Our campus is honored to be part of the the California State University Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program that evaluates course quality and effectiveness, as well as recognizes exemplary teaching and learning in blended and online courses. The QOLT Instrument is designed to evaluate courses that are either blended/hybrid (30%-70% of course interaction takes place online) or online courses (100% online). As you become familiar with QOLT, you will find that it is based on research and teaching and learning best practices, which makes it very valuable in any format, including face-to-face.
HSU Campus Level:
The QOLT Instrument is used as a to ensure quality and support students’ success in the online environment. The instrument is also used for peer review. In peer review, it is important to note that QOLT is a professional development and course enhancement opportunity, used to receive constructive feedback and not attached to the evaluations of teaching effectiveness that take place through campus reappointment, tenure, and promotion. Our campus has a team of QOLT Faculty who have been trained in using the QOLT Instrument for peer reviews.
See the graphic below for more information about QOLT quality assurance efforts at HSU.
CSU System Level:
An annual QOLT Call for Participation goes out to all CSU instructors to participate in the QOLT Recognition Program, which includes multiple levels of review using the QOLT Instrument:
Self-evaluation with numeric ratings and reflective comments
Campus-level evaluation of course (Peer Review)
Student ratings and comments regarding course
Submitted courses and faculty self-evaluations are be reviewed by a team of CSU academic technology and faculty development professionals. This evaluation team will use the same evaluation form as the nominees, which includes the following rubric categories:
- Course Overview and Introduction
- Assessment of Student Learning
- Instructional Materials and Resources Utilized
- Student Interaction and Community
- Facilitation and Instruction
- Technology for Teaching and Learning
- Learner Support and Resources
- Accessibility and Universal Design
- Course Summary and Wrap-up
- Mobile Design Readiness
HSU Recognized Courses for 14/15
Mark Hemphill-Haley and Amanda Admire (CSU system-wide award!) – Geology 106, Earthquake Country
- Gisela Chappelle – Women’s Studies 306, Sex, Class and Culture: Gender and Ethnic Issues in International Short Stories
Christine Dobrowolski – Kinesiology 447, Pharmacology & Ergogenic Aids
Gregg Gold – Psychology 100, Psychology of Critical Thinking
- Mark Wicklund – English 105, Introduction to Literature
HSU Recognized Faculty/Courses for 13/14
Christine Dobrowolski – CSU system-wide Award for Health Education 446 Optimal Bone and Muscle Development
This course was one of eight chosen by the CSU-level review team to receive the award across all courses submitted by 17 campuses. Elements of this exemplary course will be highlighted and shared across the CSU.
Rebecca Robertson – Recognition Award for Anthropology 318 Ethnography
Deidre Pike – Recognition Award for Journalism 302 Mass Media and the Popular Arts
HSU QOLT Coordinator: Kimberly Vincent-Layton • firstname.lastname@example.org • 707.826.6112