Exemplary Online Courses
Polk State College strives to provide exemplary online courses. Our efforts align with the State of Florida 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.
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.
- Participation in 6-week Quality Online Course Design Seminar.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Emily GrimeNationally QM recognized in 2019 MAN 3063 – Ethical Issues in Organizations
Dr. Joe PerezNationally QM recognized in 2016 MAN 4504 – Operational Decision Making (Recertified in 2021) Nationally QM recognized in 2019 MAN 3303 – Leadership and Management Practices
John WoodwardNationally QM recognized in 2021 ACG 2021 – Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2071 – Managerial Accounting
Tina FelecciaNationally QM recognized in 2017 CTS 1102 – Survey of Operating System Technologies
Chasity BranhamNationally 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 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 2015 ENC 1101 – College Composition I (Recertified in 2020)
Dale AndersonNationally 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 SantosRecertified 2020 HSC 3624 – Foundations of Global Health Recertified 2021 HSA 4502 – Healthcare Risk Management HSA 3110 – Healthcare Organization and Management
Kim Hess“Quality” Recognized in 2022 MAC 1105 – College Algebra
Joyce LeeNationally 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
Cynthia ScofieldNationally QM recognized in 2017 MGF 1106 – Topics in Math Gregory Toole “Quality” recognized in 2022 MAC 1105 – College Algebra
John StewartNationally 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
Dr. Mary JenkoNationally QM recognized in 2014 NUR 3846 – Nursing Theory Nationally QM recognized in 2015 NUR 4169 – Evidence-based Practice NUR 4827 – Nursing Leadership
Dr. Lorrie JonesNationally QM recognized in 2014 NUR 3065 – Health Assessment (Recertified in 2019) Nationally QM recognized in 2016 NUR 3125 – Nursing Science
Dr. Bettye GrantNationally QM recognized in 2015 NUR 3825 – Professional Role Transformation
Dr. Joan ConnorsRecertified in 2019
NUR 3846 – Nursing Theory
Dr. Pal GoodNationally QM recognized in 2020 NUR 4775 – Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Nationally QM recognized in 2021 NUR 4638C – Individual, Family, and Population Health
Chasya Wiseman, DNP, RN, CMSRNNationally QM recognized in 2022
NUR 3825 – Professional Role Transformation
Anthony Cornett“Quality” recognized in 2022 BSC 2011C – Principles of Biology II Logan Randolph “Quality” recognized in 2022 BSC 2010C – Principles of Biology I Margaret Strengel-Martinez “Quality” recognized in 2022 MET 1010 -Meteorology
Natalie WhitcombNationally 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 “Quality” Recognized in 2022 ESC 1000 – Survey of Earth Science
Larry Young“Quality” recognized in 2021 BSC 2085C – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Dirk ValkNationally 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