College of the Canyons
Online & Hybrid Instructor Certificate
Learn how to teach online! 
Earn your Online / Hybrid Instructor Certificate!
The Online Instructor Qualifications, approved by the Academic Senate, require instructors to complete all training components of the Online Instructor Certificate before teaching teaching an online or hybrid course at College of the Canyons. 

The training components, originally put into place in September, 2006, were subsequently updated in May 2016 & May 2016. See Online Instructor (View the revision list on the Distance Learning Research & Reports page).

These are the required training components to earn this certificate and the (approximate) training time:

Canvas Training
This Online, self-paced training provides an overview of Canvas, including layout and settings, how to build, organize and edit content, effective online com​munication tools, and Canvas assessment tools.
FLEX credit – 4 hours
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Section 508 Information Technology Compliance
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 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
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Introduction to Online Instruction (IOI)
This five-week, 100% online course (taught in Canvas) is offered free at COC through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Introduction to Online Instruction explores 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.
Prerequisite: Canvas Training
FLEX credit – 36 hours*
*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. For more information, please contact
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Alternative: Complete the equivalent fee-based training “Introduction to Online Instruction” (ITL) through @One


Once all of the required training components are completed, e-mail Leslie Carr at to request your Online Instructor Certificate.

Certificate Renewal (Complete every three years)
 Instructors will refresh their Online Instructor Qualifications every three years by completing a self-paced online training (approx. two hours), which includes updates on technology, regulations, accreditation requirements, best practices, and resource​                                                                 ​​​​​​​