Category Archives: Workshops

QM Workshop Scheduled for Friday Sept. 19, 2014

Pierce College is hosting a face-to-face session of “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” on Friday, September 19 at Pierce College Puyallup, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

This is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. Quality Matters is both a tool and a process for ensuring online course quality. QM emphasizes faculty-centered continuous improvement.

Here are the details:

Facilitator: Ryan Morris, QM Certified Facilitator
Location: Pierce College Puyallup, College Center Building – CTR 252
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (30 minute lunch). Catered lunch included with registration.
Cost: FREE to all Pierce College employees

Space is limited! Follow this link to our registration form.

For more information about Quality Matters at Pierce College and this workshop, please follow this link:

Online APPQMR Options:

If the in-person workshops don’t fit your schedule, consider taking the workshop online! Quality Matters offers the training online several times a month.

About the online “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” Workshop:

  • 2 weeks, facilitated by a certified QM trainer.
  • Includes discussion forums, quizzes, and exploratory assignments; participants can expect to spend about 8-10 hours/week in the workshop.
  • Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion from QM.
  • Satisfies the requirement for Pierce College instructors who teach online or hybrid courses.*

Please email us at

for more information if you are interested in taking an online APPQMR training workshop.


*Per the Pierce College Negotiated Agreement, all faculty who teach fully online and hybrid courses must complete this training by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Both in-person and online options are offered a variety of times throughout the academic year. Check the CEAL calendar for upcoming Applying the QM Rubric Workshop training dates. If you teach online and you are not sure you have completed this requirement, please contact the Pierce College eLearning department to verify your training status.

SLOAN Institute Workshops: Registration re-opened


Registration for SLOAN Institute Workshops will re-open on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM.  Availability is on a first come, first served basis.  SBCTC still has 100 training coupons that can be used towards courses up through December 2014.  SBCTC coupons expire on June 26, 2014, so register before then.  Don’t miss out on this free professional development opportunity!

Instructions on how to register for a SLOAN Institute Workshop and how to use SBCTC training coupons can be found in this prior blog post.

Additional fine print:  if you sign-up for a course you may not get registered for the following reasons:

  • Requested workshop is full.
  • Registrants did not provide accurate account information.  Only sign-ups with accurate account information will be processed.
  • Registrants did not sign-up a week or more before the workshop start date and there was not enough time to process the registrations.
  • All seats have already been used and the sign-up form has been permanently closed.

Summer Just Got a Little More Visually Interesting!


Have you ever watched a great tutorial on YouTube or in Canvas and wondered “How did they do that?”  Have you always wanted to create your own short “explainer” videos for classes? Maybe you web-enhance your courses with Canvas and you’ve always wanted to add your own video content. Maybe you are preparing a hybrid or fully online course to teach in the future and you know you need to create better instructor presence in your classes.

Educational and informational videos seem to be everywhere these days – and now you can learn how to make your own!

This summer, CEAL is offering a fully online course – starting July 17 through August 1, 2014 – called Screencasting 101. This course – designed and taught by Pierce Instructional Designer, Renee Phoenix – is a fast paced, online course, primarily for faculty who are looking to add the skill of screencasting to their teaching strategy toolkit.  Registration for the course is now open , but seats are limited to 25 participants.  So read on for more information about the course and how you can sign up.

What is Screencasting?

Knowing how to screencast can open up many new opportunities for you to explain concepts and engage your students. And it can be effective in any teaching environment.  But, what exactly is a screencast?

Typically, a screencast is a video that includes a recording of your computer screen. And it’s usually accompanied by audio or additional video of the presenter. A screencast can be used for many things including software demonstrations, training tutorials, capturing lectures and presentations or anything else you want to talk about and share in your courses.  According to research, use of video and audio is one of the most effective strategies instructors can use to create a strong presence in their classes and foster student engagement in online or face-to-face courses.

Is This Course for You?

Do you need to have experience working in, or teaching with Canvas? The answer is yes, you need to be comfortable with the Canvas classroom environment. You don’t have to be a hybrid or fully online instructor, but you do need to have sufficient skills and knowledge of the Canvas LMS to be able to participate as a student in the Screencasting 101 course online, in a Canvas classroom.  This course is for what we would call “advanced beginners” who are comfortable navigating the Canvas interface and creating course items in the Canvas LMS.If you have taken Canvas Essentials, Transitioning to Teaching Online, or have been regularly designing and working with Canvas in your classes for the past year, this course is appropriate for you. 

Do you need special equipment besides a computer and an Internet connection? The answer is yes, but CEAL will provide audio and video equipment to course participants to use while taking the class.  Reliable access to a computer and an Internet connection is up to you.

For more information, you can follow this link to download a course syllabus:


Ready to register? Click the link below to go to our online registration form. Remember, seats are limited, and registration for this course will close on July 14, 2014.

Register for Screencasting 101

SLOAN Training Reminder – Last day to register is June 26, 2014


250 SBCTC training coupons are available for SLOAN Institute Workshops which are offering courses up through December 2014.  Training coupons expire June 26, 2014, so don’t wait to register!  Available courses vary in topics related to online education, including Introduction to Curation Tools to Strategies for Successful Group Work Online.


Please sign-up at least one week prior to the start of your workshop date.  You will need to provide your NAME, EMAIL, and SLOAN CONSORTIUM ID.  If you do not have a SLOAN Consortium account, you will need to create one prior to completing the SBCTC sign-up form.  You can create a SLOAN Consortium account here.

  • Select a workshop here Please note that SBCTC training coupons cannot be used for the Foundations Course, any courses in the Mastery Series or the Advanced Certificate program
  • Fill out the SBCTC Sign-up Form here.
  • Watch for the confirmation email from SLOAN. 
  • Watch for the enrollment key email from SLOAN.


  • Make sure to watch the short orientation video here
  • Create a SLOAN Institute Moodle account here.  Please note that your SLOAN Institute Moodle account is different than the SLOAN Consortium account used for registration.
  • Log in here.  Click on your workshop Course Category, followed by clicking on your workshop title.
  • Enter your enrollment key.  Keys are emailed the day before or the morning of the workshop.  Please note that your key must be entered in order to gain workshop access.
  • Next time you log in, find your workshop under the My Courses menu.


  • Read about Workshop Models & Policies here.
  • Find Moodle tutorials here.
  • Read about Technical Requirements here.
  • Send a Help Request to SLOAN at
  • Questions about the SBCTC sign-up form should be directed to or
  • Questions about your campus policies regarding SLOAN sign-ups should be directed to your eLearning office.




Quality Matters Workshops in May and June

QM_ProgramThere are two FREE upcoming opportunities to take the “Applying the QM Rubric” Workshop.

  • Online Workshop May 1-May 20.  This session is 100% online and 2+ weeks long (expect to spend 8-10 hours per week to successfully complete).
  • In-Person Workshop June 23 & June 24 1-4:30 PM at Pierce College Puyallup.  This is a 2-part workshop, totaling of 7 hours.

These workshops are offered at no cost to you, but registration is required. Click here to register.

This is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses.  Quality Matters is both a tool and a process for ensuring online course quality.  QM emphasizes faculty-centered continuous improvement.

For more information about this workshop, please click here:

Spring Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL) Begins Soon!

Spring 2014 TTOL Begins April 21

Scheduled for April 21 through May 18, 2014– this fully online 4-week course* is offered through CEAL for adjunct or full-time faculty who are interested in teaching hybrid or fully online courses. You can visit our web page for more information about TTOL course content and objectives and to read about the time commitment required to complete the course. Course is facilitated by Renee Phoenix – Pierce District Instructional Designer

To register for TTOL,  follow this link to sign up through the eLearning department blog.

Sign up for Spring 2014 Transitioning to Teaching Online

*Please note: This course is required by the Pierce eLearning department for any Pierce faculty who are preparing to teach a fully online or hybrid course for the first time. Faculty that have completed similar training at another institution or if you have questions about this requirement, contact the Pierce eLearning department directly to verify their status for satisfying this training requirement.

Be the Connect for Your Student Veterans

veteran student watching film

“Veterans Day 2013″ by COD Newsroom licensed as CC-BY

Want to learn more about supporting veteran students in your classroom?

On Monday, March 17 Timm Lovitt, Director of Veterans Programs at Green River Community College, will facilitate a conversation and share the results of his best practices research which was funded by the Veterans Training Support Center. Find attached a copy of a workshop flyer that includes an agenda.

Here is an agenda to give you an idea of the topics for the day.

What Works Wednesdays: a New Teaching and Learning Series

As Pierce College expands our professional development offerings, we are implementing a new series called “What Works Wednesdays.” This series will cover practical teaching strategies and ideas and allow colleague-to-colleague sharing.

Each session will focus on a particular teaching topic or challenge.  What Works Wednesdays will take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, from 2:30-3:30 PM.  We will alternate between campuses for each meeting.  Here’s our schedule for Fall Quarter (meeting less frequently due to holidays):

  • Creating Accessible Videos October 23 – 2:30-3:30 at Puyallup CTR 276.  How can you create videos that are accessible to all learners in your courses?  Instructional Designer Renee Phoenix will share video production tips and Universal Design for Learning principles to easily create instructional videos.
  • Engaging Online Discussions November 13 - 2:30-3:30 at Fort Steilacoom RAI 335.  How can we use discussion tools in Canvas LMS to engage students?  Spanish Instructor Connie Sanders will share some approaches that work for her.
  • Syllabi Showcase December 11 – 2:30-3:30 at Puyallup ADM 162.  How do you design a syllabus that effectively communicates essential course info to your students?  Come share your syllabus and get ideas from colleagues.  Share what works for you, or seek feedback on elements you’d like to revise.

In December we will release our What Works Wednesdays schedule and topics for the rest of the academic year.  What do you want to see addressed in a What Works Wednesdays session?  Leave a comment with your idea below.