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.
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
This five-minute video illustrates Ms. Fierro applying UDL strategies with her TCC Communication’s Class
Title: Universal Design for Learning – TCC
This five-minute video features students from TCC’s UDL Project in Year 2 talking about their success with UDL