The Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) program debuted at San Diego State University (SDSU) in Spring 2015 through SDSU’s participation in the CSU Quality Assurance of Online and Blended Courses initiative.
BOLT, a collaboration among Instructional Technology Services (ITS), Academic Affairs, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, aims to promote student success in online and blended courses at SDSU 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.
Participating faculty will engage in a fully online, asynchronous, course co-facilitated by instructors at the Chancellor’s Office and SDSU alongside faculty from across the CSU, including colleagues at SDSU, to learn effective practices in online and blended teaching.
More information can be found at http://courseredesign.csuprojects.org/wp/qualityassurance/training/
Interested faculty should first seek approval from her/his department chair, as well as discuss the opportunity with the Associate Dean of the College, to ensure that participation in the program aligns with the needs of the University.
There are two online courses offered through the BOLT/QA program, serving the needs of both novice and experienced faculty.
Introduction to Teaching Online Using QOLT
This course is designed for faculty new to teaching online and provides an introduction to the pedagogies and strategies of successfully teaching in blended-online formats, weaving the 10 sections of the CSU QOLT rubric instrument throughout. Participants can expect to engage in helpful discussions with their peers from other CSUs and share best practices for creating quality blended-online courses that align with their student learning outcomes.
Reviewing Courses Using the QOLT Instrument
This course is designed for faculty who have taught online previously and provides in-depth experience with the Quality Online Teaching and Learning (QOLT) rubric and how to use objective-based examples to improve blended-online courses. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences using the QOLT objectives to rate elements of a sample course and learn how to complete a self-review.
There is a $25 fee associated with each course. While the CSU does permit faculty to enroll in this program individually, at SDSU we have adopted a cohort model where participation is coordinated through Instructional Technology Services. If faculty are enrolled in the program through ITS, the $25 fee may be covered.
After completing either course, participating faculty may be eligible to receive a $500 stipend if they agree to complete the following requirements. To receive the stipend, faculty must have first secured approval from academic leadership and enrolled in the program through ITS.
- Create and submit a fully accessible syllabus to the SDSU syllabus repository
- Demonstrate completion of QOLT rubric “Core 24” objectives in a course
- Provide 3 contextualized recorded examples of QOLT objectives being met
- Agree to present alongside ITS at a future faculty development event or departmental meeting
For more information, please contact ITS Coordinator of Faculty Support, Phil Denman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.