QLT Program Background


The Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT; formerly QOLT) program was developed to assist faculty, faculty developers, and instructional designers to more effectively design and deliver online, blended, and flipped courses (e.g., Quality Assurance).

The Quality Learning and Teaching evaluation instrument was developed after review of related research and literature, as well as careful consideration of existing models for assessing effective online teaching and learning.

  • Rubric for Online Instruction: Developed at CSU Chico in 2003 to assist development and evaluation of online courses while promoting dialog about student learning.
  • Quality Matters: Developed through a FIPSE grant from 2003-2006, QM is a faculty-centered, peer-review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. See QLT-QM Alignment Matrix.
  • Community of Inquiry: Addresses course quality on three aspects: Social Presence, Teaching Presence, and Cognitive Presence.
  • National Survey of Student Engagement: Hundreds of four-year colleges and universities surveyed since 2000 about student participation in programs and activities provided for their learning and personal development.

The QLT instrument was also informed by research on effective teaching and learning that pre-dates, yet greatly informs, modern online teaching and learning (e.g., “7 Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” by Chickering & Gamson, 1987).