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    2018 News


    Respondus LockDown Browser

    Free Webinars! Respondus is offering two great webinars that will include comprehensive training for instructors on how to use LockDown Browser. Sign Up Now!


    Moodle Maintenance

    CCU's Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle, will have a mandatory performance maintenance on Friday, 08/17/18 between 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. EST. The system may be unavailable during this time.


    Moodle Upgrade!

    The Coastal Office of Online Learning is pleased to announced that Moodle will be upgraded to version 3.2.9 on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The upgrade will provide several exciting enhancements and functionalities for students, faculty, and staff. Please see the Moodle Resources page for more deatails!


    CCU Ally Pilot Study

    Beginning Summer 2018, COOL will be hosting a Pilot Group to learn and use our newest digital accessibility tool, Ally. If you are interested in serving in our pilot group for the Summer or Fall 2018 terms, please complete all required fields in the form below.

    CCU Ally Pilot Group Sign Up form

    New online lecture capture training workshop coming in 2018!

    The Personal Lecture Capture for Online/Hybrid Classes is currently under development and will launch in February 2018. This new workshop covers the basics of personal lecture capture, from installation and usage of the software to examples of best practices in recording multimedia for online and hybrid courses. For information on to register for this workshop, please visit the CeTEAL registration website.


    The Coastal Office of Online Learning is proud to sponsor Coastal Carolina University's membership to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). As a member of OLC, all CCU faculty and staff can now take advantage of great benefits and privileges. Our membership allows access to a number of free webinars and panel discussions on online higher education topics. There are also significant opportunities for peer networking with an international community of online learning educators, and early access to research and trends in online learning. Both faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of all materials and opportunities available to assist with course enhancement, best practices, and innovations for online teaching. For more information, visit the OLC Member Resources Page.


    CCU Affordable Learning Resource Guide

    Check out the new resource guide on affordable learning for faculty and students!


    Coastal Carolina University named only S.C. institution on list of most affordable military friendly online colleges for 2018!


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    2017 News

    01/03/2017 Accessibility & Universal Design Lab; Captioning Initiative Launch Coming Soon
    The COOL department is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of captioning for multimedia (audio and video) as a service to faculty members teaching online, hybrid, and flex classes. More information will be provided soon. Faculty who have current courses for the SP17 and upcoming SUM17/FAL terms with relevant content and would like to add your name to the list for captioning may complete this form to be added to the alert list once this service goes live. We have a related UDI & Accessibility Workshop now offered that faculty are also encouraged to sign up for.

    2/6/2017 Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Videos

    Thursday, February 23rd at 2pm, 3PlayMedia is hosting a FREE webinar on Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Videos. Click to register!

    3/3/2017 Captioning Initiative for Online & Hybrid Courses

    The Office of Online Learning is now providing FREE captioning services that allow your multimedia files to have captions added to your files. The process for submitting the files needing captioning is quite simply. Follow the steps below to start the process in making your multimedia files accessible to students. 

    1. Complete and submit the Google Form 

    2. COOL (Coastal Office of Online Learning) will follow up with you directly to obtain your multimedia files and to begin the captioning process.

    5/9/2017 Global Accessibility Awareness Day

    To mark the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Blackboard is promoting a free follow-the-sun series of webinars covering trending topics on digital access in education. Join Blackboard on Thursday, May 18th 2017, to discuss accessibility in Education, learn from your peers and share your ideas. For a list of free webinars being offered and to register, click here!

    5/9/2017 Course Enhancement Grant

    The Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) is pleased to announce the 1st round of the COOL Online Course Enhancement Grant (CEG) program to enhance the development of high quality online courses and programs for graduate and undergraduate students. 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.

    9/21/17 Exemplary Showcase

    COOL is pleased to announce the 2017 Exemplary Course Design Faculty Showcase: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts building, Room 249. click here!

    10/17/17 Coastal recognized as a top choice in Masters in Education programs

    Coastal Carolina University's online master's degree in Education is ranked in the top 50 of programs in the U.S. based on a review of schools across the nation by CCU's online program stood out in both quality and affordability.

    3/10/2017 CCU Offers One of Top 3 Online Programs in SC

    Coastal Carolina University has been named one of the Best Online Colleges in South Carolina for 2016-2017 by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), a resource for online learning and college affordability information.

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    2016 News

    10/18/16 COOL Course Development and Marketing CFP Dates Extended to 10/24/16
    Due to Hurricane Matthew and time spent away from campus for our faculty, the COOL department has extended deadlines for the CFPs for both the COOL Course Development and Marketing Grants. Please see original attached CFPs attached to the email from our Provost's Office, and contact the Director of Coastal Office of Online Learning, Sherri Restauri ( with any questions on these CFPs. Additional information on these faculty and program grants may also be reviewed below.

    12/22/2016 COOL Moodle Templates Now Available for Faculty
    COOL has completed the development on the Moodle course templates. These are appearing for all online learning faculty members under the Resources area of your Moodle site. If you do not see these courses and would like access to them, please contact Ashley Long, the Senior Learning Management System Administror over Moodle. Read more on the new Moodle Templates in our Faculty Resources section below.

    12/16/2016 COOL CD & Marketing Grants Awarded
    COOL Course Development Grants were awarded in early December. Faculty should have been notified by Deans and/or Department Chairs. If you have not received confirmation, please contact the COOL Director.
    COOL Marketing Grant awards were distributed to College Deans the week of December 19. Please contact the COOL Director if you have not received confirmation on your Marketing Grant proposal by Friday, 12/23/2016.