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 QOLT 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 Nick DeMello, our Faculty Online Education Coordinator, and Allison Hughes, our Instructional Technologist.

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