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If you teach online at Mt. SAC, you have been SPOT-certified. Online professors already know: using technology for teaching is a continuous learning process!

The new faculty contract (2019/2020) now specifies: “SPOT certification is valid for a period of four (4) years. Every four (4) years, professors will be required to obtain a recertification through a condensed SPOT training approved by the Academic Senate, not to exceed four (4) hours.” -- (13.A.3) in the Faculty Contract

    • How do I know when my recertification is due?

      Watch with spot faceRecertification is based on your original SPOT certification date. You can find your date on the SPOT certified faculty distance learning page.

      • From the top list “Faculty” choose SPOT-certified faculty
      • Filter or search for your name to find your SPOT completion date
      • Find out when your SPOT recertification is due based on this table:
      SPOT Certification (or last recertification) date Complete SPOT recertification by Training must take place in this date range Recertification is good until
      Before August 1, 2016 December 31, 2020 August 1, 2016-July 31, 2020 July 31, 2024
      August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017 July 31, 2021 August 1, 2017-July 31, 2021 July 31, 2025
      August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018 July 31, 2022 August 1, 2018-July 31, 2022 July 31, 2026
      August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019 July 31, 2023 August 1, 2019-July 31, 2023 July 31, 2027
      August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 July 31, 2024 August 1, 2020-July 31, 2024 July 31, 2028
      August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021 July 31, 2025 August 1, 2021-July 31, 2025 July 31, 2029
      August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022 July 31, 2026 August 1, 2022-July 31, 2026 July 31, 2030

Recertifying in SPOT: What Counts?

    • Click to see Approved Courses

      Only approved workshops can be used toward SPOT recertification. Only workshops in the accepted date range (within 4 years of your recert due date) can be used.

      • Mandatory 1-hour Regulations Update offered online or on campus.  
      • Already completed local workshops may count if they are in the 4-year training window.
      • Approved local Mt. SAC workshops on Canvas/Accessibility/Distance Learning.  NOTE: Introduction to Canvas sessions are ONLY approved for the period during Canvas migration (2016-17).  Introductory Canvas courses, in general, are NOT approved for SPOT recertification.  
      • @ONE courses if they earn a badge or certificate (self-paced options do not count).  @ONE courses must be moderated (i.e., take place over time), not be self-paced.  The CVC OEI Vision Resource Center courses are self-paced and do not count toward SPOT recertification.
      • Verified attendance at local Mt. SAC CanInnovate conference sessions.
      • Verified attendance at Online Teaching Conference (OTC) 2017, 2018, and 2019. Please keep a copy of your registration receipt, and either your attendee badge or list of sessions you attended.  NOTE: Because OTC 2020 provides no attendance verification, OTC 2020 sessions will not be accepted for SPOT Recertification.

      regs update online workshop JOIN THE REGS UPDATE WORKSHOP HERE.

      These past workshops or sessions qualify toward SPOT Recertification Hours:

      Mt. SAC Workshops FLEX or Tech Week Activities  

      Introductory Canvas courses or Canvas "Lite" courses do NOT count toward SPOT recertification

      Canvas Pre-Semester Intensive Series 1A and 2A

      August 2018

      Think Like a Course Designer  Canvas Home Pages

      Fall 2018

      IT Accessibility workshops on Email, Word Docs, InDesign, PDFs within training time frame  Accessible Technology Solutions

       Multiple sessions in Winter, Spring, and Fall 2018

      Canvas Complete: Grading in Canvas (multiple dates) Canvas Bling: Added Tools that Expand Canvas Functions Fall 2018
      Using Student Data for Teaching in Canvas Canvas Confidential: Learn Some Canvas Moves you may have Missed Fall Flex 2018
      How to Limit Cheating on Online Exams FlipGrid: Video for Student Engagement

      Spring 2019


      Canvas Pre-semester Intensive   Spring 2019, Fall 2019
      Local attendance at 2018 or 2019 CanInnovate sessions (must furnish proof of attendance) Creating a Syllabus Based on Principles of Universal Design Spring 2019
      Canvas' New Gradebook (2020 and ongoing) Practice Making Documents Accessible Tech Week 2019
      5 Tools to Make You an Accessibility Champ (2019 and ongoing)    Spring and Fall 2020
      Humanizing Your Online Course - An Overview (2020 and ongoing) Lights! Camera! Caption! Accessible Videos and Conferences Made Easy

      Fall 2020

      Flex Day 2020

      What's New in Canvas (2020, 2021, and ongoing)  Course Design Shortcuts: Borrow, Share, and Leverage Tools to Create Student-Friendly Canvas Courses (multiple dates)

       Fall 2020

      Flex Day 2020

      Creating Videos with Screencast-o-Matic (2020 and ongoing) Proctorio: Proctoring Exams in Canvas  Fall 2020
      Ally, Your Accessibility Partner in Canvas (multiple dates)    
      Build Better Courses, Faster, with CidiLabs in Canvas! (multiple dates) Next Level Design with Cidi Labs DesignPLUS in Canvas: Using the Intermediate and Advanced Tools

      Spring, Fall 2020

      Fall 2021

      Easy and Engaging Videos in Canvas Studio  The New and Improved Zoom in Canvas Flex Day Spring, Summer, Fall 2021
      Build Your Class Community with Pronto, Warm-Up Activities, and More   Flex Day Spring 2021
      Make Your Course Exemplary with CVC Quality Review


      April 2021

      Creating Dynamic Lectures Online  (multiple dates)

      Part A

      Part B

      April 2021

      April and May 2021

      Harmonize: Improved Discussions in Canvas (Fall 2021 and multiple dates)

      Honorlock Online Exam Proctoring 

      Summer 2021

      Introduction to PlayPosit


      Summer 2021

How Do I Find Approved Recertification Activities?

We want you to have options that add value to your online teaching skills! More online and on-demand workshops will be announced as they become available. Click "More" to see list of approved Recertification Activities.

  • @ONE Trainings: Welcome to @ONE's Course List
  • Please note: some @ONE activities do not receive credit/badges/certificates (for instance, self-paced activities do not). Most of the @ONE activities that do receive badges or certificates require significantly more than 4 hours of work to complete.
  • Approved @ONE courses that count toward SPOT recertification:  Creating Accessible Course Content; Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching; Humanizing Your Online Teaching

Are You Ready to Submit Your Recertification Evidence?

  • Have you completed your mandatory 1-hour Regulations Update for SPOT Recertification Activity?
  • Have you completed 3 other hours of approved Recertification activities within your training date range?

If so, you are ready to submit for SPOT Recertification!

Proceed to Submit Your SPOT Recertification

 Questions? E-mail the Distance Learning Faculty Coordinator

Title Name E-mail
Distance Learning Faculty Coordinator Carol Impara

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