West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Fox Center at West Valley College


In order to help faculty deliver rigorous eLearning courses, West Valley College offers four free online training modules during fall and spring semesters. 

About the Modules

  • All modules have been  approved by PG&D and will cover the three units (equivalent) required for Segment A.

  • Each module “stands alone,” so there is no need to take them in order.

How to Enroll

Deadlines to Register:

  • Enrollment Dates for Fall 2012:  TBA

Brief Description of Modules: 


MODULE 1:             Introduction to the Online Environment

DATES:                   TBA

CLASS TYPE:         Completely online

HOURS:                  2 Weeks - (24 hours = ½ Unit) 

  •          Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication

  •          Netiquette

  •          Are you Ready to Teach Online?

  •          Are Your Students Ready to Take an Online Class?

  •          Online/Adult (Andragogy) Pedagogy

  •          Creating Objectives 


MODULE 2:            Online Course Design

DATES:                   TBA

CLASS TYPE:         Completely online

HOURS:                  6 Weeks (72 Hours = 1.5 Units) 

In Module 2 there is a book required; it will be supplied to those registered:
Conquering the Content: A Step by Step Guide to Online Course Design by Robin Smith. (This book is also available as an e-book at a discounted price.)

Upon finishing this module, participants will either have

a) created an online class, or

b) redesigned a face-to-face class to be delivered as an online class.

In Module 2 participants design with:

  •          Learning in Mind                                              

  •          Organization in Mind                                        

  •          Navigation in Mind

  •          Assessment in Mind   

  •          Content in Mind

  •          the Future in Mind

  •          Process in Mind


MODULE 3:            Copyright, Accessibility, Academic Dishonesty

DATES:                   TBA

CLASS TYPE:         Completely online

HOURS:                  2 Weeks - (24 Hours = ½ Unit) 

  •          Academic Dishonesty

  •          Accessibility

  •          Copyright, Teach Act, Intellectual Properties, Fair Use Guidelines


MODULE 4:            Social Networking and Best Online Practices

DATES:                   TBA

CLASS TYPE:         Completely online

HOURS:                  2 Weeks (24 Hours = ½ Unit) 

  •          What is social networking and how can it work for me?

  •          Blogs

  •          Wikis

  •          Podcasts/Videocasts

  •          Best Practices using ANGEL

  •          Best Online Practices

  •          Presentations-Design/Delivery for Online Classes


MODULE 5:             Online Retention and Success

DATES:                    TBA (Course currently in development)   

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