Center for Engagement and Learning - Courses


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.  

Fall 2014 Session Dates: Starts: 10/13/14    Ends: 11/07/14

Winter 2015 Session Dates: Starts 2/2/15   Ends: 2/27/15

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


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.

TTOL Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • plan and design course activities and assessments that utilize effective online teaching principles;
  • plan and design course activities and assessments that integrate effective design principles;
  • think critically about online learning from a student’s perspective;
  • plan course activities and assessments to engage students in the learning process;
  • plan and practice effective communication with students;
  • define the characteristics of instructor presence in the online classroom;
  • design and deliver online course material that promotes effective learning and positive student engagement in the subject matter.

* 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 verify their status for satisfying this training requirement.

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 quarterly session. 

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

Sign Up for Canvas Essentials

General information and inquiries

Emily Wood
Director of the Center for Engagement and Learning

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