Online course information gateway

Teaching online: faculty information

Online course website start point: Desire2Learn

All online courses have a common entry point through the district's course management system (D2L).

Online and hybrid course development

The Technology Training Coordinator supports distance education, providing support and training for instructors by:

  • Offering Flex activities and Staff Development Workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Offering the annual Summer Technology Institute held in the first week of June
  • Offering drop-in and one-on-one appointments


If you are interested in adding technology into your on-ground or online classroom, then consider what many instructors have already done:

  • Used a D2L course for: email and the discussion boards
  • Used a D2L course for: documents and assignments, syllabus, weekly announcements, email and discussion boards, and audio/video files
  • Used an E-pack from a book publisher: which contains a range of supplemental material to nearly entire textbooks in html format for students to access at anytime.
  • Used another website in conjunction with D2L
  • Developed multimedia-based content 

Thinking about teaching an online or hybrid course?

The inclusion of technology in teaching blurs the line between a traditional on-ground classroom and an online or hybrid classroom, and can prove to be a useful way to reinvent the teaching that you already do. Thus, before you begin to think about teaching an online or hybrid course, consider using D2L with your face-to-face courses and attend college workshops and/or Staff Development drop-in times:

  • College Flex Workshops - see the Staff Development listings for Fall and Spring, taking note of those themed around technology and offered by Neal Skapura
  • Summer Technology Institute - many workshops are offered each year in the first week of June that will prepare faculty to develop content and pedagogy suitable for an online course.
  • Using D2L in your face-to-face course and, if possible, arranging to teach a the same course in both mediums - face-to-face and online.
  • Neal Skapura ( or ext. 22275) is available to assist you with conversions of course content, discussions about online pedagogy, and working timelines (one-semester prep is best) during Staff Development drop-in: Monday - Thursday from 10-2 in AB 217 and by appointment.
  • Technology Tips for a Successful Online Course
  • Succeeding in an Online Course (for students)

For additional information, consider the following links:

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