Touring TOPkit: Your Faculty Development Toolkit

Concurrent Session 6

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Explore how the newly improved TOPkit community can empower you to be a faculty development guru at your higher education instiution. Increase the value you bring to your institution from resources you will receive and the community that you will have the potential to build from this gamified session. 


Amanda Major, Ed.D., CPLP, PMP enjoys contributing to instructional design initiatives and leading projects to enhance online higher education. Dr. Major has experience delivering results in a variety of learner-focused and client-oriented environments. Prior to arriving at UCF as an instructional designer Amanda taught online courses, oversaw online program management, participated in strategic planning efforts, developed policies, offered instructional design assistance, and improved business processes to contribute to quality online programs at a large, public, research-intensive University. Actively contributing to the field of online learning, she has presented at national and international conferences and has peer-reviewed publications about organizational development, as well as e-learning operations and projects in higher education. Dr. Major holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institution (PMI) and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance certification from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Additionally, she has earned certifications from the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters focused specifically on online learning in higher education. Her academic credentials include an Ed.D. in educational leadership, policy and law; an M.A. in industrial organizational psychology; and a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social psychological issues.
James (Jim) is the Program Coordinator of UCF's Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) initiative and an instructional designer on UCF's Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL) team. He manages UCF's Pressbooks network and runs a multi-institutional Realizeit (adaptive learning) workgroup. A good portion of his day-to-day duties involves collaborating with faculty and other supporting entities around campus to bring open and/or adaptive projects to fruition.
Charlotte Jones-Roberts, M.A., is an Instructional Designer at the University of Central Florida. She is the Lead of ADL5000, an online faculty credentialing program which focuses on part-time and adjunct faculty credentialing. She strives to create a culture of Quality, lead dynamic virtual seminars, and wears many hats behind the scenes of TOPkit - Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit. She is pursuing her EdD in Curriculum & Instruction, focused on humanized online learning and anxiety in online courses.

Extended Abstract

The TOPkit community focuses on preparing faculty to teach online. Since February 1, 2017, thanks to funding from the Vice Presidents of the State University System institutions of Florida and the Florida Virtual Campus provided the resources, TOPkit launched the Toolkit and the annual train-the-trainer TOPkit Workshop, along with the Community of Practice. The newly refreshed offers an adoptable, adaptable resource for those involved in faculty development at their higher educational instiutions. This state funded program has an international draw and a highly engaged community, which provides expert advice on  planning, developing, and evaluating faculty development programs, as well as topics related to preparing faculty to teach online or hybrid courses.

Embark on your adventure by participating in a Jeopardy-like game. Whether your in the planning, developing, and evaluating stage for faculty development, the game will take you on a tour for finding key, valuable resources on the website. This includes essential content like encouraging affordable content, applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, adopting quality course and program rubrics, and implementing tips for evaluating a faculty development program.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in activities:

  • Choose a course that prepares faculty to teach online
  • Select a rubric to enhance a quality course or program
  • Ask ADDIE for faculty development advice
  • Get involved by finding or sharing best practices for guiding faculty
  • Schedule to attend or add a professional development event to the TOPkit Calendar

Find the faculty development opportunity that best suits your instiution's needs. This session promises to engage professionals to discover valuable resources for preparing faculty to teach online, we will play a Jeopardy-like game that will solidify your faculty development toolkit.