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.
Each of our CCCCD colleges work together to provide professional development opportunities to instructors along their pathway to effective online instruction.
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.)
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All 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.
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).
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:
In order to support you on your quest into online teaching, DVC offers faculty the following support materials:
For further information, please reach out to the Distance Education Committee.