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For Faculty

Welcome, Faculty!

The best way to ensure that students have excellent learning experiences in distance education classes is to provide training, resources, and support for faculty who teach those classes.

Standards and Accountability

At Laney, we are committed to providing quality courses that align with the state standards. Please refer to the documents below that outline our commitment to maintaining high standards.

For New Faculty

If you are just getting started teaching online, the Merritt Faculty handbook (created by long-standing DE Coordinator Alexis Alexander) includes an overview of distance education policies and best practices along with guidelines for teaching online. You can view and download the manual here: DE Manual for Peralta Colleges

Laney Training & Events Spring 2018 

Canvas Training Drop-in Hours

Drop-in hours for Canvas training and support are held regularly in the Technology Teaching and Learning Center (TTLC) in T513 by Canvas Transition Coordinators, Adrienne Oliver and Alta Erdenebaatar as well as DE Coordinator Chelsea Cohen @ the following times

  • Mondays 2-3pm
  • Tuesdays 11am-1pm
  • Wednesdays 2-3pm
  • Thursdays 11am-1pm

If you’d like to schedule a 30-minute one-on-one training session, email ccohen@peralta.edu.

Canvas Workshops

Teaching Your Students How to Use Canvas (Adrienne and Chelsea): Monday, February 12th, 2-3pm

In this workshop, we will show you how to train your students to use Canvas: log in, find course content, submit assignments, participate in discussion forums and view feedback.

Communication (Alta): Wednesday,  February 21st, 12-1pm

This workshop will focus on how to communicate with your students using Canvas communication tools including attendance, messaging, announcements, inbox, Confer Zoom/Big Blue Button, and more.

Gradebook (Adrienne and Chelsea): Monday, February 26th, 2-3pm

Come learn about setting up your gradebook, Speedgrader, and the different ways of submitting assignments.

Canvas Course Design (Adrienne): Monday, March 5th 2-3pm

Come learn about how to set up your course using a homepage and modules.

Intro to Canvas with Inger! Tuesday, March 13th, 11:45-1pm

Come learn Canvas basics with District DE Coordinator, Inger Stark.

Accessibility Basics (Alta and Chelsea): Wednesday, March 14th, 12-1pm

This workshop will focus on creating accessible course materials, including documents, videos, images, syllabus, tables, and audio.

Professional Development Day: Thursday, March 22nd

Time/Topics TBD

Intro to Canvas with Inger! Tuesday, March 27th, 11:45-1pm

Come learn Canvas basics with District DE Coordinator, Inger Stark.

Quizzes and Test banks (Alta): Wednesday, March 28th 12-1pm

In this workshop, learn how to create a Canvas quiz from a test bank.

Intro to Canvas with Inger! Tuesday, April 10th, 11:45-1pm

Come learn Canvas basics with District DE Coordinator, Inger Stark.

Intro to Canvas with Inger! Tuesday, April 24th, 11:45-1pm

Come learn Canvas basics with District DE Coordinator, Inger Stark.

Using Video in Canvas (Chelsea): Tuesday, May 1st, 12-1pm

This workshop will focus on how to create and use video for lectures, office hours and more!

Summer Workshops: Tuesday-Thursday, May 29-31st

Times/Topics TBD

General Canvas Training Opportunities

Canvas Webinar Training

Peralta District has purchased one year of subscription webinar training to help faculty learn about Canvas features and enhance their online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.  For more information on how this works, visit the Canvas Webinar Training Access Instructions on our district website.

Peralta EDT Classes

EDT 2 (44545) is 6 week online course on how to use Canvas taught by Alexis Alexander. For information on how to obtain your online teaching certificate through Merritt College visit: the Educational Technology Website at Merritt College or contact Alexis at aalexander@peralta.edu

 Peralta Distance Education Workshops

Instructional designer Dr. Kevin Kelly has led a series of workshops on course design and Canvas basics. Here, you can access the Peralta Distance Education Workshops Course

For more information on upcoming Canvas trainings, contact DE Coordinator Chelsea Cohen at ccohen@peralta.edu

@ONE Courses for Certification

@ONE offers fantastic webinars, instructor-led online training, and self-paced courses about online pedagogy and technology for a very low cost to California Community College faculty and staff.  It is also possible to receive professional development units for completing their courses. For more information, visit @ONE Online Courses.


Lynda.com has a course about Canvas for faculty and staff – Learning Canvas 2017

Canvas Resources

Moodle Resources

More Resources

Questions? Contact your DE Coordinators

  • Chelsea Cohen (DE Coordinator): ccohen@peralta.edu
  • Adrienne Oliver (Canvas Transition Coordinator): aoliver@peralta.edu
  • Alta Erdenebaatar (Canvas Transition Coordinator) aerdenebaatar@peralta.edu