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
Engaging Students Online with Web Conferencing
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Beyond Textbooks with OER
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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)
From Gate Keeper to Gateway
Revising Your Course to Create Equitable Learning Environments
September 6 and 7, 2017
South Seattle Georgetown
During this two day fall institute, you’ll work collaboratively with other faculty members to reflect on your stance as an educator, and to re-design the instructional materials of your course—namely the syllabus and two assignments— to ensure they are transparent to your students. Research shows that low-stakes changes to the artifacts of your classroom can be high impact in terms of ensuring learning and increasing student success outcomes (such as completions).
- Along the way, you will get hands-on experience with research-based best practices that are demonstrably equity-producing
- Reflect on your stance as an educator using the Diversity and Opportunity Gap Framework
- Ensure your classroom artifacts are accessible using the principles of Universal Design for Learners (UDL)
- Collaboratively revise two out-of-class assignments using the transparent assignment template with the help of a “disciplinary stranger”
- Develop a plan to teach the two assignments using transparent methods
- A large percentage of the students who enroll in our courses are impacted by opportunity gaps.
- The term “opportunity gaps” refers to the consequences of both individual and institutional practices that result in students experiencing uneven and inequitable opportunities to learn. These opportunity gaps tend to fall along the lines of race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
- Opportunity gaps can be addressed through rigorous use of equity frameworks that help educators identify and critique common misconceptions, including the use of a “color blind” perspective, or adhering to the “myth of meritocracy” in thinking about student achievement.
To create a shared language around high-impact practices, as well as to help students avoid having to “re-invent the university” in every class, faculty are encouraged to attend in campus teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary) of 3 to 5.
Individual participants– $150 each
Team– $125 each
How To Register:
Registration information will be available on the SBCTC website the last week of April. Space is limited to 40, so register well before the deadline of May 1st, 2017.
Contact Jennifer Whetham or Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education
The 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
Thanks 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.
2016 marks the eleventh annual Northwest eLearn Conference in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, on October 20-21.
If you are looking for an affordable, regional conference option for your professional development this year, check out NWeLearn Conference! NWeLearn is a unique conference that provides an opportunity for higher ed and K-12 faculty, administrators, instructional designers,
and technologists to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations and ideas in integrating technology in learning.
Two exceptional keynotes are lined up: Shannon Riggs of Oregon State University and Patrick Lowenthal of Boise State University. Details about the conference sessions and program can be found at nwelearn.org – the Northwest eLearning Community website
$190 Per-Person Registration
$160 early-bird price, for registrations processed by Monday, September 19.
$110 Per Person ONE DAY Rate
$90 1-day early-bird price, for registrations processed by Monday, September 19.
This year’s Northwest eLearn Conference will be held at the Eugene Hilton. To reserve a room at the reduced conference rate of $119/night (through 10/5, or until the block sells out, whichever is first) and find out more about transportation options, visit the conference Travel & Hotel page.
Thinking of venturing into the world of online teaching?
Maybe you’ve thought about web-enhancing a face-to-face course or you are preparing to teach hybrid or fully online.
You know online teaching and learning has challenges that you need to be prepared for. Teaching with new technology, establishing teacher and student presence, communication online, virtual group work, course and content design and delivery – all of these aspects of an online learning environment need specific planning and thought before you start putting them into your course.
Consider taking Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL), a fully online course facilitated by the Center for Engagement and Learning
In TTOL you’ll complete weekly readings, explore resources, complete activities & assignments and discuss topics and practices with other Pierce College faculty who are interested in online teaching. TTOL covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research and open education resources (OER) in the content and materials found in each week’s module.
Ready to sign up? Follow this link!
There is no fee to sign up, however you must complete all course activities and discussions to earn the certificate of completion. The course is facilitated and not intended to be a self-directed course. Plan for 5-6 hours of online activities per week (depending on your teaching background and experience in online learning.
To learn more about TTOL and Center for Engagement and Learning, follow this link:
See you in the Spring!
Renton 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).
So what exactly is the science of learning? What has it taught us about how students learn? And how can you use this information to make your own curriculum more evidence-based? Let’s explore the results of research on teaching and learning and dig into a range of practical strategies that can make your own teaching more evidence-based and, as a result, improve your students’ ability to learn when they study.
Join in on a webinar on Tuesday, December 1, from 11-11:40 at FS in CAS 371 (Boardroom). We can debrief and have a conversation about learning and teaching after the webinar. Read more about the webinar here. http://www.magnapubs.com/online-seminars/evidence-based-teaching-in-higher-education-strategies/order/single.html?st=FFalert&s=FFA151106
You will be able to access On-Demand until December 31. the CEAL will send out the needed access code.
Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Strategies to Improve Student Learning
What the research says about what works and what doesn’t in today’s college classroom
Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. and Victor Benassi, Ph.D.