Journal of Computing in Higher Education

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 156–172 | Cite as

An online course design checklist: development and users’ perceptions

  • Sally J. BaldwinEmail author
  • Yu-Hui Ching


This study examines users’ perceptions of an online course design checklist. We created the Online Course Design Checklist (OCDC) to help highlight very basic criteria that may improve the quality of online courses. The OCDC highlights criteria that should not be ignored during online course development. It is based on components of established instructional design principles and existing online course design evaluation instruments. To understand course designers’ perception of the OCDC, we surveyed nineteen current and prospective online instructors on their use of it. Participants found the OCDC facilitated online course design by providing criteria to consider before, during, and after online course design.


Checklist Course design Evaluation Instructional design Quality 


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Conflict of interest

Sally Baldwin and Yu-Hui Ching declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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