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(Chapel Hill, N.C.– Feb. 8, 2017) The Carolina Office for Online Learning (COOL) is open for business. Following the recommendation of a task force on online learning appointed by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of the Provost in early 2014, the COOL was established within the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost to support the development of online programs and coordinate online efforts across the University.
The COOL’s mission is to “sustain and advance the University’s tradition of leadership in educational excellence in the new digital learning environment.” To that end, the new office provides program development consultation, instructional design services, multimedia content development, and strategic marketing assistance to all of the University’s academic departments and professional schools.
Within the first few months of its inception, the COOL has begun online program development work for eleven University schools and departments including the Schools of Social Work, Nursing, Information and Library Science, Business, and the Graduate and Summer Schools. “The office is focused on innovating in the online education space while serving as a much-needed resource for expansion of the University’s online presence,” says COOL director Robert Bruce. “We are very pleased with the partnerships we’ve formed right out of the gate, and our partners are equally pleased with the quality of the COOL’s work.”