Applying the QM Rubric – Online and F2F Training Still Available

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

Follow the link below to register:

3-Week ONLINE Session Registration Form


 Face -to-Face Training Coming Up:

2 HALF-DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT

Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:30PM (each day)
Pierce College Puyallup
Room TBA

Space is limited to 25 in this workshop! 

2-Half Day Workshop Format Registration Form.  Follow this link to register.


 Other Training Options:

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:

Start Date End Date Open Seats
2015-05-05 2015-05-19 19
2015-05-12 2015-05-26 17
2015-05-19 2015-06-02 6
2015-05-19 2015-06-02 13
2015-05-26 2015-06-09 12
2015-05-26 2015-06-09 20
2015-06-02 2015-06-16 11
2015-06-02 2015-06-16 14
2015-06-09 2015-06-23 10
2015-07-07 2015-07-21 19
2015-07-14 2015-07-28 20
2015-07-21 2015-08-04 19
2015-07-21 2015-08-04 20
2015-07-28 2015-08-11 20
2015-07-28 2015-08-11 20

 

Argh, I needed that!

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.
firefox-tabs                                                                (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!

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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;

Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T

Spring Adjunct Faculty Day – “Equity and Diversity: Moving Beyond the Data”

Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for a day of teaching and learning at the Spring Adjunct Faculty Day – “Equity and Diversity: Moving Beyond the Data.”

This event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pierce College Puyallup.

Download a Spring 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day Agenda (pdf format)

Session offerings will include:

  • The Effects of Poverty and Class on the Student Experience
  • Open Education
  • Creative Approaches to the Syllabus
  • Digital Inequality and How it Impacts the Classroom
  • Diversity in Assignments
  • Inquiry Method of Teaching
  • Participation Building
  • Responsive 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.

Follow this link to register for Spring 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day .  Registration will close on April 13, 2015 to allow us for an accurate count of catering and workshop materials.

Questions?  Contact CEAL at ceal@pierce.ctc.edu.

FREE Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

wamoeMany 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.

Renton Technical College – Certificate in Adult Education

RTC CertficateThis 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. 

 

Reading Apprenticeship Training in April 2015

A reminder to all of the free “Reading Apprenticeship” training coming up on two consecutive Fridays – April 17 and April 24, 2015.   Total training time is 6 hours in a 2-day format.

2 HALF-DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT

Friday, April 17 at Puyallup CTR 250
Friday, April 24 at Fort Steilacoom RAI 241

both sessions are from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
(You must attend both days to complete the 6 hour training)

Space is limited!  Register at https://piercecollege.wufoo.com/forms/reading-apprenticeship-training/

Why Reading Apprenticeship (RA)?

  • 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.org for 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.

Are there other training options available?

Yes! If you can’t attend a face-to-face training, you may be able to take an online or face-to-face course through WestEd; see here for details: http://readingapprenticeship.org/professional-development/. We will also keep you informed of other training opportunities at Pierce.

Can I include RA as part of my SIP?

We think that’s a great idea! Speak with your dean for more information.

I’ve attended RA sessions at in-service days, Targeted Skills Training, etc. Is this training appropriate for me?

Yes! This training will be useful whether you’re a newbie or if you have some knowledge of RA routines.

Trainings will be limited to 35 participants, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible!

Questions?  Contact Zoe Fisher at zfisher@pierce.ctc.edu for more information.

All the colors of the rainbow…

…cannot be seen by some. Roughly 1 in 12 men, and 1 in 200 women are born colorblind; they do not see an absence of color. Instead they see with a color deficiency, so it can be a challenge to discern between hues or shades.

Why does this matter for anyone except those teaching in the Arts? Take a look at your online materials. If you’ve chosen different colors of text to add some flair to your syllabus, assignments, or reply-alls, there could be a viewing issue. If important links or dates are highlighted to bring attention, make sure that it’s not actually being missed instead!

This accessibility website is made for just that, to check your color use and make sure it’s view-able to all!

Below is a preview of the site. You choose your color from the wheel on the left. Your chosen color is displayed on the right, with a quick review of its universal acceptability . At the bottom of the page, your chosen color is shown through the filter of a color-deficient perspective. Experiment with foreground and background colors to see all the combinations and possibilities.

color wheel http://gmazzocato.altervista.org/colorwheel/wheel.php

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Presentations… A Time Saver

Time. . . A constant challenge. Instructional preparation, professional development and collaboration, excellent instruction, quality formative and summative assessments, availability for office hours, emails, phone calls, colleagues, paperwork, record keeping, attending meetings, providing resources, the list of “things” goes on and on.

How do we balance everything and still have sanity? That IMG_1366surely is a plurium interrogationum (a loaded question).  In order to even have a chance at answering that question, we must break that complex question down. Let’s start in the classroom.

Many instructors are now using discussion forums to help students introduce themselves. This technique allows students to connect with the instructor and each other in new and interesting ways, while saving precious instructional class time. This idea can also be translated to other areas of your course.

An as instructor, I have often considered different ways to deliver content to students effectively and efficiently. One way that I have found to do this is student presentations, but not in the traditional sense.

Traditional student presentations work like this; (1) The student prepares and then presents their content, (2) The instructor assess the content, and (3) The audience sits and listens.

There are, however, several problems with traditional presentations. They require plenty of time for each student to present (instructors often must use several of their class sessions to allow each student to present). They require time for feedback from peers and the instructor. Even when peer feedback is assigned, it is often weak because some students have a difficult time listening to a large number of peer presentations in one sittings and begin to quickly tune the information out.

Rather than these types of presentations that instructors and students alike have sat through for years, I have found that virtual presentations work much better. They allow students to present on information related to course content and receive quality peer feedback, all outside of class time. They also allow students to build their capacity to leverage technology to impact their learning.

Here are four easy steps to execute virtual presentation:

1. Assign a topic
The topic should intentionally connect to course objectives and content and have a distinct purpose. For example, students might synthesize and explain their findings and discuss how they plan to use the information in the future.

2. Specify Guidelines
Details on length, presenter appearance, and audience engagement are crucial in order to facilitate good virtual presentations. With the amount of technology options available, it is also important to provide some expectations and boundaries.

3. Provide a virtual place to share presentations and give feedback
As mentioned above, virtual presentations allow students the opportunity to efficiently receive peer feedback and learn from each other. While instructor assessments are important, peer feedback gives students a different perspective. Using Canvas, instructors can specify criteria for peer reviews through a discussion board forum, for example, so the presenter can easily receive feedback from their presentation. Again, all this is done outside of class, giving the instructor more time during class to instruct.

4. Reflect
A full class discussion, high-lighting key points, provides an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and for the instructor to check for understanding and assess if the outcomes were met.

Virtual presentations have worked well in my courses, but I am always looking for other technology tools (www.slideshare.net or www.prezi.com for example) that can help students meet the course objectives and beyond. What other websites, tools, or techniques have you used to allow students the chance to present their work and get quality feedback from their peers, without losing quality in-class time?

QM Regional Conference In Seattle – April 9-10, 2015

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Join your colleagues for the 

QM Works in the Great Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Location: Doubletree Seattle Airport in Seattle, WA
Date: Thursday,  April 9 – Friday April 10, 2015

Why attend? Presentations and workshops planned will include:

  • Strategies and applications for meeting QM Standards 
  • Getting institutional buy-in for QM adoption 
  • Research, examples and takeaways from institutions and faculty using QM 
  • Findings related to the impact of QM at the institutional level

Ready to lead the charge to ensure quality matters in education?

Follow this link for more event information and to sign up for the conference. 

Got Questions? Contact:

James Johnson
Interim eLearning Director

Pierce College District
(253) 964-6377 //JBLM (253) 964-6567