Category Archives: Staff Development

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

Inquiries about the training content? Please contact Boyoung at

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

10 Days to Awesome Series starts Feb 17

awesomepup 2Looking to build up some awesome digital and collaborative online skills? Join us for a series of four 10-day online courses for faculty and staff that introduce a range of online and digital tools for connecting, creating and collaborating. The courses are designed to support participants in exploring and practicing useful skills like creating video and audio for learning and communicating, social media applications for connecting professionally, and creating accessible materials for work or for teaching.

These courses are self-paced with access to a live facilitator for the duration of each 10-day session. Participants will have continued access to all materials after the course is completed and can follow up with course facilitators at any time for continued support through the Center for Engagement and Learning.

All courses are conducted in the Pierce College Canvas LMS. You must have a current Pierce College Canvas account to be able to access these courses. If you do not have an account, please contact the eLearning department to request a Canvas account. 

Follow this link to Register for 10 Days To Awesome 

Schedule & description of courses:

Presence! Screencasting for Learning: Feb 17 – Feb 25, 2016

This course introduces strategies for creating educational or informational podcasts & screencasts and use of tools such as Canvas Media Tools, Screencast-o-matic and Panopto. Webcam and microphone/headset for recording video and audio are required.

Create! Making Documents Accessible: April 27 – May 6, 2016

Introduction to creating accessible images and Word, PDF and PPT documents. Participants will be able to re-design 2 documents that they use in courses or in their work unit.

Collaborate! Webinar Tools and Strategies: May 11- May 20, 2016

Connected! Social Media and PLN: June 22- July 1, 2016

This course introduces use of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Pages and blogs for building a professional personal learning network.

Introduction to using online webinar tools such as, BB Collaborate and Canvas Conferences. Webcam and microphone/headset are required. At least two live webinar sessions will be scheduled for participants to practice during the 10-day course.

Certificate in eLearning Design and Development for Community College Educators

Register Now!  Renton Technical College is offering a Certificate in eLearning Design and Development which starts January 13, 2016.  This fully online six-course certificate aims to prepare you to design and teach eLearning courses by focusing on eLearning design principles, alignment principles, building community, and creating media and incorporating technology.  Both new and experienced faculty will benefit.

Check out this video for more information:

Cost: $215 per course.

There are two enrollment options:

  1. Fast Track: 9-month completion: Take two courses at a time for completion in 9 months
  2. Relaxed Track: 21-month completion:  Take one course at a time for completion in a little less than 2 years.  Non-certificate students who choose to take single courses should enroll in this option.

Further information can be found here. You can enroll here.

Questions? Contact coordinator Liz Falconer,

Reading Apprenticeship Conference at RTC – March 11 and 12

Reading ApprenticeshipRenton Technical College will host the second annual regional Reading Apprenticeship conference, Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century  on March 11 and 12, 2016.  This is a great opportunity to learn how your fellow community college faculty and staff are using RA across their campuses!

Interested in presenting?  Interested presenters are invited to submit a proposal for the March 12 concurrent sessions.  For more information or to submit a proposal, go HERE.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for March 11-12, 2016!  Many Pierce faculty attended this conference last year and found it to be a great experience.

Why Attend?

Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd is a research-based framework that helps community college faculty members support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers.

Colleges implementing Reading Apprenticeship find that it can produce a dramatic, positive transformation of students’ engagement and achievement not only in literacy, but also in learning across all academic disciplines.

Goals for Conference Attendees:

  • Deepen your learning about how to engage students and colleagues in collaborative inquiry about their varied reading processes, fostering discipline-specific “metacognitive conversation” in classrooms and professional learning communities.
  • Deepen their understanding of Reading Apprenticeship as an instructional framework and improve their skills for implementing the framework in classrooms and in professional development with colleagues.
  • Learn how faculty across the disciplines make the complex, invisible processes they use as readers visible to students, helping them develop reading expertise in specific disciplines
  • Learn to help other faculty make changes in their classroom practice, building on students’ strengths as readers and learners, and providing students greater access to text for learning in the content areas. This will result in increased student engagement and efficacy in reading.
  • Network with your peers using Reading Apprenticeship.
  • Practice some of the routines that move students into metacognitive conversations.
  • Learn how to incorporate Reading Apprenticeship routines into lessons with disciplinary texts.



FREE Training – Connect with Your Smartphone



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


PAVE the Way 2015: Advancing Equity, Access, Readiness and Support

Register by September 25 and SAVE!pave the way


Join colleagues on October 5 and 6, 2015 at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center for PAVE the Way 2015 conference.  This two-day event will feature interactive group sessions and more than 40 breakouts focused on skill development, best practices, policy discussions, cross-sector alignment, community partnerships and much more.  Breakout session discussions will include:

  • Cross-sector alignment and collective impact
  • Diversity
  • Access and student readiness
  • Outreach and support
  • Policy
  • Serving non-traditional and at-risk students
  • Parent and family engagement
  • Culturally responsive teaching and learning
  • Using data and technology

Registration is $95, which includes lunch for both days.  There is no discount for partial attendance.  Register by this Friday, September 25 to receive this reduced rate.  Registrations received on or after September 26, 2015 will be increase to $125.

View the conference website for the most up-to-date information.

Registration & Payment
Peter Schmidt , Edmonds Community College Center for Learning, 425-640-1463

Keynote Announced for WA Campus Compact 2015 Faculty Institute

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Michael BenitezMichael Benitez has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Faculty Institute and Annual Networking Meeting which will be held on November 5 – 6, 2015 at Central Washington University.  Mr. Benitez is a leading national social justice educator, and activist-scholar with extensive experience in education and diversity issues.  His keynote presentation, titled “A Social Justice Understanding to Academe’s role in serving the public good: Who learns, who benefits, and why it matters to sustainable community cultivation and student learning” will examine existing frameworks and methodologies for a deeper understanding to cultivate sustainable and equitable practice in higher education.

In addition to Mr. Benitez, the 2015 Faculty Institute will feature a panel of faculty and students.  This two-day training will allow participants to choose from three available tracks of Diversity and Social Justice, Sustainability, and Economic Development-Social Entrepreneurship.  Opportunities to network with other faculty and administrators from across the State and a focus on student volunteerism as engagement strategies will also be featured.

Registration for the 2015 Faculty Institute is open to all interested faculty, staff, and students.  The cost of registration is $125 (member institution) faculty/staff and $75 for student. Overnight accommodations will be available at Central Washington University for a nominal fee.

To register or gain additional information on this opportunity check out the website here.

Free Teaching and Learning Conference at Bellevue College on May 30, 2015

Don’t miss a great professional development opportunity hosted by one of our neighbors to the north.

Faculty Commons @ Bellevue College Invites ALL faculty, staff, and students to attend the FREE 1st Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

May 30th, 2015, 9:00am – 3:30pm
Bellevue College, room D104

Click here to Register Now!

Conference includes a dynamic group of guest speakers, workshops, and the opportunity to  discuss teaching and learning. Our workshops and discussion include some of today’s key topics in education:

  • Inclusive teaching
  • Curriculum development
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided!

Follow this link to learn more

Questions?  Please Contact

Sayumi Irey, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Commons
Tel (425)564-2354


Register for COLLG 110 Training – Saturday, January 31

PC-CEAL-logo-stacked-2clrWould you like to join the College Success experience? There will be a one-day training and orientation session on Saturday, January 31, 9 am-4 pm at Pierce College Fort SteilacoomCoffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

Faculty who attend this professional development opportunity will explore the curriculum for College 110, examine effective pedagogical approaches used in the course, and have an opportunity to network with current COLLG 110 instructors.  If you are interested in or considering teaching COLLG 110 and have not yet participated in a training session, here is your opportunity to get started.  Successful completion of the training enters you into the pool of College 110 instructors.*  

*Being in the COLLG 110 instructor pool does not guarantee you will be assigned to teach a section; section assignments are made by the coordinators of the Reading and College Success Department in consultation with the Dean of Transitional Education.

Click here to register online!  There is a cap of 25 participants.

If you have questions about this training, please contact Amber Baillon (


Registration open: LEARN Leadership Conference, September 29, 2014

logoRegistration is now open for “LEARN: Leading by Example to Achieve Results Now” Conference which will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA on September 29, 2014.  This affordable and local training opportunity is hosted by the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) and supports the Governor’s initiative to increase leadership skills, effectiveness, and accountability in the workforce.  Sessions will focus on professional development, health and wellness, financial security, technology, and cultural competency.

LEARN Leadership Conference is open to all members of the public.   Register by August 15, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of only $75.  After August 15, registration rates increase to $100.  Registration costs include a lunch.  This is a great opportunity to build upon your skill set in several areas in only one day!

Last year’s conference was very received by attendees with many calling the training “motivational,” “amazing,” and “an investment well worth the time from work.”

Register for the conference at the ICSEW website.