Distance education is a growing field helping to meet the needs of our diverse students. Moving our classrooms into the virtual world on Canvas allows us to welcome more students whose work or family schedules are obstacles to taking face-to-face classes, or whose learning styles thrive in the digital environment.
Under our UF contract, instructors who teach online will need to take our district's Becoming an Effective Online Instructor course or submit evidence of an equivalent training. This four week online course walks instructors through initial course design and important regulations and best practices in online teaching. Learn more about our professional development pathways to online teaching.
DVC offers instructors the following support materials to help prepare for online teaching:
Online instructors typically email their students the week before classes begin to help students understand how to get started in their online course. You may wish to view or use our optional fill-in the-blank welcome letter template:
There are additional points to consider adding into your syllabus when teaching online, such as letting students know about any special requirements for technology and/or software. You may wish to view or use our optional fill-in the-blank syllabus template:
Online classes may be offered with synchronous or asynchronous elements. Learn more about the pros and cons of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
DVC provides additional materials to help instructors design online courses: