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Resources for Distance Learning Faculty

Discipline Expertise and Commitment to Student Success

Distance Learning faculty at College of the Siskiyous represent a diverse group of dedicated professionals. Whether you are new to our faculty, or are interested in updating your skills, this site is dedicated to supporting your professional development.

If you are new to our faculty, or are interested in distance learning modalities, review the Distance Learning Handbook for a complete overview of Distance Learning guidelines for our campus.

CVC-OEI Equity Cohort

In 2018, COS joined the CVC-OEI Consortium as part of the Equity Cohort. As a consortium campus, our online courses and programs are featured in the CVC-OEI Finish Faster website which students from all over California can access.

Our courses feature badges for online tutoring, online counseling, student readiness support, and consortium status.

Some COS courses have been quality reviewed by the OEI Course Design Academy, and feature a quality reviewed badge! If you want to learn more about getting your course quality reviewed, contact Maria Elena Fernandez, DE and Instructional Design Coordinator.

As an educational institution, COS is committed to the quality of our students' learning, regardless of location or means of delivery. Given the critical role of instruction in the learning process, COS has documented the faculty skills and requirements uniquely applicable to the online teaching environment.

All current faculty can join the professional development portal and access the site for a menu of professional development pathways and self-paced micro courses.

If you are a full-time faculty member, many of these activities have been pre-approved for flex.

Contact Maria Elena Fernandez ( if...

  • You are developing a new online course and would like assistance with the structure and organization of the course.
  • You would like assistance posting material online for your face-to-face class.
  • You have taught online in the past, but would like to try using a tool or function you have never used before.
  • You have taught online, but feel your course design or the presentation of your material could be improved.
  • You need assistance making your course materials accessible.
  • You are interested in submitting your course to the OEI Course Design Academy.

These requirements are intended to support high-quality student learning and to clarify expectations for faculty interested in joining our online faculty community.

  • Canvas LMS Certification
  • Online Pedagogy, including training in accessibility

If your online teaching certifications/badges are within the last three years, you may already be ready to teach online. Please provide evidence of Canvas certification AND evidence of an online pedagogy course or online teaching certificate from another entity (such as @One) or campus along with your application materials. Deans in consultation with Canvas Admin will review and approve all certificates.

For assistance with your course shells, your account, or your enrollments contact

For technical assistance 24/7, instructors should access the Help icon in the Canvas main menu and select Canvas Support for Faculty

@One (Online Network of Educators) provides an extensive menu of facilitated courses for online instructors. They also maintain a wonderful collection of resources and articles specific to online learning.

ACUE Webinars: In partnership with institutions of higher education, ACUE prepares, credentials, and provides on-going support to faculty in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that promote student engagement, persistence to graduation, career readiness, and deeper levels of learning.

CCCTechConnect: Funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, TechConnect provides digital solutions, training and support to all 116 California Community Colleges, and is hosted at Palomar College.

Contact Distance Learning

Phone: (530) 938-5520