What is Camp Operation Online Learning?

We know what it’s like to experience the unique, often stressful necessity of designing a course while also teaching it (we call this the "week-ahead of our students" plan). If you know what courses are on your schedule for fall, why wait? Be COOL this summer and avoid the stress with colleagues from around the world!

Camp Operation Online Learning (COOL) is a six-week summer course design group that will guide you through the process of developing your online courses for fall. Led by dynamic facilitators who are experts in online learning, COOL is dedicated to making the course design process accessible and enjoyable for higher educators at every level of experience and technology fluency.


Throughout this experience, we will focus on simplifying your online course design by introducing you to easy-to-master methods and sustainable processes​. COOL facilitators will guide you through the process of designing and building your course from syllabus to final course assessment. You will learn how to design accessible and engaging online learning experiences and create original instructional materials using affordable, reliable, and user-friendly tools.

Join us for weekly, interactive presentations and discussions. Together, we’ll learn about course design, accessibility, assessment, and how to build spirited and engaged online learning communities. We’ll also help you build upon your teaching strengths and existing pedagogical skills so you teach your course the way you know you can. Camp Operation Online Learning leverages the power of facilitated peer review to keep you on task and on time in a fun and supportive community of practice. 

This course includes content on asynchronous online course design and teaching and synchronous-remote session planning and facilitation. 

What's included?

  • A six-week summer course design group with weekly synchronous sessions facilitated by online learning experts

  • Camp Operation Online Learning online course access 

  • Digital access to the Camp Operation Online Learning workbook

  • Ongoing access to the OLT Community of Practice

Dates: July 6 - August 14, 2020

Registration Options: 

Does COOL sound like a program that your institution needs?

Contact info@onlinelearningtoolkit.com to discuss group rates or if you would like us to reach out to your academic leadership or attend an online strategy meeting on behalf of faculty at your institution. 

COOL Facilitators


Karen Costa

Karen Costa is a career higher educator with a passion for supporting students and faculty, particularly in the online learning environment. Her work is centered around teaching college success strategies to first-year students, online pedagogy, and faculty development.
Karen’s first book, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos (Stylus, April 2020), focuses on helping faculty and teachers to make creative use of videos in their classrooms.
Karen is a staff writer for Women in Higher Education. Her writing has also appeared in Inside Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, On Being, and Faculty Focus. She is involved in various faculty development initiatives including as a facilitator for Faculty Guild. Connect with Karen on Twitter and LinkedIn or read more about her work

Judith Dutill

Judith Dutill is an experienced online educator with over 15 years of experience working and teaching in higher education. She currently serves as an instructional designer for the eLearning division of a large nonprofit health system. Judith is passionate about bridging the digital divide, spreading media literacy, improving communication, designing instruction, advancing online learning, connecting with peers, leveraging educational technology, and developing accessible processes. 

Judith's recent work focuses on developing faculty multimodal literacies skillsets and effective speaking in digital contexts. As adjunct faculty, she teaches online courses in public speaking, desktop publishing, and media and society. She is cofounder of the Online Learning Toolkit, a digital community of practice dedicated to excellence in online learning. Connect with Judith on Twitter and LinkedIn or follow her online teaching adventures on the OLT Blog

Clea Mahoney

Clea Mahoney is an experienced higher education administrator and educational technologist. Her "day job" includes offering virtual and in-person consultations on teaching with technology to faculty and staff. She leads the design and facilitation of webinar and in-person workshops on centrally-supported instructional technologies at NYU, and collects an embarrassing amount of cat-themed cubicle decorations. Clea has an MS in Library & Information Science from Drexel University, and is currently pursuing an MA in Digital Media Design for Learning (instructional design). Explore Clea's foray into teaching online on her blog, connect on LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter.

Melissa Wehler

Melissa Wehler is an instructional design specialist and an experienced online learning educator. She specializes in creating community in online courses, using collaboration online, and inclusive teaching practices. She has worked in higher education for over a decade, including faculty and administration appointments. She is the co-founder of the Online Learning Toolkit, a digital community of practice dedicated to excellence in online learning, and a full-time instructional design specialist at a private, liberal arts college. You can follow her on YouTubeLinkedIn, and the OLT Blog.

COOL Curriculum

 Week 01

Learning Outcomes & Backward Design

In this session participants will learn to create an online course framework using a backward design approach.

 Week 02

Constructing a Course Syllabus

In this session participants will learn to create an online course syllabus.

 Week 03

Assessing Student Learning

In this session participants will learn online learning assessment techniques and how to close the loop on learning assessment.

 Week 04

Building Accessible Learning Modules

In this session participants will learn to create accessible templates and develop course modules through constructive alignment.

 Week 05

Creating Engaging Content

In this session participants will learn to curate and create engaging online lessons and course materials.

 Week 06

Creating an Online Classroom Community

In this session participants will learn online classroom management and community building techniques.

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