COAT Receives "Distance Program of the Year" Award!

COAT Receives "Distance Program of the Year" Award
from the Maryland Distance Learning Association!

     Each year, the Maryland Distance Learning Association recognizes an "exemplary distance learning program that demonstrates effective design and organization and shows ongoing success." This year COAT was the recipient of this prestigious award! 

MDLA Award

 Bobbi Dubins, COAT Program Director (left)   

accepts  the "Program of the Year" Award from 
Dr. Pam Deering, MDLA President (right) 


COAT Publishes First "What's Happening in Online Teaching" e-Newsletter!

COAT's inaugural edition of our "What's Happening in Online Teaching" e-newsletter has been published! The new monthly e-newsletter will provide readers with highlights of current issues impacting teaching and knowledge sharing in the online learning environment.  Each issue will focus on a particular topic of interest to online instructors.  This month we reflect on Katie Lepi's article "15 Tips for Better Online Student-Faculty Communication," published by Edudemic.

See the April e-newsletter at

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.  

Maryland State Department of Education Approves COAT for K-12 Teacher Re-certification Credit (CPD)

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently approved the COAT course for three continuing professional development (CPD) credits for Maryland licensed teachers.  K-12 licensed teachers who complete the COAT course can apply the COAT course to their licensure re-certification requirements.  For more information, see the "K-12 Course" page.


COAT Participates in Study by the American Productivity and Quality Center Education - “Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring and Preparing Faculty for Blended Education Models” Benchmarking Report Available

COAT participated in a study conducted by the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) Education.  The purpose of the study was to provide information and tools that will assist in building and growing staff to support blended and online learning. 

APQC has released the final report: “Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring and Preparing Faculty for Blended Education Models.” The report is structured around design principles that are intended to serve not only as building blocks for the initial questions that must be answered in staffing and designing an online and blended program, but these guidelines will also help as you take your program to scale.

COAT was one of four case studies highlighted in the report.   Other case studies included the University of Central Florida, the University of Phoenix, and Western Governor's University.

image of APQC

Read the press release at

The full report can be downloaded at