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Course Development Grant

Call for Proposals 2020 

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Digital and online learning have evolved rapidly over the last decade as an educational genre capable of serving both residential and remote students, those who face 21st century workplace expectations for continuous learning and work-life responsibilities, and the various teaching and learning needs in the modern worlds. To grow our outreach in an increasingly competitive global educational market within our academic programs across a variety of academic disciplines, we seek continuous methods for pedagogical innovation while focusing on maintaining and growing the quality and best practices we use in reaching out students. With this in mind, the Office of the Provost and the Coastal Office of Online Learning are pleased to announce the 9th round of the COOL Course Development (CD) Grant (Cohort 9) program to advance the development of high quality online, hybrid(1) online, and now also our digitally assisted(2) courses and programs for graduate and undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University.

College Deans and Department Chairs are invited to engage their faculty in strategic planning discussions about potential online and hybrid online* curricula.

Proposals may be submitted in two categories:

  • online/hybrid online programs, and
  • online/hybrid online courses.

1. Hybrid courses are defined here as courses with 51-99% 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 51-99% of their required coursework available in an online format for students to complete, with limited on campus requirements. All courses through this Call for Proposals (CFP) should not have been previously approved for a COOL Grant.

2. Digitally assisted courses are defined as courses with 25-50% of their required course activities and/or materials completed in an online environment. Digitally assisted courses may have reduced seat time, though this element is not a core requirement for “digitally assisted” classification; rather, the primary focus of DAC’s is a transition to digital materials, including through the adoption of OER materials.

Faculty who are awarded a COOL grant:

  1. Have approximately one year of development time from start to finish
  2. Are required to attend training sessions that focus on quality and accessibility. See the COOL Grant training page for a list of required sessions. 
  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.
  6. For Frequently Asked Questions, please see Course Development Grant FAQs

All courses submitted for consideration through this Call for Proposals (CFP) should not have been previously approved for a COOL Grant.

COOL Course Development Cohort 9 Awards 

Preference will be given to online and/or hybrid online courses and programs meeting one or more of the following criteria of Highest Priority:

CategoryCompensationHighest Priority

A) Online/hybrid program

$750 per credit hour, up to 3 credit hour per course maximum

  1. Proposals for a new online/hybrid online graduate or undergraduate degree or certificate program, to be approved by CHE and SACS for implementation in January 2021 or sooner.
  2. Proposals to convert an existing face-to-face academic program to online or hybrid modality by January 2021 or sooner.
  3. Proposals that include the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER’s), into online or hybrid programs.

B) Online/hybrid course

$750 per credit hour, up to 3 credit hour per course maximum



*See additional details regarding OER's

  1. Proposals listing online/hybrid/digitally assisted courses at the Undergraduate or Graduate level having high historical or projected enrollments of 25+/term.
  2. Undergraduate online/hybrid/digitally assisted core courses (under New Core Standards) offered fully online.
  3. Undergraduate or Graduate courses that are required for the fulfillment of a hybrid or online degree program, which are new to the online format.
  4. Undergraduate or graduate online/hybrid/digitally assisted courses that include the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER’s) where the total cost for materials per course is $0/course.


Training Incentives


Required (4 sessions)

$100 per session*

REQUIRED sessions for all grant recipients:

  1. Using Best Practices for Your Digital Learning Course (BPDL) Online Available
  2. Accessibility: Integration of Accessible Assignments & Activities into your Online, Hybrid or Flex Classes
  3. Encourage Active Learning in Your Course Using Echo360 
  4. Academic Integrity and Best Practices in Digital Learning

Optional (3 sessions)

Distance Learning Sessions or other sessions (any session in the Digital Learning Institute** category, or other classes related to Online Learning approved by COOL)

$100 per session*

Faculty are encouraged to participate in up to three optional compensated sessions of their choosing, in addition to the 4 required courses. These optional, digital-learning oriented courses will only be compensated if taken during the 12 month grant cycle for which this grant is awarded. Please contact the COOL director regarding questions on courses that may be included.

*Optional Add-on Component: Open Educational Resources (OER) (2 education sessions)



$500.00 additional compensation per course with verified OER component assigned ** 

REQUIRED sessions for OER participants: 

  1. Integration of Open Educational Resources (OERs) into your Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Classes-Part 1

  2. Integration of Open Educational Resources (OERs) into your Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Classes-Part 2 Online Available

*Max $700 total additional compensation - must be during grant cycle Dec 2019 through Dec 2020

**Faculty who successfully complete all  sessions may be eligible to earn the Digital Learning Institute Certificate.


  • Eligibility – All full-time and part-time faculty and teaching staff are eligible to apply. All faculty must receive prior authorization from their department chairs and deans as part II of the application. This COOL Grant is applicable to new online and hybrid courses and programs only. Any online or hybrid courses or programs previously funded through COOL grants are not eligible for this COOL Grant, and should instead apply for the Summer COOL Enhancement Grant (CEG) program.
  • Timeline
    1. Applications
      Applications in response to the COOL Grant CFP must be submitted to the Office of the Online Learning by February 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST. In conjunction with the Director of COOL, the University Distance Learning Committee will review completed applications and make recommendations for acceptance to the Provost and to the VP for Online Education and Teaching Excellence.
    2. Notifications of Award
      College deans will be notified of the final decision for course and program approvals with this COOL Grant program by no later than March 2, 2020.
    3. Completion of COOL Grant Work Cohort 9 The deadline for faculty to complete all required and optional training is December 7, 2020. All courses must be fully developed and submitted for Quality Review to COOL by December 1, 2020. All revisions post-review must be submitted by no later than January 15, 2021.


Applications DueAwards AnnouncedCOOL Training DeadlineSubmission for Course Quality Review to COOL DeadlineAll Course Revisions Must Be Completed by No Later Than
02/17/2020 03/02/2020 12/07/2020 12/11/2020 01/15/2021
  • Compensation – Each faculty member will be paid a single payment for the course developed, for the Cohort 9 COOL Grant cycle, and up to seven (7) qualified training sessions attended, as verified by certificates of completion issued by COOL (see Expectations below). Individual faculty may receive up to a maximum of 1 course stipend in this COOL CD Grant program.        
  • Statement of Intellectual Property – Two university policies provide clarification about ownership of intellectual property for distance learning courses:


  • 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 approvals. Deans determine all assignments of faculty for online and hybrid course development responsibilities.
  • Training & Guidelines –  All faculty are required to take four (4) training workshops focused on enhancing online/hybrid/digital teaching and student support skills as part of their work in the COOL CD Cohort 9 Grant Program. Faculty also have the option to earn three (3) additional training workshop compensations by completing related online learning and pedagogy training classes. All trainings will be offered in conjunction with the CeTEAL unit and registration, in conjunction with the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL), and must be completed during this CFP’s current grant cycle.
  • Development – Faculty members assigned course development responsibilities for an approved COOL Grant proposal will be expected to complete all course development requirements by the December 11, 2020 deadline. A complete online or hybrid course is defined as one that meets all criteria listed on the Quality Assurance Inventory (QAI) , including all weekly/modular activities across a full term. Partial courses are unable to be reviewed as part of this COOL Grant program, and additional guidance and training will be provided if accepted into this competitive grant program. 
  • Course Quality Check Review – Faculty members assigned online and hybrid online course development responsibilities for an approved proposal must submit to COOL a Quality Assurance Inventory (QAI) : self-checklist that details how the completed online/hybrid online course meets each required quality expectation. A COOL certified quality reviewer will use this form to conduct a thorough analysis of the course’s Moodle LMS course 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 in consultation with the reviewer. COOL will make the final decision to issue either a certificate of completion, or a request for further revision and resubmission. Once the official certificate of completion is issued, compensation processing will be authorized.

Application Process

Applications for the COOL Course Development Cohort 9 Grant applications are a two-step process.

  1. Step 1. Online Course Application Form. Each individual course submitted must include an online COOL CD Cohort 9 Application including justification, which must be submitted by or before the 2/17/20 deadline. Faculty will receive an emailed copy of all submissions automatically. COOL will provide electronic copies of these online applications to their department admins to complete the College Application packet for approvals.
  2. Step 2. College Application Form. Once faculty have submitted their COOL CD Cohort 9 Application and received the confirmation email from COOL, a copy of the application will be provided electronically by COOL to the appropriate college for approval. Academic college deans should review and compile all faculty members’ requests for submission on the attached application and submit the College Application form in its’ entirety to the Coastal Office of Online Learning. Please note that all college-completed Application form must include a designated faculty member assigned to each proposed course, and must be signed by the appropriate Dean, Chair(s), and faculty member(s) of the college prior to submission to COOL. The deadline for application submission to the Coastal Office of Online Learning at 216 Kearns Hall is 5:00 p.m. EST, February 17th, 2020.  Deans should submit only one CD Application Packet per college.


If you have additional questions concerning the COOL Course Development Grant program or the application process, please contact Sherri Restauri, Senior Executive Director of Coastal Office of Online Learning at 843-349-2254.