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Committee On Online Learning (COOL)


What We Do: The COOL  supports all of our College (faculty, staff, administration, and students) as we develop and deploy hybrid and fully online courses. We encourage and assist in the creation of new online courses, helping to ensure they can incorporate proven pedagogical techniques for student success, and that they can be delivered with the highest quality possible. And with that process, we help to reinforce how hybrid and online courses are equivalent in rigor, expectations, and student participation to their on-campus counterparts. We share our expertise in online delivery modes with all faculty, in a collaborative review process that includes demonstrations by colleagues new to the world of online teaching and learning. We evaluate, share, and advocate for new technologies that help our students learn.    

A primary focus of the COOL is to meet Title 5 Section 55206 regulations, which require separate course approval for distance education delivery courses. The regulations state that If any portion of the instruction in a proposed or existing course or course section is designed to be provided through distance education in lieu of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student, the course shall be separately reviewed and approved according to the district’s adopted course approval procedures. For more details on these separate approval requirements, visit our FAQ or Resources pages.

I would like to teach an online or hybrid course. How do I get started?

  1. First, review the complete Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Process. Near the start of the Fall 2015 semester, look for an email containing the proposal process timeline & deadlines.

  2. The first component in the process is your own skills development and research. If you are planning to teach your proposed course using Blackboard, please be sure to check out Getting Started with Blackboard. Ideally, prior to attempting to teach online, you complete introductory Blackboard training, and gradually incorporate various uses of Blackboard into your on-campus courses for a few semesters.


Contact one of the COOL Members

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The COOL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at noon in room 1801. View the schedule of meetings.

Announcements from the COOL Communication System (powered by "Remind"):

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