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The following policy was passed by the College Distance Education Committee and Academic Senate in Spring 2016

In accordance with Article 40b of Local AFT 1521, beginning summer of 2016, before teaching online/hybrid classes, an instructor must demonstrate LMS proficiency by receiving certification in the Learning Management System.

Certification can be achieved in any one of the following ways:

  • Completing an LAVC facilitated online course, “Introduction to Teaching with Canvas” with a minimum score of 90%.
  • Completing an LAVC self-paced course “Introduction to Teaching with Canvas” with a minimum score of 90%.
  • Completing an LAVC face to face course “Introduction to Teaching with Canvas” with a minimum score of 90%.
  • Evidence of prior online teaching experience using the Canvas LMS system.
  • Completing OEI approved Canvas training with a certificate

The certification must be completed at least seven calendar days prior to the first day of the semester. (Passed by CDEC Spring 2016; revised spring 2019)  

Please Note:
If you have used Canvas at another school, you do not need to take the LAVC training. However, you need to provide the DE Coordinator access to your website from the other school so she can confirm that you have taught using Canvas. She can be contacted at

Standardized Learning Management System for Hybrid and
Online Classes

Beginning summer 2016, all hybrid and online classes at LAVC will use Canvas as the Learning Management System.. (Passed by Academic Senate March 2016.)

Valley College is committed to training our faculty for both online education and technology

Los Angeles Valley College offers training in the online course management system Canvas, technology tools to assist you with offering online content, and partners with Professional Development to offer general technology training.

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