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Want to teach online? COC Instructor Certifications

Welcome! The this page provides an overview of the training components required for the different Instructor Certifications available at College of the Canyons. 

Which Course Format Do You Want to Teach?

The below graphic provides an overview of the different teaching formats, and the training components of each certification. For descriptions of the different teaching formats, please visit Get to Know the Different Course Formats at College of the Canyons.

Online Teaching Certification Pathways

Teach In-Person with Canvas

To teach in-person with Canvas, complete:

  1. 'Intro to Teaching with Canvas & Online Accessessibility" self-paced course in Canvas. 

Learn more and enroll below.


Teach OnlineLIVE or HyFlex

To teach in the OnlineLIVE and HyFlex formats, complete both courses below:

  1. 'Intro to Teaching with Canvas & Online Accessessibility" self-paced course in Canvas.
  2. "Intro to OnlineLIVE & HyFLEX Instruction" 2-week facilitated course in Canvas & Zoom.

Learn more and enroll below.


Teach Online or Hybrid

To teach in the Online and Hybrid formats, complete the following two courses:

  1. 'Intro to Teaching with Canvas & Online Accessessibility" self-paced course in Canvas.
  2. "Introduction to Online Instruction (IOI)" 5-week, facilitated online course in Canvas (36 hours). 

The Online/Hybrid certificate must be renewed every 3 years with a "Refresh Online & Hybrid Instructor Certification" self-paced course in Canvas (2 hours). 

Learn more and enroll below.


Learn more and Enroll

  • To teach in-person with Canvas, complete the 'Intro to Teaching with Canvas & Online Accessessibility" course

    Intro to teaching with Canvas Canvas course cards

    Overview

    • Name: 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 also 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. 

    Enroll

    Submit this Canvas Self-Paced Training Workshop Request Form. You will receive your login and other information in a separate email within 48 hours of submission. This online training is for College of the Canyons' employees only.

    *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. 

  • OnlineLIVE certification flow chart

    Overview

    Intro to OnlineLIVE & HyFlex Instruction course card

    • Name: Intro to OnlineLIVE & HyFlex Instruction
    • Length: 2 weeks (9 hours)
    • Type: Online synchronous course in Canvas & Zoom
    • Flex credit: 9 hours
    • Instructor Certification: OnlineLIVE*
    • Prerequisite: 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 OnlineLIVE course.

    Course Description

    Engaging live sessions in online classes don’t just happen. They’re intentionally designed! 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.

    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.

    Enroll

    Visit the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) for upcoming onlineLIVE courses and how to enroll in the 2-week course.

    Hy Flex certification training components

    About HyFlex Tech Training

    This brief technological training session will prepare instructors to properly utilize and manage the required HyFlex video and audio equipment. Training will include a pedagical emphasis to ensure the  use of the technology is maximized to the fullest instructional benefit of student learning and the physical and remote classroom environments. Per the College of the Canyons Academic Senate, HyFlex courses will require the following training beginning Fall 2022.

    Enroll

    To enroll in the HyFlex Tech Training, email Shawn.Irwin@canyons.edu.   

  • Online/Hybrid certification flow chartOverview

    • Length: 5 weeks (36 hours)
    • Type: Online asynchronous course in Canvas
    • Flex credit: 36 hours*
    • Instructor Certification: Online & Hybrid
    • Prerequisite: 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 OnlineLIVE course.
    • Once course is complete, e-mail Leslie.Carr@canyons.edu to request your Online Instructor Certificate. 

    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)

    Enroll

    Visit the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) for upcoming IOI course sections and how to enroll in the 5-week online course.

    Note

    *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 completing IOI Requirement: Complete the fee-based online training “Introduction to Asynchronous Online Teaching & Learning” (IOTL) offered through @ONE.

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

    Overview

    Online & Hybrid Instructor Certificate Refresh course cardInstructors 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. 

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

    Refresh Course FAQs: 

    What is in the Refresh 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. 

    How long do instructors have to become Re-Certified?

    Instructors will have a full academic year to complete the self-paced course. For instance, a faculty member whose certification expires 10/15/23 will be enrolled in the refresh course starting 7/1/23 and will have until 6/30/24 to complete the course.

    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.

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

    Please contact Jacob Cable in Learning Resources at x3686 or Jacob.Cable@canyons.edu or Online Education at x3600 or Online@canyons.edu.

    Do instructors get Flex?

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

Whether you are looking to web-enhance your In-Person course with Canvas, or to teach in the OnlineLIVE, Hybrid, Online, or Hyflex formats at College of the Canyons, these training resources are designed to help you to be successful! 

If you have any questions, please contact us! For questions relating to Flex credit or Flex pay, please contact Professional Development

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