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New Faculty Information

Welcome, New Faculty!

We're please to welcome new faculty to RCCD. This page is designed to get you up and running quickly. You will find the following resources on this page to get started.

Accessing Single Sign-On (SSO)

The District's Single Sign-On (SSO) is a one-stop portal to all the apps available to faculty. We recommend you bookmark this page and use it to log in to RCCD email, Canvas, and any other apps and tools you may need. 

  • Where is it?
  • How do I log in?
    • Enter your District email (username) and password.
    • Your District email is provided by HR as part of the hiring process and is usually sent to your personal email.
    • If you’re encountering difficulties with your email or email password, contact the RCCD Helpdesk during business at (951) 222-8388.


Accessing Canvas

Canvas is the online Learning Management System (LMS) where instructors and student log in to access their courses. It is one of the apps available through the SSO.

  • How do I log into Canvas?
    • Log into the SSO as detailed in the previous section.
    • Once logged in, select “All My Apps” (nine-grid in the top left). The slide out pane will show the common apps. To see all Apps, scroll to the bottom of the pane and select "All Apps."
    • Scroll down as needed to select “Canvas.”
  • What should I do first in Canvas?
    • If you have already receieved your Teaching Assignment, course shells will be in the unpublished section of your Dashboard. We recommend that you customize your Dashboard and organize your courses.
    • Below you can self-enroll in the District's DE Instructor Resources shell and other helpful resources. Once enrolled, they should appear in the Published section of your Dashboard.
  • What if Canvas does not recognize me?


Training & Resources

The Distance Education at Riverside Community College District provides training and reference resources on this web site and inside a Canvas shell. Use these links to explore our self-enroll Canvas shells:


Online Teaching Certification Info

All faculty who wish to teach online/hybrid courses need to complete one of these two Online Teaching Certification options:

Note: If you've completed DE training outside RCCD, you can submit a request for an Equivalency Review. This page explains the process and provides additional information.


Requesting Help

There are three (3) ways faculty can request help:

  • Make an appointment. You can usually get a same/next-day appointment with one of our Team members. While everyone offers DE help in general, here are our areas of expertise:
    • Derek Moore -- Canvas questions
    • Anish Bhatia -- Video, image, and general accessibility questions
    • Diana Myers Hyatt -- Course design and online instruction questions
  • Complete a request form. We have a form for all types of requests, such as requesting general assistance and getting a DEV shell (sandbox), and faculty generally receive an email reply within 48 business hours. 
  • Log into our Ask It! Q&A Zoom sessions. (No registration needed.) During Spring/Fall, we hold multiple Q&A sessions per week. Here are our current hours:
    • Mondays through Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
    • Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.