Category Archives: CEAL News

CEAL on Air Podcasts Kick-Off for 2017-2018

Center for Engagement and Learning presents their first podcasts of the academic year- CEAL on Air – just in time for a state-wide week of recognition of adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education. A big thanks to Olga Webstad, Teresa Josten and Karen Danner for taking the time to be our guests on COA.

We are also trying out a hosting platform for our podcasts and will be linking to episodes hosted on Libsyn.com. Check out three recent interviews with Pierce College adjunct faculty – part of a series of interviews with our adjunct faculty that will be continuing through November 2017.

You can listen right from our Libsyn page by clicking on this link! 

or visit our CEAL Intranet page where you can also find archives of past COA vodcasts and podcasts. 

GAAD = Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18, 2017

The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, .

, an accessibility professional from Toronto discovered Joe’s blog post purely by accident.

After reading it, Jennison immediately contacted Joe and they joined forces, leveraging their extensive and respective networks to realize the event. For more of the backstory of this day, watch this interview of GAAD co-founder, Jennison Asuncion, by Dr. Jonathan Hassell.

Starting in 2015, rather than using a fixed date, GAAD is now celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

You can celebrate GAAD – Global Accessibility Awareness Day – today by attending the  IGNIS webinar, Tips for Making Online Learning Accessible,  that SBCTC is hosting  from 2pm -3:00pm Enjoy this webinar from the comfort of your work office or home office or view the recording next week. 

Other related events happening today –

The May 18th Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Olympia

The live event includes presentations by Mark Adreon from Department of Services for the Blind, Jess Thompson from the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Erin Lopez from Department of Enterprise Services and more.

More information is available at https://olygaad.wordpress.com/

Other events around the state and globally

UW https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/events/

UW Bothell has made GAAD a whole week http://depts.washington.edu/etuwb/ltblog/?p=5622

Seattle’s A11ySea  https://www.meetup.com/a11ysea/events/238601169/

And Participate Globally  http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/participate.html

 

June 3 – Employee Learning & Development Day – Save the Date!

Word cloud containing values and actions related to cultural responsivenessGet out your calendar and save this date!

Employee Learning and Development Day at Pierce College is set for Saturday, June 3, 2017 with the theme “A Culturally Responsive Community of Learners.”

For Classified and Admin Exempt Employees:

All workshops and sessions take place at the Fort Steilacoom campus. A variety of learning and training opportunities are starting at 8:30 AM and ending at 4:00PM.

Coffee, tea and other refreshments are available all day – Lunch will be part of a working session and will be served from Noon to 1PM in the Student Activity Center -Performance Lounge, Cascade 421.

Download or view Saturday Learning and Development Day Agenda  – PDF format

For Adjunct Faculty :

You have the opportunity to participate in faculty professional development activities that will run from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the FS campus. 

From 8:30 – 10:30:  we will have an opportunity to learn how to use Tableau data and dig into questions about student learning. This will be a highly interactive session and is targeted for beginner and seasoned Tableau users.

10:45 – Noon: Choose from the many workshops being offered for exempt and classified employees. The theme for the workshops is “A Culturally Responsive Community of Learners”. See the link for the agenda above.

Noon – 1PM:  Join your faculty and employee colleagues for a working lunch in the Student Activity Center -Performance Lounge, Cascade 421

Adjunct faculty will receive a $100 stipend for your participation from 8:30-1:00. If you want to join in on the afternoon sessions, please do. However, those sessions will not be associated with a stipend.

Look for registration information coming to your Pierce College email.

See you there!

 

SBCTC Webinars, Courses and More!

The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges offers a variety of professional opportunities for faculty and staff across the state of Washington. Many of their events are virtual and can be viewed live or via recordings after the event. Below are a few of the upcoming offerings:

IGNIS Webinars –

Tips for Making Online Learning Opportunities Accessible to All Students
Thursday, May 18
2PM-3PM

Engaging Students Online with Web Conferencing
Thursday, May 25, 2017
2PM-3PM

Beyond Textbooks with OER
Thursday, June 8, 2017
2PM-3PM

For more information or a link to join the webinar, visit the ATL Blog – IGNIS 2017 page


Webinar Series on Accessibility for Faculty and Staff

CATO (the Committee for Accessible Technology Oversight) is proud to introduce the Spring Lunchtime Accessibility Webinar Series!  Follow the title links below to register for upcoming events. Webinars are hosted by Jess Thompson, Program Administrator at SBCTC

Principles of Accessible Design
Tuesday, April 25
Noon – 1pm
Link to Webinar Recording on YouTube

PPT Slide Deck for Download: Principles of Accessible Design

MS Word Accessibility
Wednesday, May 3
Noon – 1pm
Webinar Recording not available yet

Accessibility & 3rd Party Materials
Tuesday, May 16
Noon – 1pm

Web Accessibility: Tools and Tips for Testing
Wednesday, May 24
Noon – 1pm


Facilitated 4-Week Accessibility 101 Training

To learn more about this course visit this webpage on the SBCTC site:

Dates for upcoming sessions are not listed on the site yet, but you can save these dates below and be

    • July 10 – Aug 6 (registration will open late May)
    • Aug 7 – Sept 3 (registration will open late June)

 

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.

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!

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.

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/