There is no single answer to that question. What a good course or a great course is depends on many things, such as the discipline and the instructors themselves and the special qualities that they bring to their teaching -- just as it does in the classroom.
Blackboard Exemplary Course Project
Reviewing existing online courses and evaluating them for their use of best practices in online teaching, before developing your own, is helpful.
The reason we survey the field before beginning is:
You can do a search for online courses in your discipline. Just remember that most fully online courses are password protected. However, many instructors provide access to general course information as well as some course materials.
In the fall of 2014 the Online Education Initiative published a course design rubric that will be used to approve courses for delivery that are part of the initiative. Its intent is to promote the highest quality course design for online education.
Course Design Rubric for the Online Education Initiative
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