Course Delivery

Delivery Methods

There are many methods of course delivery with many factors that influence delivery choice.
Here are definitions of delivery methods:

Courses that meet in person at regularly scheduled times and locations.

A face-to-face course that uses online materials to supplement

Also referred to as hybrid, fully integrates online and face-to-face learning. This often results in a 50-50 split between face-to-face and online

A course delivered fully online.

Also referred to as inverted delivery, this method moves content out of the class and homework into the class so students practice their learning in an interactive classroom environment.

Recommended Baseline Standards for Web Enhanced Courses

To provide the best student learning experience, include the following elements in your web-enhanced Blackboard course to meet minimum standards:

  • A course home page consistent with a design or template used within the program
  • A Start Here module that includes the following information:
        • Welcome letter/video
        • Instructor contact information
        • Approved Course Outline
        • Explanation of course structure and navigation
  • Announcements including general course updates, class cancellations, room changes, assessment dates and other relevant information
  • Lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, video, audio, links to other available resources or materials, as appropriate
  • Up-to-date progress and assessment results either through the use of the Grade Centre feature in Blackboard or through other means made available to students through the Blackboard course shell
  • Interaction: student to content, student to instructor
  • Copyright Compliant
  • Organization of course content:
    • Course content organized in learning modules. Modules can be organized as weeks, topics, or chapters. The exception for the use of learning modules is for Trade courses; these courses should be designed using folders for each section. The folders should contain learning modules. This prevents students from having to scroll extensively to locate material.
    • Use of section and module overviews


Online Course Development Checklist

Checklist for Online Course Presence
Use this checklist to assess your online course presence. Whether you are using Blackboard to enhance your face-to-face course or you are teaching fully online, this checklist will facilitate your online course design.

RDC Flexible Delivery Quality Standards

The RDC Flexible Delivery Quality Standards have been created to assist faculty and their supports with quality course development. RDC has been been committed to quality standards since the adoption of the eCampus Quality Standards 2.0 created in 2013.

Assess Your Course

To assess your course, use the guidelines provided in the following resources:

California State University, Chico
This rubric has criteria for evaluating online courses on a spectrum of Baseline, Effective, and Exemplary.

2010 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric
This rubric is specific to course design in Blackboard.

Blackboard List of Exemplary Courses
List of courses that meet Blackboard’s exemplary course design standards.




Sunal, D.W., Sunal, C.S., Odell, M.R., Sundberg, C.A. 2003. Research-Supported Best Practices for Developing Online Learning. Journal of Interactive Online Learning.