Exemplary Online Instruction with QOLT instrument now

CSU Chico Exemplary Online Instruction Program for 2016

Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) awards are CSU, Chico’s way to locally recognize instructors who have met the criteria outlined in the CSU instrument, Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT). This instrument replaced Chico’s own Rubric for Online Instruction two years ago. We still recognize exemplary online instructors through this method, found online here.

For those new to the QOLT instrument, visit this website, which will introduce you to the CSU QOLT program.

To nominate a course for Exemplary Online Instruction recognition at Chico State:

  1. Submit a QOLT Self-Assessment:
    Laura Sederberg by email or in person before July 1, 2016. Self-Assessment link — complete the online self-assessment, and request a copy to be sent to you via email. Forward that email to Laura Sederberg.)
  2. Faculty will be asked to do a one-hour course presentation to our local Chico State Peer Review Committee, to be conducted before September 1, 2016.
  3. Recognition:
    This will take place at the Annual CELT Conference October 8-9, 2016. Recipients will receive a Poster, a Certificate and letter from the committee signed by the Provost.

Questions can be directed toward Laura Sederberg, Chair of the EOI Peer Review Committee, or contact Chico’s Faculty Development Center.

Textbook Alternatives Project (TAP) update

Faculty, if you are interested in participating in TAP 4, please visit our website, applications are available from this site and are due on Sept. 12, 2016, for the coming academic year.

Our faculty have saved Chico State students $440,000 dollars over the last three years by implementing open educational resources (OER), and by removing expensive textbooks from students’ limited budgets. Twenty-nine faculty have participated and recently gathered for a celebration and received certificates of recognition signed by the Provost in Spring 2016. There is continuing good news that TAP 4 is assured to continue at Chico State by receiving another $20,000 in funding from the Chancellor’s Office. See the Chico Affordable Learning Solutions website, for more information.

The Steering Committee for Chico Affordable Learning Solutions, CAL$, is composed of Zach Justus, Interim Faculty Development Director; Patrick Newell, Library Dean; James Tyler, Reference Librarian; and Laura Sederberg, Manager of TLP.

An exciting opportunity exists for Chico State to save our students money through the Grant provided by the California State Assembly. AB 798 provides for CSU campuses or Community Colleges to apply for up to $50,000. There are some stipulations attached. Read more about this opportunity here. The Faculty Senate at Chico State approved campus resolution to increase student access to high-quality open educational resources and reduce the cost of textbooks and supplies for students in course sections for which open educational resources are to be adopted to accomplish cost savings for students.

Faculty, if you are interested in participating in TAP 4, please visit our website.