Online Onboard

Instruction for designing and teaching online courses

Online Onboard supports AMS-affiliated teacher education programs in learning how to design and teach online courses.

We understand the value of being able to offer high-quality online education to adult learners. AMS is proud to provide teacher education programs with access to Canvas, a learning management system for online classes. We also offer a variety of educational opportunities to learn how to design and teach online and to learn how to use Canvas.

Registration is closed for the Spring Cohort. Stay tuned for new dates!

For information about Canvas, to have a Canvas sub-account for your TEP, or for questions about our learning opportunities contact our professional development team at

For Instructors

Intro to Designing Online Classes

This online class outlines key elements of course design for TEP instructors. It balances an understanding of the pedagogy of online learning with practical applications in Canvas, our learning management system. Weekly assignments and activities will guide you through the process of designing an online class of your choice. You will end the class with a course plan and an understanding of introductory-level Canvas tools to consider as you develop your Canvas course. This primarily asynchronous class is cohort-based, so learners move through the class together week by week and engage in shared online discussion.

For: Instructors in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs 

Time commitment: 6 weeks | 7 – 10 hours per week 

Format/Modality: Primarily self-paced with suggested due dates each week. Optional virtual class meetings will take place each Wednesday from 4-5pm ET. 

CPD hours: 12 - A certificate of AMS Professional Development Hours will be emailed upon completion. An opportunity to purchase a CEU certificate for 1.2 CEUs will also be made available upon completion of the class at a cost of $28.

Cost: Members: $75.00 | Non-Members: $150.00

*A minimum of 10 learners are needed to run a class

By registering for this class, you are agreeing to AMS Terms of Service.

Canvas Conversations

Join us for our virtual monthly meeting where we talk about Canvas and online learning in teacher education programs. Each month, online instructors and TEP directors get together to discuss what is on our minds, ask questions, and share ideas. We currently meet the second Wednesday of each month from 11 AM — 12 PM (EST). If you are interested in attending, please email for registration information.