TOPkit Special Edition

Thank you for subscribing to the TOPkit digest. This special edition is intended to provide you with a general overview of all the hard work that is going on behind the scenes in preparation for our February 1st launch. Together with a board of advisors from across the state of Florida and Florida Virtual Campus, your colleagues at UCF's Center for Distributed Learning have designed and started building 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 will be a comprehensive resource that will provide 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 TOPkit Community of Practice will become a global online forum for ongoing collaboration and sharing of faculty development resources and effective practices. It will also be an ongoing forum for advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in the online environment.
  • The Florida Online Faculty Development Workshop will be a 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.
We'll feature the TOPkit site and the community of practice in two additional special editions of this TOPkit Digest to provide you with more details on each closer to the launch date of February 1, 2017.
Until then, please continue to enjoy and share our regular TOPkit Digest content.

Warmest Regards,
Dr. Wendy Howard
TOPkit Project Manager

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