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  • Same content, modern delivery

  • Our online courses and programs feature the same faculty and content as our campus-based offerings, delivered in an engaging and collaborative medium accessible to working students.
  • Coastal is a Quality Matters institution

  • Coastal Carolina University uses a faculty-centered peer review process to certify the quality of online courses based on national standards published by Quality Matters (QM), a non-profit organization that provides tools and training to ensure quality in online education. Learn more about how QM is used by the Coastal Office of Online Learning here.






Faculty Course Development Grants (COOL Grants)

The Coastal Office for Online Learning (COOL), sponsored by the VP of Distance Learning & Teaching Excellence and the Provost's Office at CCU, manage the COOL Course Development Grant Program for the campus. These grants are issued via a Call for Proposals in Fall and/or Spring terms, and are awarded on a competitive basis. In many cases, specific academic disciplines or course formats may be specified in a CFP, to assist the University in meeting strategic objectives.

Faculty who are awarded a COOL grant:

  1. Have approximately one year of development time from start to finish
  2. Are required to attend 1-2 trainings focused on Quality Matters, the use of the Quality Assessment Inventory in course design, and on specific tools utilized in online instruction. One of these required courses is "DISTANCE LEARNING – APPLYING THE QUALITY ASSURANCE INVENTORY". See CeTeal's list of courses to sign up for an upcoming offering of this class.
  3. Will create their course in line with the QAI tool and will submit their course, once developed, to COOL for a formal review process.
  4. Upon completion of the formal COOL review, each faculty member will be provided with feedback from the reviewer, including any recommendations for updates to his or her course.
  5. Upon final updates to course, faculty member's course will become Certified by the COOL office.

QM Bill of Rights for Online Learners

Quality Matters has established a Bill of Rights for Online Learners which outlines expectations for online learners and lists what learners enrolled in online or hybrid courses can expect in return from their courses. This Bill of Rights explains the minimum design, interaction, and support standards students may expect when completing an online or hybrid course that aligns with the QM program.

QM Bill of Rights


Past COOL Grant Course Certifications

The COOL office has awarded COOL grants to faculty from across the academic Colleges and disciplines for their exemplary work on course development. Courses receiving certification have met or exceeded QM and QAI standards. The COOL team would like to acknowlege the extraordinary work performed in the following courses:

Humanities & Fine Arts
University College