Required Online Teaching Training

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Teaching online for the first time requires training, commitment, and time.  We recommend that teachers ease in to online teaching by developing learning materials and activities, teaching a hybrid class, and working with a fellow teacher in the discipline when possible.  Training helps improve student success and is required by the college.


Cuyamaca Requirements

Instructors assigned to teach fully online classes require training prior to teaching online.  See the Senate-approved Ensuring Quality Online Instruction for details. Training is available online from Cuyamaca and @ONE (Online Network of Educators).   If you completed training at another college, contact the Distance Education Coordinator to see if it meets Cuyamaca requirements. 


 The basic requirements are training in:

  1. Canvas Learning Management System.   
  2. Online pedagogy.
  3. Accessibility.


  Canvas Pedagogy Accessibility
Cuyamaca Teaching Online Certificate
X  X X
HyFlex Training   X  
@ONE  12-week Online Teaching and Design X X X
@ONE Introduction to Course Design   X  
@ONE Creating Accessible Course Content     X


Specific dates for @ONE training can be found in the @ONE Course Catalog.

Many teachers find it useful to complete @ONE's Certificate in Online Teaching and Design   since it is recognized by most community colleges.


We may have funding for @ONE training.  Contact the Distance Education Coordinator if you are interested in being reimbursed for the cost of these course upon successful completion.


Alternative pathways should be discussed with the Distance Education Coordinator and include:

  • Demonstrated prior experience teaching a high quality online course in Canvas
  • Working closely with an experienced online teacher/mentor (for example, team teaching with an online instructor mentor)
  • Certification from another college

Contact the Distance Education Coordinator to get on the list of qualified online teachers or find out the quickest way to get qualified.


Set up your Canvas Course Container

Canvas makes it easy to develop a course as it includes tools to make an online course work well. Empty Canvas container shells are automatically created for each course section you are teaching for each semester and will appear when you login to Canvas. You can build your course from these empty containers and/or copy material from a previous course into these containers (for details, see Faculty Canvas Resources). If you want to get a head start on development, you can create your own development container at any time from your Canvas Dashboard and then copy your work to new containers in the future. 


We strongly recommend that you follow the Pre-semester Checklist each semester.