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Welcome to the Faculty & Staff Instructional Technology Guides


Here you'll find guides and information about tools and best practices for teaching online.

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Online Teaching Guides

Reach Self-Paced Online Teaching Training This self-paced training course helps you learn how to begin building an accessible course that keeps you engaged with your students and offers students a rich and organized learning experience.
At the conclusion of this training, you should be able to: Build at least 30% of at least one of your upcoming online courses. Implement accessibility and regular effective contact guidelines in Canvas. Use the OEI Course Design Rubric to guide the design of your online course. If you're interested in the training, contact your Instructional Lead for more information. What is the Online Education Initiative (OEI)? The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses (copied from the OEI Course Design Guide). CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric The CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric contains the online course design standards developed and adopted by the CVC-OEI. The Rubric is intended to establish standards relating to course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, learner support, and accessibility in order to ensure the provision of a high-quality learning environment that promotes student success and conforms to existing regulations. The CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 International License. Peralta Equity Rubric The Peralta Equity Rubric is an addition to the OEI Rubric, that can also serve as a valuable guide as you build your course. It is a research-based course (re)design evaluation instrument to help teachers make online course experiences more equitable for all students. The rubric’s criteria include: addressing students’ access to technology and different types of support (both academic and non-academic); increasing the visibility of the instructor’s commitment to inclusion; addressing common forms of bias (e.g., image and representation bias, interaction bias); helping students make connections (e.g., between course topics and their lives; with the other students); and following universal design for learning principles. Additional Resources

Canvas Course Launch Checklist

  • Update your home page.
    • ​Fill in your contact information and getting started information for your course.
    • Create your course introduction video welcoming students to the course.
  • Fill in your course welcome module.
    • Fill in all the pages in the course welcome module with your course information.​
  • Fill in your modules.
    • Fill in your module overview page.​
    • Add your content pages and assessments to your module.
    • Fill in the module wrap up pages.
  • Check for broken links.
    • Scan your course for broken links with Canvas' Link Validator and fix them before students find them.​
  • View your course as a student.
    • Use the Student View to see what your students will see in your course and double check that everything is ready to go.​
  • Publish your course.
    • When you're ready for students to see your course, the last step is to publish it.​
  • Send your course welcome message.
    • You'll find a welcome message template in the Announcements of your course. Fill that in and send it students once the course is published to welcome them to the course.

Canvas Guides

Canvas is our Learning Management System (LMS). This is where all of our courses are hosted and where all of your interaction with students takes place. Logging In to Canvas

  • Login with your Reach email address (,, or
  • Your password will be your SonisWeb password with 'CV' in front, so if your SonisWeb password is '123456', then your Canvas password is 'CV123456'.
  • If you ever have any trouble logging in to Canvas, you can always click 'Forgot Password?' and a password reset email will be sent to your Reach email.
Getting Started in Canvas Tips & Tricks Ending Your Canvas Course Getting Canvas Help
  • When logged into Canvas, click on “help” located in the left margin to access the Helpline.
  • Phone: 877-308-9004
Additional Resources

Zoom Guides

Logging in to Zoom

  • Step 1 - Activate Your Account: A Zoom Account Activation email was went to your Reach email address. In this email, click Activate Account to access your Reach Zoom account.
  • Step 2 - Sign In to Your Account Online: You can login to your Zoom account on the web at any time to access your profile and other settings, at Once you're logged in, use the panel on the left side to navigate the Zoom web portal. You can update your profile, schedule a meeting, edit your settings, and more.
  • Step 3 - Add Zoom to Your Canvas Courses: Add Zoom to your Canvas courses and schedule course meetings there, so that students see your Zoom meetings in the Canvas calendar and receive announcements when meetings are created.
  • In addition to scheduling Zoom meetings through Canvas, we also recommend sending students the meeting dates, times, Join links and meeting reminders via Canvas Announcements as well.
  • Step 4 - Download Zoom: You can download the Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, Windows, ChromeOS and Linux, as well as the Zoom Mobile App for iOS and Android from our Downloads page.
Getting Help with Zoom Login to your Zoom account at and click the chat icon at the bottom right corner of your screen. You can also find helpful guides and video on the Zoom Support Portal. Video Guides Written Guides

Turnitin Guides

How to Create a Turnitin Assignment How Students Submit TII Assignments & Access Reports How to Access the Similarity Report Viewing the Similarity Report Getting Help with Turnitin

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