About Us


Whether you are a first time visitor to the TOPkit site or a long-time participant in the TOPkit Community of Practice, your feedback will ensure that TOPkit is as relevant as possible to the online faculty development community. Please provide your anonymous reactions to/feedback on TOPkit.


Together with a board of advisors from across the state of Florida and Florida Virtual Campus, your colleagues at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning have designed and developed a statewide faculty development program in support of the State University System of Florida Board of Governors 2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education. This program consists of three components: an online toolkit, community of practice, and annual workshop.

Annual Workshop and TOPkit website with openly licensed resources bridged by the Community of Practice
  • The Florida Online Faculty Development Workshop is an annual two-day train-the-trainer experience delivered and hosted by UCF for faculty development professionals. It is currently reserved for Florida public institutions and will prepare these education professionals to return to their campuses and effectively implement the best practices, resources, and tools contained within TOPkit.
  • The TOPkit Community of Practice is a global online forum for ongoing collaboration and sharing of faculty development resources and effective practices. It is also an ongoing forum for advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in the online environment.
  • The Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit) website is a comprehensive resource that provides the postsecondary community with the essential elements required to ensure a very high quality online faculty development program, including a sample course that may be imported into any learning management system and then customized. The menus above walk you through a three-step process for planning, developing, and evaluating your program along with supporting resources.

While this initiative is Florida funded and Florida focused, it is not Florida exclusive and we invite you, our colleagues around the world, to explore the TOPkit website and actively participate in its accompanying community of practice.

University of Central Florida Contributors

Principal Investigators

  • Dr. Thomas Cavanagh
  • Dr. Wendy Howard

Key Consultant

  • Dr. Kelvin Thompson

Project Manager

  • Dr. Amanda Major, CAPM, PMP

TOPkit Workshop Coordinators

  • Ms. Sue Bauer
  • Ms. Charlotte Jones-Roberts
  • Mr. Joe Lloyd
  • Dr. Amanda Major, CAPM, PMP
  • Mr. Jim Paradiso

TOPkit Outreach Coordinators

  • Ms. Charlotte Jones-Roberts
  • Mr. Jim Paradiso

Ask ADDIE Editors

  • Dr. Denise Lowe

TOPkit Digest Editor

  • Ms. Bren Bedford

Web Development & Graphics

  • Mr. Jacob Bates
  • Ms. Bren Bedford
  • Mr. Jon Pizzo
  • CDL Graphics Team

Content Page Authors

TOPkit content authors are indicated by way of the by-line on each content page.

Additional content provided by:

Florida Atlantic University
University of West Florida Global Online
Blended Learning
Faculty Seminars
Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository
Teach Online@UCF
Daytona State College
Florida International University
Pasco-Hernando State College
University of North Florida
Valencia College

Advisory Board


Franzetta FitzFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Julie GoldendivFlorida Atlantic University
Chris (CJ) JordanekFlorida Gulf Coast University
Jessica RodriguezFlorida International University
Dahl GrayckowskiFlorida Polytechnic
Liying MiaoFlorida State University
Kevin CelebiNew College of Florida
Jennifer SmithUniversity of Florida
Kevin HulenUniversity of North Florida
Dennis WalpoleUniversity of South Florida
Vance BurgessUniversity of West Florida
Biz MetzgerBroward College
Josh StrigleCollege of Central Florida
Vikki MiltonChipola College
Andrea GibsonDaytona State College
Mary RoslonowskiEastern Florida State College
Mike DavisFlorida Gateway College
Katherine EadsFlorida Keys Community College
Jana KooiFlorida State College at Jacksonville
Melissa RizzutoFlorida SouthWestern State College
Brenda WatkinsHillsborough Community College
Steve RamosIndian River State College
Benedetto MogioviLake-Sumter State College
Gary BakerState College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Amy Crowley GonsoulinMiami Dade College
Frances "Cissy" AdleburgNorth Florida Community College
Syed HasnainNorthwest Florida State College
April HarrisPalm Beach State College
Jennifer VeloffPasco-Hernando State College
Bill WatersPensacola State College
Nathan NeumanPolk State College
Jack HallSt. Johns River State College
Michelle PiperSt. Petersburg College
Debbie BlairSanta Fe College
Michelle FranzSeminole State College of Florida
Melanie JacksonSouth Florida State College
Lemond HallTallahassee Community College
Page JerzakValencia College
Claudia RuizSaint Leo University
Tina KnebelPalm Beach Atlantic University
Bryan BiggersPalm Beach Atlantic University
Kay RogersBarry University
Amy SugarRollins University

Contact Us

Please contact us via email at TOPkit@ucf.edu.