Distance Education for Faculty
District Distance Education personnel are here to provide faculty with training, assistance, and support in preparing and teaching fully online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses using Canvas. District DE strives to offer the finest in
education to our students by providing our faculty with the resources and tools necessary to build and maintain their course content and materials.
Our District DE Faculty Training (or DEFT) includes training courses, workshops, 1:1 appointments, resources, and additional support. Our hope is that these resources and support will help faculty increase their skills in online instruction or "become DEFT" in online instruction. Review the options in the left navigation and links below to find the resources and support you need.
RCCD uses the learning management system, Canvas, for all courses.
Canvas shells will be available for all classes about two months before the start of the semester. Faculty looking to collaborate with colleagues can
add users to their courses on the People Index page.
Need Canvas Support?
District DE offers the following Canvas support in addition to our 1:1 appointments, training courses, and webinars.
DE Faculty Training (DEFT) Resources
DEFT Resources can be accessed 24/7. District DE personnel are happy to answer questions about any of these resources and assist faculty via
RCCD DE Instructor Resource Shell
Check out our resources and guides on Canvas instructional tools, media and accessibility tools, and other useful apps and Canvas LTIs. (Self-enroll through Canvas).
View policies and FAQs, find resources, and get assistance to make your course and documents accessible.
Review these recorded webinars on instructional pedagogies as well as how-to tutorials on using Canvas tools and features.
Courses & Learning Modules
Self-enroll in these self-paced training courses to learn about Canvas, online instruction, accessibility, and more.
Tools & LTIs
Learn how to use LTIs, apps, and other tools available to faculty.
Quick Start Guide & Templates
Learn how to refresh your courses or get a new course up and running quickly with the help of templates and Course Developers.
FERPA Certification Submission Form
Learn how to get FERPA certified so that you can upload your certificate to the FERPA Certification Form (scroll to the bottom of the Forms page). Additional information about
FERPA concerns for merged courses is available in the RCCD DE Instructor Resources shell.
Distance Education Newsletter
We post a newsletter twice a month during Fall/Spring and once a month during Winter/Summer. You can access the current newsletter from the
RCCD DE Instructor Resource shell Home Page
. (If you're not already self-enrolled in this shell, use this
self-enroll link to get access to DE resources and the newsletter
today.) If you missed a previous newsletter, you can visit our
to catch up on articles, updates, and other important information.
Regular Canvas Maintenance
In an effort to better manage required Canvas maintenance, Canvas will be implementing
regular Canvas maintenance times
beginning July 15, 2021. Regular maintenance will occur on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 12:05 am - 4:05 am PST. These
-hour maintenance windows may cause intermittent issues. For example, edited content and
work may not
Save or Submit
. To review the maintenance times, sign into Canvas and click on
Account --> Settings
to view the maintenance schedule under the time zone on the settings page. Please make note of this information.
The Americans with Disabilities Act
sections ADA 504
& ADA 508
, in addition to multiple CA Government Codes
, require all online content to be accessible to all students and that all video captions be accurate. Per CA State and RCCD’s Chancellors’ mandates, RCCD faculty are responsible to ensure that all course content and materials meet these standards. Some students may need additional accommodations and assistance from both their instructor and DSS/DRC support staff. District DE is here to help faculty improve the accessibility of their course content; please contact the
Accessible Technology and Media Coordinator
for ways we can help you improve the accessibility of your content.
Non-original works (not created by faculty) such as books, handouts, audio clips, videos, and all other intellectual property should be considered copyrighted unless specifically designated as free to use. If you are using publisher and/or copyright materials, we recommend consulting a librarian about its eligibility for fair use within your course. Please refer to the District's
BP3750: Use of Copyrighted Material for more information.
We highly recommend making copyright materials available by linking official library resources rather than uploading files directly into your Canvas course. This method has the benefits of:
- ensuring copyright compliance,
- improving accessibility compliance, and
- saving storage space in your Canvas course