Category Archives: What Works Wednesdays

Argh, I needed that!

If you’re like me, your browser is usually stuffed full of tabs. Something interesting I want to read later, supplemental material to my current activity, music, media, nonsense, etc.
firefox-tabs                                                                (hopefully not this many)

When it’s time to thin the herd and get to the tab you actually need, it can be a hazardous activity closing all those windows. Click, click, click, cli… uh oh. There goes that important page you actually needed, and you haven’t a clue what the address was or how to find it again!


Fortunately there’s an easy solution! Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T

This handy keyboard shortcut will open up your recently closed tabs, and it can go back more than one tab closure in case you went a little click-happy and what you need is far gone.

So when you’re annoyed at your desk from accidentally closing that page you spent minutes (or hours) looking for;


It’s Another What Works Wed – Let’s Talk about Grades & Grading Strategies

gradesYep, it’s time to start thinking about grades for the end of the quarter, so maybe you need a snack break and some good conversation about the whole grading thing. And what about the talk of changes to Pierce grades that you may or may not have heard about at the most recent In-service day ( I went to that session and it was pretty intense – in a good way -with lots of ideas and opinions coming out).

We have a room set aside in Olympic 202 for you to gather, escape the world for an hour, and have some snacks and good conversation with your fellow faculty members.

Join us for W3 on May 28! Here are the details…see you there.

Talk About Grades and Grading Strategies

Date: Wed May 28, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Fort Steilacoom –Olympic 202

Creative Content for What Works Wednesday!

Share Your Creative Content for Teaching and Learning!

It’s time for another What Works Wednesday session to start the spring quarter off in a creative mood!  Bring your favorite ideas, links and tools to share that you regularly use to create or present engaging instructional content. Do you create PDF or PowerPoint presentations? How about “explainer” videos? Have you ever used visual examples or simple animations to help students understand difficult concepts. Where do you find resources like this on the web? Where do you find free photos audio and video resources to use in your content?

Join us and share your tips for creating engaging instructional content! 

Wed Apr 9, 2014
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Puyallup – C270

Come share your tips and secret software tricks you use to design your instructional materials, graphics, video or audio. View demos and try out new web applications – content curation tools like ScoopIt and Learnist, presentation applications like Prezi and Animoto,and fun and free graphics tools like Pixlr and PicMonkey. Learn about free Creative Commons sources for photos, audio, and video.

BONUS W3 Feature this week!

If you can’t join us in-person, we will be broadcasting and recording this session as a live webinar using BB Collaborate.  This will be the first time we’ve tried a live webinar format and we hope it is successful enough to bring you future W3 sessions live on the web!

Use this guest link to join on Wednesday – the session space will open at 2PM. Live webinar will start  at 2:30pm

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*.


An Animoto Demo to Inspire You!

Here’s an example of a free presentation web application you can learn to use in 15 minutes or less and create something really different or surprising for your next presentation or lesson in class. It was made with the free version of Animoto (a web video editor/creator) and free images from Creative Commons, Wikimedia Commons and some of my own images.  Inspired by students’ favorite quotes about teaching and learning.

Resources from Open Education Resources Week

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.


Once again.. It’s In The Syllabus!


Time to say goodbye to the rain and What Works Wednesday for Winter Quarter! It’s our last W3 of the quarter (and the only one in the month of March) coming up this week!

Join us at Fort Steilacoom on Wed. March 12 from 2:30-3:30 in Olympic 203. The syllabus share-out was a popular topic at the Puyallup campus, so we decided to repeat this session for the Fort Steilacoom crowd. Please feel free to bring a copy of your course syllabi and talk about what works, what doesn’t and get some ideas from colleagues on how to get your students reading and using the syllabus in your class. 

The snacks, good company, good conversation and white cats are always free!

See you and your syllabus there for What Works Wednesday!

What Works Wednesday – Feb 26 is all about Open Resources!

Don’t miss this What Works Wednesday!  Rachel Goon and Emma Clausen are joining us on February 26 to talk about Open Education Resources. If you have ever wondered how to find and use OER for your classes, this session of W3 will get you started in the right direction.

As defined by OER Commons:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

This week we will meet from 2:30 -3:30 on the Puyallup campus in CTR 276.  Snacks, great company and great ideas are always FREE!

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a PowToon video to inspire you to join us!  See you there!

Teaching with Technology – A Classic Love/Hate Relationship?

teachwtech It’s time to get together for another What Works Wednesdays session!

When:  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014
Time:  2:30-3:30 pm
Where: Ft. Steilacoom campus – OLY 203

This week we’re talking about tech.  Are you teaching with a lot of technology these days? Is it making your life easier or does it drive you crazy sometimes? Do you Tweet, blog or share content online with your students or professional colleagues? Or are cell phones and laptops banned in your classes because they are just too distracting?

Come share your tech challenges, success stories and strategies and general thoughts about the role of technology in teaching. Or if you can’t make it, leave a comment below on this post. We want to hear from you! Tell us how you are using technology in your face to face classes as well as hybrid and online courses and how that’s working out for you and your students.

And just to make you feel a little better about today’s technology…here’s a video about technology challenges of the past.

Hope to see you at Fort Steilacoom for another W3 – the snacks and good conversations are free!


Share Your Syllabus – Enter to Win a Syllabus Shirt!

Don’t forget! The Great Syllabus Share-out is On!

Join us on Wednesday Dec. 11 at 2:30 pm at Puyallup campus in ADM 162 for our third What Works Wednesday (W3) session. Come ready to share your syllabus ideas, samples and stories.

AND we will have a drawing to win one of these fabulous “It’s in The Syllabus.” T-shirts!


How can you enter, you ask? Easy…
Shirts will be given out to two lucky winners who attend the session and share their syllabi.   If you are attending the session, just bring a digital or print copy to share live.

Can’t attend? One shirt will be given out to 1 lucky winner who sends a copy of their syllabus to our CEAL email – that’s –  for us to view during the session and post to the CEAL Canvas site. Deadline to submit by email is Noon on December 11, 2013.

Visit CEAL on Canvas for more info on our W3 sessions



CEAL now on Canvas!


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:

  1. Though the link here in this post:  CEAL on Canvas
  2. Through the new link now located at the top of our blog (look for ‘CEAL on Canvas’ )
  3. 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.