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Distance Education Home

Welcome to the Distance Education website for the Peralta Community College District and its four campuses: Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.

The PCCD DE initiative is designed to:

  • Assist the district in achieving its strategic goals and objectives
  • Support excellence in online teaching and learning
  • Reduce education gaps in student achievement
  • Ensure that all PCCD online and hybrid classes meet federal, state, and accreditation standards

Distance Education Coordinators at Colleges:

 Access Canvas, Email, & Apps at

  • On the portal site, choose “Students” or “Faculty/Staff“.
  • Login using the same username and password as your Peralta Email.
  • Click the Canvas icon – it will appear as an app on your dashboard if you are teaching or enrolled in a Canvas course.
  • To find Canvas help information- click on ‘help’ icon  Canvas Help icon


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  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.