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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has issued its third digital credential through the Office of Distance Learning in recognition of key faculty competencies being attained in the course of work at the University.

The, “Course Reviewer,” digital credential is being issued to faculty who have served as peer reviewers in Distance Learning’s standards-based, internal faculty peer-review process of online and hybrid course designs. To be recognized as a Course Reviewer, a faculty member must have completed the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop and participated in at least one peer review for an established online or hybrid course.

The peer-review process is an important component in the Office of Distance Learning’s ongoing collaboration with faculty to develop and improve the quality of online and hybrid course designs. Review teams include two university reviewers and at least one department reviewer. All reviewers must be up-to-date and current on Quality Matters training certification. The dedication and diligence provided by reviewers is a vital and appreciated service toward our university goals of quality assurance.

Dr. Luke Dowden, Director of Distance Learning, noted “We were pleased to see the positive response to our first round of digital credentials, and are excited to expand on that set. We have a clear vision for how we can better recognize the core contributions that faculty make to the University and community in terms of their scholarship of teaching, service, and research.”           

Course Reviewer is the third in a series of professional development digital credentials being issued following Certified Online Teacher and Certified Course Designer.

For detailed information on the criteria for earning digital credentials and instructions for how to display them, visit