Chico’s Rubric for Online Instruction & QOLT

In an effort to support faculty who are using informed redesign to create engaging dynamic classes, the CSU Learning Management Systems Services (LMSS) is sponsoring a Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program to recognize exemplary teaching and learning in hybrid-to-online courses. Over the past ten years, CSU Chico recognized faculty for Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI). The addition of QOLT will enable faculty to not only be recognized locally, but also system-wide throughout the CSU.

The Technology and Learning Program (TLP) in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT) will be looking through faculty-nominated courses to see which ones can possibly be nominated at the state level. Luckily for Chico State, the new state tool is closely aligned to our own Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI). This will allow faculty to use what they learn through the EOI process and apply it to the CSU QOLT requirements.

The categories of evaluation are:

    Course Overview and Introduction
    Assessment and Evaluation 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

The call for QOLT nominations begins November 15th and wraps up during the month of March. During that time, courses will be evaluated locally and system-wide to see which will be given the exemplary status. All participants will receive a letter of participation from Laura Sederberg, QOLT Campus Coordinator, with the top 5 receiving an additional letter of recognition from the CSU. Winning courses will be featured on the QOLT website and via QOLT dissemination at webinars and conferences.

If you are interested in learning more about Chico State’s EOI program or the state-wide QOLT program, please contact Laura Sederberg at or at x4326.

To view the QOLT website please go to

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