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COOL Development Grants

Call for Proposals AY 2016/17

Online learning has evolved rapidly over the last decade as an educational genre capable of serving both residential and remote students, particularly those who face 21st century workplace expectations for continuous learning. These working students have created competitive global markets for online academic programs across a variety of academic disciplines. The Office of the Provost and the Coastal Office of Online Learning are pleased to announce the 6th round of the COOL Course Development Grant program to advance the development of high quality online courses and programs for graduate and undergraduate students. This round incorporates also a new avenue, hybrid* courses/programs, to recognize the increased utilization of this methodology by faculty to meet the needs and objectives of their courses, the University’s Strategic Plan, and the best needs of the individual program.

College Deans and Department Chairs are invited to engage their faculty in strategic planning discussions about potential online and hybrid curricula. Proposals may be submitted in two categories: A) online/hybrid programs, and B) online/hybrid curriculum courses.

*Hybrid courses are defined here as courses with 50-95% of their required course activities completed in an online environment, as measured by reduced seat time requirements, with limited on campus requirements. Similarly, Hybrid programs would have 50-95% of their required coursework available in an online format for students to complete, with limited on campus requirements.

Course Development Awards

CategoryStipendHighest Priority

A) Online/hybrid program

$750 per credit hour

  1. Proposals for a new online/hybrid graduate or undergraduate degree or certificate program to be approved by CHE and SACS for implementation in January 2018 or sooner.
  2. Proposals to convert an existing face-to-face academic program to online or hybrid modality by January 2018 or sooner.
  3. Proposals for new online courses for an existing online graduate or undergraduate degree or certificate program.

B) Online/hybrid curriculum course

$750 per credit hour

  1. Proposals listing curriculum courses having high historical or projected enrollments

Training Incentives

TrainingStipendParticipation

Required (2 sessions)

$100 per session

REQUIRED sessions for all grant recipients:

  1. Applying the Quality Assurance Inventory
  2. Lecture Capture or Accessibility Workshop from the CeTEAL Catalog

Distance Learning Sessions (any session in the Distance Learning Institute category, or approved by CeTEAL/COOL)

$100 per session

OPTIONAL - Faculty with limited prior distance learning experience are encouraged to participate in up to seven compensated sessions, in addition to the two required courses.

Distance Learning Institute (9 sessions in the Distance Learning Institute category, or approved by CeTEAL/COOL)

$100 per session*

OPTIONAL - Faculty who successfully complete all nine sessions will ear the Distance Learning Institute Certificate

Guidelines

  • Eligibility - All full-time slotted faculty/teaching staff members are eligible. Courses previously funded are not eligible.
  • Timeline - Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by October 17th at 5:00 pm. The University Distance Learning Committee will review all complete applications and make recommendations to the Provost, the VP for Online Education and Teaching Excellence, and the Director of COOL. College deans will be notified of the final decision by the Office of the Provost by November 4, 2016. The deadline for faculty to complete all training is May 26th, 2017. All courses must be submitted for Quality Review by December 11th, 2017.
Applications DueAwards AnnouncedDL Training DeadlineQuality Review Deadline
10/17/2016 11/04/2016 5/26/2017 12/11/2017
  • Stipend Payment - Each faculty member will be paid a single combined stipend for all courses developed and up to nine DL Institute training sessions attended, as verified by certificates of completion issued by COOL (see Expectations below).
  • Statement of Intellectual Property- Two university policies provide clarification about ownership of intellectual property for distance learning courses:
    1. ACAD 102: I.A.1: Intellectual Property Policy
    2. ACAD 133: III.B: Distance Learning Policy

Expectations

    • Oversight - College Deans are responsible for oversight and accountability of all initiatives relevant to approved proposals, and are expected to set internal deadlines that align development efforts to meet relevant timelines or protocols of other units, such as college or university curriculum committees and CHE/SACS. Deans determine all assignments of faculty online course development responsibilities.

 

    • Training - All faculty members assigned course development responsibilities for an approved proposal will be required to complete a training session on Applying the Quality Assurance Inventory (QAI), which is the university’s official quality review instrument derived from national Quality Matters (QM) standards for online course design. In addition, faculty are required to select between an Accessibility workshop or a Lecture Capture workshop to fulfill the 2nd required course in the COOL Course Development Grant Program. Faculty have the option to earn additional training stipend monies by completing other Distance Learning Institute sessions. All training will be offered by CeTEAL, in conjunction with the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL).

 

    • Development - Faculty members assigned course development responsibilities for an approved proposal will be expected to complete all course development requirements by the December 11th, 2017 deadline. A complete online or hybrid course is defined as one that meets all criteria listed on the Quality Assurance Inventory (QAI), which may include some revision requests from the QAI reviewer.

 

    • Quality Review - Faculty members assigned online course development responsibilities for an approved proposal must submit to COOL a QAI Alignment Form that details how the completed online/hybrid course meets each required quality expectation. A certified quality reviewer will use this form to conduct a thorough analysis of the course’s Moodle site and then generate a detailed report identifying areas of quality alignment, as well as suggestions for improvement. The faculty member will then have the opportunity to revise the course, request a consultation with the reviewer, or write a rejoinder before sending the final course review report to COOL for certification. COOL will make the final decision to issue either a certificate of completion, or a request for revision and resubmission. Once the official certificate of completion is issued, stipend payment processing will be authorized. For faculty developing multiple courses, the stipend payment will be withheld until after the certification of the last course.

 

Application Process

COOL Course Development Grant applications are available on the attached pages. Deans should submit a separate Category A application for each online/hybrid program. Deans should submit only one Category B application per college (add rows as needed to list all proposed new online/hybrid courses). Completed applications must include a designated faculty member assigned to each proposed course, and must be signed by the appropriate Dean and Chair(s) of the college. The deadline for application submission to the Office of the Provost is 5:00 p.m., October 17th, 2016.

Questions

If you have additional questions concerning the COOL Course Development Grant program or the application process, please contact either Ed Jadallah, Vice President for Online Education and Teaching Excellence, or Sherri Restauri, Director of Coastal Office of Online Learning. Questions regarding professional development requirements and options for this grant may be directed to Jenn Shinaberger.

OPTIONAL - Faculty who successfully complete all nine sessions will earn the Distance Learning Institute Certificate