Many eLearning educators are eager to learn how to make their courses more available to students who struggle with web accessibility issues. This free MOOC, sponsored by the Instructional Technology Council, Portland Community College, and D2L, provides a FREE professional development opportunity to help eLearning professionals meet the challenges of improving accessibility in online learning.
Specifically, the following goals are to be achieved by course participants:
1. Build a personal knowledge base in web accessibility for online education
2. Create accessible photo images, diagrams, and charts for online courses
3. Create accessible audio and video components for online courses
4. Create accessible HTML content pages for online courses
5. Create accessible course content in other formats
Successful participants will have the option of receiving an electronic not-for-credit completion certificate from D2L at the end of the course.
Registration is open from March 6 until April 16, 2015. The course is limited to 500 registrations. For more information and to register, go here.
This affordable 8-week online program allows New and “Still-Feel-New” faculty to get the basics they need in their first years of teaching. This two-part series focuses on teaching necessities such as syllabus writing, finding and choosing materials, class planning, and outcomes and assessments. It also covers classroom management, communication, and engagement with diverse adult learners. Participants will have a valuable opportunity to network with other faculty across the system as they build their skills.
Exploration I: The Teaching Mindset from June 1 – 28, 2015
Construct a Pathway to Success
Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Planning and Assessing Learning
Exploration II: Your Classroom from July 6 – August 2, 2015
Find your Footing: Teaching Practices and Classroom Management
Connect with Intent: Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement
Courses cost $280 for each Exploration or $560 for the complete Certificate. Each Exploration is 4-weeks long and student time commitment is approximately 3 hours a week per course (6 hours weekly). For more information about this program and how to register, go here.
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
Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for a day of teaching and learning at the Winter Adjunct Faculty Day. This event will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Coffee and a catered lunch will be provided. All adjunct faculty members will be compensated $100 for participation in the entire day of training and for successful completion of a reflection form regarding the event. This required reflection form will be made available to you electronically following the training.
Register for Winter 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day here. Registration will close on February 13, 2015 to allow us for an accurate count of catering and workshop materials.
The Center for Engagement and Learning is reminding all online and hybrid instructors of upcoming dates for face-to-face “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) workshops through Pierce College.
This training 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 and emphasizes faculty-centered continuous course improvement.
These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and meet the QM training requirements for teaching online or hybrid courses.* Total training time is 7 hours and workshops are offered in 1-day and 2-day formats.
1 FULL- DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (1/2 hr lunch break)
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
2 HALF-DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT
Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:30PM (each day)
Pierce College Puyallup
If you cannot attend the in-person workshops, there are workshops online! Quality Matters offers the training online several times a month.
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.*
Do not sign up for this online training through the QM website. The State Board has a limited number of free seats for each college to offer to faculty – please contact CEAL or the Pierce College eLearning department for more information or to sign up for these online APPQMR training workshops.
*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.
CEAL’s Transitioning to Teaching Online is scheduled for January 19 – February 13, 2015 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.
“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 pre-requisites and 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 discuss their need for this training.