Best Practices Inventory

We believe quality teaching and learning is built upon research findings and best practices in education. This section serves as an inventory for a range of helpful resources such as quality instructional design, quality standards and rubrics, effective teaching and learning practices, technologies and processes, student support resources. This page is updated periodically. Please check back again for more updates.

Resources for Online Teaching & Learning

California Community Colleges/California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative
CVC-OEI Resources for Remote Instruction and Services

Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline)
CCCOnline COVID-19 Support and Resources website. Please also see the Remote Instruction Toolkit developed and shared by the Colorado Community College System.

Getting Started with Canvas in 10 Steps (Faculty)
A blog post created by Karen Pinto

Resources for At-home-success

Open Textbook Library
Make a difference in your students' lives with free, openly-licensed textbooks.

Resources for remote learning during COVID-19 shared by the OPEN SUNY and SUNY Online for campus leaders, students and faculty

Quality Matters: QM Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) Checklist
Quality Matters created the ERI Checklist

UCF Keep Teaching (for Faculty)
UCF Keep Teaching (for Faculty)

UCF Keep Learning (for Students)
UCF Keep Teaching (for Faculty)

The Chronicle of Higher Education
How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online

Suggestions for Teaching a Synchronous Class
The Florida State College at Jacksonville shared a document based on a Faculty Focus article to guide instructors in synchronous online teaching.

Virtual and Remote Labs

Virtual and Remote Labs
The University of Central Florida's Pegasus Innovation Lab compiled rich resources as a comprehensive inventory of tools and platforms available for educators.

How to Rethink Science Lab Classes
This Inside Higher Ed article identifies five objectives for online labs that are critical to any science laboratory experience.

How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online
The Chronicle of Higher Education reviews how to safely and quickly move a lab course online.

Information and Resources for Online Proctoring

COVID-19 Emergency Pricing available for all Florida Higher Ed Institutions. Contact Andres Taborta (; Phone: 844-841-LOCK)

COVID-19 Emergency Pricing available for all Florida Higher Ed Institutions. Contact Ivan Babovic (; Phone: 480-418-0988)

Institutions NOT currently licensing LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor may obtain a free, unlimited-use pilot through May (or June).

Developing and Facilitating Proctorio Exams in Canvas
Florida Polytechnic University shared this YouTube video.

Accessibility and Copyright


U.S. DOE Press Release for Accessibility Webinar and Fact Sheet

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students' civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities and in preventing discrimination during this Administration-wide response effort.


Resources on Copyright & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

Library Copyright Experts have joined together to provide these resources for higher education, including college, research, community college, and special libraries.


Well-being in Stressful Times
This guide is for keeping calm and keeping up your spirits in stressful time. See the "Stuck at home" tab for things to do with kids, activities for yourself, and help with classes.

K-12 Resources

American School Counselor Association
ASCA shares some very helpful COVID-19 resources on its website.

Resources for At-home-success

Bring the World to Your Classroom

WFSU and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for Florida teachers like you.

Helpful Resources & Real-World Tips

  • The Rapid E-Learning Blog: Blog with practical, real-world tips for e-learning success.
  • E-Learning Heroes: Active online community that offers tips, e-learning challenges, discussions, and access to templates and assets.
  • Learning Solutions Magazine: Magazine with strategies, tools, technologies, services, and best practices to design, develop, implement and manage online learning programs.
  • eLearning Industry: Online community or professional which offers articles, concepts, software and resources.
  • eLearning Learning: Hub that collects and organizes the best posts and articles on online learning.
  • The eLearning Coach: Website with actionable strategies, practical content, product reviews and resources for understanding, designing, and developing online learning.
  • Cathy Moore: Blog with ideas for designing lively training for working adults.
  • Jane Bozar Bozarthzone: Blog with ideas for creating and outsourcing inexpensive online learning solutions, along with general thoughts about the training and development field.


  • Quality Matters: Organization that supports quality assurance.
  • Online Learning Consortium: Organization that provides professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations.
  • The eLearning Guild: Online community with information, networking, and resources for online learning.
  • Education Advisory Board (EAB): Organization that provides best practice research and practical advice to key academic and administrative leaders.
  • The International E-learning Association: Online community of online learning professionals, researchers, and students.
  • EDUCAUSE: Online community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.
  • The Association for Talent Development: Professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations.

Training & Support

  • Lynda: Online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Atomic Learning: Online training and development solutions for education.
  • TechSmith: Online tutorials, support and community for several development products including Snagit, Camtasia, Relay, Loop, Jing, etc.
  • Adobe TV: Online resources and support for Adobe tools and services.


Professional Development Webinar Archives

FLVC collaborates with our colleagues, partners, friends and supporters across the state to host or co-host professional development webinars for our teaching and learning community members. The webinars cover various popular topics and are presented by guest speakers who are experts in the field. The webinar recordings and related resources are archived and shared with the community as well as on this website.


October 2018

UDOIT Matters
Nancy Swenson, Karen Tinsley-Kim, Jacob Bates and Wendy Howard, University of Central Florida


January 2019

The 2018 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey: Results and Opportunities
John Opper, Executive Director at FLVC

February 2019

Valentine’s CoLAB Online Networking Event
Co-hosted by: University of Florida Office of Teaching Excellence, TOPkit and FLVC-IDN
*This event was not recorded.

March 2019

Key Strategies to Supercharge Your Technology Training
James Jorstad, Director of Academic Technology Services at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

April 2019

Online Professional Development and the Networked Knowledge Activities
Vanessa Dennen, Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies at Florida State University

August 2019

FLVC IDN “Open Mic”
Yunhong “Tom” Tu, Florida Virtual Campus
*This event was not recorded.

September 2019

Online Project Management for Instructional Designers Panel
Katie Profeta & Lucia d’Ancona, Indian River State College
Amanda Major & Sue Bauer, University of Central Florida
Christie Nicholas & Heidi Schroeder, University of South Florida
Brenda Such & Emma Brady, University of Florida
Co-hosted by: University of South Florida, TOPkit and FLVC-IDN

October 2019

Strategies for Managing Instructional Designers' Workload Panel
Michelle Franz, Seminole State College
Wendy Howard, University of Central Florida
Michelle Piper, St. Petersburg College
Colleen Reiner, University of South Florida
Vicki Westergard, St. Petersburg College
Geni Wright, Valencia College

November 2019

Creating Faculty Buy-in for Course Quality Indicators
Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida
Michelle Franz, Seminole State College


January 2020

Developing a Support Model for Faculty to Infuse UDL & Accessibility in Online Courses
Geni Wright, Valencia College
Rose Tran, Valencia College
Aaron Bergeson, Valencia College

February 2020

DAccess for People with Disabilities to Online Programs and Resources*

David Kutch
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
*This webinar was not recorded under our agreement with the OCR.

March 2020

Issues, Tools and Solutions for Web Accessibility*
Logan Gerrity & Matthew Vitale
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
*This webinar was not recorded under our agreement with the OCR.

April 2020

Really? You’re Still Talking About Faculty Buy-In to the Quality Initiative While #RemoteTeaching Is On-Going?
Dr. Kelvin Thompson
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

April 2020

Resources for Web Accessibility: A Follow-up and Q&A Session*
Judith Risch, David Kutch, Logan Gerrity & Matthew Vitale
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
*This webinar was not recorded under our agreement with the OCR.

May 2020

"TOPR-tunities" for Success: Using the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository to Create
Engaging Online Content
Shelly Wyatt & Alyssa Albrecht
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

July 2020

Strategies for Online and Remote Lab Courses
Bryan Biggers, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Christine Brown, University of South Florida
Debra Sheridan-Brinkman, Miami Dade College
Vicki Westergard, St. Petersburg College
Webinar Handout
Webinar Resource Sheet


April 2021

Ensuring Quality: Lessons from the Nation’s Top Ranked Online Programs
Felix Brito, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Cheryl Kohen, Daytona State College
Brian K. Marchman, University of Florida
Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida