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 Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) evaluation rubric was developed in 2011 and is designed to help support and identify exemplary practices for the design, development and delivery of online and hybrid/blended courses. The rubric is composed of 57 objectives across 10 sections, including an optional section on "Mobile Platform Readiness."

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QM Rubric

The Quality Matters (QM) rubric is a nationally recognized program 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 42 standards across 8 sections.

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Compare QLT & QM

See how the QLT and QM rubrics are aligned, allowing for a common conversation to happen around efforts to enhance the teaching effectiveness and learning outcomes in online, hybrid/blended, and flipped courses. Given that a majority of CSU campuses base their Quality Assurance efforts on the CSU QLT Rubric, the two rubrics are anchored to that perspective.

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