The Distance Education Team works closely with the VC Professional Development Coordination Council to provide timely and relevant Flex Workshops and on-going faculty support. To stay up to date on offered sessions and past session recordings, please refer to the VC Professional Development SharePoint site and the VC DE Faculty Hub. 

The VC DE Team also facilitates the district-wide online teaching certification and re-certification courses.  

 Online Teacher Training Course in Canvas (OTTCC)

If you are interested in teaching online or hybrid (partially online) courses at VC, contact your department chair to see if you are a candidate to teach Online, or Hybrid courses. All online or hybrid instructors will enroll into a four-week online course that prepares and qualifies faculty to design and teach Partially Online (Hybrid) and Fully Online Distance Education (DE) courses using the Canvas Learning Management System.

About the OTTCC DE Certification Course 

The four-week course is 100% online and taught by VCCCD Instructional Technologists/Designers and includes optional weekly live Zoom sessions. This competency-based course covers a variety of effective practices and strategies in online teaching, management techniques to improve student success, and online course design concepts. If you are new to online teaching in Canvas, your attendance at these live sessions is highly encouraged. At the successful conclusion of this course, participants will be awarded DE Certification and will be eligible to teach Online and Hybrid classes at any college in the VCCCD. 

Who should take this course? 

Faculty who are scheduled to teach an online class in an upcoming term AND who have never been Distance Education (DE) Certified by the VCCCD. 

2021-2022 OTTCC Course Dates:

  • July 12th - August 8th
  • August 30th - September 26th
  • November 1st - December 5th
  • January 24th - February 20th
  • April 11th - May 8th
  • July 11th - August 7th


 Additional Trainings

Throughout the year the Instructional Technologists and Designers will hold workshops and Flex Trainings on a variety of educational technology topics.  We also hold Open Studios on Fridays from 10 AM - Noon for faculty and employees so that they can work independently on projects and ask us questions while developing.

Here is a list of topics that we have presented in the past. 

  • Camtasia
  • Canvas Studio
  • Content Presentation
  • Closed Captioning of Videos
  • Creating Assignments
  • Developing Group Work
  • Engaging the Modern Student
  • Best Practices in Zoom Meetings
  • How to Script an educational video or training demo
  • Using the LRC Training Studio Resources for Learning Videos
  • OTTCC Recertification
  • ADA Compliance
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Regular and Effect Contact Methods
  • Authentic Assessments Online
  • Rubrics Usage
  • Addressing Academic Honesty in an Online Environment
  • and more