About the Collection
POLO for Teaching serves as the repository for documentation for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). It is a collection of assessments, assignments, and explanations of teaching strategies created by Palm Beach State College faculty and staff to share with colleagues. Its current focus is critical thinking, but will soon curate resources that impact student learning as they relate to general education and associate degree learning outcomes. Resources will be included for any discipline, subject, or course taught at the College.
About the Project
When Palm Beach State College submitted its application for reaffirmation to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a college wide Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was included as one of the requirements. A QEP is a five-year plan to improve student learning; the focus of Palm Beach State College’s QEP was to teach and access critical thinking.
A QEP Development Team was formed in 2009 to develop a plan of action. One action was to create a critical thinking resource center housed on all campuses and online. In 2012, the QEP Implementation Team suggested partnering with the Learning Objects Committee and using POLO to provide online accessibility for their resources. (This team was composed of Kimberly Allen, Caroll T. Capers, Eliana Carvalho-Mukherjee , Carleton Chernekoff, Lyam Christopher, Brian Findley, Manuel Larenas, Daniel McGavin, Karen Pain (Chair), Richard Reeder, Kristy Taylor, Zyanya Torres, David Wells, Elizabeth Wilber and Mindy Yale) An inventory of best practices and documentation of high-impact strategies, assessments and assignments were developed and made accessible for professional development.
Contributions by faculty and staff are encouraged. For more information, please see FAQs for Contributors. To submit a learning object please follows the directions on this page.
Resources for POLO for Teaching are created with a variety of software and come in many file formats.
POLO uses a hosted instance of ContentDM Digital Collection Management Software to upload, apply metadata, search, deliver and store files. This service is provided by OCLC, a worldwide library cooperative, and made available through the State Library and Archives of Florida; funded by the Library Services and Technology Act.
Conditions of Use
Palm Beach State College welcomes faculty to view and use these resources. In most cases resources created by PBSC faculty and staff are owned and copyright-protected by their creator. Many creators have granted a Creative Commons license to share these resources in specific ways. Descriptive information, including a rights statement, is provided for each object in POLO. It is the responsibility of the users of these resources to satisfy copyright or use restrictions.
Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)
Palm Beach State College mandates that all employees comply with U.S. federal copyright law. However issues of copyright infringement are not always clear cut; the TEACH Act and Fair Use Doctrine allow limited use of copyright protected material under certain conditions.
In the event that you are the owner of copyright protected material and you find it hosted on this website, please contact us so we may review your grievance. If there is due proof and basis for your complaint we will withdraw the material from our repository.
Karen Pain serves as QEP Manager, and was instrumental in the development of the POLO for Teaching collection. Faculty and staff on the QEP Implementation team started the collection with their contributions; early contributors were Caroll T. Capers, Manuel Larenas, Dan McGavin, Eliana C. Mukherjee, Ana Porro, Warren Smith, Melissa Stonecipher, Tcherina Swilley Duncombe, Elizabeth Wilber and, Mindy Yale,
Jim Robinette served as technical advisor for the creation of videos and voice-over-PowerPoints. Susan Setterlund configured the CMS software and web interface design for POLO. She creates the metadata and uploads objects to ContentDM. She also created and maintains the college’s POLO website.
Dr. Sharon Sass serves as advisor for the QEP project and its implementation through POLO.
All of the creators of these resources are warmly thanked for their contributions!