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spot the dalmatianSPOT, Mt. SAC's Certification for Online Teaching!

SPOT, or Skills and Pedagogy for Online Teaching is the certification process for Mt. SAC faculty who wish to teach courses online. Faculty members develop a basis in the skills and pedagogy needed for effective online teaching , and demonstrate their knowledge through the completion of tasks in the certification process.

Why complete SPOT?

SPOT certification is a requirement for all Mt. SAC instructors who wish to teach Distance Learning (online or hybrid) courses.

Did you know: Faculty can earn a stipend for successfully completing their SPOT certification. Submit a Distance Learning Stipend Request Form.


YAY! SPOT Canvas is HERE!

Thank you for your patience while we worked to get our new version finalized!

How to Complete SPOT

  • SPOT is an ongoing, self-paced course. The start and end date is up to you.
  • SPOT training is conducted in Canvas.
  • Must have and use a Mt. SAC email account.
To Register for SPOT:
  • Sign up through the Mt. SAC POD Calendar.
    • The signup is usually near the first or last day of each month, but enrollment is ongoing and does not have a start or end date. Start when you like.
    • Click on the link in POD to register; you will be required to log in using your Mt. SAC login credentials. YOU MUST DO THIS STEP!
    • Follow the SPOT link on POD to register with the SPOT facilitators (using the link in the POD entry) or you can access the link here: SPOT Registration Form (Please only complete this form once).
Your enrollment in SPOT will include three elements:
  1. You will be enrolled as a student in the  course "Skills & Pedagogy for Online Teaching (SPOT)"  - where you will read and submit all tasks.
  2. You will be enrolled as an instructor in your own personal Canvas course with "CERT" in the title. This is where you will create tasks and communicate with your SPOT verifier during the SPOT course.
  3. A SPOT Faculty Verifier will be assigned to you for the duration of the SPOT process.
To Complete the SPOT course:
  • You will create four modules of a hypothetical online course, using the best practices for online teaching presented in the SPOT course.
  • Your course will be reviewed by your SPOT Faculty Verifier using a rubric based on the Online Education Initiative (OEI). The OEI is a leader in creating and assessing online pedagogy.
    • Note: Faculty Verifiers are not required to verify during the intersessions. You can still complete SPOT during the intersessions, but your verifier may not check them until the regular semester begins.
  • When you have successfully completed your SPOT course, you will receive a SPOT certificate from the Faculty Center for Learning Technology (FCLT), and your division will be notified that you are now able to teach online. They can verify this online at the distance learning faculty list.

If you have more questions about the SPOT process, the additional requirements to teach an online or hybrid course at Mt. SAC, or other questions related to Distance Learning, feel free to contact the assistant Distance Learning faculty coordinator:

Name Phone Office Email
Catherine McKee   (909) 274-6112  6-262C

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