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June 14 – July 23, 2021

Camp Operation Online Learning (COOL) is a six-week summer course design group that will guide you through the process of developing your online courses. Led by dynamic facilitators who are experts in online learning, COOL is dedicated to making the course design process fun and engaging for educators at every level of experience and technology fluency.

Our Focus

We focus on introducing you to easy-to-master methods and sustainable processes​. COOL facilitators will guide you through the process of designing and building your course from syllabus to final course assessment. You will learn how to design accessible and engaging online learning experiences and create original instructional materials using affordable, reliable, and user-friendly tools.

Our Approach

We believe that effective courses are built on relationships which is why we design them together. COOL brings together caring, passionate, and creative educators who work together to build their courses. We share goals, resources, and experiences in a productive, and positive environment. COOL provides peer-review and peer-support of teaching and learning materials. 

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. 

Register for COOL 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Principles of Course Design + Syllabus Bootcamp Lecture Breakers Bundle
    Enroll any time (self-paced)
    OLT Mighty Networks
  • Trauma Fundamentals for Higher Educators
    Enroll any time (self-paced)
    OLT Mighty Networks
    Enroll any time (self-paced)
    OLT Mighty Networks
  • Syllabus Bootcamp
    Enroll any time (self-paced)
    OLT Mighty Networks
    Enroll any time (self-paced)
    OLT Mighty Networks
  • OER Sprint
    May 17 - May 20, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks & Zoom
    May 17 - May 20, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks & Zoom
  • Camp Operation Online Learning 2021
    June 14-July 23, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks
    June 14-July 23, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks
  • OLT Community of Practice (Lecture Breakers)
    Community opens August 15, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks
    Community opens August 15, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks
  • OLT Community Membership
    Community opens August 15, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks
    Community opens August 15, 2021
    OLT Mighty Networks
    12-month membership
  • Virtual Voices Podcast Interview
    Summer 2021
    Podcasting Interview
    Summer 2021
    Podcasting Interview


  • Full-time Faculty - $375

  • CC/HBCU/MSI Faculty - $275

  • Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Students - $225

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


Need a Self-paced Option? Check out our self-paced course DRIVE


  • 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.

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.

Participants Recieve

  • All worksheets/handouts

  • A letter of completion

  • A digital badge

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.

COOL Facilitators

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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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Clea Mahoney

Clea Mahoney is an experienced higher education administrator and educational technologist. Her "day job" includes offering virtual and in-person consultations on teaching with technology to faculty and staff. She leads the design and facilitation of webinars and in-person workshops on centrally-supported instructional technologies at NYU and collects an embarrassing amount of cat-themed cubicle decorations. Clea has an MS in Library & Information Science from Drexel University and is currently pursuing an MA in Digital Media Design for Learning (instructional design). Explore Clea's foray into teaching online on her blog, connect on LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter.

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

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

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 2020 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