online ed logo computer with mobile phoneOnline Teaching Training

Each of our CCCCD colleges work together to provide professional development opportunities to instructors along their pathway to effective online instruction. 

Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Canvas

Enroll in our one-week asynchronous online course covering Canvas basics: navigation, modules, pages, assignments, discussions, quizzes, grades, accessibility, and more. This course is useful for on campus, hybrid, and online instructors.  Many instructors find the Canvas skills gained in the Beginner's Guide help them complete BEOI - the district-provided course for certification to teach online in our District.  

checkmarkUpcoming sessions:

    • facilitated course August 9 - 15, 2021 (enroll in GROW@4CD):
    • or complete as self-paced version any time during the fall term. Click the self-enroll link and log in with your Insite username and password to add to your Canvas Dashboard.
    • 5 hours of variable flex credit is available for successful completion
Becoming an Effective Online Instructor (BEOI)

Facilitated 4 week course covering online teaching fundamentals.  Instructors build an orientation and learning content module.  Focus includes designing activities that ensure regular & effective contact, humanizing the online course experience, and applying current practices in accessibility.

Mandatory training:

This course meets the contractual mandate to complete online instructor training to teach online (suspended through Spring 2022).   Instructors who have taken an equivalent training elsewhere can submit the Comparable Training Equivalency Form.

checkmarkUpcoming sessions (enroll in GROW@4CD):

    • Jan. 3 - 31, 2022
    • Feb. 7 - 27, 2022
    • Mar. 7 - 27, 2022
    • June 6 - July 7, 2022

bullseyeDid you know? Our BEOI course and DVC instructors were featured in the East Bay Times.  Check out "East Bay college professors take courses to learn how to teach online." 

Contract updates:
  1. Any faculty member scheduled to teach online (fully online or partially online/hybrid) during summer or fall of 2020, and who successfully completes 4CD's BEOI in spring, summer or fall of 2020, will be paid a one-time stipend of $700. Previously negotiated language related to faculty being compensated for online training will not apply during 2020.
    1. Update 11/21: BEOI sessions through spring 22 are also eligible for the $700 stipend.
  2. Faculty who have completed online pedagogy workshops in the past, including 4CD’s BEOI in 2018 or 2019 or any other course in 4CD or outside the District, may elect to enroll in 4CD's BEOI in summer or fall of 2020 and receive the $700 stipend, provided that they meet the requirements outlined above in item 1.
  3. Faculty are not required to have completed a workshop in online pedagogy in order to teach online or partially online in summer or fall of 2020, but all faculty are strongly encouraged to take 4CD’s 4-week course this summer.  Also, once minimum-training requirements resume, per Article 27 of the UF contract, the 4CD 4-week training course will satisfy those minimum requirements.
    1. Update 11/21: The training requirement has been suspended through spring 2022.
  4. BEOI is eligible for 4 salary advancement units.  Email your certificate of completion to Monica Brennan at for verification.
BEOI 2: Synchronous and/or Hybrid Learning

BEOI 2: Collaborative Synchronous Learning: July 12 - 21

Facilitators from 4CD campuses will cover how to incorporate live virtual learning sessions into your online teaching. The online course focuses on transforming your Zoom sessions with students into active forms of collaboration that center on equity, accessibility, and engagement. You will also learn how to connect fully synchronous sessions to asynchronous learning. Flex only - does not qualify for stipend.

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BEOI 2: Hybrid Learning: July 26 - August 6

In this online course, facilitators from 4CD campuses will cover hybrid pedagogy, assessment, course management, and course design. Topics will include student-centered learning strategies; centering equity and accessibility in hybrid course policies, assessment, and course design; and creating continuity between “on campus” and “online” learning experiences. Flex only - does not qualify for stipend.

checkmarkSee Hybrid Learning to register through GROW!

Accessibility training 

A series of six self-paced modules that walk instructors through accessibility principles; Word docs; PowerPoints; PDFs; Audio & Video; and Canvas.  Support is available from our Accessibility Ambassadors!

checkmarkEnroll in the self-paced accessibility training in Canvas

Peer Online Mentoring Program  (for CVC badge)

A 7 week workshop where instructors are paired with mentors and work towards alignment of a previously taught online course to the CVC Course Design Rubric. Instructors work through sections on Content Presentation, Interaction, Assessment, and Accessibility.  Final course design goes to Districtwide Distance Education Council (DDEC) Alignment group for final review before courses are badged on the new seamless enrollment platform for students looking to complete fully online certificates and degrees.

checkmarkRecordings of past "POMP Online Instructor Showcases" are available through GROW@4CD!  Watch email for upcoming applications or contact Anne Kingsley, DE Coordinator at to learn more. 

Past POMP cohorts
  • POMP - Fall 2019 - Kickoff Round
  • POMP - Spring 2019 - CE Focus
  • POMP - Summer 2020 - CE Focus
  • POMP - Fall 2020 - English Focus
  • POMP - Spring 2021 - College-wide
  • POMP - Fall 2021 - College-wide
Peer Online Course Review (for mentoring)

Instructors who have aligned a course to the CVC Course Design Rubric through DVC's Peer Online Mentorship Program and are interested in becoming mentors should enroll in Peer Online Course Review training through @ONE (Online Network of Educators). 

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Flex workshops

Attend ongoing flex workshops, great for those needing extra support in specific tools or as a way to keep up with the latest best practices.

checkmarkSign up for upcoming sessions or view recordings of past sessions in GROW@4CD.  Available workshops:

The Beginner's Guide to Teaching with Canvas

This comprehensive online training covers Canvas course design from initial course set-up to providing feedback to students.  We highly recommend starting here, in either a facilitated or self-paced session.

College Technology Overview

Come to this overview of basic college technologies.  Find out how to access Outlook tools (email, Office 365, Sharepoint, calendar), Zoom effectively, and download Adobe cloud.  This session is perfect for classified staff and/or instructors.

Tips for the first week

Learn strategies for the first weeks online: welcome letters, orientation units, online rosters, managing waitlists, and more.

Online Course Development: How to prep for Spring

Planning to tinker with your course design before next semester? Learn about resources and strategies to help prepare your best Spring courses.

Canvas Tips & Tricks

Learn how to leverage Canvas for better productivity and more student engagement. Get ready to realize some hidden tricks to make it all work for you!

Designing Canvas Discussion Boards

Learn how to design online discussions for remote learning that encourage active participation.

Canvas Peer Review Panel

Come to this panel to hear instructors share examples of peer review assignments and tips for implementing peer review in the online environment.

Canvas Assignments and SpeedGrader

Learn how to collect student work and provide feedback to students on Canvas.

Creating Canvas Quizzes

Learn how to create Canvas based quizzes.

Proctorio for Secure Online Exam Proctoring

Learn how to use Proctorio for Secure Online Exam Proctoring.

Online Exams

Learn strategies for writing effective online exams.  We'll cover what kinds of exams work well online, and take a quick look at Canvas Quizzes, New Quizzes, Accessing Resources, and more.

Rethinking Online Assessments in STEM fields

Download & Listening; View feedback from BEOI Stem; survey of STEM needs; and discussion of USC equity sessions. Share what challenges and opportunities you see for online assessments. Create action items.

Canvas Gradebook

Design your Gradebook on Canvas so students can track their progress in the course.

Giving Student Feedback Online through Canvas SpeedGrader & Rubrics

Give your students online feedback using Canvas tools such as SpeedGrader and Rubrics. These features can help students keep track of their work and keep interaction/connection high.

Equity in Online Classes- Applying the new equity rubric

Learn strategies for providing equitable instruction online in this session covering the new DVC Equity Rubric.

Creating Engaging Online Activities

Learn how to design online activities in Canvas that help create and sustain a classroom community.

The Screen-Reader Experience - Come hear for yourself

Students who are blind rely on screen-reading software to voice all online content and use keyboard commands to navigate. Join us for this immersive experience as we demonstrate using screen-reading technology inside a Canvas course. Strategies will also be offered for designing with screen-reader users in mind. You may never look at your online content the same way again!

Accessibilizing Your Course - Two new tools to simplify and streamline accessibility!

Learn how to leverage two tools in Canvas (Ally and Pope Tech) to help simplify and streamline course accessibility.  Both tools provide integrated guidance and on-the-spot fixing capability to improve the usability of your content for all learners.

Supporting Online Readers with Hypothesis Annotations

Join a group of DVC instructors using social, digital annotation to create community during remote instruction. Learn how digital annotation can be used to layer instructor support and peer-to-peer interaction onto a reading within Canvas.

Creating Engaging Zoom Sessions

Come to this panel to hear how faculty engage students in synchronous online class sessions. We'll cover strategies for maximizing student interactions as well as provide guidance on our “cameras encouraged” recommendation and FERPA related tips.

Video creation: prep, create, edit, engage

As we’ve created videos for this online semester, we've all come to realize video making isn't as easy as just hitting record. Learn tips for prepping, creating, and editing instructional videos.

Video Creation and Engagement with Studio

Learn how to leverage Canvas Studio to engage with students through video conversations or quizzing. Find out how to create your own videos or leverage videos from other educational sources. Leave with resources to leverage this tool with your own students.

Project Based Learning

Come to this panel to hear instructors share examples and tips for implementing project based learning in the online environment.

Peer Online Mentorship Program Overview

Learn about POMP and what it means to be aligned to the CVC Rubric. See where we are at as a college and where we are heading.

Design Hack-athon

Check out the DVC Style Guide with digital goodies to elevate the design of your online classes and build a “visual vocabulary” for your online learners. Learn how to make your course mobile friendly.

Additional resources

Get drop-in support on campus or online with DVC's online coaches.  Learn more about the options through our Staff Development Center.

You can find high quality online teaching training through our partnership with the California Virtual Campus (CVC) and the Online Network for Educators (@ONE).  Sign up for upcoming sessions in GROW@4CD.  To learn more, check out: