The study analyzes the ways in which online courses are evaluated and defines the standards on which these evaluation criteria are built. It answers the following research question: What are the standards that should be used to measure quality of online courses at the American of Beirut. This research question leads to study the current ways followed by instructional designers and education committees. In addition it guides to determine the appropriate standards for evaluating online courses. Since Distance Education is still a new project for AUB, all faculty members/instructional designers can use these standards when designing future online courses. In addition this set of criteria and research will be supportive to our department proposal to implement additional online courses and to share when the need for a joint program with other universities occurs.