Fullerton College – Online Teaching Certificate, Summer 2021

As we look ahead to most classes being taught online, the Online Teaching Certificate Team has created a special, revised version of the Online Teaching Certificate (OTC) to support a larger number of faculty to develop the tools they need to create dynamic and equitable online learning experiences for students. Like the OTC Spring Special, this summer’s OTC will continue to be delivered in an online format. This includes asynchronous and dynamic synchronous learning components.

We present the Online Teaching Certificate Summer 2021, designed to prepare faculty to become certified online instructors at Fullerton College. Detailed information about this program is included below.

To Participate:

  • Sign up on the District-Wide Staff Development Registration Calendar through myGateway
    • To access the calendar, sign in to myGateway and click “Calendars” in the menu on the left. 
    • Click the icon in the upper right corner of the screen
    • Find the OTC event in the calendar for May
  • Follow up on the confirmation email by submitting the Statement of Intent.


If you wish to submit materials that demonstrate completing an Online Teaching Certificate from another college or educational organization, download and fill out this OTEC form.  Submit form and supporting materials to Darnell Kemp via email dkemp@fullcoll.edu.

Our Mission and Approach 

The OTC builds faculty capacity to use Canvas—the Fullerton College Learning Management System (LMS)–according to the key guiding principles of online pedagogy:

  • Regular and Effective Contact
  • Accessibility 

It provides a community of practice environment in which to develop strategies for informed course design and delivery.

In order to accommodate more faculty than usual under the current conditions, and allow participants to be certified before fall semester begins, the OTC Summer 2021 will operate as follows:


  1. Canvas Challenge 1: this includes the Kickoff, Canvas Challenge 1, and Accessibility 101 (and a couple of optional tools). This asynchronous part of the OTC will be from May 24, 2021 to June 2, 2021 participants will have to complete this online.
  2. The 3-Day Bootcamp: heart of the program and normally delivered face-to-face so participants can benefit from rich interaction and collaboration, this portion of the OTC will be delivered synchronously, via Zoom. Participants will work together in smaller peer groups with two OTC facilitators leading the session each day.
  3. Canvas Challenge 2: this asynchronous part of the OTC is designed so participants can put their learning into practice and engage with additonal online teaching tools and Canvas features. Participants will have one week to finish.

Questions and Answers

How will the OTC Summer 2021 be delivered?

The OTC team believes that professional learning in collaborative environments provides unique benefits, and they will utilize a variety of tools to assure the OTC Summer 2021 is a dynamic learning experience. 

Canvas Challenge 1 and 2 are entirely online and will deliver instructional content in written and video format. During the Challenges, facilitators will model high standards of regular and effective contact as participants engage in asynchronous communication through Discussions on Canvas and independently complete Assignments.

To maintain the intensive, collaborative learning environment of the bootcamp, participants will be required to attend synchronous workshops, via Zoom, over the course of three days.

What are the technology requirements for participation in the OTC Summer 2021?

Since participants will need to do the OTC from home this time, the following equipment will be needed to fully engage and successfully complete the program:

  • A desktop or laptop computer (unfortunately, a tablet or smartphone device will not meet the requirements for our purposes)
  • High-speed internet connection 
  • Webcam with microphone
  • A personal workspace that is (relatively) distraction-free for up to four hours. 

I don’t know if I can sit and participate in a video conference/Zoom session for that long. Will there be breaks and opportunities for interaction?

Yes! Absolutely. To create an optimal learning experience, facilitators will do the following:

  • Use interactive tools in Zoom and Canvas that foster engagement and connection (just like you will need to do in your own online classes!)
  • Use Zoom breakout rooms to create smaller groups of no more than 10 within each large cohort. Each room will have a facilitator (and possibly an assistant–a previous OTC graduate and star).
  • Divide each day of the synchronous Bootcamp into two workshop sessions, taking an in-depth approach to each topic, with a 10-minute break in between and question time at the end of each one.

What if I start the OTC, but for some reason I cannot complete the whole program?

We understand! We ask that if something comes up to prevent you from completing the program, please let one of the facilitators know right away. The completed work will be recorded, and you may receive credit for that work if you choose to return to the OTC within one year.

How do I sign up? What do I need to do in order to get started?

We like your enthusiasm! For the OTC Summer 2021, please sign up on the District-Wide Staff Development Registration Calendar through myGateway. To access the calendar, sign in to myGateway and click “Calendars” in the menu on the left.  Click the icon in the upper right corner of the screen and find the OTC event in the calendar for May.

Space is limited to 40 on a first come, first served basis.

Additionally, if you are a full-time instructor and wish to have one unit of credit for salary advancement, you must complete a Request for Equivalent Unit Credit and submit that to your Division Office/Dean prior to beginning the Canvas Challenge 1.

Note: No forms should be emailed to any OTC facilitator.

What are the days and times for the Boot Camp workshops?

The three-day, synchronous Zoom boot camp will be:

June 7 – June 9, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm each day

*You are required to attend all three days of synchronous workshops.

This timeline will prepare instructors to be ready for their assigned fall classes!

I tried to sign up but OTC Summer 2021 is already full. Can I get on a waitlist?  What are my options?

Our OTC program has a history of filling to capacity, often very quickly. However, for a variety of reasons, sometimes faculty drop before the program begins, and we are able to add people  from our waitlist. To get on the OTC Summer 2021 waitlist, please email Roger Perez (rperez1@fullcoll.edu) with your request. If a spot opens up, you will be notified and officially registered.

What are my other options if I don’t get a spot in the OTC Summer 2021, or the bootcamp dates don’t work with my schedule?

You may sign up for one of the other online teaching training programs that have been approved by the Distance Education Advisory Committee and announced via email from Staff Development:

  • Online Learning Consortium series
  • Association of Career Technical Education series

Follow up with Staff Development (staffdev@fullcoll.edu) or Darnell Kemp (dkemp@fullcoll.edu) if you are interested in these asynchronous opportunities.

Your other option is to apply for equivalency if you have completed or plan on completing an online teaching training program at another college or university. Upon completion of that other program, download the online teaching equivalency form in the green box above and submit your application and packet to Roger Perez (rperez1@fullcoll.edu)

Other than the OTC, what other options are there for meeting the requirements to teach online at Fullerton?

If you successfully completed an online teaching certificate program at another university, college, or organization, you may apply for equivalency. Use the application in the shaded (green) box and email it and the required materials as attachments to Roger Perez – rperez1@fullcoll.edu 

The Certificate in Online Teaching and Design, offered by @One, is endorsed by the equivalency committee. Submitting the badge upon successful completion along with the application would fulfill the equivalency requirements. 

Whom should I contact if I have more questions?

For questions about the enrollment process and paperwork (Statement of Intent) for OTC, please contact the Staff Development Office at staffdev@fullcoll.edu. Jeanne Costello is the Staff Development Coordinator (jcostello@fullcoll.edu) and Heather Treminio is the Staff Development Office’s administrative assistant (htreminio@fullcoll.edu). 

For general questions about the OTC program and equivalency, you may contact Roger Perez (OTC Coordinator) at rperez1@fullcoll.edu

For questions about content and Assignments within the OTC Canvas course, you may contact any of the OTC facilitators, whom you will meet soon after you start the Canvas Challenge Kickoff.