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Foundations for Teaching Online

Beginning Spring 2018, this course replaces Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL).

Foundations for Teaching Online (FTO) is a self-directed, yet fully supported professional development course. FTO is for full-time and part-time faculty who are planning to teach online or hybrid courses at Pierce College.


  • The Spring/Summer 2018 session is now open for enrollment until August 1. All work in the Spring/Summer 2018 Session must be completed by August 17, 2018.
  • The Fall 2018/Winter 2019 session will open for enrollment on September 1, 2018.

Please use the registration link below to request enrollment in a current or future session:

Register for Foundations to Teaching Online

Course Format

In order to accommodate all learning levels and busy schedules, this is not your typical online course with regular deadlines and lots of student-to-student interaction. Foundations for Teaching Online is designed to be a self-directed but fully supported introduction to online teaching so you can begin building your online courses and planning your teaching strategies.

It is primarily for Pierce faculty who are new to online teaching or faculty who want to start using technologies—like the Canvas LMS—as part of their teaching practice. Course support is provided by instructional designers with the Center for Engagement and Learning.

There is no fee to sign up. However, you must complete all course activities and design activities to earn the certificate of completion. FTO covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research in the content and materials found in each topic module.

* This course is accepted as sufficient training to meet district requirements to teach a fully online or hybrid course for Pierce College. Faculty who have completed similar training at another institution should discuss their prior training and experience with their dean or program coordinator or ask for a professional evaluation to determine if previous training or experience can replace 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 session. 

Sign Up for Canvas Essentials