Dates have been announced for the 2016 CanvasCon Washington State event! The conference will be held on Thursday, March 24 through Friday, March 25, 2016 at Tacoma Community College. The theme for this year’s conference is focused on accessibility and universal design.
If you are interested in presenting a session on accessibility and/or universal design, proposals are now being accepted. Proposals will be accepted until December 24, 2015 with selected presenters being notified by mid January. To submit a session proposal, complete the form here.
Here is a useful site that gives information about CanvasCon http://canvascon.org/
Need some ideas on accessibility or universal design? Check out these websites:
Accessibility – Start here, http://webaim.org/intro/#intro and here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_accessibility
Universal Design for Learning – Start here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design and http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html#.Vipq236rS70
Or consider joining Pierce College’s Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Universal Design for Learning. Learn more about Pierce’s FLC and upcoming meeting dates in this blog post.
For more information on the 2016 CanvasCon, check out the conference website here.
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 email@example.com
Students need technical support and there isn’t always the time or resources to help, until now! The STAT team at Pierce Community College is a great collaboration of minds and talent that you can offer to students in need of assistance. STAT was initiated successfully at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2015. It ran for two weeks at the FS and PUY campuses and was a wonderful help to students. The program will be available during midterms and again during finals.
STAT stands for Student Technology Assistance Team. The idea of STAT was developed by Edmonds Community College — they saw the students’ need and found a way to fill it. At Pierce, the aim is to bring together students that have questions about using technology as well as students of technology courses needing to apply those skills to create a win-win situation. For now, we are narrowing the help we give to the most frequently asked questions about Wi-Fi, Canvas, Email and basic operations to provide a unique and valued service to students. Later on, we may decide to expand on those services.
Typically, students will either wander into the computer labs themselves to ask questions or they have been directed there by other departments, such as the library or an instructor. Most of the time, the Lab Assistants can help them gain access to Wi-Fi, Canvas or Email, but what happens when students start bringing their various devices like laptops, phones, tablets and phablets — OH MY!? Students often want personal and quick assistance with all the devices that they are using to achieve their academic goals and we would like to help them; if STAT cannot assist them quickly, they can ask IT for assistance or direct the student to a resource that can.
What STAT is NOT. STAT is not a tutoring service that provides focused coursework assistance. STAT is not IT staff who support instructional and staff computers and services. STAT is not librarians who support successful teaching and learning. STAT is not part of Advising who help students determine what classes to take and when.
- To provide students with help to access their email and Pierce’s Wi-Fi, Learning Management System (Canvas) assistance, and basic PC support. To provide demonstrations of basic features and advanced capabilities to help prepare them for classes and show them how these can provide time-saving and collaboration opportunities.
- To provide advice through drop-in assistance, online support, phone support, workshops, and tutorials. To increase awareness of the digital community by educating students on safe ways to develop and share, and to find out how/where to find quality information online.
- To demonstrate that student volunteers and interns can design and carry out a help desk and technology resource that supports a growing technology need for higher education students.
Watch the video below to learn more about other student tech support offered at Pierce College. STAT will be available during midterms and finals.
Don’t Miss These IGNIS Webinars in May 2015
You are invited to join Alissa Sells and Jen Whetham from SBCTC as they host two upcoming IGNIS webinars on accessibility. All IGNIS webinars are delivered on Collaborate and sessions are recorded and posted on the ATL blog.
Live Sessions Coming Up:
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 2 pm
Making Accessibility Accessible
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington
- Join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Terrill will talk about how to make the process of accessibility more accessible to faculty. Come learn some tips on making your course more accessible and much more!
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 2 pm
5 Steps to an Accessible Syllabus
A Faculty Learning Community Presentation by Shoreline Community College
- As a follow-up to “Making Accessibility Accessible”, please join us for this special hands-on webinar where you’ll learn how to make the various features of a Word document accessible using your course syllabus as an example. It’s BYOS…bring your own syllabus! Participants will be given work time during the webinar to start making changes to their documents. If you missed Shoreline’s Accessibility retreat in February, you won’t want to miss this session!”
If you can’t make it to a webinar, no worries – they are recorded!
Follow this link to view past IGNIS webinars on the ATL blog site
Do you know what day it is?
May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. You can read more about GAAD on their website:
Don’t think digital accessibility is important to you? Do you use a computer for work? Do your students or staff use a computer or digital device to stay connected to the college, the office, your classes? Yeah, we thought so.
In the spirit of engagement and learning, CEAL is challenging you, dear readers, to level up your awareness of digital accessibility today by taking 30 minutes out of your day and learn more about digital accessibility (or the lack of) first hand. How can you do that? Here are a few ideas ( you can probably think of many more).
- Try going “mouse-less” for 30 minutes. Go ahead and put your mouse out of reach and only use your keyboard alone (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar) to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications.
- Watch a favorite YouTube or TED video with the audio turned off and captioning on (if there is captioning…).
- Read Kyle Peirson’s (CEAL ed tech assistant) blog post about color and experiment with the Colorwheel tool he mentions.
- Watch this 13 min. YouTube video to learn how a user who is visually impaired uses a screenreader to navigate a website.
- Take a field trip to stop in and say hello to the Access and Disabilities Services staff on your campus. Pick up some information from them about the work they do and the resources available for students.
For more information visit the GAAD site and learn more about this event and other issues and resources related to digital accessibility.
And don’t forget to take our challenge!
Just enter your comments below – tell us how you met the challenge and share any additional resources, links or information you found here on our blog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Education Resources – OER – had it’s own week this month! IF you missed it, thankfully there is a website –
and we have some points to ponder from our own resident OER fans – Rachel Goon and Emma Clausen – from the Pierce College Library.
Rachel and Emma joined us on a What Works Wednesday a few weeks ago to talk about OER and how to get started using open resources and materials with your students and in your classes. They shared this slide deck with some great thoughts around what is OER, how to get started and where to find the best resources today. (notice all the images in the deck are OER – free to use with a simple attribution to the artist! Nice!) Check out the link on the last slide for MORE open education resources ideas!
We plan to have Rachel and Emma back again to What Works Wednesday in some format – maybe live and maybe in a Google Hangout or webinar. But in the mean time, don’t hesitate to contact them at the Pierce College Library and get more information on open education resources and how you can start using them in your classes.
Due to popular demand for the resources from our What Works Wednesdays sessions, we’ve added a Canvas space to the CEAL world.
This workspace is a public forum so if you have never, ever ventured into the new Canvas LMS before, don’t fret. You don’t need to login or request an account or anything to access the resources, videos and information we are posting in the Canvas area.
You can access this space in a few different ways:
- Though the link here in this post: CEAL on Canvas
- Through the new link now located at the top of our blog (look for ‘CEAL on Canvas’ )
- Through this link on our CEAL website. Go to the CEAL website
However you get there, visit often! We are updating and adding content all the time.