Online Teaching Certificate

The Online Teaching Certificate (OTC) strives to train educators on teaching in an online environment with a focus on current and innovative pedagogy, technologies, and best practices.

To earn the certificate, educators will engage in 20 workshop hours, which are comprised of the Canvas Challenge and in-person workshops. There are five in-person workshops and they will be offered throughout each semester. The certificate could be completed in one semester or over the course of several semesters. We will also be offering an intensive week-long version in January.

Full-time faculty who have not yet reached column E on the salary schedule will be eligible to earn 1 unit of salary advancement credit for completing the OTC program. Complete the Equivalent Unit Credit Form and submit it to your Immediate Management Supervisor (IMS) before starting the program. Once you receive a verified and signed copy of the Equivalent Unit Form with all three signatures (IMS, VPI, & HR) in your Campus Mailbox, submit a copy to Heather Treminio


To Participate:

Small Right Arrow Icon Check the Calendar for workshop dates and locations.

Small Right Arrow IconFill out the OTC Statement of Intent to register your participation.

Small Right Arrow IconPrint out the OTC Tracking & Verification Form to keep track of your progress.

Return all completed forms to Heather Treminio


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 Roger Perez via email

Workshop Descriptions

Core Workshops – 2 hours each

Communication: Regular and Effective Contact
Learn what constitutes “regular and effective contact” and the methods of communication that support student retention and success.

Accessibility 101 (2 parts, 4 hours total)
Learn about the basics of creating accessible documents and options for video captioning.
Learn about the basics of creating accessible documents and options for captioning videos.

Learn about concepts of online learning theory and how it relates to current best practices in course design and the use of technology in an online classroom.


continued workshops–

Video Making for Instruction
Learn about how to write a script and record video that is learning/learner focused. The use of web cams and mobile recording devices will be explored.

Online Tips and Tools
Learn about up-to-date tips on teaching online and about the latest and most useful programs and apps for teaching and learning.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for the Canvas Challenge (Part 1)?

  1. Click on (or copy and paste in your web browser address bar) this URL: and sign in in to Canvas through our district authentication portal.
  2. Sign in to the district portal, using your banner ID and myGateway password
  3. Click on “Enroll in Course”

 Do I have to be a part of the Online Teaching Certificate to go to any one of these workshops?

No. However, we strongly encourage you to sign up for the OTC! Because space is limited in some face-to-face workshop spaces, it would be great to have all workshop participants be signed up for the OTC!

How do I sign up for the Online Teaching Certificate?

Fill out the Online Teaching Certificate “Statement of Intent” form, located on the staff development website at and submit to Aaron Mezzano in the staff develop office (TEC – room 800-D). Once the Statement of Intent is submitted, the staff development office will track workshops attended and your progress toward the Online Teaching Certificate.

How will the workshops be conducted?

Generally (for two hour workshops), they are set up so that the first hour the presenter will lecture and (mostly) demonstrate and the second hour is hands-on practice for participants. For most workshops, there may be supplemental reading or resources offered after the workshop. All the workshops will be in-person and on campus, with opportunities for online collaboration and idea-exchange outside the workshop(s).

How do I sign up for the workshops?

You may sign up on the District-Wide Staff Development Calendar through myGateway. Space may be limited depending on the workshop space and capacity, so be sure to sign up soon!

Who can I contact if I have questions about the OTC or any of the workshops?

You may contact the staff coordinator for the OTC, Roger Perez, at

Will the technology I need be provided?

Yes.  For the face-to-face workshops, we will be working in a computer classroom that will be equipped with hardware, such as webcams, and software necessary for the workshop(s). For the Canvas Challenge, you may use a campus computer or your personal computer.

Can I show up to a workshop without signing up?

You may show up to a scheduled workshop, but, with limited space, we must give priority access to participants who registered for the workshop through the District-Wide Staff Development Calendar prior to the start of the workshop. If there is space available at the start of the workshop, you are welcome to stay and participate fully in the workshop.