Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for a day of teaching and learning at the Winter Adjunct Faculty Day. This event will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Coffee and a catered lunch will be provided. All adjunct faculty members will be compensated $100 for participation in the entire day of training and for successful completion of a reflection form regarding the event. This required reflection form will be made available to you electronically following the training.
Register for Winter 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day here. Registration will close on February 13, 2015 to allow us for an accurate count of catering and workshop materials.
Questions? Contact CEAL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to join the College Success experience? There will be a one-day training and orientation session on Saturday, January 31, 9 am-4 pm at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Coffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided.
Faculty who attend this professional development opportunity will explore the curriculum for College 110, examine effective pedagogical approaches used in the course, and have an opportunity to network with current COLLG 110 instructors. If you are interested in or considering teaching COLLG 110 and have not yet participated in a training session, here is your opportunity to get started. Successful completion of the training enters you into the pool of College 110 instructors.*
*Being in the COLLG 110 instructor pool does not guarantee you will be assigned to teach a section; section assignments are made by the coordinators of the Reading and College Success Department in consultation with the Dean of Transitional Education.
If you have questions about this training, please contact Amber Baillon (email@example.com).
Register now for the ATL Winter College Readiness Retreat on February 12 – 13, 2015 at the Rainbow Lodge in North Bend, WA. The focus will be “Exploring the Full Spectrum of Student Voice in Washington State – Expression, Consultation, Participation, Activism, and Leadership.” Educators and students with an interest in joining the state-wide community of practice around the concept/principle of Voice are encouraged to attend. This will be a great opportunity to share and interact with other colleagues and students from across Washington State.
ATL Winter College Readiness Retreat
“Exploring the Full Spectrum of Student Voice in Washington State”
When: February 12-13, 2015
Where: Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA
Cost: Registration fee is $90 for educators and $65 for students.
What: A two-day retreat focused around the concept/principle of Voice. At its core, Voice is the practice of active listening. When students are invited and supported as stakeholders in their education, it leads to sustained engagement in academics and enhanced achievement. For more information on Voice, check out this video:
Watch Washington State CTC students and faculty “Practicing Voice”
Questions regarding the event: Jennifer Whetham, 360-704-4354
Questions regarding registration: Jackie Eppler-Clark, 360-704-4351
Check out the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning website here.
March 12 and 13, 2015 will be the 1st annual “Building Bridges” Washington State Higher Education Technology Conference in Spokane, WA. This conference will bring together educators and technologists across Washington state in an effort to increase communication, build relationships, and provide an environment to gain a deeper understanding of technology and student success.
This conference will target all technology users in both public and private higher education institutions in Washington State and individuals working in the following groups are highly encouraged to attend:
- Information Technology staff
- eLearning staff
- Library staff
- Institutional Research staff
- Faculty campus leadership and decision makers
Early Bird registration rate is $90 (through January 31, 2015). Regular registration rate is $100 (after January 31, 2015).
The Center for Engagement and Learning is reminding all online and hybrid instructors of upcoming dates for face-to-face “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) workshops through Pierce College.
This training 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 and emphasizes faculty-centered continuous course improvement.
These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and meet the QM training requirements for teaching online or hybrid courses.* Total training time is 7 hours and workshops are offered in 1-day and 2-day formats.
1 FULL- DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (1/2 hr lunch break)
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
2 HALF-DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT
Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:30PM (each day)
Pierce College Puyallup
Online APPQMR Options:
If you cannot attend the in-person workshops, there are workshops online! Quality Matters offers the training online several times a month.
- 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.*
Do not sign up for this online training through the QM website. The State Board has a limited number of free seats for each college to offer to faculty – please contact CEAL or the Pierce College eLearning department for more information or to sign up for these online APPQMR training workshops.
*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.
Thinking about teaching online?
CEAL’s Transitioning to Teaching Online is scheduled for January 19 – February 13, 2015 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.
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 pre-requisites and 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 discuss their need for this training.
Curriculum for the Bioregion will hold a working conference titled “Fostering an Ethic of Place,” on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the University of Puget Sound. This conference will build on ten years’ worth of sustainability studies to assist small campus-teams and individuals to identify and develop projects that will promote student engagement and community and civic responsibility in our bioregion. The conference will explore:
- Engagement and community-based learning and research
- Approaches to student learning assessment and development based on sustainability studies
David Greenwood, Canada Research Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Education at Lakehead University and Diane Douglas, Executive Director of Seattle CityClub, will serve as speakers.
Campuses are invited to bring one or two teams (up to 8 people per campus) who want to create a new project or deepen an existing one; individuals are also welcome to attend. The registration fee is $60 per person (including refreshments and lunch). Registration deadline is January 23, 2014.
- What: Curriculum for the Bioregion – “Fostering an Ethic of Place”
- When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Where: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
- Cost: $60 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)
For more information, contact Christie Flynn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Broxson (email@example.com)
Registration materials can be found here.
Renton Technical College is hosting Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century on March 14, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This first ever regional Reading Apprenticeship conference will bring together leadership from WestEd and the Reading Apprenticeship Leadership Community of Practice to learn how local community college faculty are using Reading Apprenticeship across their campuses.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Deepen your learning about how to engage students and colleagues in collaborative inquiry about their varied reading processes, fostering discipline-specific “metacognitive conversation” in classrooms and professional learning communities
- Deepen their understanding of Reading Apprenticeship as an instructional framework and improve their skills for implementing the framework in classrooms and in professional development with colleagues
- Learn how faculty across the disciplines make the complex, invisible processes they use as readers visible to students, helping them develop reading expertise in specific disciplines
- Learn to help other faculty make changes in their classroom practice, building on students’ strengths as readers and learners, and providing students greater access to text for learning in the content areas. This will result in increased student engagement and efficacy in reading.
- Network with your peers using Reading Apprenticeship.
Register by December 10, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of only $75. After December 10, 2014, registration fees will increase to $90. Register here. Breakfast, lunch, and snack included with registration.
Are you already using Reading Apprenticeship in your classroom and would like to share your experiences? Presentation proposals for the Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century conference are being accepted until December 10, 2014. Submit your presentation proposal here.
What is Reading Apprenticeship?
Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd is a research-based framework that helps community college faculty members support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers. Community colleges implementing Reading Apprenticeship find that it can produce a dramatic, positive transformation of students’ engagement and achievement not only in literacy, but also in learning across all academic disciplines.
For more information on Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century and Reading Apprenticeship, go here.
Are you new to the world of Open Education Resources (OER)?
Ready to learn more about the adoption process including open licensing, institutional readiness, and more?
BCcampus is offering a four-week online workshop for anyone interested in open textbooks. It runs January 12 – February 6, 2015
For more info and to register, click here.
Description: The workshop is asynchronous: you can participate any time. There is one synchronous session each week featuring a special guest. These will be recorded so you can access them later:
- Week 1 (January 12-16): What is Open? What is an Open Textbook?
- Week 2 (January 19-23): Creative Commons Licenses
- Week 3 (January 26-30): Institutional Readiness
- Week 4 (February 2-6): Find, Evaluate and Modify Open Textbooks
The Asian American Native American and Pacific Islander Program (AANAPISI) is hosting the Engaging Promising Practices Conference (EPP) on February 6 – 7, 2014 at South Seattle College in Seattle, WA. This professional development opportunity is FREE and open to all higher education practitioners that work directly with students through both academic and student support services.
The program will feature a half-day conference on Friday, February 6 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM to share practices and methods on institutionalizing Minority-Serving Institution grants. National guest speakers, such as Rowena Tomaneng (Vice President of Instruction from De Anza College) and Pearson Owens (Management/Program Analyst from the Department of Education) will be featured.
On Saturday, February 7 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, keynote speaker Akil Vohra (Senior Advisor from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) will be featured. The full-day of workshops will include presentations and panels focused on student success. The workshops will feature practitioner-based themes of:
- Culturally responsive teaching/learning
- Curriculum and pedagogy, student engagement and development
- Assessment/measurements of promising practices
- Cross-campus collaborations
Registration closes on January 30, 2015. You can register here.
Workshop proposals are still being accepted. If you would like to submit a proposal, please do so before Friday, December 5, 2014. Workshop proposals can be submitted here.
For additional information, check out the conference website: http://www.southseattle.edu/programs/aanapisi/epp.aspx