Distance Learning Workshops & Trainings

The Distance & Accelerated Learning office offers many workshops to support faculty and staff in delivering quality education.  Our workshops are delivered as part of the College of the Canyons Professional Development program. To view a schedule of upcoming workshops, go to Professional Development's registration site: www.mylearningplan.com


Canvas_vertical_color.png Enhancing Online Student to Student Communication: Class-Wide and Small-Group Canvas Discussion Strategies
One of the most challenging teaching methods, creating effective class discussions, can also be one of the most rewarding. This workshop is designed for faculty who are interested in enhancing their student to student interaction via discussion boards, especially small group discussion boards. It will explore various tool options available to instructors as the create forums and cover some fundamentals for effective discussion board assignment design.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify a wide variety of options for using the Canvas discussion board features and how to design effective small group discussion activities.

Why Do I Need Canvas? I Don’t Teach Online!

Strategic Goal: Teaching & Learning
You're a face-to-face instructor, so why would you need a Canvas shell, and why should you care? This workshop will show you both pedagogical and pragmatic reasons on-ground instructors should make use of Canvas. It will demonstrate various ways Canvas can support on-ground instruction.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able identify pedagogical and pragmatic reasons why Canvas can enrich the learning environment of their on-ground classrooms and do so while bringing time-saving conveniences to students and themselves.   

Increasing Online Student Engagement with Canvas

Strategic Goal: Teaching & Learning
Research has shown that one of the primary elements of good online instruction is student engagement. However, how do you get a group of students “engaged?” In this workshop, you will learn some specific strategies for energizing learners through course activities, social learning, and instructor presence.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify and wide variety of Canvas tools to facilitate student engagement.

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Finding and Adopting Open Textbooks for your Course

Strategic Goal: Institutional Advancement

In this workshop, attendees will be provided with an overview of what open educational resources (OER) are and the advantages of adopting open textbooks. They will have a chance to explore sites that list open textbooks by subject, and will engage in discussion as to how these textbooks can be adopted for a course.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn about sites to explore for open educational resources (OER), particularly open (free) textbooks. Participants will be introduced to the process of adopting an open textbook as the required textbook for a course.


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Section 508 Information Technology Compliance
Strategic Goal: Technological Advancement
Find out how to ensure that your departmental purchasing, usage, and design of information technology is compliant under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Learn how to make your web pages, electronic content, and software compliant with this state and federal law, known as Section 508. Learn what the law requires, how accessibility guidelines affect your department, and how to make sure your use of information technology is compliant.
Learning Outcome: By the end of the workshop participants will be able to interpret Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and how it applies to COC courses, programs and services.
Note: This workshop fulfills one of the three requirements for the COC Online Instructor Certificate.


 To learn more about the certification process for teaching online and hybrid classes, click here.