CSU Online Course Services has adopted two course design rubrics that support faculty and campus efforts in the development of quality online and hybrid courses, the CSU Quality Learning & Teaching (QLT) Rubric and the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric. Explore each rubric below and see how they are aligned allowing for a common perspective around efforts to enhance quality teaching effectiveness and learning outcomes.




QLT Rubric

The CSU QLT rubric was developed in 2011 (1st Edition) and updated in 2017 (2nd Edition). The current 2022 (3rd Edition) is composed of 52 objectives across 9 sections. The rubric is designed to help support and identify exemplary practices for the design, development and delivery of online and hybrid courses.

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QLT Rubric Sections

You can explore each of the nine  QLT Rubric sections and see examples of exemplary course materials, learn more about the rubric, and learn about the significant updates made to the QLT Rubric 3rd Edition. 

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QM Rubric

The Quality Matters (QM) rubric was developed in 2003 and designed to provide guidelines in the development and design of online and hybrid courses. The CSU began a systemwide contract in 2013 providing a 25-33% discount on QM course enrollment. The rubric is composed of 44 standards across 8 sections.

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