Save The Dates for Summer Institute! June 21-22


The Summer Institute is a voluntary faculty in-service opportunity that focuses on teaching and learning, assessment, curriculum development, and program review. The 2016 Summer Institute is scheduled for June 21 and 22 at Pierce College Puyallup.

Both days start  with a continental breakfast (optional) at 8:30 am in the Multipurpose rooms A and B in the College Center Building.  Each day of Summer Institute will begin at 9 am and conclude at 12 pm.  There is a $100 per three-hour stipend for faculty members participation and work at the Summer Institute.

Further details on the in-service topics and registration for the event will be made available in May. For now – save the dates! 🙂

Members of the Pierce College Outcomes Team: Rachel Goon, Kate Keith, Erin Latona, Lisa Murray, Mishelle Pasinato, Ron Schwartz, Allison Sieving, Amy Warren, and Andrea Whittemore

Questions? Contact Allison Sieving, Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness

phone:  (253) 964-6490

FREE OER Training Starting May 2

Want to Know More About How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER)?OERlogo

SBCTC eLearning again invites faculty to participate in a fully online training course about OER that begins on Monday, May 2, 2016.

This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER).  In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will practice locating and sharing open educational resources.

As this is a fully facilitated training that will produce an official certificate to the participants upon successful completion, participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. This training is FREE for anyone in the WA CTC system.

Interested? Head to the training website.

Technical difficulties in registration? Please contact

Inquiries about the training content? Please contact Boyoung at

For those who would like more information from a participant perspective, Read messages from previous participants.

Spring 2016 Edition of TTOL- Open for Registration!

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!

Improving Relations with Youtube

Youtube can be a great supplement to the online or hybrid classroom. With easy embed links you can have videos playing in your Canvas pages without the student needing to go into the distraction that is Youtube. But often at the end of a video you see something like this :

youtube "linked videos" bumper


…a bumper to the end of the video, offering several more links to “related” videos. Some may be actually related to the material, and some not at all. Either way, the viewer can click on those links to watch the next video, and before you know it they’re lost in Youtube and far from the intended material.

There is a way to get rid of this distracting end cap, and involves a simple bit of HTML editing, which you can access easily in the Canvas interface.

When you edit a Page in Canvas, there is an option in the upper right corner, “HTML editor”. Clicking on that link will take you behind-the-scenes of that page, to the HTML code. If you’re unfamiliar with HTML , don’t be daunted by the text, the process for removing Youtube linked videos is simple.

Step 1: Find the Youtube link you’ve already pasted in the Page. Look for “……”

html example with youtube link

Step 2: The Youtube link will be in quotation marks. Go to the end of the quotation, and type in “?rel=0”. For those curious, the code basically says “Do not show any related videos at the end!”

An example would look like this:
Before  – “”
After     – “

Step 3: Don’t forget to click Save! The Youtube video will now play through and when it reaches the end, no distracting linked videos will pop up.





We’ve all done this at some point. Throwing away something we thought wasn’t necessary anymore, only to find out that NOW it’s needed. In the digital world deleting is not always permanent. If you’ve found yourself regretting a slip of the mouse-click or a late night editing decision in Canvas, there is an impressive hack that can save those mistakes!

In the video below, you can watch Tracey DeLillo demo the Canvas “Undelete” tool.

Skip ahead to the 20:00-23:00 minute mark to see this great hack in action!


Created by Tomasz P. Szynalski, TypeIt allows users to create special letters or accent characters with a standard American English keyboard. There are ways to do this already, but you need to have ALT + (series of numbers) memorized

The full list of languages available for TypeIt

IPA English
IPA Full ♦
Symbols ⌘

Spring Break 2016 – Reminders from CEAL

noun_reminder_16352Some friendly reminders from the CEAL Team

CEAL Ed Tech staff (Kyle and Renee) will be out-of-office March 22-24, attending an accessibility conference – they will not be available for appointments or consultations.

Library closure and Lava Java access

As you are aware, the library areas on both campuses are closed during the breaks between quarters.

  • For Spring Break 2016 the libraries are closed from March 24 through April 3 and will re-open on April 4.
  • Due to IT computer update schedules, computers and equipment in the Lava Java’s will be offline from March 24 through March 28 

How does this closure affect access to the Lava Java area for faculty and staff on the Fort Steilacoom campus?

  • If you want to meet with any CEAL staff in the Lava Java area at Fort Steilacoom, you must make an appointment ahead of time so we can let you into the Lava Java area.

When Can You Make an Appointment during Spring Break?

March 29- April 1:   EdTech appointment times with Kyle Peirson are available as follows:

  • T,Thu,Fri- Fort Steilacoom: 9am to 3:30pm
  • Wed – Puyallup (A156): 10 am – 4:30 pm
  •  please email for appt. –

March 28- April 1:  ID or ed tech consultation times with Renee Phoenix are available as follows:

  • Monday or Thurs – Puyallup (A156) 9am-3:30pm
  • Tuesday or Wednesday – Fort Steilacoom. (C330) 9am-3:30pm
  •  please email to set up a session –

The Lava Java area at Puyallup is not affected by library closure. However, you do need your ID card to access the Puyallup Lava Java area in A160

Save the Date Reminder – IGNIS 2016 Webinar Series

The 2016 IGNIS webinar series begins this Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM:

“Don’t Fear the Code!  Using the CanvasHacks Demo Course” by Kelley Meeusen
eLearning Coordinator & Instructional Designer, Clover Park Technical College

Have you ever wanted to be a hacker?  Or maybe to know how to tweak a little something in Canvas?  Well, now’s your chance to learn some creative tips & tricks for hacking your Canvas classroom.  Join us as Kelley demonstrates how to use the CanvasHacks Demo Course.  Participants will be able to register into the CanvsHacks demo course and practice using HTML code hacking tips during the webinar.

*** All IGNIS webinars will be hosted in Bb Collaborate and will be live captioned.  The webinars will be recorded and the links will be posted to the ATL blog after each webinar *** 

There is no need to register or sign-up.  Just click the “Join Us in Collaborate” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  The IGNIS Collaborate room is open 24/7 so you are welcome to test your connection anytime.  Please sign in early to avoid technical issues.  Hope to see you there!

Join Us in Collaborate

– OR –

Call in to listen by phone at 571-392-7703 and enter PIN# 247 254 022 975


Please visit the ATL blog for the complete 2016 IGNIS webinar schedule



REMINDER: Registration is Open for Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACC)

Don’t forget to register for Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACCwhich will take place on March 24-25, 2016 at Tacoma Community College.  This collaborative 2-day conference will focus on enriching higher education Canvas users. 

**While the conference is primarily focused on faculty, administrators and staff are welcome as well!  Tickets include WACC presentations, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch both days. 

Sessions will focus on Accessibility, Pathways to Success, Open Educational Resources, and Universal Design and representatives from Canvas, Panopto, and other vendors will be there.

For more information on the program schedule and how to register, visit

Be sure to watch this short video on how to complete the registration process.

What’s new in Canvas?

With the recent update to the Canvas interface, it can be easy for the smaller changes or behind-the-scenes adjustments to go by unnoticed. For example, did you know that you can see if a student has viewed feedback on an assignment? Speedgrader has been updated to include “student viewed” information in the details view in the upper right corner.

A few other highlights include:

  • Announcements – “Like” button added
  • Assignments – submission options now include “external tool url”
  • Course Analytics – improved graphics and sorting ability to view stats more effectively
  • Student View – more obvious, to prevent any confusion

Watch below to see an overview of the new features. Full release notes can be found here.



Winter Adjunct Faculty Day – Becoming the Complete Faculty Member in Today’s Higher Education World

You are invited to attend Winter Adjunct Faculty Day on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Pierce College Puyallup.  The theme of the day is “Becoming the Complete Faculty Member in Today’s Higher Education World – Developing a Pedagogical Statement.”  The agenda is framed around Pierce College’s institutional outcomes and our Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative.  We will emphasize the following skill-building areas:  Leadership & Vision, Data & Technology, Equity, Teaching & Learning/Pedagogy, Engagement & Communication, College-wide Strategy & Planning, and Pierce College Policies & PracticesWe are planning hands-on skill building opportunities to add to you CV/Resume.

This is an open invitation to all Faculty.  Adjunct Faculty will receive a $100 stipend for participating in the training and submitting a working draft of their Pedagogical Statement.

Here is the LINK for registration   REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

The tentative AGENDA for the day is as follows:

Plenary:   What are the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for today’s professors in higher education? What are college’s looking for? What are the “big picture” trends in today’s higher education landscape? How do we engage today’s students?

Session 1 Options:

  1. Digging into the Data: A hands-on opportunity in the computer lab to learn to navigate the amazing data & technology tools that have been developed by Institutional Research to help us help our students.  You will have an opportunity to explore data in Dashboard and Tableau and to begin to think about ways to use the data to help your students.
  2. Skill-building in UDL:  Bring a digital copy of your syllabus or a short Word based document that you use regularly in a class (assignment directions, worksheet, handout…etc).  Hands-on practice with tools in Word and Acrobat that can assess documents for accessibility and readability and discussions and examples of how to start making them better for your students using UDL principles. 
  3. The First Ten Days. Why Are They So Important?:  How can you get students engaged in the content, participate in the learning, and develop an emotional commitment to their learning? Let’s discuss why this is so important in the first 10 days of the quarter and share ideas that you can bring to your classroom right away!

Session 2 Options:

  1. Digging into the Data
  2. Skill-building in UDL
  3. The First Ten Days. Why Are They So Important?

LUNCH:  Equity, Identity, & Your Classroom: An engaging and informative activity. We will learn about ourselves, our students and our teaching. Do we teach with an equity lens?  (LUNCH WILL BE SERVED)

Session 3:  What Do I Do Now:  A Practical Guide to Pierce College Policies & Practices and How They Impact a Professor’s Decision Making in the Classroom:  What is the Student Code of Conduct?  What are student and faculty rights and responsibilities? When do I use an “Incomplete” versus and “No Credit” when submitting grades?  What are the implications of each? Interested in ADS, FERPA, Counseling and other resources?  We hope to answer these questions and many, many more.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 20!  Questions?  Please email Karen Danner (, Greg Brazell (, or Jessica Bodas (