The OSCQR Rubric

Evaluating your course with the Open SUNY Course Quality Review rubric.

Accessibility and the OSCQR Rubric

The Open SUNY Course Quality Review rubric, aka OSCQR, is a free tool to help you evaluate your online or blended course for instructional quality and accessibility. The OSCQR identifies pedagogical best practices is based on empirical research and is designed to provide formative feedback about online courses. It can be used to improve existing courses or as a guide for courses that are being developed.

The OSCQR is important because it provides you with information on how to improve the design and accessibility of your course. Improving your course’s accessibility is important because it increases the likelihood that all students, especially those with disabilities, will be able to participate on an equal footing with the rest of the students in your class. Further, accessibility is required in order to be compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, New York State Enterprise IT Policy NYS-P08-005, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Adhering to the QSCQR rubric will help you make changes to your course that will increase the chances of success for all of your students.

The Accessibility Policy of the University at Buffalo is that the University is, “committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, including physical access to programs as well as reasonable accommodations for members of the university community.”

OSCQR Sections

The OSCQR is divided into different standards that address a particular design or accessibility element. Each standard is based on empirical research. The standards address course overview, technology, design and layout, content and activities, interactions and assessment and feedback. 

Activity: Course review with OSCQR

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Access the OSCQR Rubric

  1. Follow this link to the OSCQR webpage.
  2. Click on the link to “Generate Open SUNY OSCQR Interactive Rubric.”
  3. This link will open a new tab where you will enter your email address and the title of your course.
  4. After you hit submit you will receive an email with a link to the rubric in Google Sheets.
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Review with OSCQR

  1. In the rubric, you will see different tabs. The first one is for you to enter information about your course.
  2. The next three tabs are a copy of the actual rubric for you and your reviewers. You will be able to rate elements of your course against each standard from sufficiently present to needing major revision.
  3. Rate your course against each of the 50 standards. If you would like more information for each standard, you can find more information here.
  4. In each rubric, you will be able to enter an action plan next to each standard. These will automatically appear in the action plan tab.
  5. Use your action plan to further improve your course.

Next steps

When you understand how and why it is important to evaluate your course, the next step is to view your course from the perspective of a student.