Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP)

Our award-winning Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP) was nationally recognized by

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

TOPP prepares our faculty to develop and facilitate high-quality online classes. Participants 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 their 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.


TOPP has been redesigned for Summer 2021!

As we mark five years since the launch of the Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP) at Kapi‘olani CC, it’s time to roll out a revamped and redesigned TOPP to meet the growing online learning trends and evolving campus needs, especially post-pandemic. This summer, three new modules of TOPP will be offered to help prepare faculty to increase their technology skills, create a learning plan, and develop an online/hybrid class using the latest learning technologies.


May 17-21, 2020 (1 Week) | Online Synchronous [FULL]
Recommended for anyone ready to build basic skills in Zoom, Google Suite, Laulima, and basic ADA.


May 24 – June 4, 2021 (2 Weeks) | Online Asynchronous [FULL]
July 6 – July 16, 2021 (2 Weeks) | Online Asynchronous [Apply by 5/10/21]

Create a detailed plan for active learning that aligns with the course learning outcomes. This module will prepare you for the next step of creating an online/hybrid class in TOPP: Building an Online Classroom.


June 7 – July 2, 2021 (4 Weeks) | Online Mostly Asynchronous [FULL]
July 19 – August 13, 2021 (4 Weeks) | Online Mostly Asynchronous [Apply by 5/10/21]

Build an online/hybrid classroom in Laulima with guidance from the facilitators and a small group of peers. Must have completed Pre-TOPP: Course Planning for Active Learning and/or completed a Course Map. Priority will be given to those who applied to both Pre-TOPP: Course Planning for Active Learning and this module.

For more details, see the TOPP Summer II Information Sheet.

NOTE: Each module has a limited number of seats. Although the program is open to faculty from any UH campus, priority will be given to Kapi‘olani CC faculty.


📆 APPLY ONLINE by Monday, May 10, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of their status by May 17th. Questions? Please email us at kaptopp@hawaii.edu.



About the Facilitators of TOPP Summer 2021


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.
Jenni Guillen Jenni Guillen teaches in the Biology Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and is a graduate of TOPP and TOPP To Go!. She is a member of the Faculty Development Committee and believes in building an academic community where ongoing education and sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience are key strategies to faculty and student success. Jenni will be supporting UHH faculty during Summer II.
Laureen Kodani. Laureen Kodani is an Instructional Designer at UH Maui College and she believes in supporting student success and the achievement of learning outcomes by helping faculty and staff achieve success! She enjoys assisting faculty with designing and developing courses with the best possible, student-centered learning environments while staying current with the latest learning technology tools. Laureen co-developed the Course Planning for Active Learning Module and will be supporting UHMC faculty.
Kelli Nakamura. Kelli Nakamura is an Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at Kapi‘olani Community College. She was a member of the very first TOPP cohort and has served as the DE Coordinator and the Faculty Senate DE Committee Chair. She also teaches at the Ethnic Studies and History Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa focusing on gender and race during World War II.
Melissa Nakamura Melissa Nakamura is an Instructional Designer at Kapi‘olani Community College. She also teaches introductory non-credit computer courses, such as Google Suite for the Workplace, Introduction to Apple Apps and Android Apps.
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.
Amy Shiroma Amy Shiroma joined the team at Kapi’olani Community College in 2016 as an Instructor in the Hospitality & Tourism Education Department.  Amy is a TOPP graduate and is happy to share in the learning journey with new TOPPers!
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 and continuously improving TOPP and other professional development programs with other Instructional Designers and instructional faculty colleagues. Before coming to Kapi‘olani CC, she taught Computer Science at UH Hilo and at Hawai‘i Community College.
Cindy Yamaguchi Cindy Yamaguchi is the Online Teaching and Learning Specialist/Instructional Designer at UH Hilo. She has been providing faculty training and helping faculty design and develop their courses for over 20 years. She still loves seeing their joy when they learn something new and/or have an “aha!” moment. Cindy will be supporting all UHH faculty participants.
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