How to Begin Teaching Online at Cañada

Here are some steps you can take to begin teaching online or hybrid courses at Cañada.

  1. Discuss online education opportunities with your division dean.
  2. Add a DE Addendum to the course you'd like to begin teaching online or hybrid, if it doesn't already have one with the Curriculum Committee.
  3. Get certified to teach online, or get re-certified if your certification was completed more than three years ago. See below.
  4. Read the Distance Education Faculty Handbook  and review the Faculty Checklist for Successful Online Teaching (you'll be asked to sign this before teaching online courses).


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Complete the Cañada QOTL Work Group training course

The Quality Online Teaching & Learning (QOTL) Work Group is Cañada's online and hybrid certification course. The course is offered once during each semester and takes place 100% online in Canvas in order to give you a student's perspective of online learning as well as the faculty perspective.

Faculty can also complete an @One Certification Program in order to become certified to teach online or hybrid courses at Cañada. Faculty who have completed online instruction certification programs other than QOTL or @One can request to have those certifications reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they meet SMCCD minimum standards.

If you've been certified by another institution, we invite you to submit your transcripts and an online or hybrid course for an informal course review with the OEI Course Design Rubric to ensure that your course is aligned with District requirements. To submit and/or if you have any questions, please email Nada Nekrep, our Faculty Online Education Coordinator.

Quality Online Teaching and Learning Course (QOTL) - Level 1

Register for the Summer 2023 Quality Online Teaching and Learning (Level 1) Course Today!

The SMCCCD QOTL - Level 1 course is a 6-week course that will be offered beginning on June 5th. Registration closes on May 21, 2023. In the course you will complete course activities, readings, and engage in dialogue with your colleagues each week. You are expected to complete all activities within the course, and each activity is designed to acquaint you with the skills necessary to develop your own online course.

Register for summer 2023 QOTL - Level 1 


Quality Online Teaching and Learning Course (QOTL) - Level 2

The SMCCCD QOTL - Level 2 course is a 5-week advanced online teaching training open to faculty, who have been teaching fully online, or hybrid, courses for more than 3 years. Courses are tentatively scheduled for the upcoming dates below:

Spring 2023

  • February 13, 2023 - March 24, 2023
  • April 3, 2023 - May 14, 2023

Summer 2023

  • June 5, 2023 - July 16, 2023
  • June 20, 2023 - July 30, 2023

This course is offered fully online asynchronously and builds on QOTL 1, but goes beyond the content in that course. The goal is to invite you to look at one of your existing courses and re-imagine any components that you feel could be improved upon and/or enhanced. This training is designed to fit each of your individual needs by utilizing a Choose Your Own Adventure format

Register for QOTL - Level 2 


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