Wall of COOL (Celebrating Outstanding Opportunities for Learning) is a resource celebrating exemplar course design and development by Cal Poly Pomona faculty for student success using technology.

The Wall of COOL is an eLearning award which recognizes excellent courses that effectively use technology to enhance student learning and success. Courses of any format – online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced face-to-face – are eligible. Any faculty member or faculty team from any college, department, or unit is eligible to submit a course for the Wall of COOL.

The Wall of COOL itself is a super-cool website which showcases the courses selected every year. eLearning’s multimedia developers, instructional designers, and student assistants work with the selected faculty to create the Wall of COOL annually.

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Nominations for the 2021 Wall of COOL are due Oct. 11, 2020.

What is the Wall of COOL?

The Wall of COOL is a CAFE award which recognizes excellent courses that effectively use technology to enhance student learning and success. Courses of any format – online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced face-to-face – are eligible. Any faculty member or faculty team from any college, department, or unit is eligible to submit a course for the Wall of COOL.

The Wall of COOL itself is a super-cool website which showcases the courses selected every year. CAFE's multimedia developers, instructional designers, and student assistants work with the selected faculty to create the Wall of COOL annually.

Why should I nominate my course for the Wall of COOL?

Hey, it's COOL! Most importantly, if you are proud of how you support your students' success via technology and you want to share what you've done so other people can learn from your work, the Wall of COOL is a big way to do that.

Also, the Wall of COOL is a university-level, competitive award. Bragging rights are attached! In speaking with previous Wall of COOL awardees, we've found that faculty value this award because it validates the great work they do with and for students.

How are Wall of COOL courses selected?

You nominate your course using the attached form. The CAFE team takes a first pass at all nominations, looking closely at course materials that you submit or tell us that we can access. Then, previous Wall of COOL awardees and CAFE students – the students are important, because they can reflect on how the course looks from their point of view – have long, lively, and often painful conversations to decide on the final Wall of COOL courses. Please do not reapply with a course that has previously been recognized on the Wall of COOL.

What's involved if I get selected?

Parades! Parties! Champagne! Large sums of… Well, no. Sorry. The Wall of COOL is all about publicity for your course.

We will take your picture for the Wall of COOL website. We'll interview you and feature the best "artifacts" from your course in a cool video, produced by our friends at MediaVision. We'll ask you to give a short presentation (~5min) in spring (date & time TBD). We'll ask you to be part of the Wall of COOL Speaker Series in the following school year. We'll arrange for articles in PolyCentric and the PolyPost, and make sure that your college is aware of your achievements in teaching with technology.

Winners will be notified the week of Nov. 23, 2020.

What are the criteria for Wall of COOL courses?

  1. Solid course design apart from technology. Your learning outcomes and expectations for your students' performance are clear and easy for students to find. Graded activities and learning activities are aligned with the learning outcomes. The course is well-organized and contains helpful resources.
  2. Clear emphasis on inclusive and equity-minded teaching. Your course actively welcomes all students and supports them to succeed because you've made a serious effort to get to know who Cal Poly Pomona students are and what they need. You reflect on your teaching practices and keep on improving your course to better serve all students.
  3. Good faith effort to make your course accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. Although your course materials aren't 100% accessible – that's almost impossible – you have made a demonstrable effort in this area. See our Creating Accessible Materials page for more information about accessibility, and don't hesitate to call CAFE with questions.
  4. Innovative AND/OR practical use of technology for supporting learning. Some people are on the bleeding WOW edge of teaching technology – others take a workaday, pragmatic approach that others can readily adopt. Either, or both, is great for the Wall of COOL!
  5. Bonus factors: Tell us what you're proud of about your course! Are your students constantly engaged and never checked out? Does your course exemplify learn-by-doing? Have you carefully included content that reflects the diverse backgrounds of Cal Poly Pomona students? Is it a service-learning course? Are you working as a team with other faculty to spread great practices? Is your course a down-to-earth GE that serves a lot of students? Is your course a small grad-level class that speaks directly to their professional aspirations? Is your course super-tough, but you've made it possible for students to succeed without lowering your standards? …anything goes here!

Nominations for the 2021 Wall of COOL are due Oct. 11, 2020.

The submission deadline for the 2021 Wall of COOL has passed, but you can start working on your application for next year.

To find out who won, be sure to check out the Wall of COOL website this spring.

If you have any questions email cool@cpp.edu.