The Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) program debuted at San Diego State University (SDSU) in Spring 2015. BOLT, a collaboration among Instructional Technology Services (ITS), Academic Affairs, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, aims to promote student success in online and hybrid courses at SDSU (including achievement of course learning outcomes) through the exploration and incorporation of course design elements outlined by the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) rubric including resources and strategies that have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on student learning and engagement in online courses.
BOLT initially targeted 20 faculty members in Spring 2015 who had not participated in the Course Design Institute (CDI) offered by ITS, but who were teaching high-impact, high-demand online courses at SDSU. BOLT is now being offered more widely to faculty who teach online courses and would like to employ current best practices in these courses. Participants in the BOLT Program receive a $500 stipend for full participation, with a time commitment of approximately five hours for training, evaluation, and review.
Activities in the program include:
- Participation in a QOLT workshop
- Preliminary course consultation with the ITS BOLT team
- Self- and/or peer-evaluation of the course using official QOLT rubric
- Debrief meeting with the ITS BOLT team and acknowledgment/report of QOLT findings and recommendations
For more information, please contact ITS Coordinator of Faculty Support, Phil Denman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.