Fall NIEA Workshop Comes to Pierce College Oct. 21

nieaThanks to associate professor of English, Heather Frankland – also ourPierce College NIEA Faculty Representative – we are sharing out  information about a great professional development opportunity coming right to our doorstep!

Each fall the Northwest International Education Association (NIEA) holds a one-day workshop about an international theme with ideas for how you can incorporate this theme into your classes. This year’s theme is Global Tourism Through a Critical Lens. 

This workshop will be held for the first time in ten years at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom. It is on Oct. 21st and will be from 8:30-3PM. The fee is $50, which also includes lunch. If you are interested in registering for the event, follow this link to download a flyer:  niea-2016-workshop

This is professional development that is appropriate for adjunct or full-time faculty and could be a great use of your professional development funds.


In addition, the workshop holds panels on the opportunities we have through our membership to the NIEA. Examples of these opportunities include the Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI), a teacher training that is offered each summer through the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and the NIEA Mini-grant program where you can receive support from the NIEA to add more international content to your classes or to possibly develop a course with an international theme.

If you have any additional questions, please email Heather Frankland and she will be happy to answer them. You can also visit the Northwest International Education Association website to read more about the work of this group.




College 110 – Fall 2016 Training Open for Registration

college110Interested in learning more about College 110 and/or teaching the course?

Join your colleagues for a fall instructor training session on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am-4pm at the Fort Steilacoom campus. Registration will close at 30 participants or on October 19th, whichever happens first – so sign up soon!

Follow this link to register 

During the training, participants will explore the curriculum for College 110 and examine effective pedagogical approaches used in the course. The training will also provide an overview of the Reading Apprenticeship (RA) framework and RA routines used in College 110 lessons, which will be helpful to both new and experienced RA practitioners.

Other Requirements for Teaching College 110

All faculty members and all full-time administrative exempt employees interested in teaching the course must:
complete the online application and demonstrate qualification to teach (full-time faculty are exempt from completing this application)
– have a master’s degree
– attend the instructor training
– complete Canvas Essentials
– obtain supervisor permission, and
– communicate known absences (e.g., vacations, conferences, etc.) prior to accepting a course section, understanding that prolonged absences may affect eligibility


Contact Amber Baillon -Assistant Professor & Coordinator, College Success


Open Education Resources Training Getting an Update

State Board of Community and Tech Colleges (SBCTC) OER training is taking time out to update and improve their course.

There have been significant changes with the service providers and tools introduced in the training, so they’ve decided to skip the next November training in order to update the content and keep it current. To keep up with the high demand of this training, SBCTC will offer 2 one-hour webinars that cover the basics of OER as during the restructuring process. The new OER training will resume in January

November 2016 – OER Webinar Training Dates:

  • November 18 at 10:00 -11:00 AM
  • November 25 at 10:00 -11:00 AM

All webinars can be accessed through this link and are conducted in Blackboard Collaborate:

Link: http://tinyurl.com/oer-training

Audio headsets are ideal for participating in the webinars. Login and test your audio gear early. Or if you want to practice using your audio on your PC or laptop, email Kyle Peirson or Renee Phoenix in CEAL for help.

Questions? Contact Boyoung Chae at SBCTC:  bchae@sbctc.edu



Thinking About Fall? Think NWeLearn Conference 2016

Eugene, OR. city view2016 marks the eleventh annual Northwest eLearn Conference in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, on October 20-21.

If you are looking for an affordable, regional conference option for your professional development this year, check out NWeLearn Conference! NWeLearn is a unique conference that provides an opportunity for higher ed and K-12 faculty,  administrators, instructional designers,
and technologists to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations and ideas in integrating technology in learning.

Two exceptional keynotes are lined up: Shannon Riggs of Oregon State University and Patrick Lowenthal of Boise State University. Details about the conference sessions and program can be found at nwelearn.org – the Northwest eLearning Community website

Conference Rates:*
$190 Per-Person Registration
$160 early-bird price, for registrations processed by Monday, September 19.

$110 Per Person ONE DAY Rate
$90 1-day early-bird price, for registrations processed by Monday, September 19.

This year’s Northwest eLearn Conference will be held at the Eugene Hilton. To reserve a room at the reduced conference rate of $119/night (through 10/5, or until the block sells out, whichever is first) and find out more about transportation options, visit the conference Travel & Hotel page.

How to Create a Transformative Learning Experience for Students by Managing Hot Moments and Difficult Discussions in the Classroom

Check out this seminar! It has some very practical strategies about how to handle tough classroom discussions and comments. We have access to the seminar until June 4. We will get a CD of the program, for future use.


Click the links below to access the recording of this presentation and seminar materials. (You may also copy and paste the URLs into your browser’s address bar). On demand access will be available for 30 days after the live presentation date.

Link to the presentation: http://magnapubs.adobeconnect.com/p4xnbhsb9sh/

Link to PowerPoint Handouts: http://magnapubs.adobeconnect.com/p5bgzsrrqiz/

Link to Supplemental Material: http://magnapubs.adobeconnect.com/p4cdnttxfgo/

Link to Critical Reflection Worksheet: http://www.magnapubsadmin.com/uploads/mos-cr-worksheet.doc

Link to Discussion Guide: http://www.magnapubsadmin.com/uploads/mos-discuss-guide.pdf


Bellevue Teaching & Learning Conference – June 4

Register Now!


You are invited to attend Bellevue College’s Second Annual Teaching and Learning Conference,
“Pedagogy through Narrative: Engaging Students with Real-Life Experiences”

Keynote Speakers

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell
Roger Fernandes


Bellevue College
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Early Bird Rates

Before May 20th

Registration Fees

$50 Faculty Early Registration (before May 20th)
$60 Faculty (after May 20th)
$25 Adjunct Faculty Early Registration (before May 20th)
$35 Adjunct Faculty (after May 20th)
$25 Student Early Registration (before May 20th)
$35 Student (after May 20th)

We look forward to seeing you, hearing your stories, and the opportunity to enrich our classroom experiences!


Mandie Mauldin Nash
Carol Leffall

Save The Dates for Summer Institute! June 21-22


The Summer Institute is a voluntary faculty in-service opportunity that focuses on teaching and learning, assessment, curriculum development, and program review. The 2016 Summer Institute is scheduled for June 21 and 22 at Pierce College Puyallup.

Both days start  with a continental breakfast (optional) at 8:30 am in the Multipurpose rooms A and B in the College Center Building.  Each day of Summer Institute will begin at 9 am and conclude at 12 pm.  There is a $100 per three-hour stipend for faculty members participation and work at the Summer Institute.

Further details on the in-service topics and registration for the event will be made available in May. For now – save the dates! 🙂

Members of the Pierce College Outcomes Team: Rachel Goon, Kate Keith, Erin Latona, Lisa Murray, Mishelle Pasinato, Ron Schwartz, Allison Sieving, Amy Warren, and Andrea Whittemore

Questions? Contact Allison Sieving, Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness

phone:  (253) 964-6490
email: asieving@pierce.ctc.edu

FREE OER Training Starting May 2

Want to Know More About How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER)?OERlogo

SBCTC eLearning again invites faculty to participate in a fully online training course about OER that begins on Monday, May 2, 2016.

This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER).  In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will practice locating and sharing open educational resources.

As this is a fully facilitated training that will produce an official certificate to the participants upon successful completion, participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. This training is FREE for anyone in the WA CTC system.

Interested? Head to the training website.

Technical difficulties in registration? Please contact wa-online@sbctc.edu.

Inquiries about the training content? Please contact Boyoung at bchae@sbctc.edu.

For those who would like more information from a participant perspective, Read messages from previous participants.

Spring 2016 Edition of TTOL- Open for Registration!

Thinking of venturing into the world of online teaching?

Maybe you’ve thought about  web-enhancing a face-to-face course or  you are preparing to teach hybrid or fully online.

You know online teaching and learning  has challenges that you need to be prepared for. Teaching with new technology, establishing teacher and student presence, communication online, virtual group work, course and content design and delivery – all of these aspects of an online learning environment need specific planning and thought before you start putting them into your course.

Consider taking Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL), a fully online course facilitated by the Center for Engagement and Learning 

In TTOL you’ll complete weekly readings, explore resources, complete activities & assignments and discuss topics and practices with other Pierce College faculty who are interested in online teaching.  TTOL covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research and open education resources (OER) in the content and materials found in each week’s module.

Ready to sign up? Follow this link! 

There is no fee to sign up, however you must  complete all course activities and discussions to earn the certificate of completion. The course is facilitated and not intended to be a self-directed course. Plan for 5-6 hours of online activities per week (depending on your teaching background and experience in online learning.

To learn more about TTOL and Center for Engagement and Learning, follow this link:


See you in the Spring!

Improving Relations with Youtube

Youtube can be a great supplement to the online or hybrid classroom. With easy embed links you can have videos playing in your Canvas pages without the student needing to go into the distraction that is Youtube. But often at the end of a video you see something like this :

youtube "linked videos" bumper


…a bumper to the end of the video, offering several more links to “related” videos. Some may be actually related to the material, and some not at all. Either way, the viewer can click on those links to watch the next video, and before you know it they’re lost in Youtube and far from the intended material.

There is a way to get rid of this distracting end cap, and involves a simple bit of HTML editing, which you can access easily in the Canvas interface.

When you edit a Page in Canvas, there is an option in the upper right corner, “HTML editor”. Clicking on that link will take you behind-the-scenes of that page, to the HTML code. If you’re unfamiliar with HTML , don’t be daunted by the text, the process for removing Youtube linked videos is simple.

Step 1: Find the Youtube link you’ve already pasted in the Page. Look for “https://www.youtube.com/……”

html example with youtube link

Step 2: The Youtube link will be in quotation marks. Go to the end of the quotation, and type in “?rel=0”. For those curious, the code basically says “Do not show any related videos at the end!”

An example would look like this:
Before  – “https://www.youtube.com/embed/P8b4mZvrui4”
After     – “https://www.youtube.com/embed/P8b4mZvrui4?rel=0

Step 3: Don’t forget to click Save! The Youtube video will now play through and when it reaches the end, no distracting linked videos will pop up.





We’ve all done this at some point. Throwing away something we thought wasn’t necessary anymore, only to find out that NOW it’s needed. In the digital world deleting is not always permanent. If you’ve found yourself regretting a slip of the mouse-click or a late night editing decision in Canvas, there is an impressive hack that can save those mistakes!

In the video below, you can watch Tracey DeLillo demo the Canvas “Undelete” tool.

Skip ahead to the 20:00-23:00 minute mark to see this great hack in action!