Cisco College promotes teaching that leads to meaningful student learning. To teach and manage an online, hybrid, or web-enhanced face-to-face course, instructors need to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of their discipline.
  • Commit to actively engage their students throughout the semester.
  • Utilize distance education resources, as needed for their discipline and course.
  • Be adaptable to changing discipline, technology, and student needs.

The information below will help instructors effectively use distance education resources to expand learning opportunities and support students.


  • Instructor Training Course

    The Canvas Instructor Training Course is designed for instructors who have never used Canvas or who are just getting started. By the end of the course, participants should have a basic understanding of the Canvas platform and be ready to use Canvas with their classes, whether they intend to teach fully online or simply move a portion of their activities and lectures online.

    Email to get started.

  • Guide

    Instructors can visit the Canvas Instructor Guide to review written tutorials about uploading the syllabus, creating assignments, grading, and other Canvas features.

  • Video Guide

    Canvas also offers an Instructor Video Guide with overviews of Canvas features and tools.

Course Design

  • Checklist

    Research in distance education demonstrates that applying specific strategies related to course design and engagement will enhance teaching and learning effectiveness. In response to this research, the Distance Education Program has adopted an Online Course Design Checklist that addresses four key areas:

    • Syllabus
    • Course Overview and Information
    • Course Navigation and Accessibility
    • Interaction

    The checklist is interaction and faculty may click on checklist item for additional explanation and examples. Faculty are encouraged to collaborate with the Director of Distance Education, division chairpersons, peers, and all other applicable individuals to fulfill the checklist. The Online Course Design Checklist is located on the college website under the Evaluation Documents on the Current Employees page.

  • Course Map Template

    Course mapping is a means of connecting your resources, activities, and outcomes for efficient delivery and learning. A course map template can help you get started.

Resources & Tools

  • OER

    Open Education Resources are Creative Commons licensed materials for classroom use, meaning that they are free of charge for you and your students to use. To get started with OER, visit the Library in Canvas and click on the OER icon on the homepage.

  • VidGrid

    VidGrid is a platform for creating record videos, such as screencasts of your lectures. It also has interactive features for student engagement.

    Review the VidGrid Getting Started Guide for instructions on how to create a VidGrid account, access the Recorder in Canvas, and review video tutorials.

  • Zoom

    Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that can be used on a computer or mobile device. Participants can share screens; collaborate via video, audio, and chat; and record sessions. The basic account is free.

    Review the Zoom Getting Started Guide for instructions on how to create a free Zoom account, download the software, access learning resources, and use Zoom in Canvas.

Further Reading