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Before deciding to teach an online or hybrid course, discuss these opportunities with your dean. Next, explore the following activities to help you to decide if online teaching is for you.

Is online teaching for you?

Learn more about online courses

Hybrid vs Online

Understand the difference between online, hybrid, and on-campus courses in terms of faculty responsibilities, workload, student expectations, etc.
From the California Code of Regulations (CCR) title 5, section 55210 (Overall Distance Education regulations and guidelines) (pdf)
  • Distance education courses are defined as courses with 51% or more of instruction that is conducted online.
  • Hybrid is not specifically defined in the regulations and guidelines but is implicitly defined as being between 1% and <51%
"Course Definitions" (Foothill College Curriculum Committee agreed on March 9, 2004)
  • Web-enhanced Course: An onsite class that requires online access to resources such as an online syllabus, discussion boards, or Internet links (Note: If ANY onsite time is replaced by online time then the course cannot be in this category)
  • Hybrid Course: A course that meets both onsite and online
  • Online class: A class which meets 100% of the time online with no onsite class time required

Final steps before developing your first online/hybrid course

  • Consider developing your course site with a team of colleagues who teach the same course.
  • Give yourself at least 6 weeks to prepare for teaching an online or hybrid course for the first time. Your preparation could involve training and course site development.
  • Check with your Division dean about scheduling your first online course.
    • For your first online/hybrid course, select a course that you have already taught on-campus before.


Get certified to use Canvas

Before you can teach online, you need to be certified to use Canvas.

NOTE: After you are certifed to use Canvas, you will be granted access to the Migration course. If you have content from Etudes sites that you may want to use in your Canvas course site, review the Migration course to learn how.

Last Updated March 15, 2018
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