ARC OTI Spring 2020 – Registration

Date/Time: Friday, January 31, 2020 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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 are required to either have attended a Canvas Basics (3-hour) workshop within the last six months or be currently using Canvas in their courses BEFORE attending ANY of the Online Teaching Institute sessions.

Learning Outcomes

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

Spring 2020 Schedule

The American River College Spring 2020 OTI is scheduled for nine online sessions between January 31 and and April 24, 2020.  

OTI Prerequisites: You should know how to use Canvas, this is not a Canvas training class. You MUST have attended a Canvas Basics (3-hour) workshop within the last six months or be currently using Canvas in your courses BEFORE beginning the Online Teaching Institute. Visit the ITC’s Workshops page for upcoming workshops.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.


Start Date


Session 1 1-31-20 OTI & Course Management System Orientation
Session 2 2-7-20 Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
Session 3 2-14-20 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility
Session 4 2-28-20 Syllabus, Policies, and Learner Support
Session 5 3-6-20 Course Design: Integrating Web Resources
Session 6 3-13-20 Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
Session 7 3-27-20 Interaction and Community Building
Session 8 4-3-20
(2-week session)
Media for Online Learning
Session 9 4-24-20 Capstone Project


Registration is closed for this event.