Faculty Professional Development

Asynchronous Learning Options:

Getting Started Course – Step 1 of Online Teaching Certification, outlines the basic tools in Canvas and provides an opportunity to practice using each.

Teaching Online Course – Step 2 of Online Teaching Certification, goes in-depth into best practices of online teaching and learning through the use of TOPKit (Teaching Online Preparation ToolKit) and also provides an introduction to Quality Matters standards for quality course design and accessibility.

Article Share via Announcements – As we continue to navigate the landscape of online and remote learning it is important to consider the trends that are evolving for us to stay current and relevant to our students. For this purpose we will share articles from some of our valued memberships such as EDUCAUSE, NISOD, Quality Matters and more. These articles will be shared through the Learning Technology Support course in Canvas, through the Monday Morning Coffee Break weekly updates and in the Transition to Online PIE site.

Paper Clip Communications – Free Teacher Resources

Learning Technology Support Course – This course provides a wealth of resources including “How To” documentation for all of our major tools in Canvas as well as video tutorials and ‘Peer Faculty’ guidance through the sharing of best practices. In addition, there is a repository of recorded webinars that can be viewed from the weekly webinars that have been offered by Learning Technology.

Summer 2020 Webinars & Events

Weekly Collaborative Webinars – hosted by Learning Technology staff through the support course in Canvas via Conferences. These occur every Friday at 10:00 AM and are recorded.

5/29     Canvas HELP Menu

6/5       Open Q&A Session

6/12    Honorlock

6/19    New Quizzes Tool (CANCELLED)

6/26    New Quizzes Tool

7/3      – holiday –

7/10    Creating a Course Home Page & Mastering the Rich Content Editor

7/17    Library Resources Online with Kristen Jernigan

7/24    Gradebook Options (settings, filters, organization)

7/31    Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning

FLVC-IDN Professional Development Webinar Series on Mental Health

Seeing “Green”: An Introduction to Mental Health Needs for Distance Learners – Part 1
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2: 50 p.m.

Registration (Free & Required)Follow this web link to register
Guest Speaker: 
Ritzy Ettinger, University of Florida
: This is Session 1 of the webinar Series on gaining knowledge about college student mental health needs, reducing stigma, and empowering course designers/faculty to support students experiencing mental health challenges.

Seeing “Green”: Advanced Strategies for Supporting Students Experiencing Mental Health Distress – Part 2
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2: 50 p.m.

Registration (Free & Required)Follow this web link to register
: This is Session 2 of the webinar Series on gaining knowledge about college student mental health needs, reducing stigma, and empowering course designers/faculty to support students experiencing mental health challenges.

Honorlock Hosted Webinar: How To Survive Remote Teaching

Surviving Remote Teaching: Top 5 Things You Need to Know
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Registration (Free & Required): register for this webinar
Guest Speaker: Gabriela Alvarez, Director of Learning Design and Innovation at FIU
Description: Recall evidence-based practices in online teaching, identify ways to integrate evidence-based practices to your course design, describe ways FERPA & Accessibility policies apply in the online courses.

Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Title IX Considerations During Remote Learning and Tips for Making Your Course Inclusive and Equitable in the Online Environment.
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://polk.zoom.us/j/95234994820
Guest Speaker: Val Baker, Chief Diversity Officer, Polk State College

Office of Disability Services

Student Accommodations in the Online Learning Environment: What You Need to Know
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://polk.zoom.us/j/98874749400
Guest Speakers: Kim Pearsall, Office of Disability and Counseling Services, Director and Dr. Susie Moerschbacher, Social Science Faculty

Distance Learning Committee

Guidelines for Teaching in the Online Environment
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://polk.zoom.us/j/92170223441?pwd=YXVIeTdkbVkwanJ3d3ZnN2pyZmxTdz09 
Guest Speaker: Cody Moyer, Director of Learning Technology, Chair of DLC at Polk State College
This session will overview Polk State’s online teaching guidelines as outlined by the Distance Learning Committee.

Arizona State University – FREE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Prepare for the Challenge of Teaching this Fall
Monday, July 13 & Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Schedule: https://www.theremotesummit.org/remote-schedule

Registration (Free & Required): Register Now!
: Join faculty colleagues, thought and practice leaders from universities and colleges worldwide to discover their perspective on pedagogy, blended learning and how to deliver engaging and effective experiences for students.  REMOTE will help you design and deliver a better back to school this fall and beyond.

First Year Experience

Promoting Student Interaction Online
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://polk.zoom.us/j/94459428929?pwd=LzV0Ly9yUU5paVBybnRseHhXRjRIUT09 
Guest Speaker: Von McGriff, Department Coordinator for College Success, Lakeland Campus and Larry Pakowski, Dean of Student Services, Winter Haven Campus Polk State College
Learn ways to engage students and promote student-student interaction in the online environment.

Academic Support Services

How to Handle Challenges in the Online Environment
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://polk.zoom.us/j/93583568948?pwd=SDZPb3ZDaFM2TjhnOUczWStGYkhCdz09
Guest Speaker: Kari Sabin, Health and Wellness Faculty and Melissa Shapiro, Student Success Coach and Rashod Webb, Student Success Coach, Polk State College
Discuss the hard parts about teaching online as well as how to handle student issues at a distance from both a faculty and support perspective.

Honorlock Hosted: Faculty Training Webinar

Tailored Training for Polk State, to equip and empower Faculty for the start of the semester using Honorlock
Date: August 6, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99422626788
Guest Speaker: Matt Schreiber, Customer Success Manager, Honorlock

Camp Canvas

Learning Technology will host three opportunities for faculty to come in-person (limited capacity) to get hands on Canvas training. These camp sessions will cover basic Canvas use, newly released features and guided practice with Q&A. One session will be recorded and shared online. A maximum of 8 participants can register for each session.       

Location: WHC 143 (Teaching and Learning Innovation Center)


  • Thursday, July 30 @ 10 AM
  • Tuesday, August 4 @1 PM
  • Friday, August 7 @ 10 AM

Registration Required: Register Today!