ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI) (Online) Spring 2021 – Registration

Date/Time: Friday, January 29, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021
All Day

Overview of the Online Teaching Institute (OTI)

The ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI) helps to prepare instructors for teaching online through exploration and hands-on demonstrations of effective practices in online instruction. The OTI is composed of nine sessions. It begins with participants exploring the characteristics of successful online instructors, the foundations for teaching with technology, options for teaching online, the concept of digital competencies and how that may affect how our students learn, and ways to identify and create exemplary online courses. Through the program, participants will delve into the important issues for both instructors and students using online tools including website credibility, plagiarism, copyright, web accessibility, and assessments. Participants will be introduced to different presentation applications, media, and tools for online communication as they create a blueprint for modules that demonstrate exemplary online course design.

The OTI is taught within Canvas, affording opportunities for participants to learn and use the different tools and functions for future classes; however, this is not a Canvas training class. Participants must have attended a Canvas Basics (3-hour) workshop within the last six months, completed an alternative professional development activity such as the 3CSN Canvas 101 & 102 courses or the @One Introduction to Teaching with Canvas – Self-Paced, or be currently using Canvas in your courses BEFORE beginning the Online Teaching Institute (which we all are for this Fall 2020 semester!)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Spring 2021 Schedule

The American River College Spring 2021 OTI is scheduled for nine online sessions between January 29, 2021 and April 23, 2021.


Start Date


Session 1 1/29/21 OTI & Course Management System Orientation
Session 2 2/5/21 Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
Session 3 2/12/21 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility
Session 4 2/26/21 Syllabus, Policies, and Learner Support
Session 5 3/5/21 Course Design: Integrating Web Resources
Session 6 3/12/21 Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
Session 7 3/26/21 Interaction and Community Building
Session 8 4/2/21 Media for Online Learning
Session 9 4/23/21 Capstone Project

Receive Salary Advancement Credit!

Three units of salary advancement credit are available for successful completion of the Online Teaching Institute pending approval of your dean. You must submit your request for salary advancement credit to the District PRIOR to attending the Institute.
LRCCD Salary Advancement Credit Application

Additional Notes

  • Priority will be given to ARC employees who have not completed a previous OTI and who are scheduled to teach online at ARC.
  • The ARC Guidelines for Web-based Instruction recommend completion of the ARC Online Teaching Institute or an equivalent program BEFORE an instructor teaches a fully-online course.

For more information, including technical requirements, see the information page for the ARC Online Teaching Institute.


Registration is closed for this event.