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Course Quality Reviews

The COOL Office conducts all Online and Hybrid course reviews for the campus, including both COOL Grant recipients and independant course reviews.

To ensure the highest quality of online instruction at Coastal Carolina University, our comprehensive Distance Learning Policy document articulates specific expectations intended to maximize the academic performance of online learning students and to guide faculty in best practices for design and support of their online learning classes.

Best Practices in Online & Hybrid Learning

COOL Online Training Workshops

1.) Using Best Practices to Update Your Online Learning Course

This online course covers 5 core modules of best practices relating to online courses and is geared towards faculty currrently teaching in an online environment. The core modules discussed include best practices and updated guidlines and research in the following 5 core areas:

  • Organization
  • Accessibility & Usability
  • Presence & Engagement
  • Online Collaboration
  • Individual and Peer Assessment

2.) QAI Online

This course is a required course for all COOL Course Development (CD) and Course Enhancement Grant (CEG) awardees, and is also open to other faculty interested in learning more about the offical quality assessment tool used at Coastal for online and hybrid course reviews, the Quality Assessment Inventory (QAI). The course is a 6-week asynchronous online course containing 9 short learning modules. Faculty may enroll at any point and work at their own pace.

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.

Moodle LMS Resources for Faculty

Ready to learn about updates for our Moodle Learning Management System (LMS)? See what's new with Moodle 3.1.6.

Check out our new Respondus Faculty Guide, including information on the Respondus Quiz Software, Respondus LockDown Browser, and the new video-recording exam monitoring platform, Respondus Monitor.

Faculty COOL 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 CCU 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 under the COOL Course Template 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), using the drop-down menu to select your preference. 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 and watch the following tutorial video and the Course Tour videos for more information on how these templates look and function.

Accessibility & Usability

Digital Accessibility and Universal Design, Captioning Initiative 

Accessibility Resource Guide

Starting Fall 2016, the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) launched our Digital Accessibility and Universal Design Initiative at CCU. One part is a focus on enhancing the campus community's knowledge of Universal Design and Accessibility as it relates to technology-enhanced classes and our academic spaces (digitally). In that vein, we developed a new, exciting workshop called Integration of Accessible Assignments & Activities into your Online, Hybrid, and Flex Classes. This course is currently offered by our OL Director (Sherri Restauri), who is leading the Digital Accessibility and UD initiative within the technology-enhanced course space. 

As an integral second part of the Digital Accessibility and UD Initiative, the COOL department is pleased to announce the availability of captioning for multimedia (audio and video) as a free service to faculty members teaching online, hybrid, and flex classes. Part of making an online course accessible is captioning all multimedia that is being used. Faculty who are interested in having their multimedia captioned may complete this form to be added to the list. Please read over the ‌Guidelines for Captioning PDF. Captioning requests are completed on an as-needed basis determined by when the course is being offered next, as well as based on first-come, first-serve.

COOL is also please to provide, as part of the Captioning Initiative our Instructional Multimedia Recording Lab. The IMR lab is available on a reservation-only basis and includes an instructional computer station with lecture capture software, microphone, videocamera, and additional technologies faculty may need for recording multimedia presentations. 

For more information about the captioning initiative or to reserve the ICL, contact Jessica Mew ( Please contact the COOL Director, Sherri Restauri (, for additional details about the Accessibility and UD Initiative at Coastal. 

COOL Grants

Funding Opportunities
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 training focused on the successful implementation of the Quality Assessment Inventory (QAI) in course design, called DISTANCE LEARNING – APPLYING THE QUALITY ASSURANCE INVENTORY". See the CCU list of courses to sign up for an upcoming offering of this class. Depending upon the date of the COOL CD Award, faculty may have 1 or more additional training requirements on specific tools utilized in online instruction. 
  3. Will create their course in line with the QAI self-evaluation tool and will submit their course, once developed, to COOL for a formal review process. All completed courses will be submitted to the COOL Director ( along with the faculty member's completed QAI Self-Evaluation form. This form will be provided to all COOL Grant Awardees during the development process. If you need a copy of this form, please contact the Coastal Office of Online Learning ( 
  4. Upon completion of the formal COOL review, each faculty member will be provided with feedback from the reviewer, including recommendations for updates to his or her course. 
  5. Upon final updates to course and a final COOL review, faculty member's course will become COOL Certified and processing for the COOL Grant monetary incentive will move forward.
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 $5,000 award per online program.

Faculty Course Enhancement Grants (COOL Grants)

This specific grant focuses on applying enhancements and updates to previously developed online courses, both those that have or have not undergone review under the COOL Course Development Programs in the last 18 months. This Course Enhancement Grant recognize the numerous changes that take place relating to online methodology within a short timeframe, and empowers faculty to meet the needs and objectives of their courses.

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, SUM17 (CEG)
    MKTG 451 Retail Management SP14
    MKTG 452 Social Media Marketing SP14, SUM17 (CEG)
    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 600 Project Management SP17
    MBA 605 Operations and Global Supply Chain SP17
    MBA 620 Financial Management SP17
    MBA 630 Services Marketing SP17
    MBA 631 Marketing Strategy SP15, SP17 (credit hour change)
    MBA 633 Sales & Relationship Management SP17
    MBA 635 Social Media Marketing SP14, SP17 (credit hour change)
    MBA 640 Creativity & Innovation SP17
    MBA 650 Management Responsibility & Law SP17
    MBA 655 Sustainability & Social Responsibility SP17
    MBA 675 Current Topics in Entrepreneurship SP 17
    MBA 690 Global Strategy SP17

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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 106 Cyberspace, Technology, and Learning SP17
    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
    EDML 317 Foundations in Literacy across the Life Span SP17

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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
    COMM 150 Media, Self ad the World SUM17
    COMM 276 Communication Research SUM17
    ENGL 101 Composition SP15
    ENGL 102 Composition and Critical Reading SP15
    ENGL 290 Business Communication SUM17
    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
    HIST 106 Modern World SP17
    HIST 112 World History since 1500 SUM17
    MUS 110 Introduction to Music SP15
    PHIL 316 Crime and Justice SP15
    POLI 101 Introduction to World Politics FA16
    POLI 201 Intro to American Government SP17
    POLI 205 Introduction to Statistics for the Political and Social Sciences FA16
    POLI 315 International Relations SUM17
    RELG 102 World Religions SP15
    RELG 104 Introduction to Asian Religions SP15
    SPAN 115 Hispanic Studies I SP15
    SPAN 210D Hispanic Studies II SP16
    THEA 130 Principles of Dramatic Analysis SP17

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    CHEM 104 Kitchen Chemistry SP16
    CHEM 104L Kitchen Chemistry Lab SP16
    CSCI 101 Intro to the Internet and the World Wide Web SP17
    CSCI 110 Enterprise Business Applications SP17
    CSCI 120 Intro to Web Page Applications SP17
    CSCI 130 Intro to Computer Science SP17
    CSCI 211 Computer Infrastructure SP17
    CSCI 330 Systems Analysis & Software Engineering SP17
    CSCI 335 Software Project Management SP17
    CSCI 385 Intro to Information Systems Security SP17
    CSCI 415 Windows System Administration SP17
    CSCI 416 Linux System Administration SP17
    CSCI 434 Digital Forensics SP17
    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
    PSYC 420 Child Psychology SUM17
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SP15
    PUBH 121 Personal and Community Health SP14, SUM17 (CEG)
    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
    STAT 201 Elementary Statistics SP17

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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

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    LIB 103 Strategies for Academic Research SUM17

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 two or more characteristics that place their course above minimum online course expectations. Contact Sherri Restauri ( for questions regarding the CD and/or QAI programs.

View our Exemplary Course Slideshow (ppt) »

Exemplary courses designed for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years include:

COOL Exemplary Courses
Course Title Course Description Instructor Department Term Grant Type
CHEM 104 Kitchen Chemistry 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 Course Development
NURS 305L Health Assessment Laboratory 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 Course Development
MBA 631 Marketing Strategy This course emphasizes analytical decision making within the functional areas of marketing giving the student an integrated view of marketing's role in an organization.  Monica Fine Marketing, Hospitality and Resort Tourism 2017 Course Development
JOUR 201 Foundations of Journalism This course surveys the history and principles of American journalism, including its development, philosophical foundations, products, functions, social influences, current challenges and directions for the future. Wendy Weinhold Communication, Media and Culture 2017 Independent Review
PUBH 121 Personal and Community Health This course investigates issues related to improving personal and community health with an emphasis of physical fitness, mental health, nutrition, stress management, sexuality, relationships, diseases, and complementary medicine for health-care. Jessica Lowery Health Sciences 2017 Course Enhancement
COMM 276 Communication Research This course prepares students early for research; how to isolate problem statement, distinguish independent and dependent variables, criticize and evaluate definitions, define theories, understand how to apply methods of sound research (qualitative and quantitative), collect data and analyze scholarly articles. Corinne Dalelio Communication, Media and Culture 2017 Course Enhancement