has also been featured in articles by a number of organizations,
including the Distance Education Report, WCET (The Wiche
Cooperative for Educational Technology) , and the "International
Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)."
(See the COAT
News page for details.)
has presented at numerous distance learning conferences
including Sloan-C, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's
Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning,
Quality Matters®, the Maryland Consortium for Adjunct
Faculty Professional Development, the Instructional
Technology Council (webinar), and the Maryland Distance
Learning Association. For a complete list see our Conference
the current schedule of classes, please see the Registration
Maryland residents or instructors associated with a
Maryland institution - $300
Non-Maryland residents - $600
there any prerequisites for the course?
It is strongly recommended that participants have experience
teaching in the traditional (face-to-face) classroom
at the higher education level.
Participants must have basic technical knowledge needed
in order to navigate the online learning environment
navigational Learning Management System (LMS) skills
(Blackboard, WebCT, or similar)
computer skills including Internet browsing skills,
saving and finding files on a hard drive, sending
and receiving attachments through email, and
how to use word processing software (Microsoft Word
Participants must also have a sincere interest in learning
how to teach online. If you aren't sure whether you
are a good candidate for teaching online, please view
You a Good Candidate for Teaching Online?
is the course conducted?
The course is nine weeks long and is taught fully online.
This gives participants an opportunity to experience
an online course as a student. (This has, in fact, been
an important strength of the course as identified by
COAT alumni.) The course is highly structured and includes
requirements to complete weekly activities, assignments,
and readings, as well as interaction and collaboration
using the course discussion board and wiki. Participants
must log into the course at least three days per week.
Estimated weekly time commitment is six to eight hours.
While opportunities to participate in synchronous activities
(webinars/Internet conferencing) during the course are
provided, they are not required.
college credit awarded for the course?
College credit is not awarded for the course. The course
is intended to be a structured professional development
activity for teaching professionals. Participants who
successfully complete the course will receive a "certificate
of completion" from MarylandOnline. Completion
of this course in no way guarantees participants they
will receive an offer of employment by any institution
or be exempt from specific training requirements of
is covered in the course?
The course is intended to introduce participants
to principles and practices for teaching online college
courses. (The course is not intended to teach participants
how to develop an online course). For a complete list
of the topics and module objectives, see the syllabus
and the COAT Course Competencies.
did COAT come into being?
(MOL) consists of 20 colleges and universities in the
state of Maryland. These colleges and universities recognize
the importance of access to experienced adjunct instructors
who also have expertise in the online teaching environment.
MarylandOnline funded the research and development of
the COAT course in order to meet the needs of its member
institutions. The course was so successful that it is
now available for a fee to any interested instructors,
regardless of institutional affiliation.
are the standards used for the course?
course was designed using the Quality
Matters standards of course design.
is hosting the course?
course is being hosted by Frederick Community College
on its Blackboard server. Many thanks to Frederick Community
College for its support!
additional details about the course and how it is
conducted, please see the Syllabus.
enroll in the course click on the Registration
see a partial list of COAT course alumni see COAT
see a history of how COAT came about and has grown
see COAT History.
see a complete list of articles published about COAT
Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT)
is one of several MarylandOnline
(MOL) programs. MarylandOnline
is a state-wide, inter-segmental consortium
dedicated to championing distance learning and
developing innovative programs designed to improve
the quality of distance education.
MarylandOnline product, Quality
Matters (QM®), addresses quality
in online course design and has received national
recognition and numerous awards. Another MOL
Quality (MQ), provides mentoring opportunities
for novice online instructors.
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