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Save the Date Reminder – IGNIS 2016 Webinar Series

The 2016 IGNIS webinar series begins this Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM:

“Don’t Fear the Code!  Using the CanvasHacks Demo Course” by Kelley Meeusen
eLearning Coordinator & Instructional Designer, Clover Park Technical College

Have you ever wanted to be a hacker?  Or maybe to know how to tweak a little something in Canvas?  Well, now’s your chance to learn some creative tips & tricks for hacking your Canvas classroom.  Join us as Kelley demonstrates how to use the CanvasHacks Demo Course.  Participants will be able to register into the CanvsHacks demo course and practice using HTML code hacking tips during the webinar.

*** All IGNIS webinars will be hosted in Bb Collaborate and will be live captioned.  The webinars will be recorded and the links will be posted to the ATL blog after each webinar *** 

There is no need to register or sign-up.  Just click the “Join Us in Collaborate” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  The IGNIS Collaborate room is open 24/7 so you are welcome to test your connection anytime.  Please sign in early to avoid technical issues.  Hope to see you there!

Join Us in Collaborate

– OR –

Call in to listen by phone at 571-392-7703 and enter PIN# 247 254 022 975


Please visit the ATL blog for the complete 2016 IGNIS webinar schedule



REMINDER: Registration is Open for Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACC)

Don’t forget to register for Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACCwhich will take place on March 24-25, 2016 at Tacoma Community College.  This collaborative 2-day conference will focus on enriching higher education Canvas users. 

**While the conference is primarily focused on faculty, administrators and staff are welcome as well!  Tickets include WACC presentations, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch both days. 

Sessions will focus on Accessibility, Pathways to Success, Open Educational Resources, and Universal Design and representatives from Canvas, Panopto, and other vendors will be there.

For more information on the program schedule and how to register, visit

Be sure to watch this short video on how to complete the registration process.

Winter Adjunct Faculty Day – Becoming the Complete Faculty Member in Today’s Higher Education World

You are invited to attend Winter Adjunct Faculty Day on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Pierce College Puyallup.  The theme of the day is “Becoming the Complete Faculty Member in Today’s Higher Education World – Developing a Pedagogical Statement.”  The agenda is framed around Pierce College’s institutional outcomes and our Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative.  We will emphasize the following skill-building areas:  Leadership & Vision, Data & Technology, Equity, Teaching & Learning/Pedagogy, Engagement & Communication, College-wide Strategy & Planning, and Pierce College Policies & PracticesWe are planning hands-on skill building opportunities to add to you CV/Resume.

This is an open invitation to all Faculty.  Adjunct Faculty will receive a $100 stipend for participating in the training and submitting a working draft of their Pedagogical Statement.

Here is the LINK for registration   REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

The tentative AGENDA for the day is as follows:

Plenary:   What are the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for today’s professors in higher education? What are college’s looking for? What are the “big picture” trends in today’s higher education landscape? How do we engage today’s students?

Session 1 Options:

  1. Digging into the Data: A hands-on opportunity in the computer lab to learn to navigate the amazing data & technology tools that have been developed by Institutional Research to help us help our students.  You will have an opportunity to explore data in Dashboard and Tableau and to begin to think about ways to use the data to help your students.
  2. Skill-building in UDL:  Bring a digital copy of your syllabus or a short Word based document that you use regularly in a class (assignment directions, worksheet, handout…etc).  Hands-on practice with tools in Word and Acrobat that can assess documents for accessibility and readability and discussions and examples of how to start making them better for your students using UDL principles. 
  3. The First Ten Days. Why Are They So Important?:  How can you get students engaged in the content, participate in the learning, and develop an emotional commitment to their learning? Let’s discuss why this is so important in the first 10 days of the quarter and share ideas that you can bring to your classroom right away!

Session 2 Options:

  1. Digging into the Data
  2. Skill-building in UDL
  3. The First Ten Days. Why Are They So Important?

LUNCH:  Equity, Identity, & Your Classroom: An engaging and informative activity. We will learn about ourselves, our students and our teaching. Do we teach with an equity lens?  (LUNCH WILL BE SERVED)

Session 3:  What Do I Do Now:  A Practical Guide to Pierce College Policies & Practices and How They Impact a Professor’s Decision Making in the Classroom:  What is the Student Code of Conduct?  What are student and faculty rights and responsibilities? When do I use an “Incomplete” versus and “No Credit” when submitting grades?  What are the implications of each? Interested in ADS, FERPA, Counseling and other resources?  We hope to answer these questions and many, many more.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 20!  Questions?  Please email Karen Danner (, Greg Brazell (, or Jessica Bodas (

Free MOOC – Teaching Adults for New (And Newish) Teachers

moocRenton Technical College is presenting a MOOC (massively open online course) titled “Teaching Adults for New (And Newish) Teachers.”  This six week course allows new and “still-feel-new” higher education teachers get the basics that they need in their first years of teaching,  The course is starting this Monday, January 25, 2016 and is hosted on the platform.  This course is free and a certificate of completion will be awarded to participants.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Adult learning theories
  • Develop and write a clear course syllabus in student-centered language
  • Create measurable student learning outcomes
  • Write and E.N.G.A.G.E. lesson plan
  • Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching efficiently
  • Create varied active learning activities and assessment tools
  • Use UDL methodologies in the Classroom
  • Recognize and utilize your personal style in the classroom
  • Articulate the importance of diversity awareness in the classroom
  • Create a cooperative classroom community
  • Utilize appropriate resources and tools for continued student engagement
  • Participate in a PLN (Personal Learning Network)

For more information or to enroll in this course, follow this link to the platform: 

(You do need to create a different account than your Pierce Canvas account – is a completely different Canvas instance).

NW Conference on Teaching Psychology – Registration Now Open


Registration is now open for the TIP Northwest 2016 conference!  The theme of this year’s conference is “Applying the Science of Learning to Teaching Introductory Psychology.”  The conference will take place on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Highline Community College.  The cost of the conference is $50 and includes meals and a wine and cheese social.

For more information and the link to register, check out the conference website:


8:00am Registration & Breakfast
8:45am Welcome
9:00am Susan Nolan, Seton Hall University
10:00am Round Table Discussion – Response to Dr. Nolan
10:30am Break
10:45am Voices – Applying the Science of Learning in General Psychology
11:45am Round Table Discussion – Response to Speakers
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Voices – Applying the Science of Learning in General Psychology
2:15pm Round Table Discussions – Response to Speakers
2:45pm Round Table Discussions on Various Teaching Topics
3:30pm Break
3:45pm Regan Gurung, University of Wisconsin
4:45pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Wine and Cheese Social

Have questions, comments, or concerns?  Feel free to contact Garth Neufeld:

Garth Neufeld, MA, LMFT
Psychology Department, Highline College
Organizer, Northwest Conference on Teaching Introductory Psychology
Email Address:
Phone: 206-592-4606

Requesting Professional Development Funds

Professional Development Funds are available to me, but now what?


Each year, Pierce College provides funds to faculty to use towards professional development activities.  For the 2015-2016 academic year, full-time faculty may request up to $500 and part-time faculty may request up to $250.

But how the heck, do I access these funds? 

1.  You complete a Request for Faculty Travel And/or Use of Professional Development Funds form!  Find the Full-Time Faculty form and Part-Time Faculty form HERE.

2.  After the form is completed, you submit it to your Dean for his or her approval.  Do you only teach online or you are not on campus?  Approval can be obtained via email!

3.  You have approval!  Now what?  Email the completed and approved form to

Hmmm, I still have questions …

Don’t despair!  CEAL has a whole section on Faculty Central devoted to accessing professional development funds which can be found HERE.  From the step-to-step process and accessing the forms (Request Process and Forms) to answers to the most commonly asked questions  (Helpful Hints and FAQs), CEAL has you covered.

Need one-on-one help?  We have professional development contacts!

Full-Time Faculty

Part-Time Faculty



Barb Brennan

Jessica Bodas Greg Brazell Sharon Hardin
(253) 964-7331 (253) 964-6781 (253) 964-6696

(253) 964-6759

Need ideas for professional development activities?  Check out this calendar of 2015-2016 local and national conferences or subscribe to our Blog to stay up-to-date on all things CEAL. 

Registration Now Open – Regional RA Conference at RTC

Reading Apprenticeship Blog

Registration has now opened for the 2nd Annual Reading Apprenticeship Conference – Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century.  The conference will take place at Renton Technical College on Friday, March 11 through Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Early bird registration rate is only $95 and includes a Friday night dinner (and entertainment), as well as Saturday breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.


For more information on the conference, check out the conference website and this CEAL blog post.

Questions:  Please email Michele Lesmeister at

Join CEAL for the 2016 STAR Symposium – FREE


You are invited to join CEAL for a day of teaching and learning with your Pierce colleagues.  The 2016 STAR Symposium is a virtual one-day conference that focuses on pedagogical approaches for delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms.

CEAL has registered for the conference and will be hosting the event on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Fort Steilacoom campus in CAS 389.  We will be able to debrief and share best practices, ideas, and resources with each other.  CEAL will provide light refreshments.

If you would like to attend this conference at the Fort Steilacoom campus, registration is required – this will allow us to plan accordingly.  REGISTER HERE 

If you  would like more information about this virtual conference, please visit their website: STAR Symposium

Certificate in eLearning Design and Development for Community College Educators

Register Now!  Renton Technical College is offering a Certificate in eLearning Design and Development which starts January 13, 2016.  This fully online six-course certificate aims to prepare you to design and teach eLearning courses by focusing on eLearning design principles, alignment principles, building community, and creating media and incorporating technology.  Both new and experienced faculty will benefit.

Check out this video for more information:

Cost: $215 per course.

There are two enrollment options:

  1. Fast Track: 9-month completion: Take two courses at a time for completion in 9 months
  2. Relaxed Track: 21-month completion:  Take one course at a time for completion in a little less than 2 years.  Non-certificate students who choose to take single courses should enroll in this option.

Further information can be found here. You can enroll here.

Questions? Contact coordinator Liz Falconer,

Reading Apprenticeship Conference at RTC – March 11 and 12

Reading ApprenticeshipRenton Technical College will host the second annual regional Reading Apprenticeship conference, Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century  on March 11 and 12, 2016.  This is a great opportunity to learn how your fellow community college faculty and staff are using RA across their campuses!

Interested in presenting?  Interested presenters are invited to submit a proposal for the March 12 concurrent sessions.  For more information or to submit a proposal, go HERE.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for March 11-12, 2016!  Many Pierce faculty attended this conference last year and found it to be a great experience.

Why Attend?

Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd is a research-based framework that helps community college faculty members support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers.

Colleges implementing Reading Apprenticeship find that it can produce a dramatic, positive transformation of students’ engagement and achievement not only in literacy, but also in learning across all academic disciplines.

Goals for Conference Attendees:

  • Deepen your learning about how to engage students and colleagues in collaborative inquiry about their varied reading processes, fostering discipline-specific “metacognitive conversation” in classrooms and professional learning communities.
  • Deepen their understanding of Reading Apprenticeship as an instructional framework and improve their skills for implementing the framework in classrooms and in professional development with colleagues.
  • Learn how faculty across the disciplines make the complex, invisible processes they use as readers visible to students, helping them develop reading expertise in specific disciplines
  • Learn to help other faculty make changes in their classroom practice, building on students’ strengths as readers and learners, and providing students greater access to text for learning in the content areas. This will result in increased student engagement and efficacy in reading.
  • Network with your peers using Reading Apprenticeship.
  • Practice some of the routines that move students into metacognitive conversations.
  • Learn how to incorporate Reading Apprenticeship routines into lessons with disciplinary texts.



2016 Washington State CanvasCon – Dates Picked and Call for Proposals

WA Comic ConDates have been announced for the 2016 CanvasCon Washington State event!  The conference will be held on Thursday, March 24 through Friday, March 25, 2016 at Tacoma Community College.  The theme for this year’s conference is focused on accessibility and universal design.

If you are interested in presenting a session on accessibility and/or universal design, proposals are now being accepted.  Proposals will be accepted until December 24, 2015 with selected presenters being notified by  mid January.  To submit a session proposal, complete the form here.

Here is a useful site that gives information about CanvasCon

Need some ideas on accessibility or universal design?  Check out these websites:

Accessibility – Start here, and here,

Universal Design for Learning – Start here, and

Or consider joining Pierce College’s Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Universal Design for Learning.  Learn more about Pierce’s FLC and upcoming meeting dates in this blog post.

For more information on the 2016 CanvasCon, check out the conference website here.

SIP Open Labs – Dates in October

SIP Open Labs are drop-in workshops led by instructional deans that provide a flexible opportunity to:

  • Receive assistance entering and submitting your SIP via Course Manager.
  • Review SIP expectations, the SIP approval process, and annual SIP timelines.

Here are the dates, times, and locations to choose from:

  • Monday, 10/19 – Puyallup in ADM 133C, 3:00  PM – 4:30PM

  • Friday, 10/23 – Fort Steilacoom in SNR 120, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Thursday, 10/29 – Fort Steilacoom in SNR 120, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Friday, 10/30 – Puyallup in ADM 133C, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

You will access the system via the course manager, so please have your EID and PIN readily available to use.