Online College Project

Canvas Fast Track Online College Project (Interim)

The Online College Project offers a $2,000 stipend to instructors who develop new online courses. Currently, these contracts are very Moodle-centric in that they involve a lengthy training course in that system. As we upgrade to Canvas, we’re working on a way to offer contracts that are simpler and less time-consuming. During this time, new contracts will not require completion of the Moodle training course, but will require the use of Canvas, and the time for completion will be shortened so that we can begin offering these new courses as soon as possible. The evaluation process will also include the use of the state’s new rubric for online courses, and several meetings with our Instructional Designer.

If you already are an experienced online instructor, know Canvas or are willing to go through the training on your own, and would like to consider developing a new online course, please fill out an Application.

Of particular interest at this time are new online general education courses.

If you have never taught online, or are interested in a more formal Canvas training opportunity, please stay tuned for updates, and keep an eye on the new DE website for current information.

If you are interested in creating a new online course, please see the Getting Started page for more information.

Online College Procedures Page

For those already enrolled in the Online College Project, access the Online College Procedures page to help guide you through the process of completing your contract.

Online College Project Details

The Online College Course Development Project provides incentives to encourage both full-time and part-time faculty to develop new online courses. Courses can be based on new or existing curriculum. In order to best serve the needs of students, priority consideration for the Online College project is given to:

  • Science and Math General Education Courses
  • General Education Courses
  • Courses with high enrollment demand
  • Courses that are part of an existing or proposed online major or certificate (“online” programs have 50% or more of their courses online)

To be eligible for funding, faculty members must agree to the following:

  • The faculty member must use Canvas as the online delivery system.
  • Since the District is specifically commissioning the work, the course will have joint ownership by the faculty member and the District. For a copy of the joint ownership agreement, contact the Dean, Learning Resources and Educational Technology.
  • The Curriculum Review Committee must have approved the course for Distance Education delivery. This requires a Distance Education proposal form, available on the Curriculum website.
  • The completed course site must be reviewed and approved by a team consisting of the department chair, the supervising administrator, and the Instructional Systems Designer for Distance Education.
  • If more than one faculty member is developing a course, the developers must formally agree to the division of the compensation and note their percentage of compensation in the agreement. In addition, each person’s project is subject to all these provisions for review, approval, and scheduling.
  • Developing an online course is considered “loaded” in terms of workload. Adjunct faculty at or near 67% load should plan to complete the compensated part of the work during the summer.
  • After completion of all of the above, the Office of the Dean, Learning Resources and Educational Technology will certify the project is complete and verify that the class has been scheduled. The incentive payment will then be made.

Although not required, participating faculty are strongly encouraged to experience an online class from the student perspective. Faculty may enroll in CSKLS 334 “How to Take an Online Class” (.5 units). The cost for this class can be covered by the District through the Staff Development Enrollment Reimbursement process – see about grants and funding on the Professional Development site.


“Distance Education” is defined by the ACCJC Accreditation Standards as formal interaction designed for learning in which the interaction occurs when the student is separated by location from the instructor, resources used to support learning, or other students. Distance Education may employ correspondence study, audio, video, or computer technologies. Educational interactions delivered through these means may occur on campus as well as off campus. These interactions may be synchronous or asynchronous.

An “online” course is defined by the Chancellor’s Office as a course that is offered 51 percent or more online

A “hybrid course” is defined by SRJC as a course that is taught partly online, but also requires face-to-face meetings. The face-to-face meetings are often scheduled in the evening or on weekends so as to be accessible to working people. Hybrid courses often include a mandatory orientation, mandatory class meetings for performances or presentations, and/or mandatory in-person examinations.


SRJC requires that online courses be characterized by the same concerns for quality, integrity, effectiveness, and student learning outcomes that apply to more traditional modes of instruction. Board Policy and Procedure 3.12.2 (PDF) and 3.12.2P(PDF) addresses Online and Distance Education. (Get Adobe Reader for accessing PDFs.)


In order to meet the needs of our students and our community, SRJC is encouraging the development of certificates or majors that will be offered wholly or partially online. The Chancellor’s Office defines an “online” major or certificate as one that is offered 70% or more online. ACCJC Accreditation Standards define a program as “online” if it is 50% or more online. There is a contradiction in the definitions. SRJC will define a program as “online” if it is 50% or more online.


For more information about the Online College Course Development Project, contact Lisa Beach, Director of Distance Education, at (707) 524-1877 or

For more information about the Moodle system or Moodle trainings, contact Liz du Plessis:

For more information about the CATE system or CATE trainings, contact Bill Stone:


Distance Education

Distance Education Information for Faculty

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