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QOLT Support

Quaility Online Learning & TeachingQuality Online Learning & Teaching Recognition

The Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) Instrument is a set of rubrics and feedback tools built to encourage quality online course development. Every year, hundreds of online and hybrid courses are submitted to the CSU for this recognition award. The CTLT will support all Cal Poly instructors interested in preparing their online and hybrid course for the nomination process.

Timeline for participation in 2015-2016:

Faculty Self-assessment of one course,  November 2015 – May 2016. Please contact the CTLT if you are interested in using the online survey forms, and we can help guide you in this option.

Student Ratings Survey related to your course. We ask that all faculty QOLT participants encourage their students to complete this assessment, as it provides an additional perspective and form of feedback. They may do so until May 15, 2016. Again, please contact the CTLT.

Campus Level Review of submitted course self-evaluations and student ratings may take place any time from December through May. 

CSU QOLT Recognition: From those instructor courses submitted, several will be featured at the CSU Course Redesign with Technology website, as well as through, as well as through a Fall 2016 webinar of select faculty and courses.

If you are interested in participating at any level, please contact Catherine Hillman

There are ten standards and a total of 58 objectives in the QOLT rubric. The CTLT  offers a variety of workshops that support the rubric and goals of the QOLT recognition program. If you have taught a fully online or hybrid/blended (between 30%-70% online) course in 2015, you're eligible for the 2015 CSU Quality Online Learning and Teaching award program (QOLT).

The Course Objectives Rubric is comprised of 58 objectives organized into ten sections. Associated workshops are noted in parenthesis:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning 
  3. Instructional Materials and Resources Utilized 
  4. Students Interaction and Community 
  5. Facilitation and Instruction 
  6. Technology for Teaching and Learning ("Screencasting")
  7. Learner Support and Resources 
  8. Accessibility and Universal Design 
  9. Course Summary and Wrap-up
  10. Mobile Platform Readiness (optional) 


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