TOPP is a faculty-driven development program that provides pedagogical and technological support for instructors endeavoring to design, develop, teach, or revise online, partially online (hybrid) and web-enhanced courses. TOPP is taught completely online with optional face to face meetings.
Online Teaching Concept and Philosophy:
TOPP has 3 levels of training built in to the program:
Training Schedule will be announced at the beginning of each semester.
Faculty teaching online for the first time will receive a stipend roughly equivalent to one semester hour of overload pay for successful completion of TOPP Level 1 and development of their online course. Faculty who complete their first semester of teaching online receive a stipend roughly equivalent to one semester hour of overload compensation for the intensive work of teaching a course for the first time. An additional hour of compensation is added for the second time this course is taught online. If they successfully complete Level 2 of TOPP, they will also receive a stipend roughly equivalent to two additional hours of overload compensation for participation in the workshops and to improve and revise their courses.
Experienced online professors who complete the Level 3 seminars and who successfully revise their courses according to the Quality Matters rubric, will receive a stipend roughly equivalent to two semester hours of overload compensation. Level 3 participants are encouraged to serve as mentors for new online professors.
For detailed information about all aspects of compensation for development and teaching online and partially online courses, see Appendix B of the BCCFA contract. To request compensation as per the agreement, please fill out and submit the Distance Learning Compensation Request Form.
To participate in this program you will need approval from your coordinator, department head and dean. Fill in the Level 1 Application Form. Instructions to complete the TOPP I form.
For further information and queries, email Brian Cordell, TOPP Coordinator, at [email protected]or by phone at X7612.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652