ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI)

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ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI)

The ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI) helps to prepare instructors for teaching online through exploration and hands-on exercises and demonstration of effective practices in online instruction. It is offered three times a year — fall, spring, and summer, in a fully online format with a minimum of 10 participants.
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 uses Canvas for all activities, 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 should have a working knowledge of how to create and teach a class using Canvas prior to beginning the OTI.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Create a course with informational and instructional modules that are the basis for the development of an online course and that meet the criteria for exemplary course design as outlined in the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Rubric.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in online teaching and learning as outlined in the @ONE Principles for Quality Online Teaching.

Spring 2023 Schedule

  • American River College Spring OTI is scheduled from January 27, 2023 through April 21, 2023.
  • Registration begins on October 3, 2023.
Session Start Date Topics
Session 1 Jan 27, 2023 OTI & Course Management System Orientation – Course Design
Session 2 Feb 3, 2023 Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning – Teaching Strategies and Practices
Session 3 Feb 10, 2023 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility
Session 4 Feb 24, 2023 Syllabus, Policies, and Learner Support
Session 5 Mar 3, 2023 Course Design: Integrating Web Resources
Session 6 Mar 10, 2023 Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
Session 7 Mar 24, 2023 Interaction and Community Building
Session 8 Mar 31, 2023 Media for Online Learning
Session 9 Apr 21, 2023 Capstone Project – due date:  May 4, 2023

Learn More

Watch the video below in which ARC OTI graduates talk about their experience and the benefits of participating in the course.
(This is the Audio Description Version of the OTI video.)

OTI Prerequisites and Enrollment Requirements

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 should have a working knowledge of how to create and teach a class using Canvas prior to beginning the OTI. Our colleagues at @ONE (the Online Network for Educators), offer this free self-paced course if you are new to Canvas or would like a refresher: @One Introduction to Teaching with Canvas – Self-Paced.

Requirements for Completion

To receive the certificate of completion, you must complete all of the following:

  • Participation in all required discussions
  • Completion of all assigned activities and exercises

Certificates will be issued for completion of the entire Institute.

Hours Required

This is a 9-week course.
Participants will need to devote approximately 10-12 hours per week to reading, online discussions, and assignments.

  • Proficient computer skills (use of word processor, e-mail, file management)
  • Proficient Internet skills (use of browsers, searches, uploading and downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • Experience in an online learning environment as either a student or instructor

Technical Requirements

  • Access to a PC or Mac with a current operating system that meets Camtasia’s system requirements or have a different video creation and editing application for use in the OTI.
  • Current version of a browser other than IE
  • Internet connection, preferably broadband
  • Built-in or external webcam for recording
  • USB microphone

Midterm Checkpoint

By the beginning of Session 4, participants must have successfully completed all of the requirements from Sessions 1-3 with a score of 85% or higher in order to continue in the Institute. 

Incomplete Policy

Participants may request an incomplete in the OTI if they have finished at least 60% of the work. Incomplete work must be finished within one year, or the entire Institute must be repeated.

Receive Salary Advancement Credit!

Three units of salary advancement credit, for those currently placed in Class I-III of your salary schedule, are available for participation in the ARC 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. See the Class/Step Placement and Advancement for Faculty webpage for more information.
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.
  • For other opportunities, contact the Distance Education Coordinator at your campus to inquire about local options or explore additional training opportunities through the @ONE Online Network of Educators.
  • 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.


Registration begins on October 3, 2023.


Questions about the Institute? Contact Alice Dieli (916) 484-8996 or Pamela Bimbi (916) 484-8103.