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Best Practices

At College of the Desert we have begun to use the Online Education Initiative rubric to guide our course design. A great way to begin to design your course, or to improve an existing course, is to review the OEI Rubric and use it as a self-evaluation tool. This is the rubric the Distance Education Subcommittee is using to evaluate course shells, so this is the standard that is helping us improve our courses. If COD chooses to participate in the OEI's course exchange, this rubric will be the standard we will be expected to meet. Updated OEI Rubric May 2015

You can read about additional "Best Practices" at

Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

Ten Principles of Effective Online Teaching

Building From Content To Community

National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

National Standards for Quality Online Courses