Teaching Online: Faculty Information

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.

Online teachers should be familiar with best practices in course design, using Canvas and related online teaching tools, and online accessibility.  To stay up-to-date with all that's new, we provide faculty with a variety of opportunities for professional development related to online teaching and  support materials.


Professional development for online teaching

Each of our CCCCD colleges work together to offer two and four-week courses to support faculty using Canvas in their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes. Upcoming courses are listed below.  Reserve your spot in an upcoming session through InSite.

Course Title Course Description 2019-20 Dates
Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Canvas

Introductory course on using Canvas features and tools to supplement face-to-face, hybrid, and online teaching. Learn basics and best practices for designing a Canvas site, including uploading a syllabus, sending Announcements, and using Canvas Gradebook. 

This course provides up to 5 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

  • Jan. 7 - 18, 2019
  • Jan. 6 - 17, 2020 
Becoming an Effective Hybrid Instructor

This course teaches effective practices in hybrid teaching to improve student success. Content includes strategies for designing learning experiences that move cohesively from face-to-face to online activities. Course also explores how to use Canvas tools to organize learning modules in a hybrid class.

This course provides up to 10 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

  • April 15 - May 10, 2019
  • Oct. 7 - Nov. 1, 2019 
Becoming an Effective Online Instructor

This course teaches effective practices in online teaching to improve student success. Content includes strategies for regular and effective instructor contact, interaction among students, effective course design for streamlined access and accessibility, and beginning steps to prepare for submitting courses to the OEI Course Exchange, if desired.

This course provides up to 10 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

  • March 4 - 29, 2019
  • June 3 - June 25, 2019
  • July 15 - Aug. 9, 2019  
  • Sept. 9 - Oct. 4, 2019
  • March 2 - 27, 2020 

Best practices

In the spring term of 2019, DVC's Academic Senate approved the use of the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric as a guide for our local best practices in online teaching.  Does your course align with the rubric - or would you like to participate in a peer mentorship program to align your online course?  Watch for news about getting your course badged as a high-quality online course through one of DVC's upcoming POCR (Peer Online Course Review) teams.  Read on for more tips on best practices in online education.

Best practices spotlight: correspondence vs. distance education

spotlightDiablo Valley College does NOT offer correspondence courses, which are self-paced online courses with minimal instructor assessments. (These are non-accredited/non-transferable.)  Distance education courses at DVC offer students flexible, asynchronous learning opportunities, but they are NOT fully self-paced.  Our online classes provide as many opportunities for instructor-to-student and student-to-student interaction as our face-to-face equivalents.  In fact, these types of interactions are mandated by both federal and state law.  To learn more about the difference between correspondence courses and distance education, review Board Policy 4014.

Best practices spotlight: Title V and regular, effective contact Canvas Card Regular Contact

Federal and state law requires distance education courses include regular and effective contact - both between the instructor and students and among students.   Learn more about regular, effective contact by signing up for an in-person flex workshop via Insite, enrolling in the Regular, Effective Contact self-paced Canvas course, or by checking out the handout Regular, Effective Contact Quick Guide. 

Best practices spotlight: academic integrity

Canvas LogoAll online classes offered within the California Community Colleges have a common entry point through the learning management system Canvas.  Even faculty who supplement their instructional materials through the use of third-party resources must have students authenticate through Canvas.  There are other tools available to help ensure the academic integrity of your course, like online plagiarism detection software and secure online exam proctoring.  To learn more about available tools and trainings, please visit Canvas Trainings and/or Online Teaching Tools.


Support materials

In order to support you on your quest into online teaching, DVC offers faculty the following support materials:


Additional information


Contact us

For further information, please reach out to the Distance Education Committee.