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.

A Legacy of W.K. Kellogg
Wall of COOL
2009

Larisa
Preiser

CIS 310 - Management Information Systems

2009

Larisa Preiser

CIS 310 - Management Information Systems

  • Most of our students are 'digital natives' born in the era of technological proliferation
  • They are very comfortable using information and communication technologies for entertainment, social networking, and commerce
  • Using online technologies for teaching and learning is the next frontier in educating our digital natives
  • 2009

    Jian
    Zhang

    HRT 302 - Hospitality Marketing Management

    2009

    Jian Zhang

    HRT 302 - Hospitality Marketing Management

  • The online discussions and postings via Blackboard fit into the learning style of the tech-savvy generation
  • Adobe Connect was used to create the audio lectures on Blackboard freeing the instructor from spoon-feeding course materials so the instructor can conduct the class in a way that facilitates and enhances students' understanding of 'hard-core' materials
  • Having an overall hybrid course model allows students to see the face-to-face class as a transformed learning venue where they are the center of learning and discussions, not the teacher
  • 2009

    James
    Kim

    PLS 202 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

    2009

    James Kim

    PLS 202 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Interactive learning objects and dynamic statistical modeling tools explain theoretical underpinnings of abstract dynamic models and analyze real world data
  • Student interaction is encouraged as is the review of hands-on learning content using online content sharing tools and electronic lectures
  • Online social networking tools encourage student-instructor interaction and participation outside of normal class and office hours
  • 2009

    Anne
    Wohlcke

    HST 101 - History of Civilization: The Ancient Period

    2009

    Anne Wohlcke

    HST 101 - History of Civilization: The Ancient Period

  • Students were divided into different groups for the entire quarter with each group focusing on a different region of the world. This helped create cohesion amongst students who did not see each other very often and allowed them to narrow down the overwhelming content of a world history course
  • Utilization of surveys and pre/post assessments were used to gauge student learning styles
  • Interactive learning objects such as virtual reality tours with closed-captioning and audio narration reinforced principles and concepts of Universal Design for Learning
  • 2009

    Lin
    Wu

    GEO 351 - Geography of California

    2009

    Lin Wu

    GEO 351 - Geography of California

  • The test summary function built into the online LMS to provide students timely feedback on their performances, enabled students to compare their own performances with their peers in a supportive and confidential setting
  • The course was designed with various visualization tools, which opened a whole range of opportunities of engaging visualization, a key element of geography, in the teaching and learning process
  • Communication with individual students was moved from e-mail to the message box contained in Blackboard, which made a big difference in effective communication in a large class
  • 2009

    Christy
    Stevens

    Research 101 - Research Skills for College Success

    2009

    Christy Stevens

    Research 101 - Research Skills for College Success

  • The modules appeal to multiple learning styles through their use of audio, images, animations, and text
  • Each module is aligned with the information literacy standards and learning outcomes outlined by the Association of College and Research Library's Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education
  • Interactive pre and post assessments provide instant feedback, allowing users to gauge their own learning
  • 2009