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.
- To be considered eligible to teach online, please consult our district board policy: AP-4105 Distance Education Board Policy
- The Peralta Distance Education Checklist was developed by the PCCD DE Committee and is updated on a yearly basis. It was designed to serve as a baseline guide of the parameters for, and best practice in, distance education.
- The DE Checklist was informed by the Online Education Initiative OEI Online Course Design Rubric.
- Use the Peralta Equity Rubric as a tool to support inclusive teaching online and support equitable outcomes
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 email@example.com or Melissa McElvane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Melissa McElvane at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa McElvane at email@example.com
@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.
Lynda.com has a course about Canvas for faculty and staff – Learning Canvas 2017