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.
- 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).
- To earn OnlineLIVE Certification required to teach OnlineLIVE courses, complete:
- Canvas Certification (above), plus
- Intro to OnlineLIVE & HyFlex Instruction (onlineLIVE, 2-week, 9 hour, synchronous course in Zoom & Canvas).
- To earn HyFlex Certification required to teach HyFlex courses, complete:
- OnlineLIVE Certification (above), plus
- HyFlex Tech Training (through College of the Canyons IT Department).
- To earn Online/Hybrid Certification required to teach online & hybrid courses, complete:
- Canvas Certification (above), plus
- Introduction to Online Instruction (online, 5-week, 36 hour, asynchronous course in Canvas).
Which Teaching Certification Do You Want to Earn?
Complete: Intro to Teaching with Canvas (with Online Accessibility) course
- 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.
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.
*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.
Complete: Intro. To OnlineLIVE & HyFlex Instruction
- Length: 2 weeks (9 hours)
- Type: Online synchronous course in Canvas & Zoom
- Flex credit: 9 hours
- Instructor Certification: OnlineLIVE
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.
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 Senate, OnlineLIVE courses will require this training beginning Fall 2022. FLEX credit of 9 hours will be awarded upon completion.
Per the College of the Canyons Academic Senate, HyFlex courses will require the following training beginning Fall 2022.
HyFlex Teaching Certificate Components:
- Canvas Certification and Accessibility Training
- OnlineLIVE Certification Training
- HyFlex Tech Training
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 10/15/22 will be enrolled in the refresh course starting 7/1/22 and will have until 6/30/23 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.
Do instructors get Flex?
Yes, instructors who complete the course will be awarded two hours of Flex.
COC Online Instructor Certification Revisions
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