About Courses of Distinction (COD’s)

Certificate and COD Award


The tremendous creative work and talent that go into offering an eLearning course will be honored at the annual Massachusetts Colleges Online Conference on eLearning: Sharing Best Practices. While it is recognized that every eLearning course includes innovative teaching and creative uses of instructional technology, each MCO institution may nominate two courses: one that demonstrates outstanding faculty innovation and course practices in an online format and one that demonstrates outstanding faculty innovation in a blended format. The nominated courses will be recognized with a MCO Course of Distinction (COD) award named after the Bay State’s unique association with the Sacred Cod.
Among the purposes of the MCO Courses of Distinction awards are to:

  • Encourage faculty to incorporate successful strategies/techniques into their online/blended courses.
  • Showcase the courses and faculty in presentations at the Annual Conference and allow the attendees to view the courses from a student’s perspective.
  • Serve as an excellent public relations opportunity for the nominating institutions, the faculty members, and MCO to publicize the success of online and blended learning and course quality.

Additional Information


Nicole Chelonis

Director of Digital Learning

160 Pearl Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Phone: (978) 665-3354

Fax: (978) 665-3658