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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 – 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.

Save The Dates for Summer Institute! June 21-22


The Summer Institute is a voluntary faculty in-service opportunity that focuses on teaching and learning, assessment, curriculum development, and program review. The 2016 Summer Institute is scheduled for June 21 and 22 at Pierce College Puyallup.

Both days start  with a continental breakfast (optional) at 8:30 am in the Multipurpose rooms A and B in the College Center Building.  Each day of Summer Institute will begin at 9 am and conclude at 12 pm.  There is a $100 per three-hour stipend for faculty members participation and work at the Summer Institute.

Further details on the in-service topics and registration for the event will be made available in May. For now – save the dates! 🙂

Members of the Pierce College Outcomes Team: Rachel Goon, Kate Keith, Erin Latona, Lisa Murray, Mishelle Pasinato, Ron Schwartz, Allison Sieving, Amy Warren, and Andrea Whittemore

Questions? Contact Allison Sieving, Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness

phone:  (253) 964-6490

FREE OER Training Starting May 2

Want to Know More About How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER)?OERlogo

SBCTC eLearning again invites faculty to participate in a fully online training course about OER that begins on Monday, May 2, 2016.

This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER).  In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will practice locating and sharing open educational resources.

As this is a fully facilitated training that will produce an official certificate to the participants upon successful completion, participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. This training is FREE for anyone in the WA CTC system.

Interested? Head to the training website.

Technical difficulties in registration? Please contact

Inquiries about the training content? Please contact Boyoung at

For those who would like more information from a participant perspective, Read messages from previous participants.

Spring 2016 Edition of TTOL- Open for Registration!

Thinking of venturing into the world of online teaching?

Maybe you’ve thought about  web-enhancing a face-to-face course or  you are preparing to teach hybrid or fully online.

You know online teaching and learning  has challenges that you need to be prepared for. Teaching with new technology, establishing teacher and student presence, communication online, virtual group work, course and content design and delivery – all of these aspects of an online learning environment need specific planning and thought before you start putting them into your course.

Consider taking Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL), a fully online course facilitated by the Center for Engagement and Learning 

In TTOL you’ll complete weekly readings, explore resources, complete activities & assignments and discuss topics and practices with other Pierce College faculty who are interested in online teaching.  TTOL covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research and open education resources (OER) in the content and materials found in each week’s module.

Ready to sign up? Follow this link! 

There is no fee to sign up, however you must  complete all course activities and discussions to earn the certificate of completion. The course is facilitated and not intended to be a self-directed course. Plan for 5-6 hours of online activities per week (depending on your teaching background and experience in online learning.

To learn more about TTOL and Center for Engagement and Learning, follow this link:

See you in the Spring!

Spring Break 2016 – Reminders from CEAL

noun_reminder_16352Some friendly reminders from the CEAL Team

CEAL Ed Tech staff (Kyle and Renee) will be out-of-office March 22-24, attending an accessibility conference – they will not be available for appointments or consultations.

Library closure and Lava Java access

As you are aware, the library areas on both campuses are closed during the breaks between quarters.

  • For Spring Break 2016 the libraries are closed from March 24 through April 3 and will re-open on April 4.
  • Due to IT computer update schedules, computers and equipment in the Lava Java’s will be offline from March 24 through March 28 

How does this closure affect access to the Lava Java area for faculty and staff on the Fort Steilacoom campus?

  • If you want to meet with any CEAL staff in the Lava Java area at Fort Steilacoom, you must make an appointment ahead of time so we can let you into the Lava Java area.

When Can You Make an Appointment during Spring Break?

March 29- April 1:   EdTech appointment times with Kyle Peirson are available as follows:

  • T,Thu,Fri- Fort Steilacoom: 9am to 3:30pm
  • Wed – Puyallup (A156): 10 am – 4:30 pm
  •  please email for appt. –

March 28- April 1:  ID or ed tech consultation times with Renee Phoenix are available as follows:

  • Monday or Thurs – Puyallup (A156) 9am-3:30pm
  • Tuesday or Wednesday – Fort Steilacoom. (C330) 9am-3:30pm
  •  please email to set up a session –

The Lava Java area at Puyallup is not affected by library closure. However, you do need your ID card to access the Puyallup Lava Java area in A160

Call for Proposals -ATL Conference in Vancouver WA – May 4-6, 2016

atlconferenceThe  26th Annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) Conference will be held May 4-6, 2016, in Vancouver, Washington.  Beverly and Etienne Wegner-Trayner, social learning theorists and consultants, will deliver the opening plenary on communities of practice.

We encourage all of you brilliant and innovative faculty to consider submitting a presentation proposal for one of the six strands:

  • The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Institutional Assessment Informing Practice
  • eLearning and Instructional Technologies
  • College Readiness/Transitional Studies
  • Fostering 21st Century Leadership in Education
  • Voice

But, here’s the catch….proposals are due by 5PM on Friday, January 29, 2016

Download more information about the conference proposal guidelines and a proposal form here:

ATLC Proposal Form-2016

ATLC Proposal Criteria -2016

Registration for the ATLC conference will open in February,  SBCTC just launched its brand-new website, and in addition to their new ATL page, we have a new look and feel to our ATL Conference web page. Check it out and get the ATL Conference on your calendar!

10 Days to Awesome Series starts Feb 17

awesomepup 2Looking to build up some awesome digital and collaborative online skills? Join us for a series of four 10-day online courses for faculty and staff that introduce a range of online and digital tools for connecting, creating and collaborating. The courses are designed to support participants in exploring and practicing useful skills like creating video and audio for learning and communicating, social media applications for connecting professionally, and creating accessible materials for work or for teaching.

These courses are self-paced with access to a live facilitator for the duration of each 10-day session. Participants will have continued access to all materials after the course is completed and can follow up with course facilitators at any time for continued support through the Center for Engagement and Learning.

All courses are conducted in the Pierce College Canvas LMS. You must have a current Pierce College Canvas account to be able to access these courses. If you do not have an account, please contact the eLearning department to request a Canvas account. 

Follow this link to Register for 10 Days To Awesome 

Schedule & description of courses:

Presence! Screencasting for Learning: Feb 17 – Feb 25, 2016

This course introduces strategies for creating educational or informational podcasts & screencasts and use of tools such as Canvas Media Tools, Screencast-o-matic and Panopto. Webcam and microphone/headset for recording video and audio are required.

Create! Making Documents Accessible: April 27 – May 6, 2016

Introduction to creating accessible images and Word, PDF and PPT documents. Participants will be able to re-design 2 documents that they use in courses or in their work unit.

Collaborate! Webinar Tools and Strategies: May 11- May 20, 2016

Connected! Social Media and PLN: June 22- July 1, 2016

This course introduces use of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Pages and blogs for building a professional personal learning network.

Introduction to using online webinar tools such as, BB Collaborate and Canvas Conferences. Webcam and microphone/headset are required. At least two live webinar sessions will be scheduled for participants to practice during the 10-day course.

Save the Date: Free Open Stax Webinar on Jan 26, 2016


Access from DAY ONE!

Learn how OpenStax free textbooks can remove barriers for you and your students

OpenStax, Rice University’s open education initiative, is presenting a webinar called Access from DAY ONE: How OpenStax Free Textbooks can Remove Barriers for our system faculty and staff members.

OpenStax provides free, peer-reviewed textbooks, which means students have immediate access — no sign-in required! OpenStax currently carries textbooks for Physics, Sociology, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Statistics, Math, Economics, Chemistry, History, and Psychology, and will be developing additional books in math, science, and government over the next couple of years. During this presentation, Nicole Finkbeiner, the Associate Director of Institutional Relations, will address methods for overcoming barriers to student success, demonstrate how to access the textbooks and faculty-only resources, and answer any questions you have about the books or the initiative.

Please feel free to contact Nicole Finkbeiner ( with any questions regarding this webinar.

Is there a MOOC in your future?

moocIf you’ve been spending much time hanging around the Internet, you’ve probably heard about MOOCs – massively open online courses. Here at CEAL, we’ve found some of the best MOOCs on the platform. At, you can create your own free account and find some great professional development courses also for free.

For example, starting next week you can take part in  “Humanizing Online Instruction: The #HumanMOOC”. It’s a fully online course offered from Dec. 7, 2015  – Jan 11, 2016 with strategies and ideas for creating strong social, cognitive and instructor presence in your online course.

And starting February22,  2016 look for “Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners” – a MOOC presented by Buffalo State and SUNY Empire State College that will help you find resources and develop more skills in understanding how to creating inclusive and welcoming learning experiences for all your students.

To learn more or to set up a free account and take a course, visit this link:

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

Some of us at CEAL are signed up for both MOOCs – hope to see you in one or both in the coming weeks.


CEAL “On Air” in November and December

cat_webinarLive webinars – they can rock or they can not rock so much..

You get the headphones on, settle into your favorite chair and…you might learn something new OR you might fall asleep.

So when CEAL says we’re going “on air” in November to try something new in our world of professional development, we’d like to think it will rock, totally. Plan to join us in person at the Fort Steilacoom Lava Java or by Blackboard Collaborate for some short but  sweet webinars on a variety of topics – tech, teaching  and otherwise – on these selected dates in November & December:

Tuesdays – Fresh Tech Webinar: 2:30-3:30 PM (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)

  • November 3 – The Cool Tools Report; Tips and Tricks with Canvas Gradebook and Calendar work together; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
  • November 17 – The Cool Tools Report; Taming Canvas Quizzes and Quizbanks; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
  • December 1 – The Cool Tools Report;  Fancy Canvas Navigation; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)

Thursdays – Design Matters Webinar: 2pm – 3pm (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)

  • November 5 – UDL – Universal Design for Learning
  • November 19 – Designing accessible images
  • December 3 – Designing accessible documents

Thursdays – Social Animal Webinar:  3pm – 4pm  (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)

  • November 5 – Create a Personal Social Learning Network; Curation and sharing tools
  • November 19 – Twitter and Blogging
  • December 3 – LinkedIn and Facebook Pages and Groups

How Can You Find the Webinar?

The session room is now open! To practice early or join us in a session,  following this link:

Join the CEAL On Air Webinar Here

Need lessons on how to use Collaborate? Feel free to stop by the Lava Java or contact Kyle Peirson at for a quick tutorial on how to set up your computer and headset/microphone to join a Collaborate session.

Web-enhancing or teaching online or hybrid? TTOL course starts Oct. 5

wordle2-cit09If you are venturing into the world of online teaching – whether it’s web-enhancing a face-to-face course or preparing to teach hybrid or fully online – you know the online environment has challenges that you need to be prepared for. Use of technology, teacher and student presence, communication, virtual group work, course and content design and delivery – all require specific planning and thought before you start putting together a course.

To be ready, consider taking Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL), a fully online training course facilitated by the Center for Engagement and Learning every quarter. In TTOL you’ll complete weekly readings, explore resources, complete activities & assignments and discuss topics and practices with other Pierce College faculty who are new to online teaching.  TTOL covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research and open education resources (OER) in the content and materials found in each week’s module.

There is no fee to sign up, however you must fully participate and complete all course activities and discussions to earn the certificate of completion. This course is five weeks and participants should plan for 5-7 hours of online activities per week (depending on your teaching background and experience in online learning).

To learn more about CEAL services for faculty or to sign up for TTOL, follow this link:



NWeLearn Conference in Olympia – Oct. 22-23

There is still time to register for the 10th annual  NWeLearn Conference in Olympia, WA October 22 & 23, 2015. An updated schedule grid (shared Google doc) is now available (also linked from the NWeLearn Program page), or check out the schedule-at-a glance and the session descriptions available from the Sessions page.

Our own Laurie Schuster and Rachel Goon from Pierce College Library are presenting a roundtable discussion on Friday, Oct. 22 on Providing Streaming Video for Online Students with Challenges and Solutions. While having this dynamic duo presenting already makes this a great conference, NWeLearn has set the bar even higher with two amazing keynotes:


Jesse Stommel –Learning is Not a
Mechanism: Assessment, Student Agency, and Digital Spaces




awattersand Audrey Watters – The Algorithmic Future of Education. 

Join us for 2 days of outstanding presentations, networking and professional development. Just down the road in Olympia, no less!

Registration information and form are available on the NWeLearn website. Just follow this link: