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




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.

Campus Safety and Active Shooter Preparedness

The recent unfortunate tragedy at Seattle Pacific University serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety on our college campuses.  When these instances of extreme violence occur, too often, we do not have answers to explain away the uncertainties surrounding these type of tragedies.  We do know however, that a sense of safety is a key indicator for student engagement, which in turn is linked to a student’s academic success.  In light of this, vigilance and awareness is crucial to promote safety on our college campuses.  Though there is no strategy that can guarantee the complete avoidance of these most extreme forms of violence, we as a campus community can ensure that we are aware of a common approach to handle these events and promote safety.

The following video links were provided by Chris MacKersie, Pierce College’s Director of Safety and Security, on the best manner in which to respond to an active shooter situation:

  • Shots Fired: A 20 minute video that provides critical guidance to increase survival chances in an active shooter situation.  You are required to put in a username (campus) and a password (safety) to access the video.  You can access the video here.
  • Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event:  A 5 minute video that provides the basic concepts and application of the run, hide, or fight strategy that is being used for active shooter training nationwide.  You can access the video here.

Additionally, FEMA has a free online course that provides comprehensive training on how to respond to an active shooter situation.  You can access the FEMA IS-907 Active Shooter – What Can You Do course here.

Pierce College also has a number of tools available in the event of an emergency.  They include the following:

The Pierce College Emergency Notification System (PCENS): This is the primary tools used in the event of an emergency to communicate with both students and employees. By default only your college employee and student email addresses have been automatically loaded into the system. If you would like to receive emergency notifications through additional means, please log in and update your profile with your current personal contact information such as your personal email, text, mobile phone, and home phone.

Online Incident Reporting Form: Information that should be reported is anything that is witnessed, observed, or participated in that is cause for significant concern.

Examples include:

  •  All suspicious behaviors or actions as well as any criminal acts.
  • Knowledge of information or incidents that could cause harm to persons or property.
  • Knowledge of information or acts that could threaten College internal intelligence, information, reputation, as well as  violations of student code of conduct.
  • Report those exhibiting signs of high risk behaviors such as anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Expressions by others of feelings of depression, reduction of self-worth, and/or uselessness including suicidal symptoms.

Please keep in mind that this system does not replace emergency notification systems such as campus safety and 911. If you believe there is an imminent threat to persons or property contact 911 and then Campus Safety.  If you have any questions, please contact Campus Safety at (253) 964-6751 (Fort Steilacoom campus) and (253) 840-8481 (Puyallup campus).