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Create an Online R Course

Partner with the Digital Learning Hub to develop a new online R-designated course offering at UC San Diego. Get support for course design, multimedia development, and quality assurance.


An online course is a mode of instruction in which most or all of the course content is designed intentionally for digital delivery. An online course encompasses the thoughtful design of instruction, assignments, engagements, and interactions that promote successful learning in a fully online environment. Learning material such as lecture videos are typically segmented into digestible learning concepts and aligned with interactions and assignments to promote achievement of the learning goals. Digital communications, interactions, and grading of student work are facilitated securely via the online learning management system.

Online courses are designed with flexibility and variability in mind, using a learner-centerd approach to meet the needs of various learners in various locations and from varied backgrounds. Online courses also uphold a high standard for digital accessibility, academic integrity, and student success.

Online courses at UC San Diego must be approved by the Academic Senate and require an equivalent amount of rigor and effort as face-to-face courses. Once approved, the course code is appended with an "R" to indicate the online modality of delivery.

Interested in creating a new online "R" course?

Submit a request for consultation and support from the Digital Learning Hub.

Fill Out the Form

Proposal to establish a new "R" Course

Proposals to establish a new online course must be submitted to Undergraduate or Graduate Council for approval as an "R" course at least one month prior to council meetings. See Senate Council Schedule.

"R" course proposals must include the following:

Download a "R" Course proposal template (docx).

See an approved R-Course Proposal Sample:

MMW 121R (Professor Matthew Herbst)

For support with creating and reviewing a "R" Course proposal, contact the Digital Learning Hub.


Quality Online Course Checklist

The Digital Learning Hub is a subscribing member of Quality Matters, a nationally recognized evidence-based review board for online courses. This adapted checklist helps ensure the quality of your online courses.