Instructional Technology and Distance Education Training Schedule

Training thought cloud Wow, you have done it!  Ventura College has successfully rolled out Canvas as our new "online campus" for both distance education and on-ground courses.  

  • Over 150 VC instructors have completed the Online Teacher Training Course in Canvas (OTTCC)
  • A large number of on-ground faculty have attended a ninety-minute workshop to better web-enhance on campus courses in Canvas. 

If you're interested in additional training and/or are thinking about teaching online for the first time please take a look at the following opportunities for you.


The Online Teacher Training Course in Canvas (OTTCC)

The Online Teacher Training Course in Canvas (OTTCC) prepares instructors to teach online by combining best practices in online education, current trends in educational technologies, and modular design in Canvas. All online and hybrid instructors are required to successfully pass the OTTCC prior to teaching online.

Competency Based : This is a competency based course that allows expert online instructors to receive credit for imported work from a previous online course  while helping new instructors and instructors new to Ventura College understand the best practices and learning management skills necessary in succeeding in online instruction at Ventura College.The Online Teacher Training Course is required of all online and hybrid course instructors.

What is in the course? This course is comprised of timely and relevant information as well as consistent best practices from Ventura College and the Online Education Initiative.  The course focuses upon the concepts and the goals from the OEI Course Rubric for Online Course Design, the Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning from @One, and the Introduction to Teaching in Canvas Courses from the OEI Project.

Time Commitment: For the instructor who is new to teaching online, this course is a four week course with roughly 8 to 10 hours a week of learning, participation, and course design; however, an experienced instructor in online education at Ventura College or elsewhere will find that after importing from a Desire to Learn course or another course management system that he or she can demonstrate competency in a variety of topics in this course to proceed through the entire course at a faster pace.

Current Distance Education Faculty and/or Faculty Assigned a DE Course for the next semester will receive priority, but all instructors interested in teaching online are welcome.

Spring 2018 Session Dates & Registration

Session 1: January 29 - February 23 (4 weeks)

  • Kickoff Meeting: Monday, January 29, 5:30-7:00 pm (VC LRC 136 or via ConferZoom) 

Session 2: April 2 - 27 (4 weeks)

  • Kickoff Meeting: Monday, April 2, 5:30-7:00 pm (VC LRC 136 or via ConferZoom) 

To register, follow this link and select the start date for the session you would like to join. 
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Instructional Technology Consultations 

OFFICE HOURS: To better assist faculty with their on-ground (web-enhanced), hybrid, and online courses, the instructional technologist team is offering a drop-in schedule for faculty who need just-in-time one-on-one help with teaching with Canvas. This includes Canvas design, ADA compliance reviews, course reviews, online teaching advice, and other timely instructional technology suggestions.  You are welcome to drop in during these times as well as schedule an appointment with Matt, Sharon, or Ali.

Instructional Technologist Drop-in Schedule

  9 – 11 AM (Ali’s office: LRC 124)
  1 – 4 PM (Matt: LRC 136 Studio)
  10 AM – 1 PM (Sharon’s office: LRC 147)
  2 – 4 PM (Ali’s office: LRC 124)
  9 – 11 AM (Ali’s office: LRC 124)
  1 – 4 PM (Sharon’s office: LRC 147)
  10 AM – 1 PM (Matt: LRC 136 Studio)
  2 – 4 PM (Ali’s office: LRC 124)
  Open Studio 10 AM – Noon  (LRC 136 Studio)
  *Zoom web-conferencing available 


Open Studio Friday Workshops @ Ventura College 

The LRC Training Studio (Room 136) will be open (10 AM - Noon) to help faculty prepare online, hybrid, and/or web-enhanced courses throughout the semester. These sessions may include relevant topics from the OTTCC or faculty may feel free to bring a topic or project they would like to work on such as: 

  • Screencasting and Video Production Projects
  • Closed Captioning (Accessibility)
  • Custom Home Pages
  • Tools for Communication and Webconferencing
  • Open Educational Resources
  • OEI Course Design
  • Designing Effective Discussions 

Web-conferencing via ConferZoom will also be available for those who need to participate remotely.