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Peer Review Process & eMentors

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.


The eMentors are a committee of instructors representing nearly all academic departments whose primary focus is to promote and assist other instructors with educational technology by mentoring peers on best practices, instructional design, academic integrity, and course quality. They also serve as a liaison between instructors and the Director for the of Online Studies.

Peer Reviewers are additionally denoted by an asterisk (*). They assist the Director for the Division of Online Studies in performing online course reviews of faculty by applying the Rubric for Online Course Delivery.

Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art

Trent Berning ext. 3347

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

*Sally Hansen ext. 2096

*Amy Osmon ext. 2055

School of Biological and Physical Sciences

*Karen Braley ext. 4821

Karen Endebrock ext. 4313

Bruce Maring ext. 2097

Diana Tata ext. 3984

School of Computer Science

*Rafael Pallais ext. 4131

School of Education

*Ana Blaine ext. 3188

School of Health and Wellness

Trevor Burns ext. 3435

*Emily Moore ext. 2004

School of Humanities and Communication

Michelle Lee ext. 3672

*Jessica Lipsey ext. 3140

James Newell ext. 3848

Harun Thomas ext. 3948

School of Mathematics

*Kim Alacan ext. 2033

Erika Blanken ext. 3919

Ethan Repyneck ext. 6326

Rachel Repyneck ext. 4842

*Jeffrey Zahnen ext. 3555

School of World Languages and Speech

*Keith Boswell ext. 4622

Deborah Hirsh ext. 3174

Rhonda Oehlrich 

School of Student Life Skills

*Krissy Leonard ext. 3018

*Iris Threatt-Milton ext. 3753

Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management

Nicholas Bellino ext. 3841

Taryn Brown ext. 3967

School of Applied Business

Jerold Braun ext. 3538

Lee Kenyon ext. 3557

*Nathan Kotas ext. 3511

Grady Meeks ext. 3856

Rawi Naranong ext. 3211

*Ericka Tillman ext. 3283

Sarah Desormeaux ext. 3574

School of Engineering Technology

*Nabeel Yousef ext. 4123

School of Health Careers

Geraldine Rimstidt ext. 3823

*Bob Wagner ext. 3752

School of Nursing

Deborah Horvath ext. 3705

*Katheryn Csonka ext.3718

School of Dental Sciences

Claire Peterson ext. 2068

School of Computer Science

Christopher Cameron ext. 4123

Anindya Paul ext. 4155

Library Services

A.J. Delgado ext. 3608

*Christina Hastie ext. 2018


Campus Representatives

  • WC: Kim Alacan, Karen Endebrock
  • NSB: Ethan Repyneck
  • FPC: 
  • ATC: Christopher Cameron
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