Online Course Services

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What is the Online Course Services Program?

At San Francisco State University, Academic Technology has cultivated a robust faculty learning community dedicated to quality online and hybrid learning and teaching. The Online Course Services community includes SF State faculty experienced and interested in hybrid and online teaching. We aim to engage our campus community in meaningful, formative discussions around pedagogies for inclusive excellence in online environments.

Fully Online & CourseMatch

The California State University (CSU) cross-enrollment program that allows matriculated CSU students to enroll concurrently in one online course per term at another CSU campus. The program is available for terms where students pay full-time tuition. The program is available for terms where students pay full-time tuition.

What is CSU Fully Online?

CSU Fully Online is a concurrent enrollment program that allows CSU students to take one online course at another CSU campus during the fall or spring semester along with coursework at their home CSU campus. The additional units through CSU Fully Online are included in the full-time tuition.

CourseMatch: Cross-Campus Enrollment

The CSU system offers students the ability to enroll in courses listed at other CSUs through the CourseMatch Program. Eligible students can search through the list of fully online courses offered at participating CSUs as well as course descriptions for each course. 

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New Direction for Quality Learning & Teaching at SF State!

The SF State OCS team has engaged in an extensive literature review and two-year research study to determine which professional development processes and support services best support student success. We have learned that faculty engagement in professional development opportunities around OCS is even more important for student learning than the actual certification of individual courses. For this reason, we are now focusing our programming on supporting faculty as they complete a variety of professional development offerings.

Online Teaching Lab completion and the Lab badge as the replacement to the previous QLT certification.

OTL course completion is equivalent to demonstrating a high level of engagement with quality online course design professional development.

How will we continue to ensure the quality of CourseMatch courses?

Previously QLT-certified CourseMatch courses will maintain their certified status.  Moving forward, any instructors wishing to offer a course via CourseMatch will need to complete the Online Teaching Lab, which includes completing and submitting a teaching ePortfolio. 

Academic Technology offers various faculty developing courses and programs and other resources to help you develop quality online and hybrid courses?

Engage with faculty from diverse disciplines online and build community; add to your pedagogical repertoire with new skills covered in any of our PIE Certificates and online courses; take the next steps in your professional development — Academic Technology's programming offers robust, inclusive and fun opportunities to support all faculty at SF State.  

OCS/QLT Teaching Mentors assist the Academic Technology staff.

OCS Teaching Mentors provide a supportive, peer-based environment for faculty members to reflect upon their course design and teaching effectiveness to improve student course completion rates, eliminate equity gaps, and promote timely progress to degree.