Quality Assurance for Online and Hybrid Courses

 

As part of its mission to support the development of high quality online courses, CTL contributes to and coordinates quality assurance efforts at Sac State, particularly through the Quality Matters (QM) organization and the CSU’s own Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) initiative.

 

Quality Matters (QM)

Quality Matters is an international pioneer in the review and recognition of high quality online courses. Originally funded with federal grants, QM has since become an independent organization that supplies review materials, workshops, and review teams for member schools. As part of Sac State’s subscription, faculty can:

  • Access the research-based QM rubric to inform course designs and objectively review course materials
  • Obtain QM certification, widely recognized as a top mark of excellent online courses
  • Attend workshops at significant discounts to learn about online course design and QM’s peer review process

QM requires a verified faculty account to access the rubric and other materials. Email marco@csus.edu to request credentials. To learn more about QM’s history and methodology: https://www.qualitymatters.org/about Faculty members interested in QM workshops at no cost can contact Milica Markovic, CTL faculty mentor for further information (milica@csus.edu). Spaces for workshops are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Below is a schedule of Quality Assurance Online Training courses for the 2018 - 2019 academic year that ATCS can provide support for. You may also access this schedule from Quality Assurance Training Schedule for Academic Year 2018/2019 (http://courseredesign.csuprojects.org/wp/qualityassurance/training/ ) webpage.

QM Canvas Template

The Center for Teaching and Learning has developed several Canvas templates that are based on Quality Matters principles, including a Start Here module that contains all the university policies, student accessibility resources, technical support info, and more. Visit the Canvas Template page to learn more. 

 

Table listing QA Training Courses for 2018-2019

Dates

Course Title

Location

SUMMER 2018 (registration open now)
Jun 18 - Jul 8 Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
Jun 18 - Jul 8 Improving Your Online Course Online, 8-10 hrs, asynchronous
Jul 9 - Jul 29 Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
Jul 9 - Jul 29 Improving Your Online Course Online, 8-10 hrs, asynchronous
Jul 30 - Aug 19 Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Instrument Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous
Jul 30 - Aug 19 Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous
FALL 2018 (registration open July 1st)
Oct 1 - Oct 21 Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
Oct 1 - Oct 21 Improving Your Online Course Online, 8-10 hrs, asynchronous
Oct 29 - Nov 18 Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Instrument Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous
Oct 29 - Nov 18 Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous
SPRING 2019 (registration open Oct 1)
Feb 4 - Feb 24 Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
Feb 4 - Feb 24 Improving Your Online Course Online, 8-10 hrs, asynchronous
Mar 4 - Mar 24 Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Instrument Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous
Mar 4 - Mar 24 Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous

 

CSU Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT)

In addition to Quality Matters, CTL also coordinates Sac State’s quality assurance efforts with the Chancellor’s Office Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) program.

In response to the rapid growth of online and blended learning in the CSU and the need to support the development of high quality courses, the Chancellor’s Office established the QOLT initiative. Including a quality assurance evaluation instrument, faculty and staff workshops, and peer review processes, the QOLT program responds to the unique needs of CSU campuses and is available to all faculty at no cost.

QOLT is designed to support faculty as they build blended and online course materials and resources are generally licensed under Creative Commons, allowing customization for a campus’ or department’s specific needs.

To learn more about QOLT: http://courseredesign.csuprojects.org/wp/qolt/ 

To download the QOLT review instrument: http://courseredesign.csuprojects.org/wp/qolt-nonawards-instruments/