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
I would like to teach an online or hybrid course. How do I get
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.
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
Getting Started with Blackboard. Ideally, prior to
attempting to teach online, you
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
The COOL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at noon in room 1801.
schedule of meetings.