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Online Teaching Resources

Our students deserve the best learning we can provide. As such, we are committed to preparing SLCC instructors to teach effectively online, and then giving them ongoing support. Please take advantage of these resources and professional development opportunities.

Design & Technology Consultations

Design and technology professionals are available for consultation to help increase student engagement and learning, in the online classroom, traditional classroom, or a mix of both (hybrid).

Call 801-957-5125 to make an appointment or drop by SLCC Online & eLearning Services to schedule a consultation with an Instructional Designer.

SLCC Online & eLearning Services
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Suite 115

Professional Development Workshops

eLearning offers a variety of professional development opportunities to help you learn best practices for creating and teaching online courses.

Self-Study Resources

No registration is necessary to complete these short introductory courses. The courses take less than an hour to complete.

  • A Brief Introduction to Canvas - Learn the basic features and tools in Canvas, how instructors at SLCC are using Canvas, and where to get help with Canvas courses. This is not an in-depth how-to class. It is an introduction to how Canvas can help you in your teaching.
  • The Canvas Quick Start Guide - This online course is for instructors who are hired on Friday to teach a course that starts on Monday and need to get up to speed on Canvas quickly. Learn how to use the bare minimum of Canvas features required by the Provost for all courses at SLCC (on-campus, hybrid, or online).
  • A Brief Introduction to Quality Matters - Learn what Quality Matters (QM) is, why we’ve adopted the QM standards at SLCC, and how instructors at SLCC are using QM to improve their online courses. This is not an in-depth how-to class. It is a short overview of QM at SLCC with instructions for where to go next to learn more.
  • Edtech Tools for Student Engagement – Learn about several types of free to free-ish apps that can be used in your Canvas course right now, complete with best practices and examples when applicable. This resource is a work in progress because apps, pricing, and standards change, so bookmark it and return when you want to see what has been updated.

eLearning Credentials

eLearning offers several credentials to faculty who can demonstrate their skills using Canvas, teaching online, and reviewing online courses. Credential earners receive a certificate of completion and a digital badge for their professional portfolios.

  • Canvas User Credential - In this course you will learn to use the key features of Canvas. This course is designed for all faculty, including full-time and adjunct instructors. This self-paced course takes about 12 hours to complete, but an experienced Canvas user could complete this course in less time. This course is facilitated by SLCC instructional technologists and instructional designers who are available to answer questions and to provide feedback. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Canvas competency requirement for eLearning’s companion course: Online Teacher Credential.
  • Online Teacher Credential - This training is for all faculty who want to teach online at SLCC. Faculty should complete this training prior to teaching an online course. All online faculty should earn the credential by August 1, 2020. After that date, faculty without the credential will not be allowed to teach online courses at SLCC. The course is taught in a fully online cohort so the participants can experience what it’s like to be an online student and learn research-based best practices and expectations of being an online instructor at SLCC. This course is NOT self-paced. The course takes about 16 hours to complete (1-4 hours per week for 7 weeks). Prerequisite: Note that this course is not a Canvas tutorial, so competency in Canvas is required. We strongly recommend completing SLCC’s Canvas User Credential course to prepare.
  • Livestream Teacher Credential Course - This course is required for faculty who want to teach livestream courses at SLCC. All online faculty should earn the credential by August 1, 2025. After that date, faculty without the credential will not be allowed to teach livestream courses at SLCC. There are no on-campus meetings for this course. The course is taught in a fully-online cohort that is both synchronous (live-streamed) and asynchronous so the participants can experience what it’s like to be a livestream student and learn research-based best practices and expectations of being an livestream instructor at SLCC. The course runs for five weeks, with assignments due each week. Adjunct faculty are compensated 12 hours for this course. Prerequisites: Before registering, you MUST already have competency in Canvas and Zoom, and you MUST have already completed the Online Teacher Credential course.
  • Online Course Reviewer Credential (for full-time faculty only). Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to improve the quality of online courses. SLCC uses the QM tools, which are based on the latest research in online course design, to develop, maintain, and review SLCC’s online courses. Faculty who complete QM’s Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Course (APPQMR) and the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) gain the knowledge and skills they need to apply the QM rubric and to become QM-certified course reviewers. The APPQMR course takes about 20 hours to complete. The PRC course takes about 30 hours to complete. Faculty who complete both courses and complete at least one formal course review earn SLCC’s Online Course Reviewer Credential.
  • Online Course Designer Credential - For this credential, faculty work closely with the eLearning team to design and develop a fully online course that meets Quality Matters standards. The credential follows a team approach to course creation that includes multiple faculty, designers, technologists, media developers, and graphic artists. The process begins with the development of a high-level design to determine the objectives, assessments, and instructional strategies for the course. Then the course is developed following best practices for online pedagogy, multimedia use, and accessibility. Faculty should expect to spend 2-10 hours per week for 3 semesters (includes two semesters to design and develop the course and one semester to pilot the online course). Prerequisites: We recommend that faculty earn SLCC’s Canvas User Credential and Online Teacher Credential to prepare for this course.
  • CBE Course Designer Credential - SLCC has created the Competency-Based Education (CBE) Course Designer Credential (CBECDC) to recognize faculty who, as part of a college-approved CBE initiative project, work with other faculty and eLearning to successfully design and develop a CBE course that meets quality standards. This is similar to the Online Course Designer Credential, but with an added emphasis on understanding and applying the principles of CBE. The course you design does not need to be a fully-online course.

Log in to MySLCC and click on the ‘Employee’ Tab, then ‘Employee Training’ to register. For questions regarding faculty development opportunities and online teaching resources, please contact:

Bob Lindsay
Assistant Director of Quality, Training, and Project Management, SLCC Online & eLearning Services