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Welcome to the Online and Digital Education Faculty Site

The Department of Online and Digital Education at El Camino College is committed to support and provide online, hybrid, and face-to-face instructors with online tools and resources for a positive and successful teaching experience. The materials in this site will help you in planning, designing, and delivering your course. We will continuously update the pages so visit often and feel free to contact us with ideas regarding content.

The Online and Digital Education department serves faculty and students for all class type: online, hybrid, and face-to-face. They administer ECC's Learning Management System, Canvas. They support faculty needs for technology that interacts with Canvas and that can be used to supplement instruction. The guiding documents for the deparment are:

Distance Education Plan 2019-2022 (Board approved 8/17/20)

Online and Digital Education Program Review 2017-2018

This department was previously named Distance Education. The name was official changed on the Board of Trustees agenda of August 17, 2020.

Online and Digital Education Advisory Committee

The El Camino College Online and Digital Education (ODE) Advisory Committee, formerly the Distance Education Advisory Committee (DEAC), has primary responsibilities for developing policies and procedures for distance education courses that comply with local and state guidelines, Title 5, and regulations. ODE Advisory Committee works closely with the Academic Senate, college and division curriculum committees to ensure commitment to quality assurance and continuous improvement of the program.  The committee includes faculty from all academic divisions, along with the Director of Library and Learning Resources, the Distance Education Faculty Coordinator and staff from the Department of Online and Digital Education, representative from the College Curriculum Committee, an Academic Senate representative, and representatives from Academic Divisions, Special Resources Center, and Counseling. The committee meets every third Thursday of the month.

Minutes from previous ODE Advisory Committee meeting are available here.

Current Roster

Wolfenstein, Moses (Chair) - Online and Digital Education
Almo, Laura - Fine Arts
Alamillo, Lucy - Behavioral and Social Sciences
Azose, Elana - Professional Development/ Trainer-Instructional Technologis 
Bishop, Francesca - Fine Arts
Degnan, Kevin - Humanities
Fields, Mark - Health Science and Athletics, Part-Time Faculty Representative
Galbavy, Renee - Behavioral and Social Sciences
Hull, Kurt - Business
Houske, Laurie - Behavioral and Social Sciences
Lewitzki, Rhea - Humanities
Martin, Crystle - Library and Learning Resources, Administrative Representative
Martinez, Alice - Mathematical Sciences
Martinez, Ryan - Online and Digital Education/ Instructional Designer
Marcoux, Peter - Humanities
McMillan, Mary - Library and Learning Resources, Academic Senate Liaison
Noyes, Thomas - Natural Sciences
Perez, Gema - Online and Digital Education/ LMS Specialist
Rowan, Darilyn - Fine Arts
Steinberg, Margaret - Natural Sciences
Villareal, Oscar  - Mathematical Sciences
Welsh, Lauralee - Humanties

In order to teach online or hybrid courses, El Camino faculty must either complete our Online Learning & Teaching with Canvas (OLTC) course or provide sufficient evidence that they are prepared to develop and teach quality online courses through our waiver process. At El Camino, a quality online course is one that provides an equivalent experience to a face-to-face class, and includes opportunities for regular and substantive contact between students and the teacher, and well as among students.

If you need to get certified, please sign up here for SPOCK (Self Paced Online Canvas Knowledge course).

The Online Learning & Teaching with Canvas Course

The primary method for becoming cleared to teach online at El Camino is through completion of the Online Learning & Teaching with Canvas (OLTC) course offered by the Department of Online and Digital Education. OLTC is an intensive course that includes six weeks of content and two additional weeks in which participants have extra time to work on course development prior to a final course walkthrough. Full time faculty completing course content are eligible for 15 hours of flex credit, however all faculty must pass the final course walkthrough in order to be cleared to teach online at EL Camino. The OLTC format was approved by the El Camino College Academic Senate. OLTC includes:

  • The opportunity to experience a course from the student role that's been designed with best practices in mind. This includes robust participation in discussions and submission of a variety of online assignments.
  • Principles of Backwards Design for planning and developing online courses.
  • Training on how to develop content in Canvas including basic and intermediate content development skills accompanied by opportunities to practice course development in a personal "sandbox" Canvas course.
  • Review of best practices for teaching online accompanied by the opportunity to develop a communication plan.
  • A basic introduction to media development for online learning.
  • An overview of the course quality standards developed by the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative
  • An overview of other key policies informing the development and delivery of online course including laws around intellectual property and accessibility.

Faculty who already have intermediate or advanced content development skills with the Canvas Learning Managment System and/or web content development will be able to move more quickly through segments of the course that provide training on those skills. Otherwise, faculty should plan on spending at least 5 hours a week working in OLTC in order to complete it successfully. Please note that upon successfully completing OLTC you will not have a fully developed online course, however you will emerge with a roadmap for completing development of your course in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that faculty who have limited experience with Canvas teach a technology supported course at least once before teaching an online course.

OLTC is currently offered twice during the fall and spring academic terms, and once during the summer term. You can find the course offerings and register for the course on Cornerstone.

Some other California Community Colleges in the Greater Los Angeles Region and beyond will honor the certificate earned by successfully completing El Camino's OLTC course, but you should know that some campuses or districts within the CCC system require recertification after some number of years.

The Waiver Process

If you have taught online previously and have existing certification from another campus, you may be eligible to teach online through our waiver process. In order to have El Camino's internal training waived you must prove:

  • Canvas LMS Development Certification
  • Online Teaching and Course Design Certification
  • Access to an existing online or hybrid course that you can present for course review

Qualifying trainings will have been completed through another college or university, or through an @ONE course.

If you believe you have met these requirements, please fill out the waiver form by clicking the button below. You will need to upload copies of the relevant certification documents in order to complete the waiver process. Once your waiver materials have been reviewed, Distance Education Faculty Coordinator Dr. Wolfenstein will contact you to arrange a course review in-person or over video conference.

Online Teaching Waiver Form

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please email Distance Education Faculty Coordinator Dr. Moses Wolfenstein (mwolfenstein(at)elcamino.edu).