online ed logo computer with mobile phoneOnline Teaching Training

Each of our CCCCD colleges work together to provide professional development opportunities to instructors along their pathway to effective online instruction. 

Start here →    Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Canvas

Self-paced or facilitated one-week Canvas course covering course set up, navigation, homepage development, creating modules, creating assignments, using quizzes, organizing gradebook, and Canvas accessibility basics. This course is a comprehensive starting point for face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes.

This course provides a solid foundation in Canvas for faculty entering the Becoming an Effective Online Instructor (BEOI) course, and offers up to 5 hours of variable flex credit for faculty.  (Note: BEOI - or a comparable training - will become needed for certification to teach online in our District.  Because BEOI assumes instructors are familiar with Canvas basics, this optional Beginner's Guide course is available as support.)

  • facilitated version January 4 -17, 2021 (sign up through GROW@4CD)
  • or complete as self-paced version (self-enroll link - log in with Insite username and password to add to your Canvas Dashboard).
DVC recommends →   Becoming an Effective Online Instructor
Facilitated 4 week course covering online set up and navigation; writing online course policies; directing students to online resources; using Canvas tools to build learning modules; building discussions, assignments,and quizzes; connecting objectives to online content; building a student facing online orientation; creating a learning content module; creating activities that ensure regular & effective contact between instructor and student and among students; humanizing the online course experience including establishing equitable practices; and applying current practices in accessibility. 

checkmarkNote: this course meets the contractual mandate for online instructors to complete online instructor training (suspended through Spring 2021).   Instructors who have taken an equivalent training through another college or program can submit the Comparable Training Equivalency Form.


        1. Any faculty member scheduled to teach online (fully online or partially online/hybrid) during summer or fall of 2020, and who successfully completes 4CD'sBEOI in spring, summer or fall of 2020, will be paid a one-time stipend of $700. Previously negotiated language related to faculty being compensated for online training will not apply during 2020.
          1. Update 12/20: The BEOI sessions beginning Jan. 4 and Feb. 8, 2021 are now eligible for the $700 stipend.
        2. Faculty who have completed online pedagogy workshops in the past, including 4CD’s BEOI in 2018 or 2019 or any other course in 4CD or outside the District, may elect to enroll in 4CD's BEOI in summer or fall of 2020 and receive the $700 stipend, provided that they meet the requirements outlined above in item 1.
        3. Faculty are not required to have completed a workshop in online pedagogy in order to teach online or partially online in summer or fall of 2020, but all faculty are strongly encouraged to take 4CD’s 4-week course this summer.  Also, once minimum-training requirements resume, per Article 27 of the UF contract, the 4CD 4-week training course will satisfy those minimum requirements.
          1. Update 12/20: The training requirement has been suspended for spring 2021.
        4. BEOI is eligible for 4 salary advancement units.  Email your certificate of completion to Monica Brennan at for verification.

Upcoming sessions (enrollment links on GROW@4CD) :

  • Jan. 4 -31, 2021 (now eligible for stipend!)
  • Feb. 8 - March 7, 2021 (now eligible for stipend!)
  • June 7 - July 4, 2021

bullseyeDid you know? Our BEOI course and DVC instructors were featured in the East Bay Times.  Check out "East Bay college professors take courses to learn how to teach online." 

DVC recommends →   Accessibility Training & Digital Access Clinic

A series of six self-paced modules that walk instructors through accessibility principles; word docs; powerpoints; PDFs; Audio & Video; and Canvas.

In the Digital Access Clinic, Instructors receive a read through of their online course through screen reading software to ensure accessibility.

CVC requires for badging   →  Peer Online Mentoring Program  (POMP)

A 6-8 week workshop where instructors are paired with mentors and work towards alignment of a previously taught online course to the CVC Course Design Rubric. Instructors work through Content Presentation; Interaction; Assessment; and Accessibility. Instructors attend a Digital Access Clinic with DSPS. Final course design goes to Districtwide Distance Education Council (DDEC) Alignment group for final review.

Past POMP Cohorts include:

  • POMP - Fall 2019 - Kickoff Round
  • POMP - Spring 2019 - CE Focus
  • POMP - Summer 2020 - CE Focus
  • POMP - Fall 2020 - English Focus
  • POMP - Spring 2021 - Math Focus

We have recordings of our Fall 2020 "POMP Online Instructor Showcases" available for viewing through GROW@4CD if you'd like to learn more!  Please watch emails for application announcements or contact Anne Kingsley, DE Coordinator at to learn more. 

CVC requires for mentoring →   Peer Online Course Review (through @ONE)

Instructors who are interested in alignment or are interested in becoming mentors will go through the Peer Online Course Review training through @ONE (Online Network of Educators). Instructors are trained on the course review process using the CVC Course Design Rubric. 

DVC recommends →   Optional Flex

Attend ongoing flex workshops, great for those needing extra support in specific tools or as a way to keep up with the latest best practices.

The Beginner's Guide to Teaching with Canvas

This comprehensive online training covers Canvas course design from initial course set-up to providing feedback to students.  We highly recommend starting here, in either a facilitated or self-paced session.

Canvas Orientation

Learn Canvas basics - and how to access extensive trainings and resources to prepare you and your students for effectively using our Learning Management System.

College Technology Overview

Come to this overview of basic college technologies.  Find out how to access Outlook tools (email, Office 365, Sharepoint, calendar), Zoom effectively, and download Adobe cloud.  This session is perfect for classified staff and/or instructors.

Google Drive & Docs

An introduction to using Google Drive and Docs in your learning space.

Tips for the first week

Learn strategies for the first weeks online: welcome letters, orientation units, online rosters, managing waitlists, and more.

Online Course Development: How to prep for Spring

Planning to tinker with your course design before next semester? Learn about resources and strategies to help prepare your best Spring courses.

Canvas Tips & Tricks

Learn how to leverage Canvas for better productivity and more student engagement. Get ready to realize some hidden tricks to make it all work for you!

Designing Canvas Discussion Boards

Learn how to design online discussions for remote learning that encourage active participation.

Canvas Peer Review Panel

Come to this panel to hear instructors share examples of peer review assignments and tips for implementing peer review in the online environment.

Canvas Assignments and Speedgrader

Learn how to collect student work and provide feedback to students on Canvas.

Creating Canvas Quizzes

Learn how to create Canvas based quizzes.

Proctorio for Secure Online Exam Proctoring

Learn how to use Proctorio for Secure Online Exam Proctoring.

Online Exams

Learn strategies for writing effective online exams.  We'll cover what kinds of exams work well online, and take a quick look at Canvas Quizzes, New Quizzes, Accessing Resources, and more.

Rethinking Online Assessments in STEM fields

Download & Listening; View feedback from BEOI Stem; survey of STEM needs; and discussion of USC equity sessions. Share what challenges and opportunities you see for online assessments. Create action items.

Canvas Gradebook

Design your Gradebook on Canvas so students can track their progress in the course.

Giving Student Feedback Online through Canvas Speedgrader & Rubrics

Give your students online feedback using Canvas tools such as Speedgrader and Rubrics. These features can help students keep track of their work and keep interaction/connection high.

Equity in Online Classes- Applying the new equity rubric

Learn strategies for providing equitable instruction online in this session covering the new DVC Equity Rubric.

Creating Engaging Online Activities

Learn how to design online activities in Canvas that help create and sustain a classroom community.

The Screen-Reader Experience - Come hear for yourself

Students who are blind rely on screen-reading software to voice all online content and use keyboard commands to navigate. Join us for this immersive experience as we demonstrate using screen-reading technology inside a Canvas course. Strategies will also be offered for designing with screen-reader users in mind. You may never look at your online content the same way again!

Accessibilizing Your Course - Two new tools to simplify and streamline accessibility!

Learn how to leverage two tools in Canvas (Ally and PopeTech) to help simplify and streamline course accessibility.  Both tools provide integrated guidance and on-the-spot fixing capability to improve the usability of your content for all learners.


Learn how to use Respondus to turn Word documents into Canvas Quizzes.


Learn how to leverage Labster for online labs in Canvas.

Supporting Online Readers with Hypothesis Annotations

Join a group of DVC instructors using social, digital annotation to create community during remote instruction. Learn how digital annotation can be used to layer instructor support and peer-to-peer interaction onto a reading within Canvas.


Learn how to host and record live lectures or online office hours with your students. Learn how to host an event, share your screen, record and caption your meetings, and more.

Creating Engaging Zoom Sessions

Come to this panel to hear how faculty engage students in synchronous online class sessions. We'll cover strategies for maximizing student interactions as well as provide guidance on our “cameras encouraged” recommendation and FERPA related tips.

Video creation: prep, create, edit, engage

As we’ve created videos for this online semester, we've all come to realize video making isn't as easy as just hitting record. Learn tips for prepping, creating, and editing instructional videos.

Video Creation and Engagement with Studio

Learn how to leverage Canvas Studio to engage with students through video conversations or quizzing. Find out how to create your own videos or leverage videos from other educational sources. Leave with resources to leverage this tool with your own students.

Project Based Learning

Come to this panel to hear instructors share examples and tips for implementing project based learning in the online environment.

Peer Online Mentorship Program Overview

Learn about POMP and what it means to be aligned to the CVC Rubric. See where we are at as a college and where we are heading.

Design Hack-a-thon

Check out the DVC Style Guide with digital goodies to elevate the design of your online classes and build a “visual vocabulary” for your online learners. Learn how to make your course mobile friendly.


DVC recommends → Additional Training Resources

You can find high quality online teaching training through our partnership with the California Virtual Campus (CVC) and the Online Network for Educators (@ONE).  You will see their trainings available for enrollment in GROW@4CD.  For direct links, check out: