Fabienne Josephat: COA Podcast 11-2-16

November 2, 2016 – Haitian author Fabienne Josephatfabienne_poster

Fabienne was a visiting author who presented and facilitated a writers workshop at Fort Steilacoom for students and faculty on Nov. 2, 2016. You can download the MP3 audio file below to listen to her interview with CEAL on Air.

Fabienne Josephat: COA Interview: Writing Fiction Through Time and Place

Fabienne Josaphat is the author of Dancing in the Barons Shadow, a debut novel recently mentioned in The Roots list of Books by Black Authors To Look Out For in 2016. Her essay, Summer is an Empty House, recently made the Notable Essays mentions in Best American Essays 2016.  Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been featured in The Masters Review, Grist Journal, Damselfly, Hinchas de Poesia, Off the Coast Journal and The Caribbean Writer, as well as in Eight Miami Poets, a Jai-Alai Books poetry anthology. She lives in Miami and also teaches at Florida International University.

CEAL Commons: Holidays, limited hours, and closures

Wooden holiday sign on antique plaster wallCEAL at Fort Steilacoom

The CEAL Commons and Lab located in the Fort Steilacoom library is required to follow library closure dates during holidays and breaks between quarters.

If the Fort Steilacoom Library is closed, we can meet with faculty or staff on a one-to-one basis by appointment only – we must let you in the front doors of the library first, to get to the CEAL Commons at the back of the Library.

Please plan your use of the Fort Steilacoom Lab or the Commons space accordingly during the following holiday limited hours and closures:

Limited hours:

  • Nov 11th 9am-3pm
  • Nov 28th 9am-3pm


  • Nov 23rd-27th (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec 15th -Jan 3rd (Winter holiday break)

CEAL at Puyallup

The CEAL area in Puyallup (A160) in the Admin Building – A160 – is not affected by library closures. However, if the college is closed or we are on break, you might not have access to the building or space due to IT updates to computers, or other maintenance to the space that might be scheduled between quarters.

Please check with Campus Security before coming to the Puyallup campus during holiday closures to be sure the CEAL/Lava Java area is open.

COA Fall 2016 Digest

October 28, 2016 – Assistant Art Professor Scott Aigner

Scott talks about his creative influences and why movies, nostalgia, fame, and celebrity show up regularly in his work

October 18, 2016 – Amber Baillon joins us to talk about Communities of Practice

Oct. 14, 2016 – Interview with Heather Frankland Associate Professor in Arts and Humanities.

Sept. 30, 2016 – Renee Phoenix and Kyle Peirson reveal the CEAL Fall Schedule, and some Canvas Tips

Faculty Lecture Series on Nov. 9 Features Scott Aigner

Collage of artwork by Scott AignerThe 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series kicks off the season on November 9 with an afternoon presentation by Scott Aigner, Assistant Professor of Art. The presentation will begin at 2PM and is in the Olympic Building, Room 305 on the Fort Steilacoom campus.

Scott’s presentation –The Power of Influence and Nostalgia as Viewed Through the Creative Process – is an exploration and discussion of how movies, cinema, fame, celebrity, and nostalgia have influenced his studio work and creative processes as an artist.  This lecture series is open to everyone and students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to attend.

For a little more insight into what Scott will be talking about, you can follow this link to listen to his recent interview with CEAL on Air

Share Your Work in A 2017 IGNIS Webinar

IGNIS webinar series logoThe SBCTC Office of eLearning and Open Education is excited to offer another fabulous season of IGNIS. Planning for the 2017 season is already in the works, and they are searching for outstanding professionals to present!

A recent “Call for Proposals” from IGNIS organizers is looking for innovative and forward-thinking faculty from across the state to submit a proposal and share their work with colleagues. We think we have a lot of those kinds of faculty right here at Pierce, so CEAL wants to encourage you to submit a proposal for this IGNIS webinar series!

If accepted, you’ll be presenting in webinar format during the Winter and Spring quarters coming up in 2017. Review the topics below, and then create 250-500 word abstract highlighting your presentation idea.

Accessible & Useable Course Design
Authentic Assessment & Higher Order Thinking
Change Management
Creative Uses for Canvas (Tools, Tips & Tricks)
Creative Uses for Canvas (Tools, Tips & Tricks)
Collaboration & Connectedness
Favorite Online Tools (Show & Tell)
Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Personalized Learning
Quality Assurance
Outcomes & Alignment
Social Media Uses
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

If you have a brilliant topic that does not fit in any of these categories, there is an “other” category on the proposal form.

Follow this link to learn more and to submit your proposal:


PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Midnight on January 20th, 2017
QUESTIONS? Please contact Alissa Sells at asells@sbctc.edu or Mark Carbon at mcarbon@sbctc.edu.

Need help brain-storming a topic? Not sure how to present in webinar format? Contact Renee Phoenix, or Greg Brazell to discuss the possibilities. We are here to help you share your work with the world!


Improving Your Online Course With Free QM Courses

QM_ProgramDo you currently have an online or blended course that you’d like to improve? Take advantage of these free opportunities to learn more about using Quality Matters design principles to design your course. Sponsored by SBCTC eLearning and Open Education

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

What is this workshop about?

  • The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses.  Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own course(s) and develop a course improvement plan.
  • The content is based on the 21 Essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric.

Here’s what one of our faculty colleagues had to say about his experience in the IYOC course:

“I am taking the IYOC course right now, and it is very good. If you want to work to find all the things that can help students navigate and succeed in your online course, and ensure that three point items in the QM rubric are covered, this is a good way to do so. Highly recommended.”  Sean Moran – Assistant Professor, Information Systems.

Please note: This course is designed to help you improve an existing online or blended course, and is not for building a course from scratch. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online or blended course is required.

Follow this link to sign up:  Fill Out This Form to Sign Up for IYOC or to get on a waiting list

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

What is this workshop about?

  • The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • In this course you’ll experience the process of applying the QM rubric to a real course.
  • The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Please note: APPQMR is a required course for anyone planning to teach online or hybrid courses for Pierce College. Please contact the Pierce eLearning department if you have questions about teaching online for Pierce.

Follow this link to sign up:  Fill Out This Form to Sign Up for APPQMR 

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