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Overview

The Foundations of Canvas Course Design (Foundations) training is a resource to assist faculty in becoming dynamic instructors in the online course modality. Developed by Los Rios Online Course Design Coordinators with consultation by the Learning Management System (LMS) coordinators, the asynchronous training can be completed in approximately 15 hours over the course of two weeks, and is facilitated by a faculty member with extensive experience teaching online. This training meets the district's new minimum standard for distance education preparation referenced in section 4.4.4 of the LRFCT 2020-2023 Contract.

Contract Language

Faculty choosing to accept an assignment in distance education modes of instruction shall demonstrate preparation to teach in these modes by meeting a minimum eligibility requirement. The district shall provide a standard distance education professional development training opportunity for faculty to meet this requirement. Completion of the training can be applied towards tenured and tenure-track faculty FLEX, college service obligations, or one unit of class advancement. Adjunct faculty can choose to be compensated for completion of the training through either a non-load attributable stipend, for 15 hours of training at the Schedule B rate, at the Class II, Step 1 placement, one unit of class advancement, or to meet FLEX obligation.

Faculty participating in this training, or those who have taught an online course for any of the four Los Rios colleges, are eligible to teach online across the District. Faculty may teach an online course in the same semester/term in which they participate in the professional development training, but must complete the training within the first 50% of the course schedule.

All faculty are eligible to participate in the training program, regardless of prior experience teaching online, given available space/funding. Priority for participation will be given in the following order:

  1. Faculty with an online assignment who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirement
  2. Faculty with an online assignment who meet the minimum eligibility requirement and want more training
  3. Faculty considering a future online assignment.

The requirement goes into effect as of January 1, 2021.

Training Outline

The Los Rios Foundations of Canvas Course Design is a two-week course that is entirely online. There are no mandatory meetings for this course.

The training consists of five modules:

  1. Week 1
    1. Module 0 – Course Guide and Orientation
    2. Module 01 – Using Canvas
    3. Module 02 – Employing Regular, Effective, and Substantive Contact
  2. Week 2
    1. Module 03 – Applying Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility
    2. Module 04 – Developing Assessments

Training Compensation

Faculty who complete the Foundations training are eligible for compensation. Completion can be applied towards tenured and tenure-track faculty Flex, College Service obligations, or one unit of class advancement. Adjunct faculty can choose to be compensated for completion of the training through: a non-load attributable stipend, for fifteen (15) hours of training at the Class II, Step 1 placement on Schedule B2; one (1) unit of class advancement; or to meet Flex obligation.

Now through June 30, 2022, all faculty (full-time and part-time) are eligible to receive a stipend of $591.90 upon completion of the course.

The district office will process stipends based on the following schedule:
Completed on or Before Payment Date
October 15, 2021 December 10, 2021
December 3, 2021 February 10, 2022
March 15, 2022 May 10, 2022
May 13, 2022 July 10, 2021

Prequalification for the (1) one unit of class advancement is not required. Individuals who complete the training by August 12, 2021 will receive one unit of class advancement for the fall semester. Class/salary advancement is applied only once per year.

Faculty should consult with their division office to complete the appropriate form for college service and flex obligation. Deans and administrators may email CanvasCourseDesign@losrios.edu to request a list of compensation selection.

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Faculty are enrolled in training cohorts on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to:

  1. Faculty with an online assignment who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirement.
  2. Faculty with an online assignment who meet the minimum eligibility requirement and want more training
  3. Faculty considering a future online assignment