Studies, at or (386) 506-4305.

Continuous Course Improvement

Our review standard #16, Continuous Course Improvement, is on the rubric for online class design because we believe students should have the opportunity to provide feedback specific to course design, content, and the online user experience. Feedback is important because it helps you, the instructor, understand their online classroom experience, and it gives you the chance to improve your course. Examples of student feedback include a Discussion topic, Office 365 form, and a survey within Falcon Online. 

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