Exemplary Online Courses
Polk State College takes pride in exemplary online course design and has been using the Quality Matters rubric for guidance of best practices for instructional design since 2011. For a course to be nationally recognized by Quality Matters, it must go through a rigorous faculty peer review process, meet all essential standards in the Quality Matters rubric, and achieve a score of 85 points or more out of 100 points.
All nationally-recognized QM courses are featured on the official Quality Matters website. This site showcases exemplary courses that have been nationally recognized by Quality Matters. It shows how Polk State faculty effectively integrate technology with pedagogy to help students achieve learning outcomes and student success. The State of Florida recognizes courses that have been certified by QM as High Quality courses and are visible as such in the Florida Shines course catalog. The State also recognizes courses that meet institutional level review and criteria as Quality courses and designate such in the Florida Shines catalog.
See below the two categories of designated online courses and the faculty who designed the courses.
Quality Designated Courses
- Professor John Stewart Nationally QM recognized in 2013 CTS 1347C – Server 2008 Network Infrastructure CET 1600C – Network Fundamentals CET 1610C – Routing and Switching Essentials Nationally QM recognized in 2014 CTS 2391C – Administering Windows Server 2012 CTS 2392C – Configuring Windows Server 2012 Advance Services CTS 2393C – Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 CET 2620C – CCNA 4 Connecting Networks CET 2665C – CCNA Security Nationally QM recognized in 2015 CET 2615C – CCNA 3 Scaling Networks
Professor Chasity BranhamNationally QM recognized in 2018 CJL 2130 – Criminal Evidence and Procedure CJL 3010 – Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice
Professor Christen Shea (QM “Making a Difference for Students” Award Recipient)Nationally QM recognized in 2014 CCJ 3024 – Survey of the Criminal Justice System CCJ 3621 – Criminal and Delinquent Behavior CCJ 4054 – Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice CJE 4610 – Criminal Investigations Nationally QM recognized in 2015 CCJ 4651 – Drugs and Crime Nationally QM recognized in 2017 CCJ 1020 – Introduction to Criminal Justice CCJ 4651 – Drugs and Crime CJE 4012 – Criminal Profiling in Criminal Justice Nationally QM recognized in 2018 CCJ 4035 – Crime and Media CCJ 1001 – Introduction to Criminology CCJ 4666 – Victims and Criminal Justice System Nationally QM recognized in 2019 CCJ 4054 – Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice (Recertified)
Professor Fatin Morris GuiguisNationally QM recognized in 2015 | Recertified 2020 ENC 1101 – College Composition I
- Nationally QM recognized in 2015 HSA 3110 – Healthcare Organization and Management* HSA 3113 – Issues and Trends in Healthcare* HSA 3160 – Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations* HSC 3624 – Foundations of Global Health* HSA 4502 – Healthcare Risk Management* *Co-designed by Dr. Mimi Jenko **Co-designed by Esmirna Santos Nationally QM recognized in 2019 HSA 4553 – Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare HSA 3170 – Healthcare Accounting and Finance Professor Esmirna Santos Recertified 2020 HSC 3624 – Foundations of Global Health Recertified 2021 HSA 4502 – Healthcare Risk Management
- Dr. Mary Jenko Nationally QM recognized in 2014 NUR 3846 – Nursing Theory Nationally QM recognized in 2015 NUR 4169 – Evidence-based Practice NUR 4827 – Nursing Leadership Nationally QM recognized in 2014 | Recertified in 2019 NUR 3065 – Health Assessment Nationally QM recognized in 2016 NUR 3125 – Nursing Science Dr. Bettye Grant Nationally QM recognized in 2015 NUR 3825 – Professional Role Transformation Joan Connors Recertified in 2019
NUR 3846 – Nursing Theory Dr. Pal Good Nationally QM recognized in 2020 NUR 4775 – Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Nationally QM recognized in 2021 NUR 4638C – Individual, Family, and Population Health
Professor Natalie WhitcombNationally QM recognized in 2012 | Recertified in 2018 ESC1000 – Survey of Earth Science Nationally QM recognized in 2020 EVR 1001C – Introduction to Environmental Science Professor Dirk Valk Nationally QM recognized in 2017 AST 1002 – Descriptive Astronomy PSC 1121 – Survey of Physical Science Nationally QM recognized in 2019 PSC 1121 – Survey of Physical Science (CBE)