Last Updated 5.27.2020 1:56pm

SBVC Emergency Online Faculty Resources

SBVC Distance Education and Professional Development will be providing support in multiple ways.  Support will include hosting open Labs, Webinars, and Office Hours to assist Faculty in their course conversions to an online platform.

Virtual Open Lab Technical Support Hours

Virtual open lab technical support hours will be held for faculty. Real-time virtual support via Zoom open lab room for real-time virtual support, mainly related to technology that supports online instruction. We can chat, screen share, etc.

Check back later for scheduled Open Lab days/times.


Virtual Open Lab Design and Instruction Support Hours:

Virtual open lab for design and instruction support will be held for faculty seeking assistance with instructional tools and course design.  Real-time support via Zoom. 

Virtual Lab Hours: Support for Designing Asynchronous Instruction

Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:00am-1:00pm

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On Campus Lab support: 

On Campus Lab Support has ended at this time.  Please visit one of the virtual sessions listed above.  We are happy to assist and answer questions in that format.

San Bernardino Valley College Webinars

Distance Education and Professional Development will be hosting weekly webinars in partnership with Distance Education.  

Personalizing Asynchronous Instruction

Online instruction in the asynchronous format requires a few elements in order to be fully effective.  The goal is to have regular, substantive and effective interaction when teaching online.  There are a few key components to effective instruction in the asynchronous format.  Throughout the summer session, several webinars will be offered on topics to support asynchronous instruction. 

Embedding Media

This is the first in the webinar series titled "Personalizing Asynchronous Instruction". Videos and media can help make a course feel more personal. Join us to learn the basics of embedding YouTube video, PowerPoint presentations, Prezi presentations, and creating an area of archived Zoom lectures. While not required to insert media onto a Canvas page, some basic coding will be introduced.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Recording: Embedding Media

Video Applications

Where and how can I make videos to use in my online course? Where is the best place to insert videos to help personalize my online course? The DE Faculty Leads will discuss best practices of video placement in an online course.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 recording

Canvas Tools

There are a variety of useful student learning tools already in your SBCCD Canvas navigation bar. We will delve into what some of those tools are, and how to incorporate them into your online teaching for more effective asynchronous instruction.

Thursday, July 10, 2020 9:00am-cancelled session

ABC: A Basic Course Design

As faculty prepare to start online courses in the Fall, your SBVC DE Co-Faculty Leads are here to help! They will be going through the basics of building Modules, creating an effective Welcome Letter, Discussions and regular and substantive communication, and other best practices of online course development. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:00am

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Effective Asynchronous Instruction

Considering the asynchronous approach to online instruction?  Wondering what the benefits, challenges and best practices are related to asynchronous intruction?  Join us for a webinar on this topic.  We will share some basic tips, some best practices and recommendations for online instruction in an asynchronous format.

Friday, May 15, 2020 recording

Preparing your Online Class for Summer 2020: Part One and Two

Preparing your Summer 2020 Online Course? There are a few things to consider as you begin that process. Moving into Summer 2020, there is a need to develop courses from the more traditional perspective of online teaching and learning. There is also a need to bring courses into alignment with ACCJC and Title V mandates and expectations. Do not fear, there are some simple ways to manage this and hit the mark.

On Friday, April 24, 2020 we covered this topic in detail.  On Friday, May 1, 2020 we presented a brief review of April 24th followed by some additional tips on design and ending by answering questions.

You may review the recordings provided below.

Friday, April 24, 2020 recording

Friday, May 1, 2020 recording

Regular, Effective and Substantive Contact in Online Courses and DE Level One Training

Join in to learn more about what the terms regular, effective and substantive mean in relation to student and instructor interaction in an online course.  Even in this emergent situation, we have a responsibility to interact with our students regularly, substantively and effectively.  This webinar will cover what these interactions may look like, as well as cover what these interactions do not look like.  This will lead into a brief discussion about the Level One Online Instruction Training, which is offered on campus, and how it meets the goals of teaching on the topic of regular, effective and substantive interaction.

Recording of webinar session on April 17th



Here at SBVC, Faculty who are new to teaching online may need some additional resources. Below are some additional resources.

The Very Basics

A Quick Start & Reference Guide for the Canvas Newbie

Week One

A Week One Checklist

Quick Guide – What Should I Do First?!

The key to online instruction is to create an organized course that is easy for students to follow, is clear in direction, contains all components of a face-to-face course and is easy to navigate.  Below are a few tips to get facutly started in creating thier own course.

  • Update/Adjust your Syllabus!
  • Upload your adjusted Syllabus to Canvas
  • Create a Module—title it (i.e. “Week 1” or "Chapter 10")
  • Create a content page of learning material
  • Create an Assignment
  • Create a Discussion
  • Create an Exam 

Faculty can refer to the quick guide posted above for further definition of a Page vs an Assignment, etc.

Additional Resource Videos

Below are a few resource videos faculty may find helpful. 

Our SBCCD Faculty DE Support Page

A place to chat and get additional resources. This is a district open Canvas shell with a discussion board where questions can be posted and a variety of resources and videos can be found related to setting up your Canvas course.  We encourage you to use the discussion board feature on this page so we can start answering questions as a community.


CVC-OEI Webinars and Recordings

The CVC-OEI is hosting a variety of webinars on various topics directly related to online teaching.  Webinars range from the basics of teaching with Canvas to the use of student success tools, such as Labster or Net Tutor. Session include ongoing "drop in" Canvas and design support for teaching online.



CVC-OEI Canvas Support

24 Hour Support line for students and faculty: We know that local resources are stretched as many of your colleges convert to remote instruction during the current crisis. In order to support you during this period, CVC-OEI is extending daytime Canvas Tier 1 phone support for all CCC students and faculty through June 30. This is effective immediately.  You will keep using the same number as before, but now you can call it any time of day.

Canvas Phone Help Hotline: (844) 303-5595 is now offering support 24 hours a day

3Csn California Community College Success Network

3csn offers a variety of online webinars on a daily basis.  You will find webinars on the use of Zoom, the basics of Canvas and much more.  Take the time to visit thier site and sign up for a session today.

SBCCD and Chancellor Office Updates

College's Response to COVID-19

District Website: COVID-19 Updates

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is working closely with the governor’s office, the California Department of Public Health and local colleges to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chancellor’s Office is committed to providing accurate and timely information during this crisis.


The White House today said Americans should not gather in groups of more than 10 people and unnecessary travel and social visits should be avoided. The Senate today is considering a bill already approved by the House that would help those affected by the coronavirus. Read the update at this link.

Gov. Gavin Newsom asked the Legislature for emergency legislative action on COVID-19. The text of the letter can be found here.

The governor on Sunday, March 15 issued guidance on protecting our state’s most vulnerable citizens. He asked anyone 65 years old and older, and those with compromised immune systems, to practice home isolation. He also called for bars, nightclubs and wineries to close, and for restaurants to focus on takeout services.  Click this link to see the latest of Gov. Newsom’s updates via Twitter on the state’s response to COVID-19

On Friday, March 13, Gov. Newsom signed an executive order ensuring state funding for K-12 schools even in event of physical closure. Also on Friday, he issued guidance to state workers hurt by COVID-19. More information can be found here. The California Senate has canceled all hearings this week, while the Assembly is continuing to hold them on a more limited basis.

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is in continued discussions with the Governor’s Office, higher education leaders and the Chancellor’s Office executive staff and has requested the following actions of California community college leaders:

  •  Substantially limit all in-person interaction on campuses through June.
  • Continue to move instruction to remote learnings platforms.
  • Consider reconfiguring all commencement ceremonies and pinning ceremonies to limit event size or move to a virtual format.
  • Cancel, postpone or move to a remote format all events, large meetings or conferences for the remainder of the year. This includes moving public board meetings to a remote format.
  • Institute remote working protocols for eligible employees in consultation with local bargaining units.
  • Consider the strong possibility of a slowdown in the state’s economy as you review on-going expenditures.

The state Consultation Council will continue to meet monthly. The next meeting is schedule for this Thursday via video conference. Details and the agenda can be found here.


Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley on Wednesday, March 11, held a webinar with college presidents about transitioning to face-to-face course instruction. Resources available to help faculty, staff and students during this transition include:

In addition, the Chancellor’s Office has posted guidance on Attendance Accounting for conversion to distance education.