Welcome to the Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) website

California State University, Chico's first strategic priority is:
"... to develop high-quality learning environments both inside and outside the classroom."

This website provides:

  1. Tools to support excellence in online teaching and learning;
  2. A showcase of outstanding online courses developed by CSU Chico faculty;
  3. A description of both local and statewide programs that recognize exemplary online instruction.
  4. Call for Proposal with deadlines.

The QOLT Rubric

Since 2014, CSU, Chico has used the CSU Chancellor's Office instrument called Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT, pronounced "colt") to evaluate the quality of online and hybrid courses. The QOLT instrument can be applied to any course with online elements, from fully online to hybrid or blended.  Although the rubric is used as an evaluation tool it is best used as a developmental process for online course design. Originally, the QOLT rubric was constructed to promote course assessment based on CSU-wide expectations, to guide course redesign using instructional design principles, and to recognize instructors who have developed expertise in online instruction.

Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI)- Historical

The Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI) was a tool used to create or evaluate the design of a fully online or blended course, and was developed here at Chico State. The rubric was designed to answer the question, "What does high-quality online instruction look like?" It was developed by a thoughtful committee of our own Chico faculty, administrators, staff and students. Chico's Rubric for Online Instruction is one of the instruments evaluated by the CSU. They also looked at Quality Matters and a couple of others.

The new QOLT instrument is very comprehensive and appropriate for use in today's many fully online courses and hybrid courses. QOLT:

  • Contains 9 sections with 54 objectives
  • Provides guidance and feedback to instructors
  • Recommends steps for mobile Platform Readiness
  • Solicites student feedback

The QOLT instrument can be applied to any course with online elements, from fully online to hybrid. It represents a systematic and developmental process for online course design rather than a guide to make curriculum or technology choices. It was constructed to promote course assessment based on CSU-wide expectations, to guide course redesign using instructional design principles, and to recognize instructors who have developed expertise in online instruction.