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Online Faculty: Prepare for Accreditation with RSI Review

If you would like to get your online course in the queue for review, please fill out the Intake Survey

​​​Online and hybrid courses at COS will be reviewed by the ACCJC as part of our upcoming accreditation process. That review will include an expectation that we are engaging in Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) with our students in our online and hybrid courses. Simply put, we must make it apparent to the accreditation team that even in fully-online and asynchronous modalities, we have frequent and meaningful content-centered interaction with our students!

A team of your peers has been trained in RSI standards and creative ways to incorporate them across disciplines. Our goal is to review just ONE online course from every faculty member who teaches online or hybrid-format classes for COS. You can select a course from any semester, Spring 2022 to present, and can even communicate a preference for a specific reviewer from the team or one from another division. You can also elect to meet with your RSI peer reviewer to talk about your course, and submit a timesheet for up to an hour of time (PT faculty) or an hour of FLEX credit (FT faculty). 

Online Teaching Certification

The Spring 2024 OTC course is underway. ​Enrollment for the Summer 2024 OTC is now open. 

The COS OTC runs 3x annually (FA-SP-SU),​ and exists to prepare instructors to meet the minimum qualification requirements for online teaching at COS.  The OTCP covers regulations and pedagogical approaches related to online teaching. Developed under the direction of the Academic Senate sub-committee Distance Education at COS (DECOS), the OTCP is regularly revised to reflect federal guidelines like those in Title 5 as well as emerging online teaching standards developed by the Online Education Initiative (OEI). To see a full list of online-certified faculty, visit the Human Resources: Employee Resources webpage and select Faculty Seniority Lists​​​.​​​ 

Open Educational Resources (OER)​ Support

Learn more about OER and browse the OER library collections.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly via the Internet for anyone to use. OER can be remixed, revised, reused, retained, and redistributed (known as the 5 R's)​. ​COS has a goal of creating as many zero-cost degree pathways as possible for our students, and every course that adopts zero-cost or low-cost materials is a step toward equitable and accessible higher education for all. 

Artificial Intelligence Resources

View the COS Artificial Intelligence Resource Kit​

​​​​​​With the rapid advance of AI into higher education settings, educators must take part in thoughtful discussions about AI's impact on teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, and the skills students will need to have upon graduation to contribute to a technologically proficient workforce. The Office of Distance Education has curated a Resource Kit of articles, tools, videos, and more to help faculty orient within this new frontier. 

DE Coordinator Office Hours (open to all Faculty)
Visit virtual office hours for questions and support related to COS DE policy, course design, pedagogy, best practices, and more. 


Time ​Phone ​Zoom Office
​3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
​(559) 730-3981

Join here 

There will be no office hours on the following dates due to the OTCP. Please email me from an appointment. 

Monday, March 4
Monday, March 11
​11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Need a different time? Email Elise Baker (​to arrange an appointment. ​​​

Spring 2024 Workshops (open to all Faculty)
Trainings and workshops for those currently teaching online, or interested in online instruction and Canvas tools. Always FLEX-approved.

Workshop Title

Date and Time
​Self-Review for RSI

​Tuesday, 4/9/24
3:30-4:30 PM

Friday 4/12/24
1:00-2:00 PM

This is the same workshop offered twice, not a two-part workshop. 

​Elise Baker,
Distance Education Coordinator
​Sometimes we prefer to check our own work. If you are interested in reviewing your own course for RSI using the COS RSI Rubric in order to prepare your course for accreditation, attend this workshop. We will go over the “why" of RSI, what it means, and specific suggestions for implementing it visibly and impactfully in your online courses. You will leave the session with a copy of the rubric to conduct your own RSI Review for self-assessment and improvement. 
Press X to Start: Level Up Your Teaching with Gamification


​Monday, 3/11/24
2:00-3:30 PM

Tuesday, 3/19/24
3:00-4:30 PM

This is the same workshop offered twice, not a two-part workshop. 
Elise Baker,
Distance Education Coordinator
Gamification is all about applying gaming strategies to improve learning and make it more engaging for students. Gamifying a course asks that we examine what motivates us both intrinsically and extrinsically, and to incorporate elements of play that speak to those factors. These sessions will cover the psychology of gamification, changing attention spans in a new generation of students, interdisciplinary ways to incorporate gamified elements into a course, and will offer guidelines for how to start small. The content of this training is relevant to ALL courses, not just online ones. 
Community at a Distance:  Facilitating Inclusive Online Classes


Thursday, 1/11/24
2:30-3:30 PM

Elise Baker,
Distance Education Coordinator
This workshop will provide some actionable ideas for how to build and facilitate online courses that are inclusive of the diverse student body we serve at COS. Expect to learn a little about accessibility, communication and language use, equitizing the syllabus, humanizing yourself and your content, and more.​
​​Shift Happens:  Preparing Online Faculty for Accreditation 


Thursday, 1/11/24
1:00-2:00 PM

Elise Baker,
Distance Education Coordinator

A time to ask the Distance Ed Coordinator all of your questions about accreditation, RSI Review, what to expect and how to prepare on your own or in partnership with your colleagues. ​
Webinar: The Power of ​PlayPosit


​Wednesday, 1/10/24
1:30-2:30 PM
​​CCC Tech Apply
​In this session, CCC TechConnect facilitators will delve into how other CCCs are using PlayPosit to amplify instructional impact and elevate the learning experience. We'll examine practical applications and provide instructions on getting started.​


Asynchronous​Trainings, Workshops, and Webinars

Training Title
​Link to learn
​Canvas "New Quizzes" Webinar for Newbies
Watch the recording training HERE
​Canvas has introduced a new tool for giving quizzes and exams. It has more features, more question types, and is generally seen to be an improvement in function and interface​ on the prior version. ​
Canvas Training Portal: "​New Quizzes" Essentials 
Enroll HERE
​New Quizzes is an enhanced quizzing tool available inside of Canvas. The tool offers a variety of interactive question types to promote engagement in your assessments. This course explores New Quizzes including the creation process, moderation and grading options, item bank management, as well as how to import and migrate existing quiz content.​​
​​PlayPosit Interactive Video Training
Watch the recorded training HERE

Overview and training on a cool new Canvas tech integration PlayPosit from the developer, play with the tool from the student perspective, build an interactive video you can use immediately, Q&A with the developer, plus resources. 

   Introductory Session Blurb and Objectives.pdf
Make Your Course Beautiful (and more effective) with HTML Basics
​Watch the recorded webinar HERE
​We don’t pay attention to boring things, and after a while Canvas can get a bit boring. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to add visual elements like borders, horizontal lines, callout boxes, and responsive banners, even how to make text wrap around an image to your Canvas course. With just a little HTML know-how, it’s easier than you may think to create an engaging, visually-stimulating and organized online course. 

​Designing Inclusive and Accessible OER Courses: Focus on Equity, Diversity, and UDL 

Watch the webinar HERE
​Explore the powerful combination of Open Educational Resources (OER) and inclusive pedagogical practices, with an emphasis on promoting equity, embracing diversity, and implementing Universal Design for Learning. Experts guide you through best practices, practical strategies, and valuable resources to ensure your OER course materials are accessible, engaging, and meaningful for all learners.

​​​Death to "Dry" Discussion Boards

Watch the recorded training HERE
Students and teachers alike dread the "Make an initial post and reply to two of your peers' posts..." discussion board prompt. But we have to do it, because it's the peer-to-peer piece of RSI, right? This session will offer some ideas on making discussion boards less tedious, more interactive, accessible, and fun for both grader and student. 

Dry Discussion Boards Doc.pdf

New Faculty Onboarding Resources

​Created by Instructional Council, this Canvas-hosted Resource Guide gives new faculty useful information ​on navigating systems at COS and finding comfort and success.  

​Additional Resources