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Professional Development

Opportunities to grow in your teaching practice.

Teaching Online Readiness Course (TORC)

The Teaching Online Readiness Course course is meant to serve as a primer that will help you teach with and build courses in the YC Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). You can work through this course at your own pace.

REQUIRED for all adjunct instructors - available at all times.

Yavapai College has an obligation to assure that our teachers are able to do their job effectively, especially in the challenging online environment. This course is designed give you a basic knowledge of the Canvas LMS and the pedagogical fundamentals to teach online with skill and confidence, based on the accepted YC Design and Teaching standards. If you are already an experienced teacher, it is meant to assure fundamental Canvas competence. For new and aspiring online teachers, it is the beginning - from which your opportunity to grow in mastery is truly limitless. 


The assessments in this course consist of short knowledge checks at the end of each module. You will pass the course by achieving a score of 100% on each knowledge check. 

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TEACH Online course

Our TEACH online course gives you the knowledge and practical methods to be a confident and effective online teacher. This course is for faculty new to teaching in an online environment, as well as faculty looking to improve their practice.

  • Instructor presence makes all the difference
  • Create active learning opportunities
  • Meet YC design and teaching standards
  • Learn along with your peers

Teachers have said about the course:

"There wasn't just one topic I found most useful. There were many. What I like most is the TeLs team provided simple yet comprehensive content AND additional resource links for topics. I can go to those resources on topics I need/want more info, but don't have to waste time going through resources on topics I already have mastery. "

"I enjoyed the discussion area and all of it - I reviewed and learned tons!"

"I'm thinking more about creating active learning activities in an online environment."

Join the next cohort starting spring 2023 - dates TBD

  • All full and part-time faculty eligible
  • $200 stipend available at the completion of the course
  • Approximately 10 hours of coursework over two weeks

Sign up here

Contact Thatcher.Bohrman@yc.edu with questions.

Improving Your Online Course Workshop (IYOC)

The IYOC workshop is a free professional development opportunity that explores the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses as part of the QM@YC initiative. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan.
All full and part-time faculty eligible for the $200 stipend available at the completion of the workshop.

Next IYOCs:

Live workshops in spring 2023 TBD.
Contact an.pfister@yc.edu with questions.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Training Course

The OER training course is a self-paced online course in Canvas which must be completed by YC instructors who wish to teach or build OER courses at YC. It's a general option for any teacher interested in the subject. There is a facilitator to assist with the coursework, and we expect that students will complete the approximately 10 hours of coursework in ~5 weeks. Completers receive a $200 stipend.

The spring 2023 cohorts are scheduled:

  • Cohort 17: January 30-March 10
  • Cohort 18: March 20-May 5 

contact megan.crossfield@yc.edu to sign up.

The Summer Institute

The 17th Annual Summer Institute 2022 was a live, in-person event on the Prescott campus May 16th.  It is a teaching and learning event about best practices in the classroom and educational topics for student success, presented by faculty and staff.

We were very excited to have Flower Darby as our keynote speaker. Flower is the author of “Small Teaching Online”, a nationally recognized speaker, and Associate Director, University of Missouri Teaching for Learning Center. Find out more about her at www.flowerdarby.com 


The Summer Institute is an annual event where YC faculty and staff offer and receive training from their peers in a huge variety of topics around teaching and learning. It's a place where teachers share best practices, techniques, educational issues, new technologies, as well as share meals, socialize and have fun together. Keynote speakers from inside and outside the college are regularly present. The first institute was offered during the summer of 2006. It was a 6-day training event, where 58 faculty members were in attendance, during which 1148 training hours were provided.

The Summer Institute is presented by the Teaching and eLearning Support department in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC).

Faculty Blogging Challenge

This is an annual event in fall where faculty write about teaching and learning weekly for 6 weeks.

Read blogs from the 10th annual event on the telswebletter!