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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

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 

FREE OER Training Starting May 2

Want to Know More About How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER)?OERlogo

SBCTC eLearning again invites faculty to participate in a fully online training course about OER that begins on Monday, May 2, 2016.

This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER).  In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will practice locating and sharing open educational resources.

As 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.

Interested? Head to the training website.

Technical difficulties in registration? Please contact wa-online@sbctc.edu.

Inquiries about the training content? Please contact Boyoung at bchae@sbctc.edu.

For those who would like more information from a participant perspective, Read messages from previous participants.

Save the Date Reminder – IGNIS 2016 Webinar Series

The 2016 IGNIS webinar series begins this Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM:

“Don’t Fear the Code!  Using the CanvasHacks Demo Course” by Kelley Meeusen
eLearning Coordinator & Instructional Designer, Clover Park Technical College

Have you ever wanted to be a hacker?  Or maybe to know how to tweak a little something in Canvas?  Well, now’s your chance to learn some creative tips & tricks for hacking your Canvas classroom.  Join us as Kelley demonstrates how to use the CanvasHacks Demo Course.  Participants will be able to register into the CanvsHacks demo course and practice using HTML code hacking tips during the webinar.

*** All IGNIS webinars will be hosted in Bb Collaborate and will be live captioned.  The webinars will be recorded and the links will be posted to the ATL blog after each webinar *** 

There is no need to register or sign-up.  Just click the “Join Us in Collaborate” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  The IGNIS Collaborate room is open 24/7 so you are welcome to test your connection anytime.  Please sign in early to avoid technical issues.  Hope to see you there!

Join Us in Collaborate

– OR –

Call in to listen by phone at 571-392-7703 and enter PIN# 247 254 022 975

 

Please visit the ATL blog for the complete 2016 IGNIS webinar schedule

 

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Winter Adjunct Faculty Day – Becoming the Complete Faculty Member in Today’s Higher Education World

You are invited to attend Winter Adjunct Faculty Day on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Pierce College Puyallup.  The theme of the day is “Becoming the Complete Faculty Member in Today’s Higher Education World – Developing a Pedagogical Statement.”  The agenda is framed around Pierce College’s institutional outcomes and our Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative.  We will emphasize the following skill-building areas:  Leadership & Vision, Data & Technology, Equity, Teaching & Learning/Pedagogy, Engagement & Communication, College-wide Strategy & Planning, and Pierce College Policies & PracticesWe are planning hands-on skill building opportunities to add to you CV/Resume.

This is an open invitation to all Faculty.  Adjunct Faculty will receive a $100 stipend for participating in the training and submitting a working draft of their Pedagogical Statement.

Here is the LINK for registrationhttps://piercecollege.wufoo.com/forms/adjunct-faculty-inservice/   REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

The tentative AGENDA for the day is as follows:

Plenary:   What are the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for today’s professors in higher education? What are college’s looking for? What are the “big picture” trends in today’s higher education landscape? How do we engage today’s students?

Session 1 Options:

  1. Digging into the Data: A hands-on opportunity in the computer lab to learn to navigate the amazing data & technology tools that have been developed by Institutional Research to help us help our students.  You will have an opportunity to explore data in Dashboard and Tableau and to begin to think about ways to use the data to help your students.
  2. Skill-building in UDL:  Bring a digital copy of your syllabus or a short Word based document that you use regularly in a class (assignment directions, worksheet, handout…etc).  Hands-on practice with tools in Word and Acrobat that can assess documents for accessibility and readability and discussions and examples of how to start making them better for your students using UDL principles. 
  3. The First Ten Days. Why Are They So Important?:  How can you get students engaged in the content, participate in the learning, and develop an emotional commitment to their learning? Let’s discuss why this is so important in the first 10 days of the quarter and share ideas that you can bring to your classroom right away!

Session 2 Options:

  1. Digging into the Data
  2. Skill-building in UDL
  3. The First Ten Days. Why Are They So Important?

LUNCH:  Equity, Identity, & Your Classroom: An engaging and informative activity. We will learn about ourselves, our students and our teaching. Do we teach with an equity lens?  (LUNCH WILL BE SERVED)

Session 3:  What Do I Do Now:  A Practical Guide to Pierce College Policies & Practices and How They Impact a Professor’s Decision Making in the Classroom:  What is the Student Code of Conduct?  What are student and faculty rights and responsibilities? When do I use an “Incomplete” versus and “No Credit” when submitting grades?  What are the implications of each? Interested in ADS, FERPA, Counseling and other resources?  We hope to answer these questions and many, many more.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 20!  Questions?  Please email Karen Danner (KDanner@pierce.ctc.edu), Greg Brazell (GBrazell@pierce.ctc.edu), or Jessica Bodas (JBodas@pierce.ctc.edu)

Free MOOC – Teaching Adults for New (And Newish) Teachers

moocRenton Technical College is presenting a MOOC (massively open online course) titled “Teaching Adults for New (And Newish) Teachers.”  This six week course allows new and “still-feel-new” higher education teachers get the basics that they need in their first years of teaching,  The course is starting this Monday, January 25, 2016 and is hosted on the Canvas.net platform.  This course is free and a certificate of completion will be awarded to participants.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Adult learning theories
  • Develop and write a clear course syllabus in student-centered language
  • Create measurable student learning outcomes
  • Write and E.N.G.A.G.E. lesson plan
  • Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching efficiently
  • Create varied active learning activities and assessment tools
  • Use UDL methodologies in the Classroom
  • Recognize and utilize your personal style in the classroom
  • Articulate the importance of diversity awareness in the classroom
  • Create a cooperative classroom community
  • Utilize appropriate resources and tools for continued student engagement
  • Participate in a PLN (Personal Learning Network)

For more information or to enroll in this course, follow this link to the Canvas.net platform: https://www.canvas.net/browse/rentontechnicalcollege/courses/teaching-adults 

(You do need to create a different account than your Pierce Canvas account – Canvas.net is a completely different Canvas instance).

Join CEAL for the 2016 STAR Symposium – FREE

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You are invited to join CEAL for a day of teaching and learning with your Pierce colleagues.  The 2016 STAR Symposium is a virtual one-day conference that focuses on pedagogical approaches for delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms.

CEAL has registered for the conference and will be hosting the event on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Fort Steilacoom campus in CAS 389.  We will be able to debrief and share best practices, ideas, and resources with each other.  CEAL will provide light refreshments.

If you would like to attend this conference at the Fort Steilacoom campus, registration is required – this will allow us to plan accordingly.  REGISTER HERE 

If you  would like more information about this virtual conference, please visit their website: STAR Symposium

FREE Training – Connect with Your Smartphone

 

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Smartphones aren’t always so smart.  Do you want to learn the ins and outs of making your phone work best for you and your personal needs?  How do you extend your phone’s battery life?  What are some of the must-have apps?

On Friday, October 23,  Mike Stocke, Chief Information Officer at Pierce College will be presenting “Connect with Your Smartphone.”  This FREE one-hour session will provide participants with a checklist of ways to become friends with your phone.  BYOP – bring your own phone and get all the apps!  No registration required.

WHAT:  Connect with Your Smartphone

WHEN:  Friday, October 23 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

WHERE:  Fort Steilacoom – OLY 325

COST:   FREE and open to all – no registration required!

Questions?  Contact CEAL at ceal@pierce.ctc.edu

 

Reading Apprenticeship at Pierce – 2015-2016 Training Dates Announced

Announcing the following dates for face-to-face “Reading Apprenticeship” training for the 2015-2016 academic year!  These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and staff.  Total training time is 6 hours and the trainings are offered in 1-day formats.

FALL QUARTER

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fort Steilacoom – RAI 241

WINTER QUARTER

Saturday, January 16, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Puyallup – CTR 250

SPRING QUARTER

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fort Steilacoom – TBD

 

Space is limited!  Register at https://piercecollege.wufoo.com/forms/reading-apprenticeship-training/

Why Reading Apprenticeship (RA)?

  • 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.org for 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.

Are there other training options available?

Yes! If you can’t attend a face-to-face training, you may be able to take an online or face-to-face course through WestEd; see here for details: http://readingapprenticeship.org/professional-development/. We will also keep you informed of other training opportunities at Pierce.

Can I include RA as part of my SIP?

We think that’s a great idea!  Speak with your Dean for more information.

I’ve attended RA sessions at in-service days, Targeted Skills Training, etc. Is this training appropriate for me?

Yes! This training will be useful whether you’re a newbie or if you have some knowledge of RA routines.

Trainings will be limited to 35 participants, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible!

Questions?  Contact Zoe Fisher at zfisher@pierce.ctc.edu for more information.

Argh, I needed that!

If you’re like me, your browser is usually stuffed full of tabs. Something interesting I want to read later, supplemental material to my current activity, music, media, nonsense, etc.
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When it’s time to thin the herd and get to the tab you actually need, it can be a hazardous activity closing all those windows. Click, click, click, cli… uh oh. There goes that important page you actually needed, and you haven’t a clue what the address was or how to find it again!

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Fortunately there’s an easy solution! Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T

This handy keyboard shortcut will open up your recently closed tabs, and it can go back more than one tab closure in case you went a little click-happy and what you need is far gone.

So when you’re annoyed at your desk from accidentally closing that page you spent minutes (or hours) looking for;

Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T

Spring Adjunct Faculty Day – “Equity and Diversity: Moving Beyond the Data”

Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for a day of teaching and learning at the Spring Adjunct Faculty Day – “Equity and Diversity: Moving Beyond the Data.”

This event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pierce College Puyallup.

Download a Spring 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day Agenda (pdf format)

Session offerings will include:

  • The Effects of Poverty and Class on the Student Experience
  • Open Education
  • Creative Approaches to the Syllabus
  • Digital Inequality and How it Impacts the Classroom
  • Diversity in Assignments
  • Inquiry Method of Teaching
  • Participation Building
  • Responsive Teaching

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.

Follow this link to register for Spring 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day .  Registration will close on April 13, 2015 to allow us for an accurate count of catering and workshop materials.

Questions?  Contact CEAL at ceal@pierce.ctc.edu.

FREE Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

wamoeMany 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.