Why should I participate? Any CSU campus who has an interest in setting up a formal course review process for courses to obtain CSU QOLT or QM recognition
What is the difference between a “formal” and “informal” course review? A formal course review consists of a course review team comprised of a min. of 2 faculty/staff outside of the participating campus submitting the course for considered CSU QOLT or QM recognition AND the course is reviewed and meets recognition with a min. 85% of the points and all CORE standards (CSU QOLT-24; QM-21) of the instrument are met. An informal course review consists of a course review team comprised of 2-3 faculty/staff from the campus conducting the informal course review AND the course is reviewed and meets all the CORE standards (CSU QOLT-24; QM-21)
What is the first step I need to take to be eligible to be a peer-reviewer?
CSU QOLT- Identify professional development opportunities in the CSU system for completion of the CSU QOLT courses
QM- Identify professional development opportunities in the CSU system for completion of the APPQMR course. Identify professional development opportunities for completion of the Peer Reviewer Certification (PRC) through Quality Matters
How many people are on a course review team? Three “eligible” course reviewers, 2 of the 3 course reviewers are from other CSU participating campuses
How involved is the instructor during the actual “formal” course review? The instructor is very involved in the process from beginning to end. Prior to submitting the course for recognition, the instructor prepares the course and addresses all standards/objectives in the CSU QOLT or QM instrument and has the course undergo an informal course review. The instructor then uses the CSU QOLT or QM instrument and conducts a “self review” (CSU QOLT) of their course using the instrument and fills out the instructor course worksheet (CSU QOLT or QM). During the actual review the instructor answers all questions the QA Coordinator and course review team have about the course. If minor changes are deemed appropriate, the course review team chair will communicate with the instructor to make the minor changes during a course review. At the close of the course review the instructor will receive a detailed final report and if the course does not meet CSU QOLT or QM recognition, continue to work with the QA Coordinator and course review team chair to make revisions to the course until it meets recognition.
What type of access to my course does the review team need? The team will need student-level access to the course.
There are portions of my course communications (i.e., email reminders and course start documents) that are not in my course . I would like the team to see that information – what should I do? This information can be provided to the team as an attachment in the course itself. Some faculty find it easiest to include a D2L News post addressed to the review team that provides this type of information either as an attachment or as a link to an external source. The information can also be provided to the team in an email attachment following the Pre-review conference call.
For how long is course certification valid? Typically, the course “seal” or certification is good from 3-5 years. A different instructor, different text, or significant course revision will trigger the need for a new review.