Online Teaching Certification at San Antonio College

The Teaching and Learning Center offers Online Teaching Certification to all faculty (full-time and adjunct) at San Antonio College.  The goal is to certify all faculty to teach online so that we can offer additional online sections. As a result of the pandemic, more students across the nation are choosing to take online courses. In order to build capacity and serve the needs of all our students, San Antonio College wants to be prepared to offer courses in all modalities, face-to-face, online, and remote.   The courses are designed to prepare you for online teaching, or sharpen your skills if you are already teaching online. Courses can be completed in any sequence.  Courses are both synchronous and asynchronous. 

The program is online and allows Faculty to experience the online tools and educational environment as students prior to teaching. The learning materials focus on course design and pedagogy, College policies and processes and Canvas LMS functionality.  Please email with questions about the certification program.

Online Teaching Certification at San Antonio College is a three step program and includes:

  1. SAC Online Teaching Certification (OTC) Course - May 2021
  2. Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Course (APPQMR) - December 2021
  3. Online/Hybrid Course Peer Review - December 2021

Click on each section below for more information and details for that requirement.

SAC Online Teaching Certification Course

SAC Online Teaching Certification (OTC) Course

Online Teaching Certification (OTC) CourseThis two-week course is designed primarily for Faculty who are new to online teaching and may be identified to instruct an online course this Spring 2021 semester or at a later time. The OTC course will allow faculty to gain competency with the technical aspects of the course platform as well as a solid grasp of best practices and teaching techniques that promote a successful online classroom environment. Participants will learn about tools and techniques that can be used in an online course to ensure students are fully involved in the learning process. It will emphasize research-based teaching strategies that will positively impact your students' experiences in the online classroom.  In addition, the workshop will give participants the opportunity to experiment with many of the Canvas tools that they will be using in their own course. This course allows participants to sample online learning from the student's perspective. 

The OTC course is arranged in a series of topics and related tasks. During the training, faculty learners will also be building their own online course preparing it for Peer Review. For example, they will learn about the elements of a good online course home page, and then build their own home page within their SandBox course. Faculty learners will be able to use content from their existing courses, their department, their Faculty Mentor and their colleagues. 

What to Expect: The OTC course will cover two major areas: course design and course delivery. Faculty learners will learn how to build an effective online course and will be applying each aspect of course design by building their own course concurrently with the training. They'll also be learning how best to teach in the online environment including pedagogical principles, ADA requirements, and communication techniques to make their online course a rich, successful experience for both teacher and learners.

Preparing for Peer Review: By completing the OTC course and all of its associated tasks, faculty learners will have built or imported a full orientation, at least one complete module, and a "skeleton" for the remaining modules of a fully online class. Participants in the course will concurrently develop a course. After adding all recommended content, activities and the SAC Course Layout 2020 to ensure courses have at least three full modules built, the course will be reviewed by a team of peer reviewers in Spring 2021 who will also provide detailed feedback. Click here for information on the SAC Peer Review process.

Register in AlamoTalent
• Faculty learners will self-select from any of the sections listed below which also outlines the training sessions, and register for their selected section in AlamoTalent

• Each workshop section will include 8 hours of scheduled zoom sessions spread over a two week span  

• Sessions will be conducted using a blended approach and include both synchronous (via zoom) and asynchronous learning activities 


Online Teaching Certification (OTC) Course Schedule

Cohort 9 April 12 - 22, 2021 Scheduled Zoom Meetings

Section Day/Date Time
 Section 1 Monday/Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Section 2 Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 Section 3  Monday/Wednesday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Section 4  Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Cohort 10 May 17 - 27, 2021
Cohort 11 May 31 - June 10, 2021


A complete list of all sessions are available in Alamo Talent.  To register for the course, access Alamo Talent via ACES and within the search box, search for “OTC”.   

Click here for a help guide which will provide step by step directions to successfully register into an OTC course.  Please be reminded that workshop sections are capped for attendance, so you are advised to register early.  In addition, you will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully registered for the workshop.  For technical assistance registering to the OTC Course, please contact our IT helpdesk at (210) 486-0777 or connect to us via zoom at: IIC Zoom Support Center.


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Congratulations if you have already successfully completed the Online Teaching Certification (OTC) course.  You are now ready to complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop, a flagship workshop on the QM rubric. This course helps you to examine your own course through the eyes of a learner and use the QM Rubric to improve your overall course design.

San Antonio College will offer Virtual (Zoom) APPQMR 8-Hour synchronous One Day workshops and Alamo Colleges Online (ACOL) in partnership with Human Resources Faculty Development Program is offering a two-week online 18 day asynchronous course.  Attend a workshop that best fits your schedule to learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process.  You will also learn how to draft helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course.


ACOL Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Online Training Schedule:
Spring 2021 Semester - 18 Days Asynchronous

APPQMR Workshop Dates                             Max Participants

3/22/2021 - 4/8/2021                                    20

3/22/2021  4/8/2021                                     20

3/22/2021 - 4/8/2021                                    20

3/22/2021 - 4/8/2021                                    20

4/16/2021 - 5/3/2021                                    20

Note:  Each faculty member will receive a QM Higher Education Rubric Workbook in the mail one week before the session start date.  For additional questions regarding the Online Quality Matters (APPQMR) workshop, please contact Rudolph “Rudy” Lopez ( or Bobbie Myatt ( , Alamo Colleges District Faculty Development Specialist. 



SAC Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Zoom Virtual Workshops:
Spring 2021 Semester - 8 Hour Synchronous

APPQMR Workshop Dates                             Max Participants

3/26/2021                                                     15

4/9/2021                                                       15

5/28/2021                                                     15

Note:  Each faculty member will receive a QM Higher Education Rubric Workbook in the mail one week after the session start date.  Questions regarding (APPQMR) Zoom Virtual Workshop can be directed to Yvonne Galindo (, Instructional Technology Supervisor, Office of Technology Services, San Antonio College.


How to Register for the APPQMR (Applying the Quality Matters Rubric) course of your choice:

1. Access Alamo Talent to register for either of these APPQMR Courses.  (Note:  Register for only one workshop):

        • Online APPQMR Workshop:  APPQMR Online 2021 – 18 Day Course Asynchronous


        • Virtual Zoom APPQMR Workshop:  SAC Quality Matters APPQMR Virtual Workshop - 1 Day 8 Hour Course Synchronous

2. Post Alamo Talent Registration, the Training Facilitator will register you on the Quality Matters system and you will receive an email with instructions to participate in the APPQMR course you chose.




Peer Review

SAC Peer Review Process

San Antonio College now has a new and revised asynchronous Online/Hybrid course peer review process for the purpose of improving course design.  Peer Review process is one of the three key steps to get Online Teaching Certified at San Antonio College:

  1. SAC Online Teaching Certification (OTC) Course
  2. Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Course (APPQMR)
  3. Online/Hybrid Course Peer Review

Peer reviews will be conducted using the SAC Peer Review Online Course Evaluation Rubric. The peer review process at San Antonio College is based on Quality Matters Rubric and grounded in research based best-practices.  Peer reviews are required for all Online/Hybrid courses delivered at San Antonio College.  The goal is to have all faculty Online Teaching certified by December 2021.  Support with this process is offered within the Instructional Innovation Center via a Remote IIC Zoom Room. Faculty are also encouraged to meet with our Instructional Designer Nadia Shelby (, (210-486-1727), self-assess their class before review and make changes where necessary.  The process may take up to six weeks.


Peer Review Process:

  1. Upon completion of Online Teaching Course (OTC) course, develop at least three weeks of course content and a minimum of three course modules within your sandbox course.
  2. Complete a self-review of your newly developed Online/Hybrid course using the SAC Peer Review Online Course Evaluation Rubric.
  3. Access Teaching and Learning Center SharePoint site > Online Peer Review channel to complete the Peer Review Form. (Note: You must login to SharePoint to access the Peer Review form.  SharePoint username and password are the same as your San Antonio College computer workstation login ID). (ex. sac\username and your password) 
  4. For access or SharePoint navigation guidance, contact our College Helpdesk at (210) 486-0777 and select option 7.
  5. Upon receipt of the Peer Review Form, the Teaching and Learning Center will assemble the Peer Review team (A faculty member at San Antonio College and an Instructional Designer or Instructional Technologist).  The Peer Review team will be given observer level access to your course. 
  6. Teaching and Learning Center will send the Peer Review team instructions and a link to SAC's SAC Peer Review Online Course Evaluation Rubric. The designated peer review team will be asked to access and provide a course review within a two-week time span unless otherwise negotiated.
  7. Peer Reviewers will independently review the course and submit the completed rubric review forms to San Antonio College Teaching and Learning Center.
  8. The Director of Teaching and Learning Center will then forward the peer review forms to the Faculty participant. Recommended changes by the peer review team must be made within 2 weeks.

If you have questions regarding the process, please contact San Antonio College Teaching and Learning Center at 210-486-0413 or via email to  For assistance completing this form, visit our IIC Zoom Support Center.

Support Resource Links

How to register in Alamo Talent
How to download the SAC Course Layout (PDF Guide)
How to download the SAC Course Layout (Video)
SAC Online Teaching Certification Process
SAC Online Teaching Certification FAQ's


 Instructional Technology Assistance

 Contact Instructional Innovation Center at or Call 210-486-0712.
Please visit the IIC Remote Zoom Room for Technical Assistance at

IIC Instructional Technologists & Technology Training Specialists

Yvonne Galindo
Instructional Technology Supervisor

Hermelinda Lopez
Client Support Specialist

Melody Sittenauer
Trainer II


Instructional Design Assistance

Nadia Shelby
Instructional Designer