• QCF: the Quality Course Framework for Design & Development

A Framework for Developing Quality Course Environments

In a collaborative effort at The University of Utah, three groups, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT), the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), and Continuing Education & Community Engagement (CECE), developed a Quality Course Framework grounded in the research and literature about  best practices in course development:

  • Student-centered learning can be enhanced by courses delivered through digital media and associated technologies.
  • Learning activities  do more than just distribute information and files through an online environment.
  • Instructors should value and facilitate an online community of learners where students take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Both students and instructors learn together.



The model for The Quality Course Framework incorporates a four-phased course development process centered around:

  1. Design
  2. Build
  3. Teach
  4. Revise

Each of the phases expresses these essential elements:

  1. Course and lesson outcomes are stated as measurable objectives.
  2. An organizational structure facilitates usability and learning.
  3. Learning activities engage students in a complete learning process.
  4. Course content is provided in media formats appropriate for the web.
  5. A sense of learning community is facilitated through specifically planned communication and student support.
  6. Assessmentfeedback and evaluation strategies measure student learning outcomes, as well as overall course quality.

To learn more about The Quality Course Framework, visit the website devoted to explaining the model, its theoretical foundations, presentations about the QCF, and who the developers are.

The Quality Course Framework website