Sonoma State University professor Cinzia Forasiepi was selected as a Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) awardee for the 2014-2015 academic year for her course Teaching Second Language Learners. Forasiepi taught for six years at the University of Victoria before joining SSU in 2004, and has a Masters in Reading and Language as well as a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education.
The QOLT program is aimed to help faculty adapt to the growing online learning landscape, with SSU featuring two certified QOLT advisors on campus.
Faculty still construct their curriculum, but the advisors help make it more compatible online. “They make it, and our job is to make it flow,” says Tim Hensel, one of the certified QOLT advisors.
QOLT was developed in 2011 by the CSU Learning Management Systems Services. The program was designed to identify exemplary practices, create a tool for evaluation, and recognize faculty that are creating quality online courses.
During the 2014-15 academic year QOLT was implemented across 17 CSU campuses. Awardees received student ratings, reviews by campus peers, and performed self-evaluations. Previous SSU QOLT awardees include professors Catherine Wynia in 2013-14 and Jessica Parker in 2012-13.