The goal of College of Marin's professional learning program is to provide employees with resources, training, and opportunities that support their professional development needs; to create a positive and supportive working environment that recognizes and celebrates their achievement, and to improve institutional effectiveness with the ultimate goal of supporting student success. The Professional Learning Committee is the participatory governance group that oversees professional learning.

Online Teaching and Learning Resources

Summer 2021 - professional learning Opportunities

The Distance Education and Professional Learning committees are excited to share the following summer online learning opportunities sponsored by the CVC-OEI.  Registration and enrollment fees will be paid by COM. Flex credit hours are also available.



Online Teaching and Learning Conference - Virtual Event - June 21-23, 2021

The Online Teaching Conference is a premier gathering of faculty, staff, and administrators who are leading the way in developing innovative and effective online education. This conference focuses on curriculum, pedagogy and technology to improve online instruction, learning, and student success and is an opportunity for educators to network with colleagues, connect, share knowledge, impart and receive best practices, and develop professionally.

The Online Teaching Conference is brought to you by CCC TechConnect.  The OTC is a non-profit event funded under a California Community Colleges Chancellors Office grant.


Registration: The Distance Education program will purchase a group reservation for up to 30 participants. To be registered for the event, please complete the Online Teaching Conference Interest form.

Deadline: Submit your interest form is May 4th.


Additional Courses Provided by the Online Network of Educators

The @One Online Network of Educators has several courses available beginning in May.  We have listed our recommendations below. Several courses offered also lead to the Online Teaching & Design certificate.

These courses fill up quickly, so don’t wait to sign up!  Prior to registering, please contact Cari Torres-Benavides, ctorresbenavides@marin.edu for payment information.

Introductory Courses

Introduction to Asynchronous Online Teaching & Learning: Jul 12 - Aug 8, Jul 26 - Aug 22, Aug 9 - Sep 5, or Aug 23 - Sep 19
Introduction to Live (synchronous) Online Teaching & Learning: Jul 12 – July 26 or Aug 2 – Aug 16

Online Teaching & Design Pathway Courses

Online Teaching & Design 12 Week Course: Jul 5 - Sep 26, 2021, Jul 19 - Oct 10, 2021, or Aug 2 - Oct 24, 2021

These options can be taken as stand-alone courses or work toward your 4x4 certificate pathway.

Creating Accessible Course Content:  Jul 12 - Aug 8, Jul 26 - Aug 22, Aug 9 - Sep 5, or Aug 23 - Sep 19
Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning: Jul 12 - Aug 8 or Aug 23 – Sep 16
10-10-10: Communication That Matters: Jul 12 - Aug 8 or Aug 16 – Sept 12
Assessment in Digital Learning: Jul 19 - Aug 8, Aug 9 - Sep 5, or Aug 30 - Sep 26

Online Teaching Principles

Equity & Culturally Responsive Teaching: Jul 12 - Aug 8, Jul 26 - Aug 22, Aug 9 - Sep 5, or Aug 23 - Sep 19
Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning: Jul 12 - Aug 8 or Aug 23 – Sep 16



Additional Resources

COM's Guide to Teaching Remotely - This should be your first stop for information about online teaching at COM. This webpage includes essential information about getting ready to teach, Zoom, Canvas, and more. 

Purdue Repository for Online Teaching and Learning  - This is a comprehensive repository of resources. Description from their website: 

PoRTAL can help you improve your knowledge and skills as you seek to develop your online courses. Topics include: instructor strategies, course enhancement, pedagogy, active learning, sample tools, and policies to help make your job easier as an online instructor and your courses more engaging for your students. As you browse through PoRTAL you will discover that each document is complete with an overview of the topic, an outline of evidence-based best practices (as applicable), and tips and tricks for implementing the ideas. 

CUNY's Graduate Center Online teaching portal  - This site "offers broad guidance for a range of pedagogical approaches." 

Teaching, a Chronicle of Higher Education weekly newsletter about what works in the classroom. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education's latest articles about teaching and learning

How to Give Your Students Better Feedback With Technology," an advice guide from The Chronicle of Higher Education 



Your personalized professional learning site.

When you go to the site, you will be able to:

  • View a calendar of upcoming professional learning events
  • Register for Flex sessions and activities
  • Access thousands of online training offerings from Lynda.com, Skillsoft, and others
  • View a transcript of your professional learning activities
  • Connect with colleagues

To access ProLearning: Simply log in to MyCOM and then choose ProLearning from your list of applications on the left side of your screen. 

To get started:

  • Explore your Connect and Learning tabs.
  • Check out the Getting Started Guide.
  • Access online Help under Options (cog icon) in the top right-hand corner

For workshop presenters:

  • Check out the Workshop Instructor Guide to learn how to view and print rosters, email registered users, mark attendance and more.