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Want to teach online? COC Instructor Certifications

Welcome! This page provides an overview if the different certifications available at College of the Canyons for instructors. Whether you are looking to web-enhance your face-to-face course with Canvas, or to teach in the OnlineLIVE, Hybrid, or Online formats at College of the Canyons, these training resources are designed to help you to be successful! 

Overview of Instructor Certifications & Training Components

The Online Instructor Qualifications, approved by the College of the Canyons Academic Senate, require that instructors complete specific training components before teaching with Canvas or in the Online, Hybrid, or OnlineLIVE course formats at College of the Canyons. Below is an overview of COC's Instructor Certifications, and the training components to complete them. 

  1. To earn Canvas Certification required to web-enhance a face-to-face course with Canvas, complete Intro to Teaching with Canvas (self-paced, 5 hour course with Section 508 Accessibility component)
  2. To earn OnlineLIVE Certification required to teach OnlineLIVE courses, complete Canvas Certification, and Intro to OnlineLIVE Teaching & Learning (online, 2-week, 9 hour, synchronous course in Zoom & Canvas)
  3. To earn Online/Hybrid Certification required to teach online & hybrid courses, complete Canvas Certification and Introduction to Online Instruction (IOI) (online, 5-week, 36 hour, asynchronous course in Canvas).

Which Course Format Do You Want to Teach?

  • In Person with Canvas certification flow chartCourse to Complete: Intro to Teaching with Canvas (with Online Accessibility) 

    • Length: Estimated 5 hours
    • Type: Online, self-paced course in Canvas
    • Flex credit: 5 hours*
    • Instructor Certification: Canvas 
    • Other: This course is a required prerequisite for the Introduction to Online Instruction (IOI) course and Intro to OnlineLIVE Teaching & Learning course. 

    Course Description

    The "Intro to Teaching with Canvas" training is a fully online course that you can progress through at your own pace. Completing this course will orient you to Canvas and show you where to find, and how to use the tools and resources to build accessible course content, communicate with and provide feedback to students, as well as create and grade assignments. 

    This course provides training on Section 508 / Accessible Design, where you will learn how to make web pages, electronic content, and software compliant with the state and federal law, known as Section 508.*

    Upon completion of this course, you will become “Canvas Certified”, and will be able to use Canvas for any of your face-to-face courses. 

    Register

    Enroll in "Intro to Teaching with Canvas" course

    Note

     *If you completed the 4 hour training course (prior to June 2021), you will also need to complete 1 hour online workshop "Section 508 Website Accessibility". Beginning June 2021, the 'Intro to Teaching with Canvas course includes this training. 

  • Online/Hybrid certification flow chart

    Course to Complete: Introduction to Online Instruction (IOI)

    • Length: 5 weeks (36 hours)
    • Type: Online asynchronous course in Canvas
    • Flex credit: 36 hours*
    • Instructor Certification: Online & Hybrid

    Course Description

    Introduction to Online Instruction (IOI) is a five-week, 100% online course (taught in Canvas) is offered FREE at COC through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)​. 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. (36 hours, a five-week, 100% online course taught via Canvas)

    Pre-Requisite:

    Participants must have completed the Intro to Teaching with Canvas self-paced online course with accessibility training (est. 5 hours) PRIOR to the start of the IOI course.

    Register 

    Visit CETL For Upcoming IOI Courses and How to Register

    Notes:

    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 questions about IOI, please contact CETL: https://www.canyons.edu/administration/cetl/contact.php

    Alternative to Component #3 Requirement: Complete the fee-based online training “Introduction to Online Instruction” (ITL) offered through @One.

    Once you have completed all required training components, e-mail Leslie.Carr@canyons.edu to request your Online Instructor Certificate. 

  • OnlineLIVE certification flow chart

    Course to Complete: Intro. To OnlineLIVE Teaching & Learning

    • Length: 2 weeks (9 hours)
    • Type: Online synchronous course in Canvas & Zoom
    • Flex credit: 9 hours
    • Instructor Certification: OnlineLIVE
    • Pre-Requisite: Participants must have completed the Intro to Teaching with Canvas self-paced online course with accessibility training (est. 5 hours) PRIOR to the start of the IOI course.

    Course Description

    This synchronous training prepares instructors to lead inclusive, engaging live online instructional sessions, utilizing active learning strategies while complying with student privacy and accessibility requirements.

    Course Description: Engaging live sessions in online classes don’t just happen. They’re intentionally designed! By the completion of this 2-week course, you will demonstrate your ability to schedule, conduct, archive, and share a live session. You will also develop a lesson plan for a live session that uses effective instructional skills to support the diverse needs of community college students. You will achieve these goals by asynchronously engaging with content and completing assignments in Canvas, as well as attending synchronous sessions in Zoom that scaffold your learning. Per the College of the Canyons Academic SenateOnlineLIVE courses will require this training beginning Fall 2022. FLEX credit of 9 hours will be awarded upon completion.

    Pre-Requisite:

    Participants must have completed the Intro to Teaching with Canvas self-paced online course with accessibility training (est. 5 hours) PRIOR to the start of the IOI course.

    Register 

    Visit CETL For Upcoming OnlineLIVE Courses and How to Register

     
    Notes: 
    1. All provisional online certifications originally set to expire on June 6, 2021, as outlined in the adopted standards per Academic Senate action on October 1, 2020, will be honored and extended to December 31, 2021 after which time they will permanently expire.
    2. Instructors possessing only provisional online instructor certification should not be assigned nor allowed to teach 100%, asynchronous ONLINE classes during the 2021 summer and fall terms.
    3. The Academic Senate, in collaboration with the Office of Instruction, intends to establish a new OnlineLIVE instructor certification standard. All current provisionally certified online instructors must complete this new OnlineLIVE certification training to be assigned and teach synchronous OnlineLIVE classes for all 2022 terms and thereafter.
    4. Provisionally certified instructors also have the option to complete the traditional IOI online instructor certification course thereby permitting them to teach OnlineLIVE classes for the Winter, Spring and Summer 2022 terms only (see #5 below for context), and 100% ONLINE classes in 2022 and thereafter.
    5. Beginning in Fall 2022 and thereafter, all instructors intending to be assigned and permitted to teach OnlineLIVE synchronous classes must have completed the new OnlineLIVE instructor certification training. Completion of the traditional IOI Online Instructor Certification course will no longer be recognized as permitting instructors to teach OnlineLIVE synchronous classes for the Fall 2022 terms and thereafter.

    The full text of the policy can be found here.

See the below for an overview of the training components to complete, based on the format you want to teach.

Instructor certification flow chart

For information regarding registration, earning Flex credit, tracking completion and receiving your certificate, please contact the Office of Professional Development


Online / Hybrid Instructor Re-Certification

College of the Canyons online & hybrid Instructors will refresh their Online Instructor Certification every three years by completing a self-paced online training (approx. two hours), which includes updates on technology, regulations, accreditation requirements, best practices, and resources. 

  • 'Refresh' your Online Instructor Qualifications every three years by completing a self-paced online course (approx. two hours).

    About the course

     Instructors will refresh their Online Instructor Qualifications every three years by completing a self-paced online training. The (approximately two hour) self-paced Canvas course covers updates on technology, new legal & accreditation requirements, best practices, and reminders. Instructors whose three-year cycle falls into the next cohort will receive an email from Online Education informing them about the next refresh cycle. 

    Course to Complete: Refresh Online & Hybrid Instructor Certification

    • Length: Estimated 2 hours
    • Type: Online, self-paced course in Canvas
    • Flex credit: 2 hours
    • Automatically enrolled every 3 years
  • Below are some frequently asked questions about the Refresh Online & Hybrid Instructor Certification. If you have additional questions, please contact us. 

    FAQs:

    How long do instructors have to become Re-Certified?

    Instructors will have their entire cohort (academic year timeline) to complete the self-paced course.

    What is in the course?

    The (two hour) self-paced Canvas course covers updates on technology, new legal & accreditation requirements, best practices, and reminders. Instructors whose three-year cycle falls into the next cohort will receive an email from Online Education informing them about the next refresh cycle. IT will send out the Canvas course invitations. 

    E.g. New Title V requirements for student to student contact, new technologies like Proctorio for online assessments, OEI Rubric, and COC’s online checklist.

    What happens if an instructor doesn’t complete the course within the time frame?

    The instructor’s online/hybrid certificate will become inactive until the refresh course is completed. Instructors with inactive status for their certification should not be scheduled to teach online or hybrid classes.

    How will completion of refresh training affect certification dates?

    The original online/hybrid certification date will not be affected. The instructor’s new refresh date will be updated to three years from the date of refresh completion.

    • E.g.: An instructor’s certificate expires November 10th, 2019.
      • The instructor completes the refresh course on July 15th, 2019.
      • They will have a new refresh date three years in the future, or July 15th, 2022. 
      • The instructor’s new refresh date will be updated to three years from the date of refresh completion.

    An instructor's name is not listed in the online/hybrid list.

    Please contact Professional Development at X3100 or email leslie.carr@canyons.edu

    Do instructors get FLEX?

    Yes, instructors who complete the course will be awarded two hours of FLEX.

 

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COC Online Instructor Certification Revisions

April, 2021 OnlineLIVE Instructor Certification Training approved by the Academic Senate.
May, 2020

Online Instructor Qualifications revisions recommended by Ed Tech Committee and approved by Academic Senate.

May, 2017 Online Instructor Qualifications revision approved by Academic Senate.
April, 2017 Online Instructor Qualifications​ revision recommended by Ed Tech Committee.​
May, 2016 Refresh Recommendations for Online Instructor Qualifications approved by the Academic Senate.
May, 2015 Refresh Recommendations for Online Instructor Qualifications submitted to and endorsed by Ed Tech Committee.
September, 2006 Online Instructor Qualifications approved by the Academic Sena​te.
October, 2005 Online Instructor Qualifications reccomendation​ prepared by the Educational ​Technology (Ed Tech) Committee.

 

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