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Background

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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.

 

 

Contributors

 

Principal Investigators

Dr. Thomas Cavanagh, University of Central Florida

Dr. Wendy Howard, University of Central Florida

 

TOPkit content is provided by the following authors:

 

Planning

Dr. Rohan Jowallah, University of Central Florida

Dr. Linda Futch, University of Central Florida

Dr. Luke Bennett, University of Central Florida

Dr. Tommi Barrett-Greenly, University of Central Florida

 

Developing

Dr. Aimee deNoyelles, University of Central Florida

Ms. Sue Bauer, University of Central Florida

Ms. Nancy Swenson, University of Central Florida

Dr. Tommi Barrett-Greenly, University of Central Florida

Mr. John Raible, University of Central Florida

Ms. Jessica Tojo, University of Central Florida

Ms. Ashley Salter, University of Central Florida

Dr. Shelly Wyatt, University of Central Florida

Ms. Tina Calandrino, University of Central Florida

Ms. Debbie Kirkley, University of Central Florida

Ms. Kathleen Bastedo, University of Central Florida

Mr. Ryan Seilhamer, University of Central Florida

 

Evaluating

Dr. Patsy Moskal, University of Central Florida

 

Community of Practice

Dr. Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida

Dr. Wendy Howard, University of Central Florida

Ms. Ashley Salter, University of Central Florida

Dr. Shelly Wyatt, University of Central Florida

Dr. Amanda Major, University of Central Florida

 

Resources

Dr. Baiyun Chen, University of Central Florida

Ms. Tina Calandrino, University of Central Florida

 

Web Development & Graphics

Mr. Jacob Bates, University of Central Florida

Mr. Jonathan Pizzo, University of Central Florida

Ms. Kylee Woodland, University of Central Florida

Ms. Emily Sachs, University of Central Florida

Mr. Adrian Goetz, University of Central Florida

Mr. Kyler Wilson, University of Central Florida

Ms. Marlenys Rojas Reid, University of Central Florida

 

TOPkit Digest

Editors:

Mr. Joseph Raditch, University of Central Florida

Dr. Wendy Howard, University of Central Florida

Dr. Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida

 

Additional content provided by:

Florida Atlantic University
FAU

University of West Florida
UWF

Blended Learning
UCF

Faculty Seminars
UCF

Topcast
UCF

Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository
UCF

Teach Online@UCF
UCF

Daytona State College
DST

Florida International University
FIU

Pasco-Hernando State College
PHSC

University of North Florida
UNF

Valencia College
VC

 

Advisory Board

Robin Donaldson

  • Robin Donaldson, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Assistant Director, Member Research and Services
  • Florida Virtual Campus

Victoria Brown

  • Victoria Brown, Ed.D.
  • Interim Assistant Provost for eLearning
  • Florida Atlantic University

Cynthia DeLuca

  • Cynthia DeLuca, Ed.D.
  • Assistant Vice Provost
  • University of South Florida

Laura Dinehart

  • Laura Dinehart, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor, College of Education
  • Florida International University

Arifa Garman

Wendy Howard

Brian K. Marchman

  • Brian K. Marchman, Ph.D.
  • Director, Distance Learning
  • University of Florida

Deb Miller

  • Deb Miller, Ed.D.
  • Director, Center for Instruction & Research Technology
  • University of North Florida

Mike Petroski

  • Mike Petroski, M.S.
  • Director of Faculty Development and Academic Assessment
  • Lynn University

Kendall St. Hilaire

  • Kendall St. Hilaire, M.S.
  • Director of Virtual Campus
  • Indian River State College

Vicki Westergard

Shawn D. Felton

  • Shawn D. Felton, Ed.D.
  • Assistant Professor – Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Florida Gulf Coast University

John Opper

  • John Opper, Ph.D.
  • Executive Director, Distance Learning and Student Services
  • Florida Virtual Campus

Dr. Tom Cavanagh

  • Tom Cavanagh, Ph.D.
  • Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning
  • University of Central Florida

Dr. Pam Northrup

  • Pam Northrup, Ph.D.
  • Senior Associate Provost and CEO, Innovation Institute
  • University of West Florida

Nicole Nichols

  • Nicole Nichols (Administrative Support)
  • Executive Specialist
  • Florida Virtual Campus

Ambassadors

Franzetta FitzFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Julie GoldendivFlorida Atlantic University
Chris (CJ) JordanekFlorida Gulf Coast University
Gus RoqueFlorida International University
Heather HowellFlorida Polytechnic University
Joe ClarkFlorida 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
Christian GrayFlorida Keys Community College
Jana KooiFlorida State College at Jacksonville
Melissa RizzutoFlorida SouthWestern State College
Brenda WatkinsHillsborough Community College
Steve RamosIndian River State College
Mike NathansonLake-Sumter State College
Gary BakerState College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Jeff LarsonMiami Dade College
Frances "Cissy" AdleburgNorth Florida Community College
Syed HasnainNorthwest Florida State College
Sid BeitlerPalm 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
Marilyn DickeyTallahassee Community College
Page JerzakValencia College
Claudia RuizSaint Leo University

Contact Us

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