Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

QLT Support

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The CTLT is committed to supporting faculty who are interested in teaching online courses at Cal Poly. We offer a variety of opportunities for hands-on course development resources, help with the Curriculum modification process, and informal reviews of your course.

We adhere to the CSU standards for Quality Learning & Teaching (QLT) Rubric , a set of objectives and feedback tools built to encourage quality hybrid and online course development. Every year, hundreds of online and hybrid courses are submitted to the CSU for this peer review process. The CTLT will support all Cal Poly instructors interested in preparing their online and hybrid course for the review process and obtain CSU QLT Course Certification

Important Information for potential online instructors:

Please review the Curriculum Handbook for information about submitting your course modification proposal. The CTLT offers a self-paced online workshop to walk you through the proposal process.

2024-25 Formal Course Reviews offered by Online Course Services on behalf of the CSU

The CSU Online Course Services Program offers FREE QLT (Quality Learning & Teaching) training courses every term for CSU Faculty and staff in developing courses for online.  The courses are fully online, self-paced and asynchronous over three weeks and take about 15-21 hours to complete.

Note the "Introduction" course and the "Advanced" course below can be substituted by taking the Introduction to Online Teaching & Learning (IOTL), and Creating Accessible Course Materials (CACM) workshops through the CTLT.

The CSU program offers 3 QLT courses to become a course reviewer:  

  1. “Introduction to Teaching Online” covers orienting students to the online course, setting up the structure and navigation of a course, designing online modules for content delivery and engagement, developing methods for facilitating discussions, developing assessment tools, and using technology tools, 
  2. Advanced Course in Teaching Online covers creating a module structure that is in alignment with course objectives, incorporates social presence, equity-minded strategies, engagement strategies in synchronous and asynchronous activities, active learning with video, alternative assessments, and completion of a QLT Self-Review, and
  3. Reviewer Courses Using QLT provides experience reviewing online courses and practice writing peer recommendations (prerequisite for serving on CSU QLT course reviews).

CSU Online Course Services  offers FREE Professional Development Courses!

Spring Registration Open:

Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT

  • Mar 25, 2024 – Apr 14, 2024 (Spring 2024)

Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Rubric

  • Mar 25, 2024 – Apr 14, 2024 (Spring 2024)

Learn More and Register for CSU QLT Courses

The QLT Rubric

The Quality Learning & Teaching Rubric is comprised of 52 objectives organized into nine sections, with 24 "Core" elements that must be present in an online course. These sections are offered below as a preview of the rubric:

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