Fall 2014 Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL) Begins Soon!

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Thinking about teaching online?

Thinking about teaching online?

CEAL’s Transitioning to Teaching Online is scheduled for October 13 – November 7, 2014 and registration is open now!

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. The course is facilitated by Renee Phoenix – Pierce District Instructional Designer – and is designed to give participants a student’s view of taking an online course while also providing practical information and take-aways that help faculty plan, design and create online learning.

Follow this link to sign up.

Register for Fall 2014 TTOL


What past participants have said about TTOL:

“I loved the discussions. I felt like I was able to take the content of the course and share what I had learned and how I would adapt it. I felt it was a safe environment and encouraged growth. I got to know colleagues form Pierce that I might not have otherwise met, and they supported me in ways I didn’t expect.”  Spring 2014 participant

“I enjoyed networking with the other instructors. I also liked how quickly Renee responded to our concerns or issues. It taught me a lot about the  importance of being responsive to my students. I’ve always believed teachers should also be students, and taking this course has given me an opportunity to sit on the other side of the ‘desk.’  ”  Spring 2014 participant

You can visit the CEAL web page for more information about TTOL content and objectives and to read about the time commitment required to complete the course.


*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 who have questions about this requirement, should contact the Pierce eLearning department directly to verify their status for this training requirement.

Free Professional Development Opportunity on Web Accessibility

wamoePortland 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:

  1. Build a personal knowledge base in web accessibility for online education
  2. Create accessible photo images, diagrams, and charts
  3. Create accessible audio and video components
  4. Create or evaluate accessible HTML content pages
  5. 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! 

Fully Online Applying the Quality Matters™ Rubric Training

QM_ProgramDid you miss our in-person “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” training on September 19 at the Puyallup campus?  Do not despair because starting October 16, Olympic College and Cascadia Community College will be offering a 100% fully online QM training.  This two-week training will take place from October 16 to November 4 and will allow participants to:

  • Learn to use and apply each of the QM principles and standards to your own course.
  • Participate in a peer-driven review process dedicated to continuous quality improvement in online and hybrid course design.
  • Share in a collaborative learning approach with faculty colleagues from another college.

The training will be facilitated by Certified APPQMR trainers Laurie Adamson (Olympic College) and Brandy Long (Cascadia Community College).  The cost is only $25 dollars and your registration fees will be invoiced directly to Pierce College. As a participant, you are expected to spend 8-10 hours per week for successful completion.

Pre-registration is required!

 Questions? Contact Kathy Bright, kbright@olympic.edu or Brandy Statler Long, blong@cascadia.edu

Learn about Open Educational Resources this October

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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 bchae@sbctc.edu.


Save the Date: ATL Community 2014 Best Practices Exchange

Save the date of October 28, 2014 for the ATL Community 2014 Best Practices Exchange.  The theme will be Moving From Best Practices to Best Processes: Utilizing Collaborative Leadership to Achieve Scale. 

Dr. Rob Johnstone, founder and President of the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII), will led the Keynote address that will examine how practitioners within community colleges can consider large-scale redesign to support student success.  Concurrent sessions will focus on successfully implemented large scale strategies that resulted in significant student improvement in the following areas:

  • Pre-college Transitions
  • Retention and Progression
  • Completion

Colleges are encouraged to attend the event as a team.  A formal invitation with specific details will follow shortly.

In the meantime, check out these websites:  www.sbctc.edu or www.assessmentlearningteaching.com

Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception – September 15, 2015


Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for an evening of teaching and learning on September 15, 2014 at the Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception.  This event will be held on the Pierce College Puyallup campus from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a catered dinner provided.  All adjunct faculty members will receive a stipend for participation in the three hour training.  A special session titled “Transitioning from Part-Time Faculty to Full-Time Faculty” will  be presented from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm by the Instructional Deans.

Here are the details:

  • Event:   Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception
  • Location:   Pierce College Puyallup, Arts & Allied Health Building – AAH 110
  • Time:   5:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a special session offered from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Catered dinner of pizza, salads, and desserts will be provided.
  • Stipend:  $50 stipend provided for participation.

Register here!  Registration will close on September 5, so don’t wait!




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.

2014 WA State Faculty & Staff of Color Conference

CaptureRegistration is now open for the 2014 Washington State Faculty & Staff of Color Conference which will be held in Vancouver, WA from November 5 – 7, 2014.  This conference will offer a wealth of resources, support, and networking opportunities for faculty, administrators, staff, and all other employees of institutions of higher education in Washington.  Conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues and share strategies in an effort to define the vital ties between diversity and higher education.

A variety of engaging workshops will be offered as well as three dynamic keynote speakers, Dr. Luz Maria Gordillo, Louie Gong, and Dr. Johnny Lake.

Register by October 1, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of $225.  To register, click here.  For more information, please visit the conference website here.

  • What:  2014 Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference
  • When:  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Where:  Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center, Vancouver, WA
  • How to Register:  Click here. Register by October 1, 2014 to receive early bird rates.

Registration open: LEARN Leadership Conference, September 29, 2014

logoRegistration is now open for “LEARN: Leading by Example to Achieve Results Now” Conference which will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA on September 29, 2014.  This affordable and local training opportunity is hosted by the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) and supports the Governor’s initiative to increase leadership skills, effectiveness, and accountability in the workforce.  Sessions will focus on professional development, health and wellness, financial security, technology, and cultural competency.

LEARN Leadership Conference is open to all members of the public.   Register by August 15, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of only $75.  After August 15, registration rates increase to $100.  Registration costs include a lunch.  This is a great opportunity to build upon your skill set in several areas in only one day!

Last year’s conference was very received by attendees with many calling the training “motivational,” “amazing,” and “an investment well worth the time from work.”

Register for the conference at the ICSEW website.


Register now for the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference – September 25 – 27, 2014


The 3rd Quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conference is September 25 – 27, 2014 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.  Join 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage in issues of race and its impact on education.

The theme for the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference is “What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience.”  The Conference will offer special spotlight sessions, more than 50 concurrent panels, roundtables, poster sessions, artistic installations, music, and theatre productions that addresses the following:

  • Freedom and Civil Rights Struggles
  • Institutional Readiness
  • Transformation and Revolutionary Pedagogies
  • Teacher Development and Preparation
  • Teaching and Learning about Biology and Race
  • Arts as Public Pedagogy
  • Education and Criminal Justice

The Conference will showcase four high profile keynote speakers:

  • Angela Davis: civil rights activist, prison abolitionist, and professor
  • Winona LaDuke: indigenous and environmental rights advocate and former Green  Party vice presidential candidate
  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Harvard professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
  • Dr. Eduardo Bonilla Silva: sociologist and Duke University Professor

Full registration fee includes Friday & Saturday continental breakfasts and boxed lunches, one ticket to each of the 4 keynote addresses, and conference materials.

One-day pass includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and conference materials. Keynote address tickets are not included.

If you register before August 16, 2014, the early bird full registration rate is reduced to $300.

Complete your registration here.

For additional information contact: acoil@pugetsound.edu