Articles About COAT

COAT has been featured in a number of prestigious/scholarly publications. Links are provided to the full text articles below.

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (Winter 2013 volume XVI, Number IV):  "Making a Match: Aligning Audience, Goals, and Content in Online Adjunct Training. ” Julie Shattuck, Terry Anderson.  Reports the findings of Julie's research study which focuses on who took COAT and why. The study explored the goals of participants who took the COAT course and identified strategies for designing training for a heterogeneous audience.

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (Vol 14, No 5 2013): Using a Design-Based Research Study to Identify Principles for Training Instructors to Teach Online.Julie Shattuck, Terry Anderson. Focuses 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.     

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (2011, Vol. 12, #2):  “MarylandOnline's Inter-Institutional Project to Train Higher Education Adjunct Faculty to Teach Online.”  Julie Shattuck, Bobbi Dubins, and Diana Zilberman.  IRRODL is a peer-reviewed, open source journal dedicated to the field of distance learning. This 32 page article gives a detailed description of the first two years of the COAT project, including research results from the pilot course which ran April-June 2010.

Distance Education Report (February 15, 2011): "From Quality Matters to COAT: MarylandOnline Rolls Out Its New Faculty Development Program."  The Distance Education Report is a subscription-based newsletter focused on timely insights and practical advice for distance education administrators, technical and academic staff, faculty, and anyone interested in the leading edge of distance education.

American Productivity and Quality Center Education (APQC) (April 7, 2013): Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring and Preparing Faculty for Blended Education Models.”  COAT was highlighted in a study conducted for the purpose of providing information and tools that will assist in building and growing staff to support blended and online learning. 

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

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WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) (December, 2010):  “Challenges and a Solution for Training New Online Adjunct Faculty” discusses the challenges of preparing new online faculty and how COAT is poised to help institutions meet this increasing demand. See the full article at