The Educational Technology Department provides support to CCSF faculty using mediated technology in teaching and learning. This includes support for faculty teaching online and tech-enhanced face-to-face classes. [Technology Mediated Instruction -TMI]
CCSF offers a growing number of online classes in response to student demand. TMI provides support to CCSF faculty teaching online or using technology to enhance the face-to-face learning experience. It also ensures that the College’s offerings are high-quality and that faculty have the support needed to thrive in the online instructional environment.
At CCSF distance learning is defined as follows:
Online Course -The entire class is delivered online using Canvas, the College’s learning management system (LMS).
Hybrid-online Course - The course is delivered partially in canvas and partially in person.
The College encourages all faculty to use Canvas to enhance face to face classes. Faculty who wish to teach online in the future are highly encouraged to use Canvas.
The College is committed to providing high-quality training for faculty that supports good andragogical practices and ensures that classes are ADA compliant. Faculty wishing to teach online are provided training and are offered opportunities for ongoing professional development.
Find out more about Teaching an Online Class.
A web-enhanced class is a face-to-face class in which the instructor uses Canvas to store class content and student resources. In tech-enhanced learning all class meetings take place in person but the Canvas course is used to enhance the learning experience.
All instructors are encouraged to use Canvas for in person classes. Instructors using class shells are not required to get training but support is available on request. Also, there is no requirement for regular and effective contact in a course shell. Shells are created for every course and are easy to use. To access a course shell:
- Go to MyCCSF
- Log in to Canvas using your RAM ID (same as your network log in)
- Add content (syllabus, assignments, etc. to your shell)
- Publish the shell so students can see it.
Advantages to using a course shell
- Students have round the clock access to syllabi, handouts, library research guides, deadlines, etc. They can refer to it from off campus and on week-ends.
- Faculty save paper and avoid carrying around extra copies of handouts.
- Faculty can use the shell to communicate with students.
- Canvas has grading and attendance tools.
- One-stop storage of copyrighted materials being used under fair use.
- Ability for students to continue learning during an emergency closure.
Note that future online instructors are required to use Canvas to enhance a face-to-face class before teaching online.
The TLC Training Page has more information about self-paced and online synchronous options for learning to use Canvas.
The TLC Workshop Calendar has information about in-person workshops at CCSF.