The Office of Teaching & Technology (TNT) upholds and extends the mission of the University by its emphasis on teaching excellence and innovation. The units within the office are dedicated to knowledge dissemination that stimulates a lifelong yearn to learn. The learners who benefit from this work include the traditional residential, distance, and working professional/part time student, as well as continuing and community education students.
The function of TNT in this process lies between the content and learning. A collection of tools, techniques, and learning experts come together with the content and provide a platform that meets the spatial needs of the student and accommodates the technology amplifiers.
TNT has special mission assignments in online learning with productions facilities, instructional designers, videographers and other specialized services and personnel to accommodate the e-learning platform.
Innovation is expected and necessary in this learning space that has been disrupted by new insights into the teaching/learning nexus and the rapid development of supporting tools and techniques. TNT is committed to “building on” rather than “standing on” current practices as symbolized by the title of its production unit, “Center for Online Innovation and Production.”
The major units that comprise this office and their contribution to our mission are noted below.
We are always open to new ideas and will respond promptly to questions, comments, or critiques.
W. Andrew McCollough received an undergraduate degree in Industrial Management from the University of Florida in 1957. After serving several years as an Army aviator, he returned to the University of Florida and received a Ph.D. in Business and Economics in 1971. He has been a faculty member, Professor of Finance in the Warrington College of Business Administration since that time.
After serving as Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs in Spring 2009, he was appointed ...
Jen Poole is the Administrative Specialist III to the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology. She handles the administration for the Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence and Distance & Continuing Education of the University. Her responsibilities include the coordination of the Self-funded Workgroup and the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee. She assists the Associate Provost with all projects that fall under his oversight and any assigned by the Provost ...
Michael Ronco is responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of data systems that meet the administrative and regulatory reporting requirements of the Office of the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology as well as its subordinate units. He has been at the University of Florida since 2008. Prior experience includes both technical and non-technical roles with large corporate entities (Auto-Owners Insurance and Amway) as well as regional industry front-runners (Online Labels). Earning his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Ferris State University and a TORFL certification from Bashkir State University, he is fond of saying that his favorite languages are PowerShell and Russian.
Launched January 2014 in accordance with Chapter 2013-27, Laws of Florida, requiring establishment of the Preeminent State Research University "UF Online" to offer "high quality, fully online baccalaureate degree programs at an affordable cost" to students who are either first time in college or transfer, instate or out of state students.
Distance & Continuing Education (DCE) provides support for the Distance Learning mission of UF by coordinating resources for developing and administering distance learning courses and programs. The primary goal of DCE is to assist academic units in extending UF's resources beyond the traditional boundaries of the main UF campus.
The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence (FDTE) fosters and develops a culture of teaching excellence by supporting all faculty at every career stage. FDTE offers an array of activities and resources such as workshops or a technology tutorial, research on various teaching practices, or simply the ability to connect with other faculty. In addition, the FDTE believes in and works diligently to celebrate the many successes of faculty in the area of teaching excellence.
The Finance Office is responsible for oversight, development and monitoring support budgets and auxiliary funds within the Associate Provost's office; UF Online, Distance & Continuing Education, Center for Online Innovation and Production, and Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence. The Finance Office also has fiduciary responsibility for self-funded educational opportunities, credit and non-credit, ensuring compliance with all State and University rules, regulations and statutes and adherence to the UF handbook on business procedures. The Finance Office also serves as a single point of contact for internal and legislative audits regarding UF Online and DCE-managed programs.
The Distance Education and Self-Funded Program Work Group is charged with reviewing proposals for new self-funded programs and distance learning fees for on-book programs, and then forwarding their recommendations concerning those proposals to the University Provost.