Online Faculty Certification Program

Online Faculty Certification Program

SDCCD Online Learning Pathways Online Faculty Certification Program (Canvas-based)

This revised  Online Faculty Certification program will be Canvas-based covering the essential information and guidelines for good practice and the OEI (Online Education Initiative) Rubric.This program may take up to 20 hours to complete depending on your time and effort.This program may be required for an online teaching assignment.Please check with your VPI or Dean.

To sign up, please click on this link: Online Faculty Certification Program

NOTE:  This certification program is for new faculty or faculty who have not been otherwise certified through the SDCCD Online Learning Pathways Online Faculty Certification Program (Blackboard-based).

The Online Faculty Certification Program ensures that all online course instructors are aware of and comply with State and Federal regulations and WASC accreditation distance education guidelines and are proficient in the tools and techniques for effective online teaching.

Distance Education Guidelines for CA Community Colleges
ACCJC/WASC Guide to Evaluating Distance Education
Federal Financial Aid in Distance Education
Student Success and Retention Strategies
Student Authentication and Authentic Assessment
Open Educational Resources (OER). 

The Online Faculty Training course is self-paced and fully online with the faculty member enrolled simultaneously in two training course sites:  one as a student along with a cohort of other faculty trainees and one as an instructor to demonstrate proficiency in the training objectives.Trainees progress through the self-paced modules with guidance and feedback provided by SDCCD Online Learning Pathways.

For faculty at the SDCCD, this is an opportunity to not only learn the new tools and features for online instruction, but also to be updated on the latest Distance Education State and Federal regulations. 

Course Outline(pdf)

Canvas Transition Course

This course is meant for faculty who have been certified through SDCCD Online Learning Pathways Online Faculty Certification Program. The Canvas Transition Course is an 8-hour course designed to help faculty develop their course in Canvas and reinforce good practice in online teaching using the Online Education Initiative Rubric. 

Please click on this link: Canvas Transition Course

Please watch the video showing the difference between Blackboard and Canvas.


All Contract and Adjunct Faculty who teach Distance Education Courses: Fully Online (100% online), Partially Online (50% or more online), or Hybrid Courses (less than 50% online, approved for online instruction) and faculty who are interested in teaching Distance Ed courses.


Enroll on your college Flex calendar, and then click on:  

Online Faculty Certification Program or Canvas Transition Course

Faculty taking the entire Certification course can enroll in all the Flex numbers simultaneously and may receive credit for each Flex number as they complete the requirements outlined in the syllabus.