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).
About the Program: The Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP) prepares faculty to develop and facilitate a high-quality online class. During the intensive 8-week session (6 weeks during the summer), 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.
WHEN: TOPP will be paused while TOPP To Go! is being offered to meet the needs of the campus in response to remote instructions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up for TOPP To-Go! (to run from June 1 to June 29, 2020) at https://bit.ly/TOPP2GoRegistration.
Two summer cohorts of TOPP will be offered online this summer (indicate your cohort preference in the application): Summer 1: May 26 – July 3 Summer 2: July 6 – August 14
WHERE: 100% Online, mostly Asynchronous
Eligibility: Individuals teaching online for the first time or experienced online teachers interested in teaching a new online class or revising one may apply. There are a limited number of seats in the cohort – selection into TOPP will depend on meeting the eligibility criteria and the priority of your course. Please be aware that this is an intensive online course that requires a significant time commitment – it is not advisable to enroll in TOPP while teaching a summer class.
HOW does it work?
- Identify an online or a hybrid course you would like to develop and the semester it will be taught.
- Since the TOPP Program is entirely online and 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.
- Submit your application.
- The program will require a significant commitment of time and effort. Participants are expected to spend 6 to 15 hours per week learning and participating, but the actual amount will depend on your skill level and experience. If you need assistance, the CELTT staff will be available to work with you as a team, online or in person, to ensure that you end up with a viable online course.
After participating in TOPP, a learner will be able to:
- Identify effective pedagogical strategies for online teaching.
- Identify key federal, state, and ACCJC requirements in distance education.
- Create a Laulima course site that promotes learning.
- Design effective student-centered lessons and learning activities that are engaging, active, and are aligned to the learning outcomes.
- Integrate Web 2.0 tools to increase engagement.
- Identify and implement accessibility and copyright.
- Design and develop methods to build a learning community.
- Demonstrate basic facilitation skills in an online classroom.
At the end of 6 weeks, our goal for your online course is to have at least two weeks/modules of content completed. In the weeks following TOPP, you will continue to build your online course and share it with CELTT for review and further assistance prior to and during the implementation.
Eligibility: Individuals teaching online for the first time or experienced online teachers interested in teaching a new online class or revising one may apply. There are a limited number of seats in the cohort – selection into TOPP will depend on meeting the eligibility criteria and the priority of your course.