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.

  • The Florida Online Faculty Development Workshop. The TOPkit Workshop is a three day online live workshop that empowers those who manage faculty development or prepare faculty to teach online with practical tools and strategies to enhance their vocation. As online learning practices and technologies emerge and evolve, we unite to collaborate to build an even better future for online learning. Together, we will elevate the educational experience and transform the possibilities for all. This event will prepare education professionals to return to their campuses and effectively implement the emerging technologies, best practices, new found resources, and tools shared at the workshop and contained within TOPkit. Join us for TOPkit Workshop!
  • 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.

Research, Impact, & Evidence of TOPkit Implementation

TOPkit is dedicated to reflecting on the effectiveness of our initiative and mission. This section hosts resources demonstrating TOPkit’s impact within our community of practice.

Major, A. E., deNoyelles, A., Miller, R. (2022). Chronicling types of support and its evolution for quality digital learning in FL. TOPkit. Research report issued to the TOPkit Advisory Board on July 18.  

University of Central Florida Contributors

Principal Investigators

  • Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D.
  • Wendy Howard, Ed.D.

Key Consultant

  • Kevin Corcoran, M.B.A.

Project Manager

  • Sue Bauer, M.A.

TOPkit Workshop Coordinators

  • Lead: Charlotte Jones-Roberts, M.A.
  • Sue Bauer, M.A.
  • Joe Lloyd, M.Ed.
  • Tina Calandrino, M.Ed.
  • Suzy Jardeneh, M.A.
  • Rebecca McNulty, Ph.D.
  • Bren Bedford

TOPkit Outreach Coordinators

  • Charlotte Jones-Roberts, M.A.

Ask ADDIE Editor

  • Denise Lowe, Ed.D.

TOPkit Digest Editor

  • Bren Bedford
  • Flo Williams, Ph.D.

Web Development & Graphics

  • Jacob Bates
  • Bren Bedford
  • 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

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
Jennifer SmithUniversity of Florida
Kevin HulenUniversity of North Florida
Dennis WalpoleUniversity of South Florida
Vikki MiltonChipola College
Cheryl KohenDaytona State College
Mary RoslonowskiEastern Florida State College
Mike DavisFlorida Gateway College
Katherine EadsFlorida Keys Community College
Jana KooiFlorida State College at Jacksonville
Rebeca Yost; Roz JesterFlorida SouthWestern State College
Brenda WatkinsHillsborough Community College
April LittonIndian 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
Eva CruzPalm Beach State College
Jennifer VeloffPasco-Hernando State College
Bill WatersPensacola State College
Cody MoyerPolk State College
Jack HallSt. Johns River State College
Michelle PiperSt. Petersburg College
Debbie BlairSanta Fe College
April L. JollieSeminole State College of Florida
Melanie JacksonSouth Florida State College
Lemond HallTallahassee Community College
Geni Wright; Rose Tran; Lauren KelleyValencia College
Claudia RuizSaint Leo University
Tina KnebelPalm Beach Atlantic University
Bryan BiggersPalm Beach Atlantic University
Kay RogersBarry University
Amy SugarRollins University
Feng Sun; Kevin CelebiEckerd College
Amy CookFlagler College
Collette HinesFlorida Memorial University
Dee ThorntonJacksonville University
Dawn DubrielLynn University
Benjamin BrownStetson University
Cheri Etling-Paulsen; Susan LambertThe University of Tampa
Angie Su; Marti SnyderNova Southeastern University
Lori DriscollGulf Coast State College
Angie FairweatherNew College Florida
Cindy MersereauUniversity of West Florida
Michelle HortonUniversity of West Florida

Contact Us

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