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Camp Operation Online Learning

2022 Information Coming Soon

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A higher educator's best friend this summer for online course design

Course design can be fun. There, we said it! And with Camp Operation Online Learning (COOL), you’ll have dynamic facilitators guiding your discovery of what makes for an incredible online experience. From June 14-July 23, you’ll be immersed with fellow “campers” at every experience level and technology fluency, and you can work on your own schedule! After six weeks, you’ll leave with advanced knowledge you can take with you this fall as you design your own college courses. 

What makes us COOL?

We want online course design for higher ed to be welcoming, not daunting. That’s why you’ll be taught easy-to-master methods and sustainable processes. Camp Operation Online Learning is the best way to get high-impact training on improving your college course design with the kind of support that makes it feel doable and even fun!


Our COOL facilitators will teach you how to:

  • Design and build your course from syllabus to final course assessment

  • Master accessible and engaging online learning experiences

  • Create original instructional materials

  • Tap into affordable, reliable, and user-friendly tools

What makes this worthwhile for busy educators like me?

The relationships and support you have will be a gamechanger. You’ll be designing alongside caring and passionate peers and facilitators. We share goals, resources, and experiences. It’s going to a summer highlight for you! We’ll provide peer-review and peer-support of teaching and learning materials to keep you on task and on time. You’ll build upon your teaching strengths and pedagogical skills.

What’s the schedule like?

The last thing we want to do during your summer is waste any time. You can work around your schedule (about 4-8 hours time commitment). Plus, we’ll have weekly facilitated sessions for extra support and guidance. It’s a fun and supportive community of practice all focused on helping you build a customized, spirited, and engaged online learning environment. As we all learned this past year, support and planning makes all the difference. 

Register for COOL

Camp Operation Online Learning 2021
June 14-July 23, 2021
OLT Mighty Networks


  • Full-time Faculty - $300

  • CC/HBCU/MSI Faculty - $250

  • Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Students - $200

  • COOL Alumni - $175

  • COOL + Lecture Breakers Virtual Summer Conference (June 8-10, 2021) - $497


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  • 20+ faculty receive a 10% discount

  • 50+ faculty receive a 15% discount

  • 100+ faculty receive a 20% discount


Contact to inquire about group registration and invoicing options.


Cancellations and refunds are available until June 11, 2021 with no cancelation penalty. 

Refunds are not available after the program begins. 

Kerry Volansky

"As we pivoted from emergency remote instruction, we looked for training that could address a variety of the faculty’s skill sets, offer a flexible schedule, and promote best practices in online teaching and learning.  The COOL camp exceeded our expectations!  We particularly enjoyed the personal attention from the instructors who were very supportive and engaging.  Thank you COOL for helping us!  Next year, you can count us in as return campers to learn more!" 


-Kerry Volansky, Program Director/Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hanover College

About the Program

Time Commitment

There is no engagement requirement. Participants are free to work through the coursework on their schedule. There will be weekly facilitated sessions, attendance is optional. People who fully engage in the course can expect to spend 4-8 hours/weekly on COOL coursework and developing their online course. Many COOL campers have family vacation time scheduled during COOL, you are welcome to work ahead or catch-up when you return.

Participants Recieve

  • All worksheets/handouts

  • A letter of completion

  • A digital certificate

Learning Management System (LMS) 

COOL is LMS agnostic. Facilitators are familiar with all major Learning Management Systems, but we do not use a formal LMS for this course. Our course platform is community-focused and in Mighty Networks.

Course Access

Live facilitation ends July 23. Access is open until September 1, 2021. All participants will have 2021-2022 access to the OLT Community in Mighty Networks. 


Our vision is a community of practice dedicated to excellence in online learning. A community where faculty from across disciplines and institutions work together to create online courses, lovingly and joyfully designed with our learners in mind. 

In this course, we will explore the following concepts:

  • Learning Outcomes & Backward Design

  • Constructing a Course Syllabus

  • Assessing Student Learning

  • Building Accessible Learning Modules

  • Creating Engaging Content

  • Creating an Online Classroom Community

  • Other topics include: humanizing online learning, creating a classroom of care, pedagogy of kindness, universal design for learning, and creating a culturally responsive classroom.

Our Community

Join us for weekly, interactive presentations and discussions. Together, we’ll learn about course design, accessibility, assessment, and how to build spirited and engaged online learning communities. We’ll also help you build upon your teaching strengths and existing pedagogical skills so you teach your course the way you know you can. Camp Operation Online Learning leverages the power of facilitated peer review to keep you on task and on time in a fun and supportive community of practice. 

COOL Coaches


Niya Bond

Niya Bond is a seasoned online educator, with over 10 years of experience teaching English and general education courses online. She currently serves as an online English adjunct, online faculty development facilitator, and online English Subject Matter Expert (SME). Niya’s personal and professional passions collide at the intersection of online pedagogy, online faculty development, online course and curriculum design, and online communities of practice. Recently, Niya has published pieces on virtual feminist pedagogy, adopting online pedagogies of welcome, as well as an upcoming collaborative essay detailing the complexities of taking in-person social justice courses online during COVID-19. Connect with Niya on Twitter, LinkedIn, or through her site

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Judith Dutill

Judith Dutill, OLT Co-Founder, is an experienced online educator with 20 years of working and teaching in higher education. She enjoys working with instructors who want to bridge the digital divide, develop media literacies, design instruction, advance online learning, and forge deeper connections with online students and peers. Her recent work focuses on teaching practical strategies for applying humanity-centered pedagogies. As adjunct faculty, she teaches online courses in public speaking, desktop publishing, and media and society. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn or follow her work on the OLT Blog. She's been featured on  Lecture Breakers Episode 11, Think UDL Episode 43


Clea Mahoney

Clea Mahoney is an experienced instructional technologist and faculty developer. Her "day job" focuses on faculty and staff training and consultations on incorporating institutionally supported technologies into learning experiences. Clea has an MS in Library & Information Science from Drexel University and teaches in the MS in Professional Writing program at NYU School of Professional Studies. Connect with Clea on LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter.

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Melissa Wehler

Melissa Wehler, OLT Co-Founder, has worked in higher education and faculty development since 2007, spending much of the last decade in digital classrooms. She has held staff, faculty, and administrative appointments in higher educational institutions and currently focuses on instructional design. Her teaching includes classes on writing, cultural studies, and college readiness. Melissa is passionate about helping faculty realize their unique vision for their courses and helping to make that vision sustainable. She specializes in creating classroom community, using active learning, building social spaces in digital classrooms, and designing inclusive courses. Connect with her on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the OLT Blog. She's been featured on  Lecture Breakers Episode 43, Lecture Breakers Episode 48, Think UDL Episode 49

What Faculty Are Saying About COOL

Cate Denial

"I'm loving COOL and can't recommend it highly enough! If you are looking at online teaching this fall and are (like me) a beginner, this is an incredible, supportive program that will get you where you need to go. Sign up now!" 


-Cate Denial, Director of Bright Institute at Knox College

Murat Turk

"As an online course designer, instructor and an online learning researcher COOL is such a great opportunity for me to learn and grow within such a rich network of online educators and experts. COOL is the ideal place to develop your online design and teaching skills." 


-Murat Turk, Teaching and Research Assistant, Fulbright Scholar in Learning Sciences at University of Oklahoma 

Kim Myers

"The folks at the Online Learning Toolkit have created a fantastic example of robust instructional design and learner-centered pedagogy with Camp Operation Online Learning.  I appreciate that it works for course developers across a wide variety of roles, needs, and levels of experience. It has exceeded my expectations." 


-Kim Myers, Assistant Director of Student Success, Curriculum and Assessment and Limited Term Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Sean Chamberlin

"This course is rocket fuel for online teaching. COOL abounds with strategies, resources, and tools that will help you plan, manage, and reflect on your teaching, both online and in the classroom. I highly recommend this course to anyone who teaches online, new-to-online teachers and veterans alike." 


-W. Sean Chamberlin, Professor of Earth Sciences at Fullerton College

Michelle Baumgartner

"I'm so thankful to be a part of COOL this summer!  I was in my second semester of college teaching when we suddenly went to all online teaching.  I was in dire need of help with this transition; however, taking COOL has been much more than that. I'm looking at my course with fresh eyes by following the example COOL facilitators have set through their course design. The facilitators are available, encouraging and ready to help.  I've been amazed at the interest and investment they make in each student. They have helped me overcome some personal obstacles to better attain my professional goals. The community feel within the class is also a great support."


-Michelle Baumgartner, Limited Term Lecturer, School of Education, Purdue Fort Wayne

Thank You to Our Partners

Clarke University
Hanover College
Rockford University
The University of Iowa SJMC
Texas Woman's University
Grinnell College
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Urban College of Boston
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