Online Peer Review

To help ensure a department’s high standard of instruction is maintained, we encourage a department representative to peer review & observe online courses, the instructor, and curriculum. For each completed course evaluation1, USU Online will transfer $100 to the department2.

Reviews can be completed using the "Course Evaluation" tool, built into Canvas. The tool has been developed to follow USU's Online Course Quality Rubric. A thorough review should take approximately 1 - 2 hours to complete.

Process

  1. The department submits a course peer review request (include: reviewer’s name, index# for transfer, instructor’s name, & course number).
  2. The Course Evaluation Tool is added to the course.
  3. The Reviewer is given access to the course and sent the instructions to complete the review.
    • Select Course Evaluation (open in a new window)
    • Select Start New Evaluation
    • Select USU Course Rubric Evaluation > Peer Review 
  4. The reviewer completes the “USU Course Rubric Evaluation” 
    • When the review is complete, select Download and Download As PDF.
  5. Reviewer sends the PDF to online@usu.edu.  The department may also use the evaluation for internal discussion, provide the complete review to the instructor, and/or refer the instructor to CIDI for course improvements.
  6. Funds are transferred from USU Online to the index# provided by the department.

Questions:

For additional questions concerning the Online Course Reviews, please contact:

Kevin Shanley
Director of USU Online
kevin.shanley@usu.edu
797-8177

Practicums, Internships, Directed Readings, Independent Study, Research, Thesis, Special Topics, and other courses with individualized instruction, one-time offerings, or minimal online content are not eligible for course review funding.

Departments will be compensated once annually for each instructor/course combination. For example: Jane Doe, who teaches multiple sections of SOC 1010 each semester, qualifies for one course review transfer per year.