Center for Engagement and Learning - Courses


Canvas Essentials (CE)

Canvas Essentials is a fully online, introductory course offered and facilitated by Pierce eLearning. This course covers all the basic components of the Canvas learning management system. The course is self-directed with a start and end date for each session. 

Visit this link to sign up for the Canvas Essentials self-directed course:

Sign Up for Canvas Essentials

Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL)*

TTOL  is a four-week, fully online, training course offered and facilitated by the Center for Engagement and Learning. This course offers participants weekly readings, resources, activities and discussions with other faculty who are new to online teaching. A pre-requisite for taking TTOL is completion of Canvas Essentials or a comparable training/experience in using Canvas learning management system.  

There is no fee to sign up, however you must fully participate in all course activities and discussions to earn the certificate of completion. This course is like taking a two-credit course in four weeks, so plan for 4-8 hours of online activities per week (depending on your teaching background and experience in online learning). TTOL covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research and open education resources (OER) in the content and materials found in each week's module.

Spring 2015 Session Dates: Starts 4/13/15   Ends 5/8/15

Follow this link to our TTOL registration form:

Register for Transitioning to Teaching Online

* This course is offered each quarter and is a required training component for any Pierce faculty who are preparing to teach a fully online or hybrid course for the first time. Faculty who have completed similar training at another institution should contact the Pierce eLearning department to discuss if previous training or experience can replace this training requirement.

Designing Quality Online Courses (DQOC)

For faculty interested in learning how to apply Quality Matters standards to their hybrid or online courses. This course series is appropriate for:

      • faculty who have a new online or hybrid course they are already developing
      • faculty who have a current online or hybrid course they wish to re-design.

Courses are hybrid format that includes online activities as well as synchronous meetings (online or F2F) one day per week from 2:30pm – 4:00pm. Each week we will discuss specific QM standards of course design, work in groups to review each other’s courses and help each other create a quality designed course in a supportive and positive way.

We will hear from a variety of QM experts throughout the series, either as guests in our synchronous meetings or in multimedia content within the online modules.

Winter 2015 Session dates begin January 26

Interested? Follow this link to sign up for more information:

I'm Interested in Designing Quality Online Courses

General information and inquiries

Renee Phoenix
Instructional Designer, Center for Engagement and Learning
PY: 253-840-8485 / FS:253-964-6779

Jessica Bodas
Program Coordinator

Carrie West
Open Education Project Manager

Ronald Shaw
Educational Technology Assistant

Kyle Peirson
Educational Technology Assistant