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 using Canvas and related online teaching tools, as well as online accessibility.  To stay up-to-date with best practices in distance education, 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 courses to support faculty using Canvas in their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes. Reserve your spot in an upcoming session through InSite.  (Click "Resources," click "Professional Development Workshops," choose "District Office" as the campus, then click "enroll" next to your preferred date.)

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

One week 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 a solid foundation for faculty entering the Becoming an Effective Online/Hybrid Instructor courses and offers up to 5 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

Becoming an Effective Hybrid Instructor

This four week hybrid 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 four week online 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.  

Note: this course meets the contractual mandate for online instructors to complete online instructor training.

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

Best practices

Spotlight: Title V and regular, effective contact 


Federal and state law requires distance education courses include regular and effective contact - both between the instructor and students and among students.   Please read DVC Procedure 4003.02, which defines our college policies around instructor-initiated contact and student-to-student interaction.  Sign up for a workshop via Insite to learn more.

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 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.

Spotlight: CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric

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.  Would you like to participate in a peer mentorship program to align your online course to the rubric?  Watch for news about participating in DVC's new Peer Online Mentorship Program (POMP).  

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.