Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP)

Welcome to the information page of our award-winning Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP)! TOPP was nationally recognized by Campus Technology (2019 Impact Award in the Learning & Teaching category) and by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (2020 UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award).

TOPP Award logos Campus Technology Impact Awards 2019 and UPCEA 2020.




About the Program: The Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP) prepares faculty to develop and facilitate a high-quality online class. During the intensive 6-week session, you’ll learn about effective online pedagogy and current state, federal and ACCJC requirements for online classes, practice maximizing key Laulima and Web 2.0 tools, and begin developing your online class site in a supportive community of practice. Please be aware that this is an intensive online course that requires a significant time commitment.


FALL 2020 Cohort application has closed. Please watch for the next announcement.

TOPP Fall 2020 Banner.


    • SEP 21 to OCT 16 + [2 weeks of break] + NOV 2 to NOV 15 (Total of 6 weeks)

WHERE:  100% Online, mostly Asynchronous (1-2 synchronous meetings, dates TBA)

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals currently teaching remotely or experienced online teachers interested in teaching a new online class or revising one are encouraged to apply. There is a limited number of seats in the cohort – selection into TOPP will depend on meeting the eligibility criteria and the priority of your course. It is open to all UH campuses but priority will be given to Kap‘olani CC faculty.  Please be aware that this is an intensive online course that requires a significant time commitment.

HOW does it work?

    1. Identify an online or a hybrid course you would like to develop and the semester it will be taught.
    2. Since the TOPP Program is entirely online and mostly asynchronous, we recommend that participants have at least the basic computer skills (copy/pasting, opening multiple browsers, using the Internet, uploading/downloading files, etc.) and have teaching experience.
    3. Submit your application. (Application is now closed.)
    4. The program will require a significant commitment of time and effort.  Participants are expected to spend 6 to 8 hours per week learning and participating, but the actual amount will depend on your skill level and experience.  If you need assistance, your facilitators will be available to work with you as a team, to ensure that you end up with a viable online course.


Learning Outcomes

After participating in TOPP, you will be able to:

    1. Identify effective pedagogical strategies for online teaching.
    2. Identify key federal, state, and ACCJC requirements in distance education.
    3. Create a Laulima course site that promotes learning.
    4. Design effective student-centered lessons and learning activities that are engaging, active, and are aligned to the learning outcomes.
    5. Integrate Web 2.0 tools to increase engagement.
    6. Identify and implement accessibility and copyright.
    7. Design and develop methods to build a learning community.
    8. Demonstrate basic facilitation skills in an online classroom.



WEEK 1 Planning (SLO 1,2,4)
  • Course Planner
  • Activities Planner
WEEK 2 Introduction to Teaching Online, Important Rules & Regulations (SLO 1,2,3)
  • Group Project
WEEK 3 Laulima Communication & Assessment Tools (SLO 3,4)
  • Syllabus
  • Check-in
WEEK 4 Developing the content (SLO 3,4,6)
  • 3 Modules (Lessons Pages)
Break Take a 2-week break  
WEEK 5 Continue developing the content (SLO 3,4,6)
  • Screencast Video

Building a learning community & Enhance with Web 2.0 tools (SLO 1,5,7)

Facilitation skills, Clean-Up, and Evaluation (SLO 8)

  • Timeline of continued development
  • Final Presentations (online & synchronous)

At the conclusion of TOPP training, our goal for your online course is to have at least the student orientation page plus two weeks/modules of content completed. Immediately following the 6 weeks of TOPP, you will have an opportunity to share your work with the UH community in a synchronous online session. In the weeks following TOPP, you will continue to build your online course and share it with your campus distance education support team for review and further assistance prior to and during the implementation.


Apply Online

Submit your application by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Leigh Dooley (ldooley@hawaii.edu), Kawehi Sellers (kawehils@hawaii.edu) or Helen Torigoe (htorigoe@hawaii.edu).



About the Facilitators of TOPP Fall 2020

Leigh Dooley.Leigh Dooley began teaching English at Kapi‘olani Community College in 1992 and has been teaching online for almost 20 years. She is a Professor and Interim Distance Education Coordinator. She also coordinates C4wards (Collaborative Circles for Creative Change), a professional development initiative for Kapi‘olani CC faculty and staff that include high-impact teaching practices. Leigh is a TOPP graduate herself and enjoys co-facilitating TOPP, learning from and alongside her amazing colleagues.

Kawehi Sellers

Kawehi Sellers is an associate professor in the Hospitality and Tourism Education Department at Kapiʻolani Community College. Her career in higher education began in 2004 at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s School of Travel Industry Management and she has been with the Kapi‘olani since 2010. Kawehi enjoys sharing gamification techniques and other student engagement ideas with colleagues.

Helen Torigoe

Helen Torigoe is an Instructional Designer at Kapi‘olani Community College. She created the TOPP program in 2016 and has since been co-facilitating TOPP with other Instructional Designers and/or instructional faculty colleagues. Before coming to Kapi‘olani CC, she taught Computer Science at UH Hilo and at Hawai‘i Community College for 13 years.


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