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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.

Informal QOLT reviews may be scheduled at any time by contacting Catherine Hillman in the CTLT at x6-5576. 

2017-2018 Formal Course Reviews offered by QOLT's Academic Technology Services (on behalf of the CSU) 

The CSU Chancellor’s Office, Academic Technology Services has established a “Formal Course Review” process for online courses across the 23-campus system. Utilizing a team approach, three certified CSU reviewers analyze each course from the student perspective and apply the QOLT or QM instrument to the course, providing affirmation of quality components, as well as feedback for areas of improvement. The goal is to have each reviewed course obtain at least 85% of the points possible while meeting all core standards in the instrument being applied. Once the course meets these criteria, the instructor receives a certification letter and is given a unique certification mark they may place inside the course (e.g, LMS header of the course). Courses meeting this level of certification are also recognized on campus and system wide websites.

A four-stage process has been developed which highlights the components within each stage. The following list of CSU Course Review cycles will be available later in Spring 2017 via the CSU Course Review Application (please contact Catherine Hillman for information). The cycles are listed here to give each campus submitting a QA proposal a look at the review cycles which will be offered by CSU Academic Technology Services during 2017-2018. Campuses should budget approximately $750 per course review into their budget to cover costs for the review team assigned to the review. Campuses will be responsible for processing and paying reviewer stipends and ensuring timeliness of payment for reviewers once a review is complete. See 2017-2018 review cycles below for planning respective reviews you will propose your faculty submit to as part of your project.

Fall 2017 Review Cycles

1. Applications submitted by 9/1/17 will have a review start date of 9/15/17 or after

2. Applications submitted by 10/1/17 will have a review start date of 10/15/17 or after

3. Applications submitted by 11/1/17 will have a review start date of 11/15/17 or after


Spring 2018 Review Cycles

1. Applications submitted by 2/1/18 will have a review start date of 2/15/18 or after

2. Applications submitted by 3/1/18 will have a review start date of 3/15/18 or after

3. Applications submitted by 4/1/18 will have a review start date of 4/15/18 or after

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


The QOLT Rubric

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.

The Course Objectives Rubric is comprised of 58 objectives organized into ten sections. 

  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 
  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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