Welcome to QLT

What is QLT?

At SF State University we've cultivated a robust faculty learning community dedicated to quality learning and teaching. The QLT community includes the QLT Ambassadors and Mentors and SF State faculty experienced and interested in hybrid and online teaching.

graphic representation of QLT principles include reflection, professional development, mentorship, self-assessment, peer reviews and enhanced student success


QLT Course Certifications on Hold until Fall 2020

We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation in the QLT program. Given the number of QLT courses we’ve been working with and the ones we’re seeing coming in, the QLT Program is not funded at the level required to meet the demand for the AY19-20 cycle. We have already allocated 100% of the funds for the AY19-20 cycle and will not be able to take on any new QLT course certifications until Fall 2020.

Other options

CSU Formal Course Reviews – Your department would have to pay $750 per course for the CSU Formal Course review and the CSU does not offer honorariums to the faculty candidates who complete QLT certification.
If you’d like to continue expanding your knowledge of online pedagogies, please consider enrolling in and working towards a Certificate of Completion in the QLT Online Teaching Lab, a self-paced, fully online course about online teaching.

QLT Basis in Research & Literature

The Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) initiative was launched in 2011 by California State University. QLT is a compilation of research and learning and teaching best practices that provide opportunities to improve course design and delivery through self and peer review. As a QLT campus, SFSU has a variety of faculty development opportunities and resources dedicated to supporting the success of all our learners. Though the QLT Rubric was designed for blended and online courses, these best practices apply across all course formats, including the face-to-face classroom. The QLT Rubric offers a method for applying these research-based learning and teaching practices across any course format.

QLT was developed from various research and literature including:

·       Rubric for Online Instruction: Developed by CSU Chico in 2003 (Designed to assist development and evaluation of online courses while promoting dialog about the nature of student learning. ROI is now adopted at over 100 institutions of higher education)

·       Quality Matters: A faculty-centered, peer-review process to certify quality of online/blended courses. Universities all over the world subscribe to QM standards/processes.

·       Quality Online Course Initiative: An online course rubric and evaluation system developed in the state of Illinois to help colleges and universities improve accountability of their online courses.

·       Universal Design for Learning: Developed through a US Department of Education grant, Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology, based at Sonoma State University.

·       Community of Inquiry: This model addresses course quality on three aspects including Social Presence, Teaching Presence, and Cognitive Presence.

·       QLT was also shaped by research related to effective teaching and learning, such as "Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" (Chickering & Gamson, 1987)

To learn more about SFSU’s QLT Program and the ongoing faculty development opportunities, please contact iteach@sfsu.edu.

CC BY NC Adapted from Humboldt State University 2016.