Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Quality Online Teaching Academy 2018-19


Throughout the academic year and summer, the CTLT offers scheduled workshops and Workshops By Request designed to support faculty and staff in creating rich learn-by-doing environments for students. Workshop topics encompass Instructional Practices, Academic Technology, PolyLearn, and others. Our "Workshops By Request" can be facilitated in several different formats, please see our offerings to see what would work for you. Our workshop offerings change frequently, please check often for our updated schedules. If you would like a workshop or information on a topic not listed, please contact the CTLT. Please check our Calendar of Events for a collective list of dates and times.

Quality Online Teaching Academy (QOTA)

Summer 2018-spring 2019


The purpose of the Quality Online Teaching Academy is to support faculty as they enhance their knowledge and skills to design and teach rigorous, engaging, and effective online courses that reflect the CSU’s Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) standards. This program is intended to enhance Cal Poly’s capacity to provide high-quality online course options that can support the university’s Graduation Initiative 2025 goals.


The academy is a professional development experience that leads to the design of an online course ready for teaching. The faculty who successfully complete the program will gain:

  • A solid foundation of current standards and practices
  • An extensive set of exemplars and models
  • Supportive relationships with program colleagues
  • The capacity to provide peer support for university colleagues

Academy participants will join a year-long cohort program that includes the following components:

  1. Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (Summer 2018)
    This workshop covers effective practices for online course design and assessment, as well as copyright and fair use issues. Four-week, fully online, and asynchronous (40 hours total). July 9 to August 3.
  2. Online Teaching Learning Community (AY 2018-19)
    This component provides intensive support for course design and content development through specific topics and open labs. Four, two-hour meetings per quarter plus additional drop-in days; 10 total meetings.
  3. eLearning Addendum Workshop (Fall 2018)
    Faculty proposing new or existing courses that exceed 50% online instruction must submit an eLearning Addendum. This workshop allows CTLT staff, who have worked with the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee (ASCC), to help participants develop a successful proposal. Six hours fully online.
  4. QLT Springboard Workshop (Quarterly 2018-19)
    The QLT Rubric is the CSU-endorsed guide for preparing a quality online course. This workshop addresses the more challenging portions of the rubric so that the final course is ready for QLT review and certification through the Chancellor’s Office (more information on the QLT program). Six hours fully online.

Supplemental Workshops

The following workshops are offered as optional supplements to the core academy series. They provide skills and coaching for aspects that are either common QLT-related challenges (e.g., accessible instructional materials) or an alternative method of providing course content (e.g., screencasting).
  1. Introduction to Screencasting. Develop basic skills for creating high-quality online lectures. Fully online; six hours total, plus time for creating course screencasts.
  2. Advanced Screencasting. Develop advanced skills for creating high-quality online video assessments. Fully online; six hours total, plus time for creating course screencasts.
  3. Accessible Instructional Materials. Develop knowledge of standards and software skills for ensuring online content is ADA compatible. Six hours total, plus time for implementing principles into course.
  4. Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Learn and apply UDL principles for course design and instructional practices. Six hours total, plus time for implementing principles into course.


PLEASE NOTE: Eligibility is limited this year to faculty from colleges that have committed funds to support their faculty. Three colleges have done so: CLA, OCOB and CSM. OCOB and CSM faculty should apply through the link below; CLA faculty should contact the CLA Dean's Office for inquiries and application instructions.


Online applications are available through the link at the bottom of this page. Applications will ask the following:
  1. Why the course that you want to redesign is a strong candidate for conversion to an online format. You can include factors such as whether it is a curricular bottleneck, a high-demand, or a high-failure-rate course or other rationales supporting the value of an online version of the course. Include evidence of waiting lists, expanding future demand, etc.
  2. Your background with online course design and instruction and your interest in developing your knowledge and skills in this area. Please note: experience is not required.
  3. Your commitment to completing the entire academy program and teaching the resulting course online.

To be considered completed, applications require a brief endorsement email or memo to CTLT from the faculty’s dean and department chair/head indicating from each their support for the proposed course conversion and their commitment to scheduling the course online by Summer or Fall 2020.

Application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018. Decisions will be announced by May 14, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

Priority will be given to proposals that would make the greatest contribution to Cal Poly’s GI 2025 goals by expanding online course capacity. Criteria include:

  1. The proposal’s potential to increase student learning, student engagement, and student success as measured by a timely graduation.
  2. The faculty’s commitment to develop, teach, and evaluate a high-quality online course.
  3. The dean and department chair/head’s endorsement of the application and commitment to scheduling the course by Spring 2019.


A $6,000 stipend is available for faculty who successfully complete the academy program and teach the course, in three installments:

  1. First installment ($1,200) upon completion of the summer workshop.
  2. Second installment ($1,800) after the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee has approved the eLearning Addendum, the course has been designed and informal QLT peer review has been completed.
  3. Third installment ($3,000) after completing the entire academy program, teaching the online course and completing a project debrief including relevant assessments.

    NOTE: Online courses that are formally “QLT certified” are eligible for inclusion in the CSU’s CourseMatch program. This means that future course offerings could attract quarter-term students from other CSUs in addition to matriculated Cal Poly students. Joining CourseMatch not only can help ensure each course offering has sufficient students to run each summer but it could potentially bring in new tuition funds from external students.


      Contact Catherine Hillman, CTLT Instructional Designer (cehillma@calpoly.edu), or Patrick O’Sullivan, Director (posulliv@calpoly.edu).

      Apply to the 2018-19 Academy

      Related Content

      CTLT Newsletter

      image of news papers

      What is happening in the CTLT

      Current & Archive

      New Faculty

      The CTLT has much to offer new faculty. Come and see us.

      Welcome new faculty


      Diversity & Inclusivity in the Classroom.

      More about inclusivity


      image of a person writing

      ​Writing across the curriculum.

      Writing in the classroom


      Calendar & Events

      View our calendar