Welcome Faculty

For 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. This page will provide basic information about Peralta policies, upcoming trainings and resources for learning Canvas. For more extensive information, please visit the Peralta Faculty Resources Website.

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

You can also make an appointment with  your DE Coordinators,  Judy Wong at or  Melissa McElvane at

General Canvas Training Opportunities

There are several ways to get training in both Canvas, our new learning management system and basic online pedagogy. Below you can find a variety of resources. You can also make one-on-one appointments with DE Coordinators, Judy Wong  at or Melissa McElvane at

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

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 Coordinators, Judy Wong  at or Melissa McElvane at

@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 and compensation from the professional development committee for completing their courses. For more information, visit @ONE Online Courses. has a course about Canvas for faculty and staff – Learning Canvas 2017

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