Portland Community College, in collaboration with Brightspace/D2L Teaching and Learning Community, is offering a free online course on web accessibility for online educators. Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators, or #WAMOE, is designed to help e-Learning professionals meet the challenges of compliance with web accessibility requirements as they pertain to electronic learning environments.
This five-week course begins on Monday, October 20, 2014. There are weekly modules that are designed to help instructors improve web accessibility skills specifically for teaching online. This course will allow you to:
- Build a personal knowledge base in web accessibility for online education
- Create accessible photo images, diagrams, and charts
- Create accessible audio and video components
- Create or evaluate accessible HTML content pages
- Create accessible course content in other formats
This course is offered through D2L Open Courses and registration is open from September 29 to November 14, 2014. Active course facilitation lasts for five weeks, beginning October 20, 2014 and ending November 22, 2014.
A completion certificate from D2L will also be provided. Register today!
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SBCTC eLearning is again offering their popular “How to Use Open Educational Resources” training. This two week fully online course begins on October 9, 2014 and provides participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER) into their classrooms. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to practice locating and sharing open educational resources.
This is a fully facilitated training and successful completion will result in an official certificate. Participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. This training is completely FREE to all WA state community college and technical instructors.
Interested? Head to the training website.
Inquiries about the training content or schedules? Please email Boyoung Chair at email@example.com.
Don’t miss Week #5 of the IGNIS Webinar Series this Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Presenters from South Puget Sound Community College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Bellevue College will share their experiences. Topics include creating “open” textbooks, how one’s personal developments and health impacts teaching and learning, and exploring Canvas from a disciplinary perspective. No preregistration is required, simply login here to participate.
- Rick McKinnon (South Puget Sound Community College): “Exploring Platforms for Collaborative Creation of Open Textbooks.”
The first goal of this FLC will be to make an in-depth exploration of a number of collaborative tools that may perform this function. We’ll determine whether Content Management Systems (CMSs) such as Drupal, Ning, Huddle, and Wikispaces are appropriate for the creation of an open textbook. After a suitable platform is chosen, the next goal will be to develop best practices around the development of CoPs, and to provide training to faculty who wish to develop and participate in CoPs focused on creation of a textbook in their area of expertise. The final goal of this FLC will be to document our experience for development of such CoPs so that other colleges may replicate it.
- Sally Heilstedt (Lake Washington Institute of Technology): “The Courage to Teach.”
Together, a community of faculty and staff who teach will create a safe place to discuss their experiences as teachers, learn from Parker Palmer’s insights about the inner life of teachers and from one another, and discover how personal development and health impacts teaching and learning.
- Katharine Hunt (Bellevue College): “Social Science Learning Online Group (SSLOG).”
Full-time and adjunct social science faculty will explore specific tools and functionalities in Canvas from a disciplinary perspective. They will focus on revising materials in their online courses to be more accessible for learners with a wide variety of learning challenges, finding a balance between maximizing student learning experience and the instructor workload, and “closing the gap” between successful and unsuccessful students.
Week #4 of the IGNIS Webinar Series is on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Presenters from Clark College and Columbia Basin College will share their experiences with learning communities and service learning. No preregistration is required, simply login here to participate.
- Ray Korpi (Clark College) “Incorporating the Learning Community Model into Clark College: A faculty learning community on student learning communities:” Faculty and student affairs staff will work on implementing their action plan created July of 2013 at the Washington Center National Summer Institute on Learning Communities with the intention to create a sustainable system in which learning communities can thrive at Clark. Inspired by the Washington Center’s vision of New Era Learning Communities, this group intends to create more faculty knowledge and awareness of current learning community pedagogy, to provide a faculty access point for potential policy decisions concerning LC’s, and provide professional development opportunities for faculty specific to planning and instructing LC’s.
- Lorraine Leedy (Clark College) “Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning:” Comprised of faculty from across the disciplines, including CTE, Academic Transfer, and Basic Education, this FLC will engage five instructors in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) and restructuring their curricula to incorporate OER into one of their courses.
- Brett Riley (Columbia Basin College) “Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning:” This FLC will examine multiple examples of discipline relevant service learning assignments/activities, offer a service learning colloquium for staff and faculty and create the following: a CBC service learning resources webpage, development of a faculty/staff guide to service learning capturing key FLC findings and discussions, a faculty/staff survey of service learning knowledge of, and willingness to include activities as part of learning/development), and a student survey of service learning (willingness and interest in participating).
Don’t miss Week #3 of the IGNIS Webinar series. Topics will include transition from college to the workforce, mindfulness, and Quality Matters. Presenters will share their experiences in a 10 minute presentation with time for Q&As and follow-up discussions at the end of each session.
No preregistration required. To participate, simply log in to the IGNIS webinar room.
Presenters and Projects:
1. Marc Lentini and Maurea Maya, Highline Community College: “Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology.”
Technology skills are a critical barrier to success in credit classes and the workforce for ABE and ESL students. The goal of this FLC is to improve transitions to credit classes and the workforce through integrating the technology skills into pre-college classes. The FLC will develop a set of class activities, linked to outcomes, which will integrate technology and basic English and Math skills into their instruction. Participants will continue professional development to develop a broader and deeper understanding of how to use technology in teaching.
2. Laurie Adamson, Olympic College: “Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning.”
Mindfulness practices help to develop present moment awareness and are effective in reducing stress and increasing focus and concentration. Members of this FLC will examine and experience ways to bring mindfulness practices into the classroom and work environment with a goal of reducing the stress that may be an obstacle to effective teaching and learning.
3. Jessica Thommpson, Olympic College: “Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters (QM) Standards in Online Teaching.”
This group will examine ways to optimize student engagement and assure accessibility for all online students. We will explore various technologies and engage in some creative problem-solving in order to develop course material that is mindful of accessibility issues, yet still engaging and interactive.
There are two FREE webinars coming up this week, both focused on innovative uses of technology in the classroom.
Friday April 11 – NWeLearn Webinar: Using Magazine Aggregators to Flip the Classroom
- When: April 11 at 1:30 PM PST
- Who: Mark Gaither, Business Technology Instructor at Lower Columbia College
- Where: NWeLearn Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Room. Click here to join the room.
- Description: Whether it’s keeping up on current events or collecting topical material from a variety of sources, consider using a magazine aggregator, such as Flipboard, to search and share content from hundreds of popular publications. In this session you’ll learn how to collect articles, create magazines, and allow students to contribute as co-editors. The eReader interface and the ability to share it with others through your LMS, make these applications an awesome tool for student-led instruction.
Thursday April 17 – IGNIS Webinar: Harnessing Your Students’ Mobile Technology for the Forces of Good
- When: April 17 at 2:00 PM PST
- Who: Sue Frantz, Psychology Instructor at Highline Community College
- Where: ATL IGNIS Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Room. Click here to join the room.
UPDATE: click here to view the recording of the February 20 Beyond Cutting and Pasting webinar:
In case you missed it, the SBCTC has launched a new series of online webinars called IGNIS. The first presentation – Integrating Technology Successfully to Create Truly Collaborative and Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom- was broadcast on February 6, 2014 via a BB Collaborate webinar. The link to the recorded webinar can be found on the ATL blog here:
The second presentation of this series – Beyond Cutting and Pasting: Teaching Research Skills for the 21st Century – is coming up Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2:00PM to 3:00 PM. We hope to see you there in the webinar classroom.
For more information about the IGNIS webinar series and for the link to the live webinar classroom, follow the link below to the Assessment, Teaching and Learning blog hosted by SBCTC:
ATL Blog – IGNIS webinar series
These webinars use BlackBoard Collaborate as the webinar system and require that you have a headset and mic for optimal audio access. If you have never used Blackboard Collaborate before, please take some time to review how to set up your system to access a BB Collaborate session, or contact Ed Bachmann in the Pierce eLearning department for a tutorial on how to use Collaborate.
We also found this link to a very helpful resource for how to prepare to use Collaborate from Shoreline Community College eLearning department. Be sure you have the latest version of JAVA on your computer*.
*Chrome browser on a MAC does not support use of the JAVA applet required to access Collaborate webinars. BB Collaborate recommends using FireFox or Safari browsers on a MAC.