COAT Co-Founder Julie Shattuck Publishes Two Research Articles on the Impact of the COAT Project

As COAT reaches its sixth year, it continues to make news.  The Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) project was implemented in 2010 to fill a  need of MarylandOnline member institutions for professional development opportunities for adjunct faculty.  It has since grown to provide opportunities for instructors from 26 states and five countries.

Julie Shattuck, Co-Founder of COAT and Associate Professor/Instructional Designer at Frederick Community College, along with Terry Anderson, Professor, Athabasca University, Canada have published two COAT related articles that highlight the impact of COAT since its inception.  

The first article was published in December 2013 in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (OJDLA) and focuses on who took COAT and why.  The article, Making a Match: Aligning Audience, Goals, and Content in Online Adjunct Training” reports the findings of Julie's research study of COAT.  The study explored the goals of participants who took the COAT course and identified strategies for designing training for a heterogeneous audience.  To see the full article: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter164/shattuck_anderson164.html

The second article was published in The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)Using a Design-Based Research Study to Identify Principles for Training Instructors to Teach Onlinefocuses on the impact of the Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) course on alumni's later teaching practice.  The study showed that COAT had an impact on the later online teaching and face-to-face teaching practices of those who completed it. The major outcome of this research study is the identification of design principles that can be used by other researchers and practitioners designing online instructor training.  To see the full article: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1626

Congratulations to Julie and Terry for their excellent contributions to the field of knowledge in distance education!