June 14 – July 23, 2021
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. Led by dynamic facilitators who are experts in online learning, COOL is dedicated to making the course design process fun and engaging for educators at every level of experience and technology fluency.
We focus on 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.
We believe that effective courses are built on relationships which is why we design them together. COOL brings together caring, passionate, and creative educators who work together to build their courses. We share goals, resources, and experiences in a productive, and positive environment. COOL provides peer-review and peer-support of teaching and learning materials.
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.
Register for COOL 2021
- Enroll any time (self-paced)OLT Mighty Networks
Full-time Faculty - $375
CC/HBCU/MSI Faculty - $275
Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Students - $225
COOL + Lecture Breakers Virtual Summer Conference (June 8-10, 2021) - $497
Need a Self-paced Option? Check out our self-paced course DRIVE
20+ faculty receive a 10% discount
50+ faculty receive a 15% discount
100+ faculty receive a 20% discount
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about group registration and invoicing options.
About the Program
There is no engagement requirement. Participants are free to work through the coursework on their schedule. There will be weekly facilitated sessions, attendance is optional. People who fully engage in the course can expect to spend 4-8 hours/weekly on COOL coursework and developing their online course.
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Learning Management System (LMS)
COOL is LMS agnostic. Facilitators are familiar with all major Learning Management Systems, but we do not use a formal LMS for this course. Our course platform is community-focused and in Mighty Networks.
Live facilitation ends July 23. Access is open until September 1, 2021. All participants will have 2021-2022 access to the OLT Community in Mighty Networks.
Our vision is a community of practice dedicated to excellence in online learning. A community where faculty from across disciplines and institutions work together to create online courses, lovingly and joyfully designed with our learners in mind.
In this course, we will explore the following concepts:
Learning Outcomes & Backward Design
Constructing a Course Syllabus
Assessing Student Learning
Building Accessible Learning Modules
Creating Engaging Content
Creating an Online Classroom Community
Other topics include: humanizing online learning, creating a classroom of care, pedagogy of kindness, universal design for learning, and creating a culturally responsive classroom.
Niya Bond is a seasoned online educator, with over 10 years of experience teaching English and general education courses online. She currently serves as an online English adjunct, online faculty development facilitator, and online English Subject Matter Expert (SME). Niya’s personal and professional passions collide at the intersection of online pedagogy, online faculty development, online course and curriculum design, and online communities of practice. Recently, Niya has published pieces on virtual feminist pedagogy, adopting online pedagogies of welcome, as well as an upcoming collaborative essay detailing the complexities of taking in-person social justice courses online during COVID-19. Connect with Niya on Twitter, LinkedIn, or through her site.
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 webinars 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.
What Faculty Are Saying About COOL
"I'm loving COOL and can't recommend it highly enough! If you are looking at online teaching this fall and are (like me) a beginner, this is an incredible, supportive program that will get you where you need to go. Sign up now!"
-Cate Denial, Director of Bright Institute at Knox College
"As an online course designer, instructor and an online learning researcher COOL is such a great opportunity for me to learn and grow within such a rich network of online educators and experts. COOL is the ideal place to develop your online design and teaching skills."
-Murat Turk, Teaching and Research Assistant, Fulbright Scholar in Learning Sciences at University of Oklahoma
"The folks at the Online Learning Toolkit have created a fantastic example of robust instructional design and learner-centered pedagogy with Camp Operation Online Learning. I appreciate that it works for course developers across a wide variety of roles, needs, and levels of experience. It has exceeded my expectations."
-Kim Myers, Assistant Director of Student Success, Curriculum and Assessment and Limited Term Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology at Purdue University Fort Wayne
"This course is rocket fuel for online teaching. COOL abounds with strategies, resources, and tools that will help you plan, manage, and reflect on your teaching, both online and in the classroom. I highly recommend this course to anyone who teaches online, new-to-online teachers and veterans alike."
-W. Sean Chamberlin, Professor of Earth Sciences at Fullerton College
"As we pivoted from emergency remote instruction, we looked for training that could address a variety of the faculty’s skill sets, offer a flexible schedule, and promote best practices in online teaching and learning. The COOL camp exceeded our expectations! We particularly enjoyed the personal attention from the instructors who were very supportive and engaging. Thank you COOL for helping us! Next year, you can count us in as return campers to learn more!"
-Kerry Volansky, Program Director/Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hanover College
"I'm so thankful to be a part of COOL this summer! I was in my second semester of college teaching when we suddenly went to all online teaching. I was in dire need of help with this transition; however, taking COOL has been much more than that. I'm looking at my course with fresh eyes by following the example COOL facilitators have set through their course design. The facilitators are available, encouraging and ready to help. I've been amazed at the interest and investment they make in each student. They have helped me overcome some personal obstacles to better attain my professional goals. The community feel within the class is also a great support."
-Michelle Baumgartner, Limited Term Lecturer, School of Education, Purdue Fort Wayne