Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Quality Online Teaching Academy


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

Summer 2017-spring 2018


The purpose of the Quality Online Teaching Academy is, first, 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 Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) standards; second, to enhance Cal Poly’s capacity to provide online course options that can support the university’s Graduation Initiative (GI) 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 2017)

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 10 to August 5.

  1. Online Teaching Learning Community (AY 2017-18)

This component provides intensive support for course design and content development through specific topics and open labs. Four, two-hour meetings per quarter; 12 total meetings.

  1. eLearning Addendum Workshop (Fall 2017)

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 their proposal. Six hours fully online.

  1. QOLT Springboard Workshop (Quarterly 2017-18)

The QOLT 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 QOLT review and certification through the Chancellor’s Office. More information on the QOLT program is available at http://courseredesign.csuprojects.org/wp/qualityassurance/qolt/. Six hours fully online.

For Academy participants, CTLT staff provides individualized coaching support (including in-course presence, if desired) as faculty finalize course preparations and then teach their online course. CTLT staff will also provide support for submitting the online course for the CSU’s formal QOLT Recognition Program, which is an opportunity to be considered for CSU-wide recognition.


A $6,000 stipend is available for faculty who successfully complete the academy program and teach the course.

  • The first installment ($1,200) will be delivered following completion of the summer workshop.
  • The second ($1,800) after the ASCC has approved the eLearning Addendum and the course has been designed and submitted for informal QOLT review.
  • The third ($3,000) after completion of the entire academy program, scheduling of the online course and the course has been submitted for the official QOLT Review.

NOTE: Online courses that are formally “QOLT certified” are eligible for inclusion in the CSU’s Course Match program. This means that future course offerings could attract students from throughout the CSU in addition to matriculated Cal Poly students. Joining Course Match not only can help ensure each course offering has sufficient students to run each summer but it also brings in new tuition funds from external students.


Online applications require a project proposal that describes:

  1. The specific course that you want to teach online. Why it is a strong candidate for conversion, including (but not limited to) whether it is a curricular bottleneck, high-demand, or high-failure-rate course. Include annual enrollments, 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.

Applications must also include a brief endorsement memo from the faculty’s dean and department chair/head, which indicates their support for the proposed course conversion and their commitment to scheduling the course online by Spring 2018.

The online application deadline is due on Friday, June 16, 2017.  Decisions will be announced by June 23, 2017.

Evaluation Criteria

Priority will be given to proposals that would make the greatest contribution to Cal Poly’s GI 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 2018.

Supplemental Workshops

The following workshops are offered as supplements to the Academy series. They provide skills and coaching for elements that are either common challenges for those working toward meeting QOLT standards (e.g., accessible instructional materials and UDL) or an optional method of providing course content (screencasting).

The following workshops will be offered as supplements to the academy series. They provide skills and coaching for elements that are either common QOLT-related challenges (e.g., accessible instructional materials) or an optional method of providing course content (e.g., screencasting).

  • Introduction to Screencasting. Develop basic skills for creating high-quality online lectures. Fully online; six hours total, plus time for creating course screencasts.
  • Advanced Screencasting. Develop advanced skills for creating high-quality online video assessments. Fully online; six hours total, plus time for creating course screencasts.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

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