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About the Course Design Guidelines

The D2L Brightspace Course Design Guidelines are based upon the Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) Guidelines. Some changes were made to fit the terminology used at our institution. A Course Design Guidelines review is conducted during a hybrid or online instructor’s formal evaluation period. The results of the review are emailed to the instructor and the instructor’s department chair or division director.

The guidelines cover:

Course Overview and Information

Technology and Tools

Design and Layout

Content and Activities


Assessment and Feedback



Videos that examine each of the quality benchmarks can be found on the Open SUNY Quality Review Rubric site. Please visit to review the videos.

D2L Brightspace Course Design Guidelines Form

The D2L Brightspace Course Design Guidelines Form explicitly states how your D2L Brightspace will be evaluated.