College of the Canyons
Online Instructor Certificate
Learn how to teach online! 
Earn your Online Instructor Certificate!

There are three required training components to earn this certificate:
  1. Complete the online Introduction to Online Teaching & Learning course (36 hours)
  2. Complete Canvas Communication / Assessment & Organization/Content workshops  (4 hours)
  3. Complete Section 508 Information Technology Compliance" workshop (1 hour)


1. Introduction to Online Instruction (100% Online Course)
(time commitment/ FLEX credit-  36 hours)
Introduction to Online Instruction will explore the application of learning theories for online learners; differences between face-to-face and online learning; resources for online teaching and learning; course management systems and online learning tools; and best practices for online learning. The class is designed so that participants will experience the components of an online course from both student and instructor perspectives.
The next upcoming “Introduction to Online Instruction” course is listed below. PLEASE NOTE that you must have completed Canvas Communication / Assessment & Organization/Content workshops (4 hours) prior to the start of this course.
Monday, July 11 – Friday, August 12, 2016
#020F Introduction to Online Instruction
100% Online course
FLEX credit - 36 hours*

Presenter: Thea Alvarado
Strategic Goal: Teaching & Learning
* Full-time faculty can accrue FLEX credit up to the number of hours the class meets (2 units = 36 hours, e.g.) OR apply 2 units toward salary advancement (see COCFA contract).
* Adjunct faculty can receive FLEX credit as well, though not to exceed the limit per semester as outlined in the adjunct faculty contract.
2. Canvas Workshops:
Communication/Assessment & Organization/Content (2 hrs. per workshop, 4 hours total)
Canvas Organization / Content
This workshop will compare the differences between Canvas and Blackboard and will examine how to create content (upload, add items, applications, etc.), implement class organization (syllabus, calendar, groups, etc.), and will demonstrate the use of Canvas Commons.
FLEX credit - 2 hours
Canvas Communication / Assessment
This workshop will compare the differences between Canvas and Blackboard and will demonstrate the communication tools (Email, announcements, notifications, etc.) and explain student assessment (Tests, gradebook, feedback, etc.). 
FLEX credit - 2 hours
Upcoming Canvas workshops are listed below:
NOTE: If this is your first Canvas training, please pre-register at least 24 hours in advance of the workshop date to allow time for your Canvas shell to be created.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm
3. Section 508 Information Technology Compliance workshop (1 hour)
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. 
FLEX credit - 1 hour
Upcoming Section 508 workshops are listed below:
1:00pm – 2:00pm
ONLINE via CCCConfer
Monday, July 25, 2016
12:00pm – 1:00pm
BONH -106
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
11:00am – 12:00pm
Once you have completed these 3 trainings, please e-mail Leslie at to request your Online Instructor Certificate.
If you need assistance registering for any of these workshops, please contact Chloe at