Assuring quality in online courses

Any instructor teaching a Mizzou course delivered completely online or with a significant online component may submit it for the Quality Course Peer Review service. Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO) offers this service, which is faculty-centered, completely voluntary, and at no cost. Instructors and students benefit from this collaborative quality improvement process. Ultimately, this is a professional development activity advancing the scholarship of teaching at Mizzou.

Mizzou’s course peer review team consists of instructional designers and e-Mentors (faculty recognized for their effective uses of technology in teaching). Each peer reviewer has been certified through the QualityMatters training program. QualityMatters is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

For each course volunteered for review, three members of the peer review team are assigned to review the course anonymously. Peer reviews are based on national standards of best practice, research literature, and instructional design principles. The peer review team leverages its expertise by providing insightful, useful, and constructive feedback on learner engagement, assessment and interaction approaches, as well as layout, design, and tool usage.

Dr. Spain discusses the importance of the peer review process

Dr. Jim Spain is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and interim Vice Provost for E-Learning at the University of Missouri. Watch other testimonials on our YouTube channel.


  • Instructors may request one course review per semester.
  • Quality course peer reviews are best conducted on fully online courses. Reviews may be conducted for hybrid courses making extensive use of technology to enhance/replace in-class instruction.
  • Reviews are best conducted following the end of an academic term. However, reviews conducted prior to a course may provide guiding and constructive feedback.
  • The online component must use one of Mizzou’s centrally-supported course management systems.