WCC instructors can take advantage of a wealth of resources -- Canvas how-to documents and videos, a staff dedicated to instructor support, a computer lab (CAS 126) for instructors and staff, links to software downloads, and more. 


Services available

  • Instructor training for technology and online pedagogy (click the Training Opportunities link under Related Links for upcoming topics).  

Faculty and staff have several online options for learning how to use the Canvas learning management system.

  1. Canvas Faculty Resources: This Canvas course is open to all faculty and includes tutorials on features most used in instruction.  The course includes an opportunity for faculty to ask questions and share ideas in a discussion format.
  2. Full Canvas Training: This fully online course is available to all faculty and staff who request to be enrolled.  This is a self-paced course that includes the opportunity to practice skills and gain feedback by completing assignments in one's own practice course.  This course is required for those faculty who are developing fully online and/or hybrid courses.
  3. Brief Canvas Intro for Face-to-Face Instruction: This brief course includes tutorials on several key features of Canvas most often used in face-to-face instruction.  This is a self-paced course that includes the opportunity to practice skills and gain feedback by completing assignments in one's own practice course.  To participate, please request enrollment from eLearning.

  • Online/hybrid course development
    The eLearning Office will assist in developing a course or provide funds to compensate the instructor for course development efforts. Click here to view the course development form, including criteria for proposing a course, compensation, a development checklist and the development timeline. Contact us if you have questions.
  • eLearning technology support
    The eLearning Office (elearning@whatcom.edu) is available to help instructors with eLearning technology. Does one of your students need tech help?  Refer them to the Student Help Desk at studenthelpdesk@whatcom.edu or 360.383.3410.
  • Academic advising for distant students
    WCC has advisors dedicated to students at a distance (advise@whatcom.edu).

Questions?  Contact the eLearning Office at elearning@whatcom.edu or 360-383-3280. 


Blue Slip process for online classes


Canvas how-to documents & videos


Lecture capture - demonstration tools

  • Panopto:  a cloud-based lecture capture service available to Washington community and technical colleges.  It can be used on and off campus to record lectures or classes to be viewed by students, anytime, anywhere.  Create account through Canvas.   
  • Jing:  a free screen-capture software, Jing lets you take a video of activity on your computer screen and narrate (up to five minutes).  Great for demonstrations, making comments on student assignments, etc. Download Jing
  • Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia are available in the CAS 126 instructor/staff lab for more sophisticated video making.


Open education resources

  • Open Washington is an open educational resources (OER) network dedicated to providing easy pathways for faculty to learn, find, use and apply OER in any instructional setting. 
  • The Open Course Library project, part of the Washington Student Completion Initiative, redesigned 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper and pre college courses using largely Open Educational Resources for face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online delivery. 
  • The WCC Library provides Copyright and OER Assistance in partnership with the Office of eLearning. 


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