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Technology Commission

Represents the interests of Florida's community and state college personnel whose job interests include technology related activities or issues. The Technology Commission strives to enhance student learning, improve institutional effectiveness, and promote effective participation in all aspects of technology management, planning, information sharing, eLearning, and innovation.



  1. What We Do
  2. Executive Board
  3. Bylaws
  4. Announcements
  5. Awards and Recognition


Technology: What We Do/Who We Are

Hello, and welcome to the Association of Florida Colleges Technology Commission webpage. Please browse the links on the left for information on Technology Commission events and announcements as well as our bylaws, newsletter, and awards and recognition acknowledging the great work of our AFC commission members.

If you are a Florida college employee and are not already an AFC member, consider joining us and taking advantage of all of the great benefits and opportunities that come with membership!


Executive Board


Chair: Josh Murdock, Valencia College
Phone: 407-582-5223

Chair-Elect: Michael Ridlon, Santa Fe College
Phone: 352-381-3603

Past Chair: James MayValencia College

Secretary: Dana Livesay, Hillsborough CC
Phone: 813-259-6530

Treasurer:  Donna Bourbeau, Pasco-Hernando State College
Phone: 727-816-3161

Webmaster: Lena Phelps, South Florida State College 

Phone: 863-784-7303



Information about upcoming conferences, exemplary practice, and special contests will be posted here. Check back throughout the year for updates.

Join the Technology Commission Circle and our Facebook group to share year around: https://www.facebook.com/groups/afctechnology/.
Brown Bag Webinar Series--Green Screen
Please register for AFC Technology Commission: Teaching in Different Worlds with Green Screen on May 28, 2015 12:00 PM EDT at: 


Join Tanya Bizon, EAP Professor at Valencia College, on this lunch time webinar, as she dives into how she utilizes green screen technology engage her students and flip the classroom. Tanya was the runner up for the 2014 AFC Technology Commission Excellence in Technology Awards . 

This is part of brown bag webinar series presented by the AFC Technology Commission. Please feel free to share this webinar opportunity with colleagues. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Please register for AFC Technology Commission: Virtual Groups - Working Together Without Actually Meeting! on Feb 25, 2015 12:00 PM EST at:


Neal Phillips, English faculty at Valencia College, will dive into how he implements virtual groups into his online classroom to connect his online students without physically meeting. Neal was the winner of the 2014 AFC Technology Commission Excellence in Technology Awards .

This is part of brown bag webinar series presented by the AFC Technology Commission.

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2015 Joint Commission Conference

The AFC Joint Commission Spring Conference will be held at Hillsborough Community CollegeMay 14-15, 2015. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration between commissions, colleges. We encourage you to take advantage of great professional development to learn best practices being used throughout the Florida College System. 

Let this year's theme, "Finding Our Voice," challenge you to seek new avenues for sharing your creative and practical ideas that impact teaching, learning, and student success.

Register now: http://www.myafchome.org/joint-commission-conference


Have something interesting to share or showcase at Joint Commission? A Call for Proposals must be submitted by Friday, April 3, 2015. 

Images from the 2014 Joint Commission Conference



Panel Discussion


Exemplary Practice Nominees


More Exemplary Practice Nominees


Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Technology Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws:

Technology Commission Bylaws 





Awards and Recognition

2015 Excellence in Technology Awards - Call for Nominations 

The AFC Technology Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Excellence in Technology Awards. We know that you know someone doing great work and we want to make it easy for you to share his or her work. Please take two minutes to nominate yourself or a colleague/team who is working to employ technology in innovative ways at your institution, and allow the Technology Commission to share that great work with a larger audience.


This year we have streamlined the process. There is a quick digital form that allows you to identify your school and the individual(s) doing the great work. After you have sent in the nomination, we will follow up to help the nominee with the rest of the application and getting prepared for the competition.

Link to the Nomination Form 

Link to the New Evaluation Form

 Please fill out the form no later than April 1, 2015. Our team will contact your school and each nominee or team to follow up in early April. They will be asked to submit information on the technological innovation, and the top finalists will be invited to showcase their best practices at the Joint Commission Spring Conference.  In that showcase three top three finalists will be chosen to present again at the annual AFC Conference and be awarded cash prizes and well-deserved recognition for their work. The awards will be $500 for first place, $350 for second place, and $250 for third and will be awarded at the Fall Conference.

Purpose for the Excellence in Technology Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have used technology to create solutions to benefit any aspect of the community or state college operation.


1. A Florida College System employee who is a member in good standing of AFC or who has recently joined the AFC organization, or who intends to join the AFC prior to the competition. Eligible employees must also be able to present their technology concept at the Annual AFC Convention.

2. Nominations should show evidence of performance clearly consistent with the mission and goals of their institution and of the Association of Florida Colleges.

3. The recipients of the awards must show accomplishments of significant productivity or learning gains through the use of technology.

4. The use of technology should make a significant contribution or directly contribute to its preeminence in education.

5. Implementations of state-of-the-art technology should be accomplished in cost effective ways.

6. Nominations will be judged using the following rubric. http://tinyurl.com/AFCtechnologyrubric


2014 Excellence in Technology Awards Winner

Neal R. Phillips, Ed.Dnphillips@valenciacollege.edu

Neal Phillips

Virtual Groups: Working Together Without Actually Meeting!

With the advent of social media, students in online courses seek the versatility and human interest that Facebook has, and they gravitate toward online courses to escape face-to-face classroom pressures. In addition, international students see online learning as a way to increase communication and acquire language proficiency. Dr. Phillips’ session features ideas for creating collaboration in an online environment that not only focuses on course objectives but enhances students’ collaborations with peers here and abroad.


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