Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) online training mean that we no longer have any one-on-one training in the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) for online teaching?  

A: CFE provides walk-in and by appointment instructional design support for faculty to redesign courses and leverage the QLT instrument as a tool to improve courses.

Q: Is the QLT training entirely online?

A: Yes. It is approximately 15-20 hours of online learning activities over a three week period of time.

Q: I'm assuming the APM 206 requirements would (tentatively) be fulfilled through the QLT Introduction to Teaching Online (15-20 hours) and then faculty can simply share some certification document they get from QLT with their Chairs?

A: Faculty who successfully complete the online training through the Chancellor’s Office (the QLT Q1 or Q2 course or equivalent) will automatically generate a notification to CFE and are added to the Fresno State list of trained faculty. If faculty names are not listed and you have been trained, please complete this form so that your verification of training may be added to our records. If you have questions you can contact our Quality Learning and Teaching faculty fellow Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes via email mlopes@csufresno.edu

Q:  I don't know how comprehensive the QLT training is; will faculty who sign up also be informed of opportunities for additional one-on-one assistance in designing their course through CFE if needed (even if not required by APM206)?

A: We have two programs to support faculty and they also earn their QLT certificates

Q: Did CFE keep any record of those who completed TILT's semester or year-long training to teach online (e.g. the eScholars program), since those faculty also met the requirements (at the time) to teach online?

A: Faculty who have participated in trainings offered at Fresno State including Boot Camp, eScholars, or QOLT Summer Institute programs have been added to the APM 206 list of trained faculty.

Q: If a faculty member wants to teach over 20% of their course online starting in fall 2019, what do they need to do to get approval?

A: “New” courses that are offered as blended classes with 20%-66% of the content being offered online will need follow APM 206:

When more than 20 percent of the course content is delivered online, school/college curriculum committee approval is required along with a technical review by the Center for Faculty Excellence. The technical review will focus on whether the proposed mode of delivery for the course or program meets current guidelines for online learning. To initiate this process, faculty or department curriculum committees must initially utilize this application form.

Q: What do we do if an instructor has successfully completed a through extensive training at a community college or other institution?

A: If you have completed training at a different institution, please please complete this form so that your verification of training may be reviewed by Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes (mlopes@csufresno.edu).

Q:  Are there guidelines in place for college and university committees to work through the approval process? If not and someone wants to teach over 20% of their course online this semester, what do they need to do to get approval?

A: Yes, it is in the new APM:

Approval Process Existing courses can be converted to web enhanced courses that provide a small amount (up to 20 percent) of traditional classroom activity online through the department/program’s curriculum approval process. When more than 20 percent of the course content is delivered online, school/college curriculum committee approval is required along with a technical review by the Center for Faculty Excellence. The technical review will focus on whether the proposed mode of delivery for the course or program meets current guidelines for online learning. When online delivery exceeds 66 percent of the course content, university level approval is needed. Program, school/college and university level approvals are secured through the usual curricular review processes and will include consideration of academic content, student learning outcomes, budget and staffing, and other considerations.

No new blended II (67-99%) or online (100%) courses will be reviewed during the 2018-19 academic year. Courses previously offered as blended or online courses will be reviewed systematically over a five-year period of time beginning in 2018-2019.

Q: Does my existing blended or online course(s) have to undergo review?

A: No “new” blended II (67-99%) or online (100%) courses will be reviewed during the 2018-19 academic year. Courses previously offered as blended or online courses will be reviewed systematically over a five-year period of time beginning in 2018-2019. Currently, ten online general education courses will be going through an APM 206 review using the QLT instrument.