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.

Professional development pathways to online teaching

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

Start here:  Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Canvas

Self-paced or facilitated one-week Canvas course covering course set up, navigation, homepage development, creating modules, creating assignments, using quizzes, organizing gradebook, and Canvas accessibility basics. This course is a comprehensive starting point for face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes.

This course provides a solid foundation in Canvas for faculty entering the Becoming an Effective Online Instructor (BEOI) course, and offers up to 5 hours of variable flex credit for faculty.  (Note: BEOI - or a comparable training - will become needed for certification to teach online in our District.  Because BEOI assumes instructors are familiar with Canvas basics, this optional Beginner's Guide course is available as support.)

  • self-paced Summer 2020 session (self-enroll link - log in with Insite username and password to add to your Canvas Dashboard).
  • May 25-30, 2020 (facilitated)
  • more facilitated dates TBA for August and Fall semester in GROW@4CD
DVC requires: Becoming an Effective Online Instructor
 

Facilitated 4 week course covering online set up and navigation; writing online course policies; directing students to online resources; using Canvas tools to build learning modules; building discussions, assignments,and quizzes; connecting objectives to online content; building a student facing online orientation; creating a learning content module; creating activities that ensure regular & effective contact between instructor and student and among students; humanizing the online course experience including establishing equitable practices; and applying current practices in accessibility. Note: this course meets the contractual mandate for online instructors to complete online instructor training. 

       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.
      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.

Upcoming Session Enrollment Links:

DVC recommends: Accessibility Training & Digital Access Clinic

A series of six self-paced modules that walk instructors through accessibility principles; word docs; powerpoints; PDFs; Audio & Video; and Canvas.

In the Digital Access Clinic, Instructors receive a read through of their online course through screen reading software to ensure accessibility.

CVC-OEI requires for badging:  Peer Online Mentoring Program  (POMP)
 

A 6-8 week workshop where instructors are paired with mentors and work towards alignment of a previously taught online course to the CVC-OEI’s Course Design Rubric. Instructors work through Content Presentation; Interaction; Assessment; and Accessibility. Instructors attend a Digital Access Clinic with DSPS. Final course design goes to Districtwide Distance Education Council (DDEC) Alignment group for final review.

Please watch emails for application announcements or contact Anne Kingsley, DE Coordinator at akingsley@dvc.edu.

CVC-OEI requires for mentoring: Peer Online Course Review (through @ONE)

Instructors who are interested in alignment or are interested in becoming mentors will go through the Peer Online Course Review training through @ONE (Online Network of Educators). Instructors are trained on the course review process using the CVC-OEI’s Course Design Rubric. 

DVC recommends: Optional Flex

Attend ongoing flex trainings that offer discussions and workshops on specific elements of online instruction (ex. Level up in Zoom, Student Feedback in Canvas, Better Discussion Boards, Supporting Online Readers with Hypothesis, Creating Engaging Online Activities).  These workshops are great for those needing extra support in specific areas or as a way to keep up with the latest ongoing best practices in teaching with technology.

Getting Your Students Ready for Remote Learning

Learn how to prepare your students for this transition to remote learning. Create a clear online communication and feedback/assessment plan, direct students to appropriate resources, and create online check-ins.

Canvas Basics for Remote Learning
 

Get prepared to move instruction and learning activities online in the event of an emergency campus disruption.  Come to this session to learn how Canvas can be used to share instructional content with students, facilitate online learning activities, and collect/assess student work.

Zoom
 

Learn how to host and record live lectures or online office hours with your students. Learn how to host an event, share your screen, record and caption your meetings, and more.

Video Creation with  Screencast-o-Matic
Learn how to make videos and screen-capture your lecture using Screencast-o-matic.  Share your webcam, your computer screen, your apps, and more. Learn how to caption your videos and share them on Canvas. 
Video Creation with Relay
Learn how to use Relay to record and caption lectures and layer conversations with students right onto videos within Canvas.   
Designing Online Discussion Boards
Learn how to design online discussions for remote learning that encourage active participation.
Assignments and Speedgrader
Learn how to collect student work and provide feedback to students on Canvas.
Creating Engaging Online Activities
Learn how to design online activities that help create and sustain a classroom community 
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 
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 Tips to help Vulnerable Students through Remote Learning
Learn key strategies to keep vulnerable learners connected to classroom community.
Level Up in Zoom
Got the basics down and looking for how to up your Zoom game?  Come learn about best practices on Zoom. We’ll share strategies like layering in live polling and enabling breakout rooms.  And we hope to hear best practices from you!
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.
Online Accessibility & Universal Design
 Learn how to create accessible content for students.
Respondus
Learn how to use Respondus to turn Word documents into Canvas Quizzes.
Labster
Learn how to leverage Labster for online labs in Canvas.

 


Best practices in online teaching

Spotlight: Title V and regular, effective contact 

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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.

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 instruction through third-party resources must have students authenticate through Canvas.  To learn more about tools to help ensure academic integrity, like plagiarism detection software and secure online exam proctoring, visit Canvas Workshops 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).  

Spotlight: FERPA

Online instructors need to be aware of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) concerns in online courses, particularly around combined sections and Zoom.  Get familiar with FERPA in the DVC FERPA Quick Guide or FERPA Basics video:


Support materials for online teaching

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

 


Additional information about online teaching


Contact us

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