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Best Practices in Teaching Research Articles for Faculty

Looking for Best Practices in teaching developing online and hybrid courses? The COOL has developed a document that lists numerous research articles by topic of interest in OL. Check it out here.

NEW!! Faculty Course Templates for Moodle

Screenshot of Advanced Moodle Template  

The COOL department has developed two course templates for Coastal faculty that may be used at your discretion within your courses. These templates have been added automatically to the Resources area of Moodle for all online faculty members. To request copies of these templates to be added into desired courses, faculty may use the Course Request tab in Moodle. Faculty should specify in the Course Title field of this form whether they desire the Basic Moodle Template (which includes the standard textual Moodle homepage) or the Advanced Moodle Template (which includes a new graphical layout for the Moodle homepage). You may request individual elements be copied over from either template, rather than the entire template, as well.

We encourage you to also review this Google slideshow for additional useful information and screenshots of the new Moodle Course Templates.

Faculty Course Development Grants (COOL Grants)

The Coastal Office for Online Learning (COOL), sponsored by the VP of Distance Learning and Teaching Excellence and the Provost's Office at CCU, manage the COOL Course Development Grant Program for the campus. These grants are issued via a Call for Proposals in Fall and/or Spring terms, and are awarded on a competitive basis. In many cases, specific academic disciplines or course formats may be specified in a CFP, to assist the University in meeting strategic objectives.

Faculty who are awarded a COOL grant:

  1. Have approximately one year of development time from start to finish
  2. Are required to attend 1-2 trainings focused on Quality Matters, the use of the Quality Assessment Inventory in course design, and on specific tools utilized in online instruction. One of these required courses is "DISTANCE LEARNING – APPLYING THE QUALITY ASSURANCE INVENTORY". See CeTeal's list of courses to sign up for an upcoming offering of this class.
  3. Will create their course in line with the QAI tool and will submit their course, once developed, to COOL for a formal review process.
  4. Upon completion of the formal COOL review, each faculty member will be provided with feedback from the reviewer, including any recommendations for updates to his or her course.
  5. Upon final updates to course, faculty member's course will become Certified by the COOL office.
Faculty Marketing Grants (COOL Grants)

COOL Marketing Grants allow academic program areas to describe their needs for specific, prioritized marketing activity and justify the anticipated impact on online program student recruitment and/or retention. These grants are focused on enhancing recruitment of appropriate students to programs; outreach and promotion in print and electronic formats, as well as through face-to-face promotional opportunities for academic units. There is a maximum $5000 award per online program.

QM Bill of Rights for Online Learners

Quality Matters has established a Bill of Rights for Online Learners which outlines expectations for online learners and lists what learners enrolled in online or hybrid courses can expect in return from their courses. This Bill of Rights explains the minimum design, interaction, and support standards students may expect when completing an online or hybrid course that aligns with the QM program.

QM Bill of Rights

Past COOL Grant Course Certifications

The COOL office has awarded COOL grants to faculty from across the academic Colleges and disciplines for their exemplary work on course development. Courses receiving certification have met or exceeded QM and QAI standards. The COOL team would like to acknowlege the extraordinary work performed in the following courses:

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    CBAD 350 Marketing SP14
    CBAD 373 Business Integration and Application SP14
    CBAD 401 International Business SP14
    CBAD 411 Law & Resort Tourism Management SP14
    CBAD 478 Strategic Management SP15
    CBAD 373 Business Integration and Application SP15
    HRTM 101 Introduction to Resort Tourism Management SP14
    HRTM 282 Survey of Food/Beverage Management SP14
    HRTM 364 Resort Operations Management SP14
    HRTM 386 Applied Tourism Research SP14
    HRTM 387 Conventions and Even Management SP14
    HRTM 474 Quality Process Management SP14
    HRTM 490 Seminar in Resort Tourism Planning SP14
    MGMT 462 Organizational Growth and Development in a Globalized World SP15
    MKTG 351 Consumer Marketing Analysis SP14
    MKTG 399 Advanced Social Media Marketing SP15
    MKTG 450 Advertising SP14
    MKTG 451 Retail Management SP14
    MKTG 452 Social Media Marketing SP14
    MBA 500 Accounting and Finance SP14
    MBA 501 Management and Marketing SP14
    MBA 502 Economics and Statistics SP14
    MBA 503 Tools for Business Analysis SP14
    MBA 631 Marketing Strategy SP15
    MBA 635 Social Media Marketing SP14

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    EDSP 600 Applied Behavior Analysis SP15
    EDSP 606 Instructional Design in Special Education SP15
    EDSP 610 Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities SP15
    EDSP 615 Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities SP15
    EDSP 620 Language and Communication Skills of Students with Severe Disabilities SP15
    EDEC/SP 621 Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education SP15
    EDEC/SP 622 Partnerships in Early Childhood Special Education SP15
    EDEC/SP 623 Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs SP15
    EDEC/SP 624 Procedures for Working with Young Children with Special Needs SP15
    EDEC/SP 625 Social/Emotional Development and Guidance for Children w/Disabilities SP15
    EDSP 630 Single-case Research SP15
    EDSP 635 Advanced Topics in Special Education SP15
    EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education SP15
    EDIT 604 Teaching with Technology FA16
    EDIT 610 Instructional Design and Technology Integration FA16
    EDIT 630 Development of Instructional Multimedia FA16
    EDIT 640 Instructional Video Production FA16
    EDIT 650 Teaching and Learning Online FA16
    EDIT 660 Advanced Online Teaching FA16
    EDIT 670 Educational Games and Simulations FA16
    EDIT 677 Assessment Technology and Learning Analytics FA16
    EDIT 680 Special Topics in Instructional Technology FA16
    EDIT 690 Seminar in Instructional Technology FA16
    EDIT 700 Principles of Instructional Design SP15
    EDIT 704 Technology in Curricula SP15
    EDIT 710 Instructional Technology Tools SP15
    EDIT 720 Psychology of Instructional Technology
    EDIT 740 Product Design and Development I SP15
    EDIT 744 Graphic Design for Instruction SP15
    EDIT 750 Product Design and Development II SP15
    EDIT 760 Instructional Technology Leadership SP15
    EDIT 770 Field Experiences in Instructional Technology SP15
    EDIT 780 Seminar in Instructional Technology SP15
    EDLL 603 Research in Reading Methods SP14
    EDLL 604 Practice in Literacy Assessment and Evaluation SP14
    EDLL 605 Organization, Administration and Supervision of School Reading Program SP14
    EDLL 606 Practice Evaluation of Literacy Instruction SP14
    EDLL 608 Content Literacy SP14
    EDLL 650 Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers SP14
    EDLL 651 Principles and Strategies for Teaching ESOL to Elementary and Secondary Learners SP14
    EDLL 652 Teaching Reading and Writing to Limited English Proficient Learners SP14
    EDLL 653 Testing and Assessment for Language Minority Students SP14
    EDLL 654 ESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development SP14

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    Humanities & Fine Arts

    ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures FA16
    ARTH 105 History of Western Art I SP15
    ARTH 106 History of Western Art II SP15
    ARTH 107 Art Outside the Western Traditions FA16
    ENGL 101 Composition SP15
    ENGL 102 Composition and Critical Reading SP15
    GEOG 200 Digital Earth SP14
    GEOG 204 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems SP14
    GEOG 310 Digital Cartography SP14
    GEOG 311 Earth Observation SP14
    GEOG 312 Spacial Analysis Using GIS SP14
    GEOG 400 Geospatial Intelligence SP14
    MUS 110 Introduction to Music SP15
    PHIL 316 Crime and Justice SP15
    POLI 101 Introduction to World Politics FA16
    POLI 205 Introduction to Statistics for the Political and Social Sciences FA16
    RELG 102 World Religions SP15
    RELG 104 Introduction to Asian Religions SP15
    SPAN 115 Hispanic Studies I SP15
    SPAN 210D Hispanic Studies II SP16

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    CHEM 104 Kitchen Chemistry SP16
    CHEM 104L Kitchen Chemistry Lab SP16
    IST 650 IST in Context SP15
    IST 660 Introduction to Cyberspace and Information Assurance SP15
    IST 759 Special Topics in Information Systems Technology – Security Patterns SP15
    IST 761 Secure Software Development SP15
    IST 779 Special Topics in Data Analytics – Big Data Analytics SP15
    IST 661 Security Policy, Risk and Intelligence Analysis SP15
    IST 670 Data Management and Analysis SP15
    IST 671 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery SP15
    IST 678 Business Intelligence & Analytics SP15
    IST 760 Secure Networking SP15
    IST 769 Special Topics in Information Security – Secure Cloud Computing SP15
    IST 770 Semantic Web Technologies SP15
    MATH 139 Basics Concepts of Contemporary Mathematics SP15
    NUR 301 Transition to Professional Nursing SP16
    NUR 305 Health Assessment SP16
    NUR 305L Health Assessment Laboratory SP16
    NUR 401 Transcultural Concepts in Nursing SP16
    NUR 410 Community Health Nursing SP16
    NUR 420 Nursing Leadership and Management SP16
    NUR 420P Nursing Leadership and Management Practicum SP16
    NUR 424 Nursing Research SP16
    NUR 430 Health Care Systems Politics and Policy SP16
    NUR 410P Community Health Nursing Practicum SP16
    PHYS 103 Science of the Physical World FA16
    PHYS 103L Science of the Physical World Lab FA16
    PSYC 101 General Psychology SP15
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SP15
    PUBH 121 Personal and Community Health SP14
    PUBH 222 Medical Terminology SP14
    PUBH 310 Issues Family Life and Sexuality SP14
    PUBH 340 Drug Education SP14
    HPRO 361 Comm. in Health Organizations SP14
    PUBH 375 Global Health Perspectives SP14
    BSHA 382 Budgeting and Finance in Health Care SP14
    PUBH 404 Nutrition SP14
    PUBH 410 Epidemiology and Quantitative Research Methods SP14

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    University College

    IDS 290 Professional Writing in the Disciplines FA16
    IDS 310 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies FA16
    IDS 333 Interdisciplinary Nature of Careers FA16
    IDS 398 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies FA16
    IDS 495 Experiential Internship FA16
    UNIV 122 Introduction to Sustainability FA16
    UNIV 315 Service in Sustainability FA16
    UNIV 421 Sustainable Development FA16

COOL Exemplary Course Designations

Courses designated as exemplary exceed standards set forth by the CCU Quality Assurance Inventory (QAI) tool used by the COOL unit for course evaluations. Courses receiving an EC (Exemplary Course) designation (a) have been reviewed and improved during a COOL Course Development Grant process, and (2) demonstrate 2 or more characteristics that place their course above minimum online course expectations. Contact Sherri Restauri ( for questions regarding the CD and/or QAI programs.

Exemplary courses designed for the 2015-2016 year include:

COOL Exemplary Courses

Course ID Course Title Course Description Instructor Department Term
Chem 104


This course is designed to integrate chemistry and cooking.
A description of the chemical and physical properties of foods and how the processes used when handling, preparing, and storing foods affect these properties.

 Drew Budner  Chemistry  2015-2016
 NURS 305L  Health

 Provides the student with the
opportunity to practice the concepts
and skills used when conducting a
comprehensive health assessment
including a health history, systems
review and a complete physical exam.

 Scott Saccomano  Nursing  2015-2016