Foundations for Teaching Online is a professional development course provided by ELAD designed to support full-time and part-time faculty who are planning to teach online or hybrid courses at Pierce College. FTO provides participants with the opportunity to develop their design for an online or hybrid course in a Canvas Development shell and reflect on their pedagogy through the completion of applied learning activities.
Apply the principles of Inclusive Design to reflect on how all learners experience your course, including learners’ ability to access and engage with learning materials, learning activities, and assessments.
Design student learning assessments appropriate for hybrid/online courses, including clear instructions for how to submit work and rubrics for completed work.
Create organized and functional Modules that follow your course map with consistently paced work in a logical pattern (typically weekly units) with obvious opening/closings and clearly labeled content (learning materials, activities, assessments, resources, etc.).
Develop appropriate communication and participation strategies for student-to-student, student-to-instructor, and student-to-content interactions.
Write or revise a course syllabus to include details such as technology requirements, communication/feedback expectations in the hybrid/online environment, routine expectations for participation and pace of work, and online student support resources.
Create or modify a Home Page and Course Orientation module that provide a student-centered landing page and an orientation to the course, including an instructor introduction, communication/feedback routines, participation and engagement expectations, technology requirements, helpful support resources, and tips for success.
🧭Dates: April 24 to May 30
Our course will go live in Canvas on Thursday April 20
💻 Format: Asynchronous
100% online with NO required face-to-face or Zoom meetings. Zoom support is available and optional.
How We Contact You
We will make Canvas Announcements at least once a week to remind you about upcoming course due dates, available drop-in help, and other course-related information. We encourage you to turn on your notifications to receive these messages in a timely manner.
Personalized Feedback on Submissions
We will provide personalized feedback on your Canvas submissions within a week of the submission date. You can find our comments directly on the submission itself (via annotations) and in the overall comments.
Occasionally we will reach out to you via Canvas Inbox to check in, see how things are going, and ask if you have any questions. These messages are meant to be supportive and encouraging. We welcome your responses.
Our course includes both required and optional discussion forums. We will contribute to each discussion at least a few times during these five weeks. We won’t respond to every post, but we will add ideas and ask follow-up questions where we can. Please be sure to follow active discussions closely to respond to us and your peers – don’t leave us hanging!
📲How You can Contact Us
For questions on designing a course or clarifying about assignment requirements
Zoom Support every Wednesday 11:30 to 12:30 when the course is in session
Please send us a message via Canvas. It takes us one business day to respond.
You need to receive a “complete” in all required activities for the course completion
If an assignment is incomplete, you will receive comments about how to revise and resubmit your work.
📝Grade Appeal Process
If you disagree with the feedback given, please message the facilitator who graded the particular assignment. Please follow the grade appeal process outlined in the course.
📃Access and Accommodations
Pierce College values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to fostering mutual respect and full participation for all employees. Our goal is to create a learning environment that is equitable, inclusive, and welcoming.
Pierce College’s accommodation process is designed to explore reasonable accommodations for employees (including student employees) with medical conditions or disabilities.
Accommodations are provided on an individual basis and created in collaboration with the requesting employee, Human Resources, and the employee’s supervisor if necessary. Please visit