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What is the Course Design Academy?

The CVC-OEI Course Design Academy is a free, online professional development program for full and part-time California Community College faculty teaching online at one of the CVC-OEI consortium colleges. Course Design Academy combines Peer Online Course Review (POCR) with the benefits of one-on-one support from an instructional designer and hands-on assistance from an Accessibility Specialist. As a participant in the Course Design Academy, you receive

  • Confidential feedback and course design recommendations from fellow online faculty through Peer Online Course Review (POCR).
  • Support from an Instructional Designer to assist you in applying your feedback and getting the most from the tools and features in Canvas.
  • Hands-on assistance, as needed, from Accessibility Specialists to make your course fully 508 compliant!
  • A Quality Reviewed “badge” for your course that will help it rise to the top of the student search at
  • The satisfaction of teaching a course that has met the CVC-OEI’s highest level of design standards of quality and accessibility to support online student success!

Why Course Design Academy?

Since 2014, nearly 300 instructors from 56 CCCs have participated in a CVC-OEI peer online course review. Here's what some of your other fellow instructors have to say about their online peer review experiences:

The CVC-OEI Course Review process allowed me to create a dynamic, easy to navigate course that students have really appreciated.

I received a lot of feedback but it did not stop there. I received a lot of resources to get help—walking me through it step by step.

The review process was very positive. We often don’t get sufficient feedback from students, and students are not properly trained to review. I just made some recommended changes and my course is now a lot better. It works!

Reviews that are at my local campus are usually by someone in one’s discipline. It is good to be reviewed by someone I did not know and who is from a different discipline—getting a different perspective.

The CVC-OEI course review was the best professional development for online teaching that I have received.


Register for an upcoming online information meeting or contact your college's Peer Online Course Review Lead.

Faculty Reflections

View these brief Faculty Reflection Videos to learn more from your colleagues about the experience and the benefits of participating.

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