The Incorporation of Quality Attributes into Online Course Design in Higher Education

July 9, 2017

A survey was designed incorporating questions on 28 attributes (compiled through a literature review) and considered to be quality features in online academic courses in higher education. This study sought to investigate the ongoing practice of instructional designers and instructors in the United States with respect to their incorporation of these quality best practices into their design process and course content. Although most respondents indicated they included the majority of the quality attributes in courses they designed or taught, a significant number rarely or never included some of the generally accepted features shown to result in positive learner outcomes.

International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education