Evaluation Tools

Assess the state of your course and understand what improvements to make using evaluation tools.

What are evaluation tools and why are they important?

There are many factors that go into the design, creation and delivery of a course. While faculty are experts in the content they teach, this can be facilitated by applying best practices from all of these areas to one’s course.

We recommend two types of tools for evaluating your course. The first are tools that automatically assess your content and make suggestions for accessibility improvements. The second are rubrics that break down course areas, and give criteria that you can use to rate and improve your course.

Automated evaluation tools

Learn about different types of tools to evaluate your course and begin evaluating documents for accessibility.


The Ally tool in UB Learns automatically checks documents in your course for accessibility. It also makes suggestions based on the changes needed to increase accessibility. Use the following document to practice checking files for accessibility.


The following rubrics organize courses into several essential areas such as design, activities and accessibility. Additionally, they offer criteria for evaluating these in your course, and finally ideas for improvement.

The Blackboard exemplary course rubric

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric assesses:

  • Course Design: Learning outcomes, course structure, content organization and instructional strategies.
  • Interaction and Collaboration: Communication between learners and instructors and how much students work together towards a shared goal.
  • Assessment: Measuring progress toward learning outcomes, feedback, grading and evaluation.
  • Learner Support: The support resources available to students.

Online Learning Consortium Teaching and Instructional Practices (QCTIP) Scorecard

The QCTIP Scorecard is designed to evaluate the overall classroom experience, measuring areas such as learning foundations, faculty engagement, student engagement and course fundamentals.

The Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric

Evaluate your course using the Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric. The OSCQR provides a complete overview of important course sections using 50 standards for quality course design. It also offers explanations and examples for how to improve each as well an action plan for how to make changes in your course.

While you can view the OSCQR at the following link, we will cover this in more depth and walk through the steps of applying the OSCQR in the next section.

Next steps

After having considered areas to improve and using the ALLY tool to improve a document, the next step is to begin evaluating your course using the OSCQR.