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:
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.
This training begins on Monday, February 23, 2015.
This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER) into their pedagogy. In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will also practice locating and sharing open educational resources.
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.
Join hosts Alissa Sells and Jennifer Whetham from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges for the 2015 series of IGNIS online webinars. This popular webinar series is a fully online format featuring local and regional faculty and other experts who present on a variety of topics related to teaching, assessment, technology and all things community college. These webinars are free and there is no need to sign up before attending.
Been There, Done That!
This Thursday, February 5 at 2PM, Alyson Indrunas, Director of eLearning and Instructional Design from Everett Community College will talk about the challenges and triumphs of her online teaching career so far. Always entertaining and insightful, Alyson will reveal the “Four Things I Did Wrong as an Online Teacher.”
Don’t miss it!
The IGNIS webinars are delivered in BlackBoard Collaborate sessions and there is no need to register or sign-up. Just click the “Join Us in Collaborate” link below to join the webinar. The IGNIS Collaborate room is open 24/7 so you are welcome to test your connection anytime before the scheduled webinar. A headset/microphone is recommended for optimal audio quality.
Follow this link to a very helpful resource for how to prepare your computer to use Collaborate. (thanks to Shoreline Community College eLearning department). Be sure you have the latest version of JAVA on your computer*.
CEAL is reminding everyone that Adjunct Faculty Day, planned for Saturday, Feb 21 at Fort Steilacoom campus, is fast approaching with a full day of professional development planned for faculty at Pierce College.
Registration for this event is open to all Pierce faculty, however only part-time/adjunct faculty are eligible for a stipend.
Morning activities begin at 9:00 am with presentations and discussions centered around student engagement and student data at Pierce College. Pierce College Director of IR, Erik Gimness, Research Associate, Carly Haddon, and Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness, Allison Sieving will be on hand in morning sessions to facilitate discussions and activities that will specifically be looking at Student Engagement data and Course Completion data. They will also be demonstrating use of our new Tableau dashboards, tools designed to help faculty filter student data and identify opportunities for growth/improvement. Other topics include discussions around constructs of engagement, the relationship of engagement as a concept to our work as practitioners, and opportunities for inquiry and research.
Candyce Rennegarbe will present on UDL framework & strategies for student engagement and success.
In the afternoon, CEAL is excited to have Candyce Rennegarbe who will lead discussion and activities on the topic of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Universal Design for Learning is a proven framework that can be utilized across all programs and courses – even across institutions. UDL is good teaching and happens both in the upfront design of courses and in the engaging opportunities of active learning classes.
Candyce will introduce the brain based UDL framework and provide examples, resources, and take-away strategies on UDL that have been successfully applied at a post secondary level to: increase teaching effectiveness, improve student outcomes, and meet the needs of diverse learners. Her goal is to make this an interactive afternoon where good teaching ideas are shared.
More About Candyce and Universal Design
For the past six years Candyce coordinated a campus wide UDL Project at Tacoma Community College where she worked with over 100 faculty members from all disciplines, as well as the Board of Trustees and Student Services. She recently retired from her TCC teaching position as a full time faculty member in the Transitional Studies Program teaching reading and English and Adult Basic Education. Throughout her 18 years at TCC, she facilitated trainings in Washington state and nationally on UDL, learning disabilities, testing, brain based learning, and establishing a system for at risk learners to become more successful.
Check out these links to related UDL videos highlighting work Candyce was involved in at TCC.
Title: Christie Fierro UDL and Communication Class