Quality by Design (QbD): Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify the importance of learner-centered instruction; analyze the qualities of effective course design; and integrate these concepts into their teaching and/or instructional design strategies.

Course Description: Quality by Design (QbD) is a four week online course that provides a unique opportunity for  faculty and staff to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of seated, online or hybrid courses.  QbD focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including:

  • Learner Support
  • Content Presentation & Accessibility
  • Interaction & Collaboration
  • Evaluation & Assessment

This course is intended for all faculty and instructional support staff at all levels of experience with an interest in effective teaching and quality course design strategies. Participants will have multiple opportunities to reflect upon how they would integrate these ideas into all courses no matter the modality while engaging in discussions with experts and peers. Optional discussions and activities have been designed to help learners apply newly acquired knowledge into their own course design efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to earn badges issued through Credly. The time-commitment for QbD varies by individual; averaging 2 to 4 hours per week.


Registration is open for the following sessions. Click here to register!

Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, Christina Smith (SUNY Canton)

Oct. 16 – Nov. 12, Ian August (SUNY Maritime)

Dates for spring 2018 cohorts of QbD will be announced in the near future.



  • $30 CPD Members
  • $40 SUNY Campuses
  • $50 Non – SUNY Campuses

Mode of Delivery:

The course will be delivered in the SUNY Blackboard Learn 9.1


Facilitated by a team of SUNY COTE fellows

This collaborative project was initially funded by a SUNY  Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG) and developed through a partnership among the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Empire State College, Open SUNY COTE, and SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD).  The 2017 courses are offered through a collaboration of the SUNY CPD, and the following SUNY campuses: University at Buffalo, Canton, Maritime, and Niagara County Community College.*

There is no registration fee for faculty and staff affiliated with these campuses for 2017