Teaching an Online Class

Approved Online Classes

City College of San Francisco requires instructors to train to teach online and to showcase each course that they teach for approval.  

Application Process

The Distance Learning Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Educational Technology Department, approves teachers and courses to be offered online. Faculty must work closely with both the Educational Technology Department and their home departments when teaching online.

New Online Faculty who have never developed an online class for CCSF and whose application is approved for developing a new online class must take the SFCCD mandated training. Trainings are offered 2-3 times per year and are filled on a first come first served basis. 

Returning Online Faculty who have taught online at CCSF may apply to develop additional courses.

Taking Over an Existing Online Class Faculty interested in "taking over" an already developed online class must first talk with their department chair and the faculty member who originally developed the online class. A "take-over" meets the definition only if the faculty member "taking over" the existing online class is given permission to use the content from the existing online class. Applications for "take-overs" are taken throughout the year. Faculty who have never taught online must take the District Mandated training.

How to Apply to Develop and/or Teach an Online Course

By submitting the Application to Develop/Takeover/Teach an Online Course at CCSF, you are asking the Distance Learning Advisory Committee (DLAC) to approve your application to teach a specific online course. This is the first step in the approval process. Note that to be approved to teach online, you must have used Canvas for at least one semester prior to taking the IOTL course. 

Refer to the Timeline for Development of Online Courses for deadlines.

An instructor must apply to teach each online course so that each version of a course can be reviewed for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. This is a seven-step process. Step 4 is optional for returning CCSF online faculty but required for new CCSF online faculty.

1. Instructors submit this application to teach a specific course online. Instructors must have used Canvas in tech-enhanced mode for at least one semester before taking the IOTL. Instructors may also submit proof of having completed @ONE's self-paced course, "Introduction to Teaching with Canvas".
2. Application will be approved or denied by the DLAC subject to Department Chair and Dean approval.
3. Approved applicants submit a Distance Education Addendum (DEA) to CurricUNET.
4. Pass the SFCCD-mandated training to teach online: "Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning" (IOTL). Note that @ONE's equivalent course or training at another CCC may be accepted along with a CCSF-specific self-paced short course. Please contact us for details if you have completed similar training.
5. Meet with the Alternative Media Specialist for an accessibility compliance check for your course.
6. Meet with the Distance Learning and Teaching Specialist to confirm compliance with the DEA.
7. Present your course at the Online Course Showcase/Final Review, during the semester before you teach.

SFCCD-Mandated Training to Teach Online

If you have not gone through the SFCCD-mandated training, you will need to take the 5-week IOTL training before you may teach online at CCSF. (You may satisfy this requirement with @ONE's equivalent training plus the CCSF-specific self-paced course as described above.)

Here are the next few 5-week IOTL training sessions:

  1. FALL 2018: August 27, 2018 through September 29, 2018
  2. FALL 2018 (2): November 26, 2019 -Dec. 22;  January 14-20, 2019 (with a winter break aligned with the CCSF winter break)
  3. SPRING 2019: January 28, 2019 through March 2, 2019
  4. SPRING 2019 (2): April 29, 2019 through June 1, 2019
  5. SUMMER 2019: May 27, 2019 through June 29, 2019

DLAC-approved applicants will be paid consistent with Exhibit N in the AFT contract to develop an online course in the semester that they first train or develop the online course. Failure to develop a course after receiving compensation may result in applicants owing the College the equivalent in units or return of the overpayment.

For a 3-unit load course, the equivalent of 7 hours of work per week during semester, as follows: 3 units of release time for full-time teachers, OR 122.5 non-instructional hours at your salary scale.

For a 1- or 2-unit load course, or for development of a second course, the equivalent of 4.6 hours of work per week during semester, as follows: 2 units of release time OR 81.5 non-instructional hours at your salary scale.

If you already teach online at CCSF, you are eligible to retake the IOTL training after 5 years if there is room.

Instructors must be approved for every online course they teach, whether it is a newly created course or a course developed by another instructor. Pay for development of takeover courses will be considered on a case by case basis by the DLAC.

Faculty interested in teaching an online class must have actively used an LMS such as Canvas or Insight, CCSF's learning management systems, to tech-enhance a face-to-face class for at least one semester. Or faculty must have proof of having completed @ONE's "Introduction to Teaching with Canvas".

Faculty must be trained in connection with a specific course. The course identified serves as a laboratory for the faculty member to use in the development process both learning the technology and pedagogy of online delivery.

Fill out the Application to Develop/Teach and Online Course to begin the process.