You are invited to join Alissa Sells and Jen Whetham from SBCTC as they host two upcoming IGNIS webinars on accessibility. All IGNIS webinars are delivered on Collaborate and sessions are recorded and posted on the ATL blog.
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 2 pm Making Accessibility Accessible Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington
Join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Terrill will talk about how to make the process of accessibility more accessible to faculty. Come learn some tips on making your course more accessible and much more!
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 2 pm 5 Steps to an Accessible Syllabus
A Faculty Learning Community Presentation by Shoreline Community College
As a follow-up to “Making Accessibility Accessible”, please join us for this special hands-on webinar where you’ll learn how to make the various features of a Word document accessible using your course syllabus as an example. It’s BYOS…bring your own syllabus! Participants will be given work time during the webinar to start making changes to their documents. If you missed Shoreline’s Accessibility retreat in February, you won’t want to miss this session!”
If you can’t make it to a webinar, no worries – they are recorded!
May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. You can read more about GAAD on their website:
Don’t think digital accessibility is important to you? Do you use a computer for work? Do your students or staff use a computer or digital device to stay connected to the college, the office, your classes?Yeah, we thought so.
In the spirit of engagement and learning, CEAL is challenging you, dear readers, to level up your awareness of digital accessibility today by taking 30 minutes out of your day and learn more about digital accessibility (or the lack of) first hand. How can you do that?Here are a few ideas ( you can probably think of many more).
Try going “mouse-less” for 30 minutes. Go ahead and put your mouse out of reach and only use your keyboard alone (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar) to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications.
Watch a favorite YouTube or TED video with the audio turned off and captioning on (if there is captioning…).
Read Kyle Peirson’s (CEAL ed tech assistant) blog post about color and experiment with the Colorwheel tool he mentions.
Watch this 13 min. YouTube video to learn how a user who is visually impaired uses a screenreader to navigate a website.
Take a field trip to stop in and say hello to the Access and Disabilities Services staff on your campus. Pick up some information from them about the work they do and the resources available for students.
For more information visit the GAAD site and learn more about this event and other issues and resources related to digital accessibility.
The Center for Engagement and Learning is reminding all online and hybrid instructors of upcoming dates for “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) workshops through Pierce College. These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and meet the QM training requirements for teaching online or hybrid courses.
Total training time for F2F courses is 7.5 hours; online total training time is approx. 22 hours.
New! 3 Week Online Workshop Option:
This special online session is offered in cooperation with Tacoma Community College. This extended session covers the same APPQMR content found in the two week online workshop while allowing participants more time to complete activities and discussions. 10 spaces in the workshop are available for Pierce faculty who want to complete the APPQMR training. Two certified QM online facilitators will conduct the workshop activities.
May 19 through June 9, 2015
3 week facilitated online workshop. Space is Limited to 10 Pierce participants! Register by May 13, 2015
Quality Matters offers the APPQMR training online several times a month.
Each course is 2 weeks in length, facilitated by a certified QM trainer.
Includes discussion forums, quizzes, and exploratory assignments; participants can expect to spend about 10-11 hours per week in the workshop – approx. 20 hours total
Satisfies the requirement for Pierce College instructors who teach online or hybrid courses.*
The State Board has a limited number of free seats for each college to offer to faculty. You must sign up through Pierce College to attend these trainings. Please contact the Pierce College eLearning department for more information or to get signed up for one of these 2-week online courses.
Available 2-week Online Training Dates through July 2015:
If you’re like me, your browser is usually stuffed full of tabs. Something interesting I want to read later, supplemental material to my current activity, music, media, nonsense, etc. (hopefully not this many)
When it’s time to thin the herd and get to the tab you actually need, it can be a hazardous activity closing all those windows. Click, click, click, cli… uh oh. There goes that important page you actually needed, and you haven’t a clue what the address was or how to find it again!
Fortunately there’s an easy solution! Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T
This handy keyboard shortcut will open up your recently closed tabs, and it can go back more than one tab closure in case you went a little click-happy and what you need is far gone.
So when you’re annoyed at your desk from accidentally closing that page you spent minutes (or hours) looking for;
The Effects of Poverty and Class on the Student Experience
Creative Approaches to the Syllabus
Digital Inequality and How it Impacts the Classroom
Diversity in Assignments
Inquiry Method of Teaching
Coffee and a catered lunch will be provided. All adjunct faculty members will be compensated $100 for participation in the entire day of training and for successful completion of a reflection form regarding the event. This required reflection form will be made available to you electronically following the training.
Many eLearning educators are eager to learn how to make their courses more available to students who struggle with web accessibility issues. This free MOOC, sponsored by the Instructional Technology Council, Portland Community College, and D2L, provides a FREE professional development opportunity to help eLearning professionals meet the challenges of improving accessibility in online learning.
Specifically, the following goals are to be achieved by course participants:
1. Build a personal knowledge base in web accessibility for online education
2. Create accessible photo images, diagrams, and charts for online courses
3. Create accessible audio and video components for online courses
4. Create accessible HTML content pages for online courses
5. Create accessible course content in other formats
Successful participants will have the option of receiving an electronic not-for-credit completion certificate from D2L at the end of the course.
Registration is open from March 6 until April 16, 2015. The course is limited to 500 registrations. For more information and to register, go here.
This affordable 8-week online program allows New and “Still-Feel-New” faculty to get the basics they need in their first years of teaching. This two-part series focuses on teaching necessities such as syllabus writing, finding and choosing materials, class planning, and outcomes and assessments. It also covers classroom management, communication, and engagement with diverse adult learners. Participants will have a valuable opportunity to network with other faculty across the system as they build their skills.
Exploration I: The Teaching Mindset from June 1 – 28, 2015
Construct a Pathway to Success
Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Planning and Assessing Learning
Exploration II: Your Classroom from July 6 – August 2, 2015
Find your Footing: Teaching Practices and Classroom Management
Connect with Intent: Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement
Courses cost $280 for each Exploration or $560 for the complete Certificate. Each Exploration is 4-weeks long and student time commitment is approximately 3 hours a week per course (6 hours weekly). For more information about this program and how to register, go here.
RA is a conceptual framework to help post-secondary students develop their academic literacy skills across all disciplines.
RA routines are meant to provide students with strategies to make meaning of the texts used in your classroom (“texts” can include anything written, visual, or auditory, such as textbooks, essays, poetry, charts, diagrams, music, and more).
Research has shown that learners in RA classrooms improve both their content knowledge and their reading comprehension skills (see www.readingapprenticeship.orgfor more details on these studies).
This training will provide you with hands-on routines that you can use in your classroom to develop your students into expert readers in your discipline.