District Distance Education personnel are here to provide faculty with training, assistance, and support in preparing and
teaching fully online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses using Canvas. District DE
strives to offer the finest in education to our students by providing our faculty with the resources and tools necessary to
build and maintain their course content and materials.
Our District DE Faculty Training (or DEFT) includes training courses, workshops, 1:1
appointments, resources, and additional support. Our hope is that these resources
and support will help faculty increase their skills in online instruction or "become
DEFT" in online instruction. Review the options in the left navigation and links below
to find the resources and support you need.
RCCD uses the learning management system, Canvas, for all courses. Canvas shells
will be available for all classes about two months before the start of the semester.
Faculty looking to collaborate with colleagues can add users to their courses on the People Index page.
New Zoom Storage Plan
The District's new Zoom Storage Plan starts June 30, 2023. Read Zoom Storage Plan info & watch video tutorials to learn more.
RCCD's 24/7 Helpdesk offers the following avenues for support:
Call (951) 222-8388
DE Faculty Training (DEFT) Resources
DEFT Resources can be accessed 24/7. District DE personnel are happy to answer questions
about any of these resources and assist faculty via 1:1 appointment.
Check out our resources and guides on Canvas instructional tools, media and accessibility
tools, and other useful apps and Canvas LTIs. (Self-enroll through Canvas).
View policies and FAQs, find resources, and get assistance to make your course and
Review these recorded webinars on instructional pedagogies as well as how-to tutorials
on using Canvas tools and features.
Self-enroll in these self-paced training courses to learn about Canvas, online instruction,
accessibility, and more.
Learn how to use LTIs, apps, and other tools available to faculty.
Learn how to refresh your courses or get a new course up and running quickly with
the help of templates and Course Developers.
Learn how to get FERPA certified so that you can upload your certificate to the FERPA Certification Form (scroll to the bottom of the Forms page). Additional
information about FERPA concerns for merged courses is available in the RCCD DE Instructor Resources shell.
Distance Education Newsletter
We post a newsletter twice a month during Fall/Spring and once a month during Winter/Summer.
You can access the current newsletter from the RCCD DE Instructor Resource shell Home Page
. (If you're not already self-enrolled in this shell, use this self-enroll link to get access to DE resources and the newsletter
today.) If you missed a previous newsletter, you can visit our newsletter archive
to catch up on articles, updates, and other important information.
Regular Canvas Maintenance
In an effort to better manage required Canvas maintenance, Canvas will be implementing
regular Canvas maintenance times
beginning July 15, 2021. Regular maintenance will occur on the 1st & 3rd Thursday
of each month from 12:05 am - 4:05 am PST. These four
-hour maintenance windows may cause intermittent issues. For example, edited content
work may not Save or Submit
. To review the maintenance times, sign into Canvas and click on Account - > Settings
to view the maintenance schedule under the time zone on the settings page. Please
make note of this information.
The Americans with Disabilities Act
sections ADA 504
& ADA 508
, in addition to multiple CA Government Codes
, require all online content to be accessible to all students and that all video captions
be accurate. Per CA State and RCCD's Chancellors' mandates, RCCD faculty are responsible
to ensure that all course content and materials meet these standards. Some students
may need additional accommodations and assistance from both their instructor and DSS/DRC
support staff. District DE is here to help faculty improve the accessibility of their
course content; please contact the Accessible Technology and Media Coordinator
for ways we can help you improve the accessibility of your content.
Non-original works (not created by faculty) such as books, handouts, audio clips,
videos, and all other intellectual property should be considered copyrighted unless
specifically designated as free to use. If you are using publisher and/or copyright
materials, we recommend consulting a librarian about its eligibility for fair use
within your course. Please refer to the District's BP2750: Use of Copyrighted Material for more information.
We highly recommend making copyright materials available by linking official library
resources rather than uploading files directly into your Canvas course. This method
has the benefits of:
- ensuring copyright compliance,
- improving accessibility compliance, and
- saving storage space in your Canvas course