Distance Education Department

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Expanded opportunities for technology-related training for all Pierce students and faculty.

PierceOnLine is the department name for all things Distance Education at Pierce College. Distance Education refers to any instructors using the Learning Management System (Canvas) to either teach online or web enhance their courses. The faculty and staff in PierceOnLine are responsible for programming of all Distance Education and web-enhanced class shells – plus district files for student uploads. Additionally, they keep the Distance Education website current, train faculty in Canvas and provide support for all faculty and students via email, telephone, and appointments both on and off campus.

PierceOnLine personnel are responsible for:
  • Programming of all Distance Education and web-enhanced class shells – plus district files for student uploads
  • Keeping the Distance Education website current
  • Training new faculty in Canvas
  • Providing support to Distance Education faculty via email, telephone, and appointments both on and off campus
  • Providing support to all Distance Education students via email and telephone
  • Answering all Distance Education questions
  • Attending Distance Education district meetings
  • Maintaining sections of classes per semester on our LMS
  • Working with District Academic Senate on DE issues
  • Offering Workshops on different useful tools for teaching in the LMS, Canvas
Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

PierceOnline also provides numerous workshops every month. The following workshops have or are currently being offered at Pierce at PierceOnline:

  • Canvas Basics
  • Using Rubrics for Grading
  • Setting Up Activities in SoftChalk
  • Using the Intelecom Video Repository
  • Using Moodle Tools
  • Building an Online Community
  • Using Canvas to Web Enhance Your Class
  • Implementing Gradebook

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