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SF State QLT Certified Courses

The following courses have earned QLT certification and exemplify quality course design and teaching practices as defined by the QLT evaluation instrument. These instructors have demonstrated their dedication to quality learning and teaching at SF State University.

Fall 2016 Courses

AFRS 210 Introduction to Africana Literature

Brittany Prince

Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Role of literature in the formulation, maintenance, and articulation of a cultural ethos.

AFRS 221 African American Music

Derrick Spiva

Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

History, growth, and development of African American music during the 20th century.

AFRS 230 African American Gospel Workshop

Derrick Spiva

Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Workshop on gospel music: traditional African antecedents of gospel music, religious, and secular forms developed, and economic and political factors shaping gospel music.

I R 361/C J 461: Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare

Suzanne Levi-Sanchez

International Relations, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Criminal Justice, College of Health and Social Sciences

Terrorism and covert political warfare as international instruments especially since World War II. The use of terror and covert political warfare and the responses to their use. 

Summer 2016 Courses

AFRS 200 Introduction to Black Psychology

Serie McDougal

Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Theories, characteristic methodologies, and applicability to the African American behavioral experiences and interface with other cultural communities.

HH 200 Holistic Approach to Academic Success

Adam Burke

Holistic Health, College of Health & Social Sciences

Concepts and skills for increased academic success, including mindfulness meditation for self-awareness, mental imagery for problem solving, and continuous improvement from an Eastern perspective. Lifelong learning, personal growth, and promoting a civil society are examined.

Spring 2016 Courses

AAS 370: Vietnamese in the United States

Jonathan Lee

Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Origins and causes of Vietnamese movements to the U.S. and nature of Vietnamese experience in America in terms of political, cultural, and economic factors.

CINE 306: Chinese Documentary Film

Weimin Zhang

Cinema, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Study of contemporary Chinese documentary since the 1980s; exploration of the cultural, social, and aesthetical context of Chinese documentary films and filmmaking.

CINE 522: Projects in Motion Picture Editing

Ingrid Schulz

Cinema, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Techniques and aesthetics of film editing.

ENG 214: Second Year Written Composition: English

John Holland

English Language and Literature, College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Flexible reading and writing skills for academic inquiry and for engaging with social issues; varied composing and revising skills; critical analysis and self-reflection, with special attention to rhetorical variation; fine-tuning research.

SED 200: Introduction to Education

Jamal Cooks

Secondary Education, Graduate College of Education

Introduction to the field of education and to the profession of teaching.

Fall 2015 Courses

AAS 377: Cambodians in the United States

Jonathan Lee

Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Examine push-pull factors that led people to flee Cambodia; focus on constraints and strategies (institutional, artistic, community, cultural) deployed by Cambodian Americans to negotiate their status in the US: politically, culturally, economically, and socially.

S ED 800: Adolescent Development

Natalio Avani

Secondary Education, Graduate College of Education

Covers learning theories, current social issues, and adolescent behaviors. Five areas of adolescent development (emotional, physical, moral, social, and cognitive) are examined as each pertains to middle and high school teaching and student learning.

Spring 2015 Courses

AA S 210: History of Asians in the United States

Jonathan Lee

Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Comparative analysis of the experience of different Asian American groups and their place in the general history and development of American society.

AA S 570: Southeast Asians in America

Jonathan Lee

Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Comparative exploration of Southeast Asian America by examining the histories and experiences of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipina/o, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Mien, Mong, Vietnamese, and Thai Americans.

AA S 585: Asian American Religiosities

Jonathan Lee

Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

Major issues particular to the predicaments of Asian Americans and their religions; interdisciplinary and anchored in critical Asian American Studies perspectives constructed within the context of the intersections of race and religion.

F L 401: Sight Translation

Eric Bishop

Spanish/English Interpretation (Legal/Court), College of Extended Learning

Understanding legal and other written documents commonly used in civil and criminal courts and translating these documents orally in the target language in a public situation. Focus on legal vocabulary development in both Spanish and English using legal documents from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries; literary, current events, tone, proper register, delivery and accuracy.

IBUS 130: Globalization and Business in the 21st Century

Bruce Heiman

International Business, College of Business

Introduction to concepts related to globalization; the impact of globalization on ethical, ecological, political, legal, social, economic and technological aspects of the 21st century; examination of perspectives and tools for psychological, social and professional readiness in the global world.

ITEC 816: Computer Resource Specialist

Patricia Donohue

Instructional Technologies, Graduate College of Education

Design, develop, and present professional development workshops and technology training. Use best practices and current resources to establish teams for technology planning and develop effective leadership skills, change management plan and grant proposals for your school or non-profit organization.

SPED 726: Workshop: Student Teaching Support Sessions for Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Orientation Mobility

Maya Delgado-Greenberg

Orientation & Mobility, Graduate College of Education

Workshop sessions to support student teachers in Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Orientation and Mobility programs. Review planning, guiding, and evaluating experiences during student teaching experience. Includes development of preliminary induction plan.

TH A 200: Introduction to the Theatre

Kurt Daw

Theatre and Dance, College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Examination of various theatrical arts: acting, directing, designing, playwriting; from the audience's and artist's point of view. Relation between theatre history and issues of contemporary concern. Contains a live viewing component.

CSU QLT Awardees

From 2011-2016, CSU Academic Technology Services sponsored a Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) Awards and Recognition program to recognize exemplary teaching and learning in blended and online courses. These courses were evaluated using the 58-item QLT instrument and involved an instructor self-assessment, student-ratings survey, and a peer-review. The following are the QLT Awardees who were selected each year of the program, many of whom have contributed to the Quality Assurance Resource Repository (QuARRy). These instructors have demonstrated their dedication to quality online learning and teaching in the California State University system.


Child & Adolescent Dev Internship

Amy Conley Wright


Managing Organizational Change

Aaron Anderson

Instructional Systems Design

Brian Beatty

Health & Social Justice: Burning Issues & Taking Action

Mary Beth Love

The Business of Acting

Jo Tomalin

Professional Identity & Ethical Behavior in Rehab Counseling

Mya Vaughn

CSU Certified Quality Online Courses

The Chancellor’s Office, Academic Technology Services has established “Formal Course Review” of online courses across the 23-campus system using the CSU QLT or QM Instrument. The goal is to build a culture of quality and continuous improvement in online course offerings through cross-campus collaboration and recognition of mature courses that successfully meet QLT and/or QM standards. A team approach of three certified reviewers review the course from the student perspective and apply the instrument to the course, providing feedback for course improvement.

AAS 210: History of Asians in the United States

Jonathan Lee

January 25, 2016