QOLT Awards Program

CSU Academic Technology Services sponsors an annual QOLT Awards and Recognition program to promote exemplary teaching and learning in online-blended CSU courses.


All CSU instructors are eligible to participate in QOLT.  However, the evaluation instrument is very detailed and, therefore, favors those who are using a Learning Management System (BlackBoard, Moodle, Canvas, Desire2Learn) more extensively for teaching and learning. The QOLT instruments are designed to evaluate courses that are either blended/hybrid (30% or more of course delivery and interaction takes place online) or online courses (100% of course takes place online).

Evaluation Criteria Overview

Courses submitted to the QOLT Awards and Recognition Program will be evaluated using the 58-item QOLT instrument, organized into the following sections.

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Assessment of Student Learning
  3. Instructional Materials and Resources Utilized
  4. Student Interaction and Community
  5. Facilitation and Instruction
  6. Technology for Teaching and Learning
  7. Learner Support and Resources
  8. Accessibility and Universal Design
  9. Course Summary and Wrap-up
  10. Mobile Platform Readiness (optional)

Timeline for Participation

Faculty Self-assessment of one course,  November 2015 – May 2016. The Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Course Assessment – Faculty Self Ratings will take at least 1 hour, as it is a very detailed instrument, rather than brief survey.  Your progress can be saved and completed in more than one session. Also, you are allowed to make course enhancements between sessions, as long as final submission is before May 15, 2016.

Student Ratings Survey related to your course. We ask that all faculty QOLT participants encourage their students to complete this assessment, as it provides an additional perspective and form of feedback. Refer students to the QOLT Student Ratings Instrument, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. They may do so until May 15, 2016. If you desire to give students extra/credit, you can ask them to print or screen capture the survey completion screen. Individual student data will not be shared, just the aggregate of scores per course to the individual instructor and respective Campus Coordinator, after grades have been posted.

Campus Level Review of submitted course self-evaluations and student ratings may take place any time from December through May. Each Campus Coordinator will lead the campus review of these courses using the QOLT Peer-Review Instrument. Campus Coordinators may then provide this feedback to their instructors. In addition, campuses may choose to recognize any of these courses through campus presentations and dissemination. Each campus will forward one instructor name and course title for further recognition at the system level. These awardees will receive a letter of recognition from CSU Academic Technology Services and will be featured on the QOLT website and through related publications and dissemination. All other faculty will receive a letter of participation for engaging in an in-depth, reflective course-design and analysis process.

CSU QOLT Recognition: From those instructor courses submitted, several will be featured at the CSU Course Redesign with Technology website, as well as through a 2015-2016 webinar of select faculty and courses. Additional features will occur via CSU announcements and many elements of these courses will be added to the QOLT Online Resource Repository, with instructor permission.

Webinar Explaining the QOLT Awards Program

A 1-hour informational webinar for QOLT Campus Coordinators and prospective QOLT faculty participants will place in November 9, 2015 from 12-1p  @ http://tinyurl.com/QA-program.