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Quality Online  Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Program

Applications due April 25th, notification of acceptance May 1st

The primary goal of the QOLT professional development program is to support faculty in creating quality online courses. The QOLT rubric  serves as a roadmap for success and incorporates proven practices based on extensive research and existing models. The rubric contains 9 main objectives focused on the critical elements that make an exemplary online course.  In addition, the QOLT program was developed to recognize and share exemplary practices in CSU hybrid/online courses. The QOLT Professional Development Program is funded by CSUSM Instructional and Information Technology Services.

Program Options


Level 1 ($500): Independent

The instructor will use the QOLT rubric to self-evaluate an online course that they have previously taught.  This self-evaluation will be used to make adjustments to the course prior to the next time it is taught, with the support of an instructional developer.  Instructors selecting this option are welcome to attend any or all days of the Level 2 Face-to-Face training.

Level 1 Application


Level 2 - Hybrid Course - Dates: June 2 to 6, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

**Participants must be able to attend each day and spend an additional 1-2 hours daily working independently **

Option 1 ($500) Curious and Future-minded

Instructors who are interested in learning how to develop and teach an online course, but have not previously taught online and are not currently scheduled to teach online can gain insight into the process. Then, select and apply at least four QOLT rubric objectives to your current face-to-face and/or hybrid course(s).


Option 2 ($2250) First-timers scheduled to teach online in Fall 2014

Are you an instructor who is scheduled to teach an online course for the first time?  You need not go it alone. Work with IDS and your peers to generate ideas in preparing your course.  As you plan your course you’ll learn how to engage students and build community in the online environment, develop customized policies and course management strategies for online courses, evaluate online assessment options and design and create a visually appealing, accessible  and easy to navigate course page. After the training program, receive additional support by meeting with an instructional developer on a regular basis as you complete your course development.

The goals:

  1. To apply the QOLT rubric to an existing course and identify areas for improvement.
  2. To design or redesign an online course using the 9 main objectives of the QOLT instrument as a guide for success.
  3. To share ideas and strategies in the design and teaching of online courses.
  • Faculty who complete the entire training and requirements of the proposal will receive a certificate of completion in addition to the awarded funds.
  • Faculty will also be invited to share their experiences in designing and teaching online courses with other faculty at future teaching and learning events.

Level 2 Application

See the Workshops page for Cougar Courses training or other workshop offerings and schedule.
We also offer Custom-made workshops for your Department or group on topics ranging from Cougar Courses, using student response systems (icClickers), teaching online, flipping your course or effective assessment practices. Contact ids@csusm.edu to arrange a custom workshop.