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Register for this Online Workshop on Adopting Open Textbooks

opentextbooksAre you new to the world of Open Education Resources (OER)?

Ready to learn more about the adoption process including open licensing, institutional readiness, and more?

BCcampus is offering a four-week online workshop for anyone interested in open textbooks.  It runs January 12 – February 6, 2015

For more info and to register, click here.

Description: The workshop is asynchronous: you can participate any time. There is one synchronous session each week featuring a special guest. These will be recorded so you can access them later:

  • Week 1 (January 12-16): What is Open? What is an Open Textbook?
  • Week 2 (January 19-23): Creative Commons Licenses
  • Week 3 (January 26-30): Institutional Readiness
  • Week 4 (February 2-6): Find, Evaluate and Modify Open Textbooks

Quality Matters Workshops in May and June

QM_ProgramThere are two FREE upcoming opportunities to take the “Applying the QM Rubric” Workshop.

  • Online Workshop May 1-May 20.  This session is 100% online and 2+ weeks long (expect to spend 8-10 hours per week to successfully complete).
  • In-Person Workshop June 23 & June 24 1-4:30 PM at Pierce College Puyallup.  This is a 2-part workshop, totaling of 7 hours.

These workshops are offered at no cost to you, but registration is required. Click here to register.

This is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses.  Quality Matters is both a tool and a process for ensuring online course quality.  QM emphasizes faculty-centered continuous improvement.

For more information about this workshop, please click here:

“Engagement Matters” – A New Brown Bag Series

The Center for Engagement and Learning is launching a new “brown bag” lunch series for the remainder of Spring Quarter focused on Student Engagement.  This series is open to ALL Pierce College employees – everyone has a role in student engagement and success, and we need everyone’s perspective.

We’ll meet every week during the noon hour at either Puyallup or Fort Steilacoom for lunch conversation around various topics.  No specific knowledge is needed – everyone is welcome.  Feel free to bring your lunch, dessert will be provided!  Join us for the whole time, or just stop in for a bit.


Fresh Perspectives: TED Talks to Energize and Engage

TED Talks are captivating, short videos by today’s experts and thought leaders, who have “ideas worth spreading.”  We’ll sample several TED talks that have relevance to our work and mission as a college and discuss the ideas worth spreading at Pierce College.

  • Monday April 28, 12-1 PM in Olympic Building 205
  • Monday May 5, 12-1 PM in Admin Building 166

Front Door Engagement: Experiences of Our New Students

Every year thousands of new students walk through our doors. What role do all employees have in contributing to the “front door” experience of new students? How can we maintain a welcoming environment to engage and include new students?  We’ll examine national and local data, and share our experiences, to collaboratively brainstorm ideas.

  • Monday May 12, 12-1 PM in Olympic Building 205
  • Monday May 19, 12-1 PM in Admin Building 166

“Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges”

A discussion about male students of color at Pierce College.  Guided by a newly released national report and accompanying video, we’ll explore the data and perspectives behind student achievement amongst men of color. Come share strategies for engaging and supporting men of color at Pierce College.

  • Monday June 2, 12-1 PM in Olympic Building 205
  • Monday June 9, 12-1 PM in Admin Building 166

New Certificate in Adult Education for Community College Instructors

Renton Technical College is offering a new Certificate in Adult Education.  This affordable 8-week online program is a two-part series of online courses; each part is 4 weeks long.

This 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 June 2nd- June 30th, 2014

  1. Construct a Pathway to Success
  2. Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Planning and Assessing Learning

Exploration II: Your Classroom July 8 – Aug. 5th, 2014

3. Find your Footing: Teaching Practices and Classroom Management
4. Connect with Intent: Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement

Courses cost $280.00 for each 2-course Exploration, or $560.00 total.  Full-time and part-time faculty may be able to access professional development funding, which can be applied to the cost of these courses.  For more information about this program including how to register, check out this site.

Tune In To These 2 Upcoming Webinars

webinar1There are two FREE webinars coming up this week, both focused on innovative uses of technology in the classroom.

Friday April 11 – NWeLearn Webinar: Using Magazine Aggregators to Flip the Classroom

  • When: April 11 at 1:30 PM PST
  • Who: Mark Gaither, Business Technology Instructor at Lower Columbia College
  • Where: NWeLearn Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Room. Click here to join the room.
  • Description: Whether it’s keeping up on current events or collecting topical material from a variety of sources, consider using a magazine aggregator, such as Flipboard, to search and share content from hundreds of popular publications. In this session you’ll learn how to collect articles, create magazines, and allow students to contribute as co-editors. The eReader interface and the ability to share it with others through your LMS, make these applications an awesome tool for student-led instruction.

Thursday April 17 – IGNIS Webinar: Harnessing Your Students’ Mobile Technology for the Forces of Good

  • When: April 17 at 2:00 PM PST
  • Who: Sue Frantz, Psychology Instructor at Highline Community College
  • Where: ATL IGNIS Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Room.  Click here to join the room.

Learn How to Use Open Educational Resources this April

6708521645_55ebcdf737_oLater this month, SBCTC will offer another section of it’s popular course “How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER).”

This 2 week online course is free to Washington State Community & Technical College instructors, and offers an opportunity to learn from and connect with your colleagues across the state.

We’ve posted about this course before, and several Pierce instructors have participated in previous sections.

Click here to register!

  • Dates:  April 14, 2014  –  April 25, 2014
  • Instructor:  Boyoung Chae, eLearning & Open Education Program Administrator at SBCTC
  • Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to provide information and experience in using open educational resources (OER) in your teaching practice. We will discuss the concept of OER and open licenses. We will also provide plenty of practice in locating and sharing open educational resources. This is a 2-week online, asynchronous course and participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course.

Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources?  Check out the slide deck from Emma Clausen and Rachel Goon’s recent “What Works Wednesday” presentation on OER.

LAST CALL: Register for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day

fortune cookie slip that reads "to succeed you must share"Spring Adjunct Faculty Day is right around the corner – Saturday, April 12, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Pierce College Puyallup.  The theme of this event is “Prepare to Share!” – it will feature many opportunities to talk with colleagues and share teaching and learning ideas.

Registration for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day closes on Monday, April 7 at noon.  If you plan to join us, please register before then.

Here’s the essential information:

  • What:  Spring Adjunct Faculty Day: “Prepare to Share!”
  • When: Saturday, April 12 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Where:  Pierce College Puyallup, In C102/C104 in College Center Building (1st Level).  Campus Map & Building Map
  • Who:  Any part-time instructor at Pierce College.
  • To Register:  Click here for the registration form.  Registration includes coffee in the morning, and a catered lunch.  Please register by Monday April 7.

Take a peek at the draft program: Spring Adjunct Faculty Day Program

This event will feature a “Marketplace of Ideas,” a forum for you to exchange teaching and learning ideas with others.  Please come prepared to share one thing with a colleague – it could be a lesson-planning tip, a favorite classroom activity, an idea for an assignment, or a teaching challenge that you’d like feedback on.

The Suicidal Student: Webinar Recording Available

What would you do if you thought a student was having suicidal thoughts?

Several Pierce College employees recently participated in a webinar about suicidal students, and a recording of the webinar is now available for any employee to view.  The webinar is titled “The Suicidal Student: Critical Do’s & Don’ts For Faculty” but the information presented is useful for any employee who works with students.

Click here to access the webinar recording, the powerpoint, and the handout:

Here’s a description of the webinar, from the Innovative Educators website.

Join Dr. Brian Van Brunt as he draws from his 15 years of teaching experience along with his 18 years as a professional counselor to help faculty interact and communicate with suicidal students. He will offer direct and practical advice, share stories based on his own teaching experience, and walk both new and experienced faculty through the potential minefield of addressing suicidal ideations in the classroom.

This recording is available for 1 year, until March 2015.

At Pierce College, we have Counseling Services available for students in crisis.  Click here to learn more.  Deborah Bransford at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Liz Scott at Pierce College Puyallup are both Licensed Mental Health Counselors – they can help you if you have concerns about your students.

Teaching Equity Conference – April 26 at Highline Community College

Please join fellow Washington educators for the fifth annual Teaching Equity Conference at Highline Community College on Saturday April 26.

The purpose of the Teaching Equity Conference is to provide innovative strategies to narrow the opportunity gap by offering insights into what it takes to support the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Teacher demographics are directly related to percentages of student success in today’s and tomorrow’s diverse classrooms! This conference focuses on the support of strong and effective practices that improve outcomes for all students, especially those of color.

The 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, will kick off the conference lineup with his keynote talk. A Speaker Panel composed of Fellows from the Martinez Foundation will follow the keynote talk. After lunch, four three-hour training sessions are offered (see our website).

  • What: Teaching Equity Conference – Equity Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap
  • When: Saturday April 26, 2014 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Where: Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA
  • To Register: For additional information, session descriptions, registration, and directions see
  • Cost: $35 Online Registration / $40 At the Door. Includes breakfast and lunch!

Teaching Equity Conference

Webinar: Twitter for Professional Development and Classroom Use

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the recording of this webinar. Enjoy!

The IGNIS Webinar Series continues this week.  Join colleagues across the state on Thursday March 20 at 2 PM in the webinar room for “Twitter 101: Twitter for Professional Development and Classroom Use.”

This week’s webinar features three engaging speakers:

  • Stephanie Delaney, Dean of the Center for Extended Learning at Seattle Central Community College
  • JJ Johnson, from Pierce College Military Program (Go JJ!)
  • Walter Husdick, English faculty from Cascadia Community College

Click here to join the: Webinar Meeting Room.

New to Bb Collaborate (aka Elluminate)? This step-by-step guide will help you.

Register for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day, April 12

photo from Winter 2014 Adjunct Faculty Day

Keynote Session at Winter Adjunct Faculty Day

Join us Saturday, April 12 for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day at Pierce College Puyallup.  This mini-conference is an opportunity to connect with your colleagues and discuss focused teaching and learning topics.

The theme of the day is “Prepare to Share” so we’ve built in plenty of opportunities to share effective teaching and learning strategies.  The day will include lightning talks, round table sessions, and concurrent sessions.

Special topics will include: Open Education Resources (OER), Elements of Strong Syllabi, Designing Effective Library Research Assignments, and Incorporating Digital Media Projects in Your Class.

  • What:  Spring Adjunct Faculty Day: “Prepare to Share!”
  • When: Saturday, April 12 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Where:  Pierce College Puyallup, In the Multipurpose Room in College Center Building (1st Level).  Campus Map & Building Map
  • Who:  Any part-time faculty at Pierce College.
  • To Register:  Click here for the registration form.  Registration includes coffee in the morning, and a catered lunch.  Please register by Monday April 7.

Pierce College adjunct faculty who participate for the entire day are eligible to receive a $75 stipend.  If you attended the Winter Adjunct Faculty Day, you are welcome and encouraged to attend this one – there will be different topics.  If you weren’t able to attend Winter Adjunct Faculty Day, we’d love to see you on April 12!

Register for the Washington Canvas Connect Conference in Tacoma, WA

Canvas by InstructureWe’ve previously posted about the Washington Canvas Connect Conference, which will be held at nearby Tacoma Community College on March 27 & 28, put on by the Washington Canvas Users Group.

You can browse the session topics here:

If you are planning on attending, please register for the conference on or before March 21. Click here to register.

The $50 registration fee includes 2 days of sessions around Canvas, our new Learning Management System, as well continental breakfast and lunch for both days.

Happy Friday!