Exemplary Online Courses

Polk State College strives to provide exemplary online courses. Our efforts align with the State of Florida’s initiative to “create a culture of quality for online education by recognizing the development of high-quality online education statewide.” This site showcases courses that have earned one of the two designations described below.  Learning Technology encourages continuous improvement for faculty to integrate technology with pedagogy to empower students to master learning outcomes and achieve success.

Quality Designation Process

Courses that meet the criteria for quality course design as specified in the Polk State College Quality Online Course Rubric will be awarded a badge of “Quality”, visible on the course homepage and or syllabus. Our rubric aligns with the 23 essential standards found in the Quality Matters rubric 6th Ed. for Higher Education, the Polk State College Student Perception of Instruction survey, and the Faculty Online Observation Form.

Requirements:

  • Participation in Polk State College’s Quality Online Course Design Seminar facilitated by Instructional Designers.
  • Completion of a faculty self-assessment using the Quality Online Course Rubric.
  • Two peer reviews conducted by certified Quality Matters reviewers.
  • A final earned score of 85% or higher.

High-Quality Designation Process

Courses that meet the criteria for high-quality course design follow the Quality Matters rubric 6th ed. for Higher Education. Polk State College has been using the Quality Matters rubric for the 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 and meet all essential standards in the Quality Matters rubric. All nationally-recognized QM courses are featured on the official Quality Matters website.

Requirements:

  • Participation in APPQMR or DYOC course facilitated through QM.
  • Course must be taught a minimum of two semesters with students prior to certification.
  • One internal peer review conducted by a certified Quality Matters reviewer.
  • An official QM review (includes 1 master reviewer, 1 peer reviewer, and 1 subject matter expert.)
  • A score of 85 of out 100 must be achieved and all 23 essential standards must be met.
  1. BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    Emily Grime

    Nationally QM recognized in 2019
    MAN 3063 – Ethical Issues in Organizations                

    Dr. Joe Perez

    Nationally QM recognized in 2016 
    MAN 4504 – Operational Decision Making (Recertified in 2021)
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2019
    MAN 3303 – Leadership and Management Practices

    John Woodward

    Nationally QM recognized in 2021
    ACG 2021 – Principles of Financial Accounting
    ACG 2071 – Managerial Accounting
  2. COLLEGE SUCCESS

    J. Cody Moyer

    Nationally QM recognized in 2017
    SLS 1122 – First Year Seminar

    Nathan Neuman

    Nationally QM recognized in 2014
    SLS 1101 – College Success
  3. COMPUTER SCIENCE

    Tina Feleccia

    Nationally QM recognized in 2017
    CTS 1102 – Survey of Operating System Technologies
  4. CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    Chasity Branham

    Nationally QM recognized in 2018
    CJL 2130 – Criminal Evidence and Procedure
    CJL 3010 – Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice

    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 (Recertified in 2019)
    CJE 4610 – Criminal Investigations
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2017
    CCJ 1020 – Introduction to Criminal Justice (Recertified in 2022)
    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
     
  5. EDUCATION

    Beverly Woolery

    Nationally QM recognized in 2013
    EDF1250 – Introduction to Classroom Management 
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2014
    EME2040 – Introduction to Technology for Teachers
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2020
    EEX  2083 – Motivating Students with Learning Disabilities
  6. ENGLISH

    Urshela Atkins

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ENC 1102 – College Composition II

    Darlene Costakis

    “Quality” recognized in 2021
    LIT 1000 – Introduction to Literature

    Christina Gesmundo

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    SPC 1608 – Speech Communication

    Carol Martinson

    “Quality” recognized in 2021
    ENC 1101 – College Composition I

    Tiffany Messerschmidt

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ENC 1101 – College Composition I

    Dr. Fatin Morris Guirguis

    Nationally QM recognized in 2015
    ENC 1101 – College Composition I (Recertified in 2020)
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ENC 1102 – College Composition II

    Dr. Rebecka Ramos

    “Quality” recognized in 2021
    ENC 0027 – Developmental Reading and Writing II
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ENC 0017 – Developmental Reading and Writing I

    Sherry Siler

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ENC 1102 – College Composition II
  7. HEALTH AND WELLNESS

    Kari Sabin

    Nationally QM recognized in 2013
    HSC 1101 – Wellness, Nutrition, Personal Growth and Fitness
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2014
    HLP 1081 – Wellness Concepts 
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    HSC 1101 – Wellness, Nutrition, Personal Growth and Fitness
    HLP 1081 –  Wellness Concepts
  8. HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION

    Dale Anderson

    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. Mary 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

    Esmirna Santos

    Recertified 2020
    HSC 3624 – Foundations of Global Health
     
    Recertified 2021
    HSA 4502 – Healthcare Risk Management
    HSA 3110 – Healthcare Organization and Management
     
    Recertified in 2022
    HSA 3113 – Issues and Trends in Healthcare
  9. HUMANITIES

    Joseph Cook

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    FIL 1000 – Introduction to Film

    Thelma Chicas

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    SPN 1130 – First Year Spanish I

    Pamela Jones

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    SPN 1131 – First Year Spanish II

    Mary Ann Murdoch

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    HUM 2020 – Introduction to Humanities

    Dr. Jeffrey Nall

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    HUM 2020 – Introduction to Humanities
  10. MATHEMATICS

    Dr. Megan Cavanah

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAT 1033 – Intermediate Algebra

    Meriem Diouri

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MGF 1106 – Topics in Mathematics

    Nerissa Felder

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAT 1033 – Intermediate Algebra

    Dr. Arielle Gaudiello

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAC 1140 – Precalculus Algebra

    Bonny Hardesty

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAT 1033 – Intermediate Algebra

    Kim Hess

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAC 1105 – College Algebra

    Debi Immel

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAT 0028 – Developmental Mathematics II

    Joyce Lee

    Nationally QM recognized in 2019
    MAT 1033 – Intermediate Algebra (CBE)
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2020
    MAC 1105 – College Algebra

    Scott Perkins

    “Quality” Recognized in 2021
    MGF 1106 – Topics in Math

    Dr. Cynthia Scofield

    Nationally QM recognized in 2017
    MGF 1106 – Topics in Math
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAC 1105 – College Algebra

    Dr. Gregory Toole

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MAC 1105 – College Algebra
  11. NETWORK SYSTEMS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

    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
  12. NURSING

    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 

    Dr. Lorrie Jones

    Nationally QM recognized in 2014
    NUR 3065 – Health Assessment (Recertified in 2019)
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2016
    NUR 3125 – Nursing Science

    Dr. Bettye Grant

    Nationally QM recognized in 2015
    NUR 3825 – Professional Role Transformation

    Dr. 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

    Dr. Chasya Wiseman

    Nationally QM recognized in 2022
    NUR 3825 – Professional Role Transformation
  13. SCIENCE

    Colleen Caldecutt

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    HSC 1531 – Medical Terminology

    Dr. Anthony Cornett

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    BSC 2011C – Principles of Biology II

    Amanda Jones

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    CHM 1020 – Chemistry for Liberal Studies

    Mamta Rao

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    HUN 1201 – Principles of Nutrition

    Logan Randolph

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    BSC 2010C – Principles of Biology I

    Dr. Margaret Strengel-Martinez

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    MET 1010 -Meteorology

    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)
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    PHY 2020C – Fundamentals of Physics

    Dr. Natalie Whitcomb

    Nationally QM recognized in 2012
    ESC 1000 – Survey of Earth Science (Recertified in 2018)
     
    Nationally QM recognized in 2020
    EVR 1001C – Introduction to Environmental Science
     
    “Quality” Recognized in 2021
    OCE 2001C – Oceanography
     
    “Quality” Recognized in 2022
    EVR 1001C – Environmental Science
    ESC 1000 – Survey of Earth Science

    Larry Young

    “Quality” recognized in 2021
    BSC 2085C – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  14. SOCIAL SCIENCE

    Joseph Cook

    “Quality” recognized in 2021
    SYG 2000 – Introduction to Sociology
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    SYG 2010 – Social Problems

    Dr. Dawn Drake

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    PSY 2012 – Introduction to Psychology

    Dr. Cindy Gundling-Tucker

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    PSY 2012 – Introduction to Psychology

    Dr. Susan Moerschbacher

    “Quality” recognized in 2021
    DEP 2004 – Human Development
     
    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    PSY 2012 – General Psychology

    Dr. Kenrick Pierre

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ECO 2023 – Microeconomics

    Dr. Katrina Smith

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    PSY 2012 – General Psychology
  15. VISUAL ARTS

    Holly Scoggins

    “Quality” recognized in 2022
    ARH 1050 – Introduction to Art History I

Faculty interested in learning more about instructional design may complete Online Teaching Certification. If interested in this certification, contact Cody Moyer.