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4CD colleges work together to provide professional development pathways to instructors. 

Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Canvas

Enroll in our asynchronous online course covering Canvas basics: navigation, modules, pages, assignments, discussions, quizzes, grades, accessibility, and more. This 5 hour, self-paced 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.  

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Becoming an Effective Online Instructor (BEOI)

Mandatory training

'Becoming an Effective Online Instructor' (BEOI) has been fully vetted by representatives of all 4CD campuses as part of the Districtwide Distance Education Council (DDEC.) Successful completion of BEOI satisfies the UF requirement for preparation to teach in an online mode (suspended through Spring 2022). Certificates of Completion are issued to those who complete the course with a score of 80% or higher. Instructors who have taken an equivalent training elsewhere can submit the Comparable Training Equivalency Form.

This 100% online course includes one synchronous hour per week (Mondays at 6 pm), plus ongoing asynchronous instruction and guidance over a 4-week period, with a fifth non-instructional week allowed for final submissions. Participants should expect to spend from 4 - 10 hours per week on BEOI instructional materials and assigned course-building activities, depending on their level of familiarity with online instruction. In addition to their enrollment in the instructional BEOI course shell, participants are issued an individual BEOI Practice Canvas shell where they will create their homepage and modules. The Practice shell can later be copied over to teaching class shells. Instructions on how to access BEOI and the Practice shell are included in the Welcome Letter and Syllabus, which are sent one week before the BEOI session start date.  Instructors are faculty co-facilitators from 4CD campuses.

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Summer 2022 sessions (enroll in GROW@4CD):

    • June 6 - July 3
    • June 27 - July 18
    • July 25 - Aug. 18

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Learning outcomes

This course teaches effective practices in online teaching to improve student success. Content includes strategies for:

  • Effective course design for creating or refining an online class,
  • Universal course design for accessibility,
  • Pedagogy and practices for inclusive, equitable regular and effective instructor contact,
  • Pedagogy and practices for interaction among students,
  • Steps to align to the CVC Course Design Rubric, which has been adopted as a Best Practice by all three college Academic Senates.
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 mbrennan@dvc.edu for verification.
Becoming an Effective Hybrid Instructor (BEHI)

This 100% online course includes one synchronous hour per week on Mondays from 6 - 7 pm, plus ongoing asynchronous instruction and guidance over a 4-week period, with a fifth optional non-instructional week allowed for final submissions. Participants should expect to spend from 4 - 10 hours per week on BEHI instructional materials and assigned course-building activities, depending on their level of familiarity with online and hybrid instruction. In addition to their enrollment in the instructional BEHI course shell, participants are issued an individual BEHI Practice Canvas shell where they will create their homepage and modules. The Practice shell can later be copied over to teaching class shells. Instructions on how to access BEHI and the Practice shell are included in the Welcome Letter and Syllabus, which are sent one week before the BEHI session start date. Instructors are faculty co-facilitators from 4CD campuses.

*BEOI or equivalent foundational course in online teaching is highly recommended for BEHI.  'Becoming an Effective Hybrid Instructor” (BEHI) was created and vetted by representatives of all 4CD campuses as part of the Districtwide Distance Education Council (DDEC.) Note: flex only; this class does not satisfy the UF training requirement to teach online, nor is a stipend available for completion at this time. Certificates of Completion are issued to those who complete the course with a score of 80% or higher.

checkmarkUpcoming 2022 sessions (enroll in GROW@4CD):

    • July 11 - Aug. 7
    • Oct. 24 - Nov. 27
Learning outcomes

This course teaches effective practices in hybrid teaching to improve student success. Content includes strategies to:  

  • Review and reflect on effective pedagogical practices in hybrid course design with an emphasis on equity-based practices,
  • Demonstrate how to design learning experiences and assessment activities that move cohesively between on-campus and online,
  • Design student-centered learning activities in both modalities,
  • Identify how to prepare your students for the hybrid learning experience and set them up for success,
  • Apply practices of hybrid learning to build an orientation module and full learning module in Canvas,
  • Reflect and review practices through an equity lens.
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!

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Peer Online Mentoring Program  (POMP - 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.

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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 (POCR - 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 in GROW@4CD or view our DE RecordingsWorkshops include:

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.

CVC: Online Network of Educators 

You can find high quality online teaching training through our partnership with the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Online Network or Educators (@ONE).  Sign up in GROW@4CD.  Or learn more: