Category Archives: Adjunct Faculty

Fall 2014 Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL) Begins Soon!

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Thinking about teaching online?

Thinking about teaching online?

CEAL’s Transitioning to Teaching Online is scheduled for October 13 – November 7, 2014 and registration is open now!

This fully online 4-week course* is offered through CEAL for adjunct or full-time faculty who are interested in teaching hybrid or fully online courses. The course is facilitated by Renee Phoenix – Pierce District Instructional Designer – and is designed to give participants a student’s view of taking an online course while also providing practical information and take-aways that help faculty plan, design and create online learning.

Follow this link to sign up.

Register for Fall 2014 TTOL


What past participants have said about TTOL:

“I loved the discussions. I felt like I was able to take the content of the course and share what I had learned and how I would adapt it. I felt it was a safe environment and encouraged growth. I got to know colleagues form Pierce that I might not have otherwise met, and they supported me in ways I didn’t expect.”  Spring 2014 participant

“I enjoyed networking with the other instructors. I also liked how quickly Renee responded to our concerns or issues. It taught me a lot about the  importance of being responsive to my students. I’ve always believed teachers should also be students, and taking this course has given me an opportunity to sit on the other side of the ‘desk.’  ”  Spring 2014 participant

You can visit the CEAL web page for more information about TTOL content and objectives and to read about the time commitment required to complete the course.

*Please note: This course is required by the Pierce eLearning department for any Pierce faculty who are preparing to teach a fully online or hybrid course for the first time. Faculty that have completed similar training at another institution or who have questions about this requirement, should contact the Pierce eLearning department directly to verify their status for this training requirement.

Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception – September 15, 2015


Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for an evening of teaching and learning on September 15, 2014 at the Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception.  This event will be held on the Pierce College Puyallup campus from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a catered dinner provided.  All adjunct faculty members will receive a stipend for participation in the three hour training.  A special session titled “Transitioning from Part-Time Faculty to Full-Time Faculty” will  be presented from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm by the Instructional Deans.

Here are the details:

  • Event:   Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception
  • Location:   Pierce College Puyallup, Arts & Allied Health Building – AAH 110
  • Time:   5:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a special session offered from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Catered dinner of pizza, salads, and desserts will be provided.
  • Stipend:  $50 stipend provided for participation.

Register here!  Registration will close on September 5, so don’t wait!




QM Workshop Scheduled for Friday Sept. 19, 2014

Pierce College is hosting a face-to-face session of “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” on Friday, September 19 at Pierce College Puyallup, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

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.

Here are the details:

Facilitator: Ryan Morris, QM Certified Facilitator
Location: Pierce College Puyallup, College Center Building – CTR 252
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (30 minute lunch). Catered lunch included with registration.
Cost: FREE to all Pierce College employees

Space is limited! Follow this link to our registration form.

For more information about Quality Matters at Pierce College and this workshop, please follow this link:

Online APPQMR Options:

If the in-person workshops don’t fit your schedule, consider taking the workshop online! Quality Matters offers the training online several times a month.

About the online “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” Workshop:

  • 2 weeks, facilitated by a certified QM trainer.
  • Includes discussion forums, quizzes, and exploratory assignments; participants can expect to spend about 8-10 hours/week in the workshop.
  • Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion from QM.
  • Satisfies the requirement for Pierce College instructors who teach online or hybrid courses.*

Please email us at

for more information if you are interested in taking an online APPQMR training workshop.


*Per the Pierce College Negotiated Agreement, all faculty who teach fully online and hybrid courses must complete this training by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Both in-person and online options are offered a variety of times throughout the academic year. Check the CEAL calendar for upcoming Applying the QM Rubric Workshop training dates. If you teach online and you are not sure you have completed this requirement, please contact the Pierce College eLearning department to verify your training status.

Summer Just Got a Little More Visually Interesting!


Have you ever watched a great tutorial on YouTube or in Canvas and wondered “How did they do that?”  Have you always wanted to create your own short “explainer” videos for classes? Maybe you web-enhance your courses with Canvas and you’ve always wanted to add your own video content. Maybe you are preparing a hybrid or fully online course to teach in the future and you know you need to create better instructor presence in your classes.

Educational and informational videos seem to be everywhere these days – and now you can learn how to make your own!

This summer, CEAL is offering a fully online course – starting July 17 through August 1, 2014 – called Screencasting 101. This course – designed and taught by Pierce Instructional Designer, Renee Phoenix – is a fast paced, online course, primarily for faculty who are looking to add the skill of screencasting to their teaching strategy toolkit.  Registration for the course is now open , but seats are limited to 25 participants.  So read on for more information about the course and how you can sign up.

What is Screencasting?

Knowing how to screencast can open up many new opportunities for you to explain concepts and engage your students. And it can be effective in any teaching environment.  But, what exactly is a screencast?

Typically, a screencast is a video that includes a recording of your computer screen. And it’s usually accompanied by audio or additional video of the presenter. A screencast can be used for many things including software demonstrations, training tutorials, capturing lectures and presentations or anything else you want to talk about and share in your courses.  According to research, use of video and audio is one of the most effective strategies instructors can use to create a strong presence in their classes and foster student engagement in online or face-to-face courses.

Is This Course for You?

Do you need to have experience working in, or teaching with Canvas? The answer is yes, you need to be comfortable with the Canvas classroom environment. You don’t have to be a hybrid or fully online instructor, but you do need to have sufficient skills and knowledge of the Canvas LMS to be able to participate as a student in the Screencasting 101 course online, in a Canvas classroom.  This course is for what we would call “advanced beginners” who are comfortable navigating the Canvas interface and creating course items in the Canvas LMS.If you have taken Canvas Essentials, Transitioning to Teaching Online, or have been regularly designing and working with Canvas in your classes for the past year, this course is appropriate for you. 

Do you need special equipment besides a computer and an Internet connection? The answer is yes, but CEAL will provide audio and video equipment to course participants to use while taking the class.  Reliable access to a computer and an Internet connection is up to you.

For more information, you can follow this link to download a course syllabus:


Ready to register? Click the link below to go to our online registration form. Remember, seats are limited, and registration for this course will close on July 14, 2014.

Register for Screencasting 101

Design Collaboratory Sessions – The ID is In!

ID design help available

Starting the week of April 14 and ending the week of June 2, 2014, Design Collaboratory is an open invitation from CEAL to drop in and discuss instructional design questions about your courses.

Each week we will be available the following times and locations:

Mondays – Puyallup campus from 2:30-4:00pm in the Lava Java – A160

Tuesdays – Fort Steilacoom campus from 2:30pm – 4:00pm in the Lava Java – Library

Sample topics we are ready to help you with:

  • Questions about designing or re-designing your grounded, online or hybrid courses – how to get started and what to plan for in a course re-design project
  • How to get started with web-enhancing your classes with online content
  • Tools, tips and ideas for creative content design

Feel free to stop in during these hours at either campus to discuss your course design ideas, plans or challenges!

Spring Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL) Begins Soon!

Spring 2014 TTOL Begins April 21

Scheduled for April 21 through May 18, 2014– this fully online 4-week course* is offered through CEAL for adjunct or full-time faculty who are interested in teaching hybrid or fully online courses. You can visit our web page for more information about TTOL course content and objectives and to read about the time commitment required to complete the course. Course is facilitated by Renee Phoenix – Pierce District Instructional Designer

To register for TTOL,  follow this link to sign up through the eLearning department blog.

Sign up for Spring 2014 Transitioning to Teaching Online

*Please note: This course is required by the Pierce eLearning department for any Pierce faculty who are preparing to teach a fully online or hybrid course for the first time. Faculty that have completed similar training at another institution or if you have questions about this requirement, contact the Pierce eLearning department directly to verify their status for satisfying this training requirement.

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!

Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Funds Available!

This year, Pierce College is offering part-time faculty an opportunity to access professional development funds.

The Center for Engagement and Learning encourages part-time faculty to access these funds for professional development activities related to your academic discipline, and/or to teaching and learning topics.  Professional development activities may include professional and education workshops, conferences, meetings, webinars, etc.  A list of 2013-2014 Professional Development Conferences can be found here.

Up to $500 is available per part-time faculty member, which can be applied towards registration fees, travel expenses, and other related costs.

Please note: these funds are only available until June 30, and can only be applied to professional development activities that have taken place during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Further instructions on how to access these funds for professional development can be found in Faculty Central.

Join us for Winter Adjunct Faculty Day!

Winter Adjunct Faculty Day is a FREE event on Saturday, February 22nd from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.  This one-day conference is an opportunity for you to connect with your colleagues around teaching and learning.  The conference theme is “Making Connections: Teaching with Confidence and Compassion.”

The day will feature a plenary session by Dr. Paul Gerhardt, Business and Business Management professor at Pierce College.  After that, participants can choose from a variety of concurrent sessions on topics related to teaching and learning.  A sampling of session topics includes: effective group work, teaching in Canvas, integrating media technology into the classroom, and strategies for engaging international students.  The day also includes a catered box lunch and roundtable discussions.  Here’s a conference schedule at a glance: Winter Adjunct Faculty Day [PDF].

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

Pierce College adjunct faculty who participate for the entire day are eligible to receive a $75 stipend.