The SLQAT was developed (2015-2018) by a research team from the University of Minnesota (Andy Furco, Laurel Hirt, Isabel Lopez, Anthony Schulzetenberg) and the University of Georgia (Paul Matthews, Shannon Wilder), supported through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) “First in the World” program.
The SLQAT may be used for different purposes, such as instructor self-study, course design, faculty development, and as a research instrument. For valid scoring, both foundational and supplemental data sources are needed, and more than one rater should score independently, then compare and resolve ratings.
For the web-based SLQAT, each rater should review the use guidelines and rate each element based on the evidence for presence and quality. Raters can enter their individual scores for each element, then can enter the generated code to review and compare with other raters and to determine a final, agreed-upon rating for the course.