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Wondering What an UnConference Looks Like? Join Us March 31

Planning to attend the Adjunct Faculty In-service on March 31?

Get ready for a new learning experience in an unconventional workshop method. We’ll be creating our own agenda live, when the day begins, using the “unconference” method of professional learning and engagement.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an unconference is defined as:

A loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

The unconference format can help do many things that a structured agenda may not handle so well:

  • Build community and relationships.
  • Helps solve problems.
  • Unleashes innovation and creativity.
  • Deepens learning and application of the new learning.
  • Provides highly interactive and relevant content.

Consider the following 4 Rules of UnConference, by Diane Gage Lofgren:

  • Rule one, whoever shows up are the right people.
  • Rule two, whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Rule three, whenever it starts is the right time.
  • The fourth and final rule is, it’s over when it’s over.

The beautiful thing about these rules is they give participants the freedom needed to come up with creative and engaging ideas and solutions. At the end of the unconference we will convene once again as a large group and report out key takeaways from each breakout session, giving all participants the ability to learn, not only from the sessions attended but also from other sessions. All participants will walk away with new tools and ideas to take back and implement into their work immediately.

What do you have questions about, as it relates to your role as an adjunct faculty member? What great ideas do you want to share and expand on? What do you want to explore with your colleagues? Please send your session ideas to CEAL@pierce.ctc.edu   Bring your ideas for sessions on March 31. We’ll create the agenda that morning, based on what is important to you.

Need the full agenda for the day?

8:30-8:50

Breakfast is served in the Performance Lounge on the Fort Steilacoom campus. Welcome from Chancellor Michele Johnson and Greg Brazell, Director of Center for Engagement and Learning.

8:50-10:30

Unconference session breakouts and community learning.

10:30-10:40 Break

10:40-11:40

Guided Pathways: What are they and what is the vital role you play? How do they contribute to student learning and success? Join a discussion with three of our Vice-Presidents: Deb Gilchrist, Jo Ann Baria, and Matt Campbell.

11:40-1:30 

Lunch will be “bring your own”. We will have a working lunch session about the new Adjunct Faculty leveling system in the new negotiated agreement where you can learn the how and why of it all. Join a discussion with PCFT Union representatives, and Vice Presidents Deb Gilchrist, Jo Ann Baria, and Matt Campbell.

CEAL Commons and Lab Closed Over Spring Break 2017

This is just a reminder that the CEAL Commons area and the LavaJava Lab at Fort Steilacoom is closed for use whenever the Library is closed for breaks and holidays.

Beginning March 24 through April 2, you’ll need to make an appointment if you would like get help from CEAL staff or use the technology in the CEAL commons or Lab. We will be back to regular library hours when the new quarter begins.

Please email Kyle Peirson or Renee Phoenix if you would like set up an appointment.

The Puyallup Lava Java area is open for use as long as the college campus is open. Over the Spring break, check with Campus Safety first before making a long trip to the Puyallup campus to make sure buildings are open.

ATL Conference 2017 in Spokane on May 3-5

Walking Together: Shared Pathways Towards Student and Faculty Learning

The Assessment, Teaching and Learning (ATL) conference brings educators together to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective practices, and exchange insights, methods and strategies to promote and support student learning.

2017 Pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, and featured concurrent sessions will explore:

  • The fourth design principle of a guided pathways approach — ensuring student learning.
  • Faculty agency in designing, developing, and implementing a guided pathways approach.
  • Assessment of learning outcomes as equity and social justice work.

Date and Location

May 3 – 5, 2017
Spokane Convention Center
318 South Division Street, Spokane, WA 99201

Visit the SBCTC Assessment, Teaching and Learning website for more information about the conference, lodging and registration for this event. 

Save The Date: SBCTC to Offer 2-Day Fall Institute on Transparent Teaching

From Gate Keeper to Gateway

Revising Your Course to Create Equitable Learning Environments
September 6 and 7, 2017
South Seattle Georgetown

What:

During this two day fall institute, you’ll work collaboratively with other faculty members to reflect on your stance as an educator, and to re-design the instructional materials of your course—namely the syllabus and two assignments— to ensure they are transparent to your students.  Research shows that low-stakes changes to the artifacts of your classroom can be high impact in terms of ensuring learning and increasing student success outcomes (such as completions).

  • Along the way, you will get hands-on experience with research-based  best practices that are demonstrably equity-producing
  • Reflect on your stance as an educator using the Diversity and Opportunity Gap Framework
  • Ensure your classroom artifacts are accessible using the principles of Universal Design for Learners (UDL)
  • Collaboratively revise two out-of-class assignments using the transparent assignment template with the help of a “disciplinary stranger”
  • Develop a plan to teach the two assignments using transparent methods

 Why:

  • A large percentage of the students who enroll in our courses are impacted by opportunity gaps.
  • The term “opportunity gaps” refers to the consequences of both individual and institutional practices that result in students experiencing uneven and inequitable opportunities to learn. These opportunity gaps tend to fall along the lines of race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
  • Opportunity gaps can be addressed through rigorous use of equity frameworks that help educators identify and critique common misconceptions, including the use of a “color blind” perspective, or adhering to the “myth of meritocracy” in thinking about student achievement.

 For Who:

To create a shared language around high-impact practices, as well as to help students avoid having to “re-invent the university” in every class, faculty are encouraged to attend in campus teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary) of 3 to 5.

Cost: 

Individual participants– $150 each

Team– $125 each

How To Register:

Registration information will be available on the SBCTC website the last week of April.  Space is limited to 40, so register well before the deadline of May 1st, 2017.

Got Questions?

Contact Jennifer Whetham or Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education

Winter Adjunct Faculty Day March 31 – Registration is Open!

Pierce College adjunct faculty are invited to attend the Winter Adjunct Faculty In-Service coming up this month!

Date: Friday, March 31

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Fort Steilacoom campus / Performance Lounge

In-Service Format:

The majority of the day will be an “unconference” which means that there will be no predetermined agenda, but rather it will be created by YOU, the attendees, at the beginning of the day. More information about the “unconference” style of meeting will be provided as we get closer to the event.

In addition, there will be time set aside for a information session regarding the new adjunct leveling process  that is part of the new faculty contract. Pierce Vice-President and PCFT Union representation will be present to answer your questions.

Breakfast will be provided in the morning.  Please bring your own lunch and stay for a working lunch information session ending at 1:30PM. A $50 stipend is provided for faculty who attend and participate for the full day.

To Register for this event follow the link below:

https://piercecollege.wufoo.com/forms/winter-adjunct-faculty-inservice/

Deadline to Register is Monday, March 27.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Fabienne Josephat: COA Podcast 11-2-16

November 2, 2016 – Haitian author Fabienne Josephatfabienne_poster

Fabienne was a visiting author who presented and facilitated a writers workshop at Fort Steilacoom for students and faculty on Nov. 2, 2016. You can download the MP3 audio file below to listen to her interview with CEAL on Air.

Fabienne Josephat: COA Interview: Writing Fiction Through Time and Place

Fabienne Josaphat is the author of Dancing in the Barons Shadow, a debut novel recently mentioned in The Roots list of Books by Black Authors To Look Out For in 2016. Her essay, Summer is an Empty House, recently made the Notable Essays mentions in Best American Essays 2016.  Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been featured in The Masters Review, Grist Journal, Damselfly, Hinchas de Poesia, Off the Coast Journal and The Caribbean Writer, as well as in Eight Miami Poets, a Jai-Alai Books poetry anthology. She lives in Miami and also teaches at Florida International University.

CEAL Commons: Holidays, limited hours, and closures

Wooden holiday sign on antique plaster wallCEAL at Fort Steilacoom

The CEAL Commons and Lab located in the Fort Steilacoom library is required to follow library closure dates during holidays and breaks between quarters.

If the Fort Steilacoom Library is closed, we can meet with faculty or staff on a one-to-one basis by appointment only – we must let you in the front doors of the library first, to get to the CEAL Commons at the back of the Library.

Please plan your use of the Fort Steilacoom Lab or the Commons space accordingly during the following holiday limited hours and closures:

Limited hours:

  • Nov 11th 9am-3pm
  • Nov 28th 9am-3pm

Closed:

  • Nov 23rd-27th (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec 15th -Jan 3rd (Winter holiday break)

CEAL at Puyallup

The CEAL area in Puyallup (A160) in the Admin Building – A160 – is not affected by library closures. However, if the college is closed or we are on break, you might not have access to the building or space due to IT updates to computers, or other maintenance to the space that might be scheduled between quarters.

Please check with Campus Security before coming to the Puyallup campus during holiday closures to be sure the CEAL/Lava Java area is open.

COA Fall 2016 Digest

October 28, 2016 – Assistant Art Professor Scott Aigner

Scott talks about his creative influences and why movies, nostalgia, fame, and celebrity show up regularly in his work

October 18, 2016 – Amber Baillon joins us to talk about Communities of Practice

Oct. 14, 2016 – Interview with Heather Frankland Associate Professor in Arts and Humanities.

Sept. 30, 2016 – Renee Phoenix and Kyle Peirson reveal the CEAL Fall Schedule, and some Canvas Tips

Faculty Lecture Series on Nov. 9 Features Scott Aigner

Collage of artwork by Scott AignerThe 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series kicks off the season on November 9 with an afternoon presentation by Scott Aigner, Assistant Professor of Art. The presentation will begin at 2PM and is in the Olympic Building, Room 305 on the Fort Steilacoom campus.

Scott’s presentation –The Power of Influence and Nostalgia as Viewed Through the Creative Process – is an exploration and discussion of how movies, cinema, fame, celebrity, and nostalgia have influenced his studio work and creative processes as an artist.  This lecture series is open to everyone and students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to attend.

For a little more insight into what Scott will be talking about, you can follow this link to listen to his recent interview with CEAL on Air

Share Your Work in A 2017 IGNIS Webinar

IGNIS webinar series logoThe SBCTC Office of eLearning and Open Education is excited to offer another fabulous season of IGNIS. Planning for the 2017 season is already in the works, and they are searching for outstanding professionals to present!

A recent “Call for Proposals” from IGNIS organizers is looking for innovative and forward-thinking faculty from across the state to submit a proposal and share their work with colleagues. We think we have a lot of those kinds of faculty right here at Pierce, so CEAL wants to encourage you to submit a proposal for this IGNIS webinar series!

If accepted, you’ll be presenting in webinar format during the Winter and Spring quarters coming up in 2017. Review the topics below, and then create 250-500 word abstract highlighting your presentation idea.

Accessible & Useable Course Design
Authentic Assessment & Higher Order Thinking
Change Management
Creative Uses for Canvas (Tools, Tips & Tricks)
Creative Uses for Canvas (Tools, Tips & Tricks)
Collaboration & Connectedness
Leadership
Favorite Online Tools (Show & Tell)
Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Personalized Learning
Quality Assurance
Outcomes & Alignment
Social Media Uses
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

If you have a brilliant topic that does not fit in any of these categories, there is an “other” category on the proposal form.

Follow this link to learn more and to submit your proposal:

https://goo.gl/V34vba

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Midnight on January 20th, 2017
QUESTIONS? Please contact Alissa Sells at asells@sbctc.edu or Mark Carbon at mcarbon@sbctc.edu.

Need help brain-storming a topic? Not sure how to present in webinar format? Contact Renee Phoenix, or Greg Brazell to discuss the possibilities. We are here to help you share your work with the world!

 

Improving Your Online Course With Free QM Courses

QM_ProgramDo you currently have an online or blended course that you’d like to improve? Take advantage of these free opportunities to learn more about using Quality Matters design principles to design your course. Sponsored by SBCTC eLearning and Open Education

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

What is this workshop about?

  • The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses.  Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own course(s) and develop a course improvement plan.
  • The content is based on the 21 Essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric.

Here’s what one of our faculty colleagues had to say about his experience in the IYOC course:

“I am taking the IYOC course right now, and it is very good. If you want to work to find all the things that can help students navigate and succeed in your online course, and ensure that three point items in the QM rubric are covered, this is a good way to do so. Highly recommended.”  Sean Moran – Assistant Professor, Information Systems.

Please note: This course is designed to help you improve an existing online or blended course, and is not for building a course from scratch. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online or blended course is required.

Follow this link to sign up:  Fill Out This Form to Sign Up for IYOC or to get on a waiting list

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

What is this workshop about?

  • The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • In this course you’ll experience the process of applying the QM rubric to a real course.
  • The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Please note: APPQMR is a required course for anyone planning to teach online or hybrid courses for Pierce College. Please contact the Pierce eLearning department if you have questions about teaching online for Pierce.

Follow this link to sign up:  Fill Out This Form to Sign Up for APPQMR 

Fall NIEA Workshop Comes to Pierce College Oct. 21

nieaThanks to associate professor of English, Heather Frankland – also ourPierce College NIEA Faculty Representative – we are sharing out  information about a great professional development opportunity coming right to our doorstep!

Each fall the Northwest International Education Association (NIEA) holds a one-day workshop about an international theme with ideas for how you can incorporate this theme into your classes. This year’s theme is Global Tourism Through a Critical Lens. 

This workshop will be held for the first time in ten years at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom. It is on Oct. 21st and will be from 8:30-3PM. The fee is $50, which also includes lunch. If you are interested in registering for the event, follow this link to download a flyer:  niea-2016-workshop

This is professional development that is appropriate for adjunct or full-time faculty and could be a great use of your professional development funds.

 

In addition, the workshop holds panels on the opportunities we have through our membership to the NIEA. Examples of these opportunities include the Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI), a teacher training that is offered each summer through the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and the NIEA Mini-grant program where you can receive support from the NIEA to add more international content to your classes or to possibly develop a course with an international theme.

If you have any additional questions, please email Heather Frankland and she will be happy to answer them. You can also visit the Northwest International Education Association website to read more about the work of this group.

http://www.nieawa.org/