Common Book – Show, Tell, & Share

immortal-lifeOn November 17 and November 18, Beth Stevens will share how she is using The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in her ENG 101 course.  Faculty will have the opportunity to engage in open discussions about Pierce College’s common book program.  Time will be set aside for faculty to share their experiences with the common book in their classes and ask any questions.

No registration is required.  A light lunch and goodies will be provided!

This opportunity will be offered at both the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fort Steilacoom – OLY 323

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Puyallup – AAH 240

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

 For more information, please contact Beth Stevens at

2015 Washington Canvas Users Group Conference – Submit Your Proposal Now!

Presentation proposals for the 2015 Washington Canvas Users Group Conference are being accepted now.  You are invited to submit your presentation proposal here.  Deadline for submissions is December 12, 2014.

This 3rd annual conference will take place on March 23 and 34, 2015 at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA.  Registration has not yet opened for the conference, but if you are interested in attending, you are highly encouraged to submit a presentation proposal.  The following tracks will be offered at the conference:

  • Instructional
  • Technical
  • Collaborative (includes Student Services)

This conference is  great opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state and talk shop about teaching online with Canvas!  There will be conference topics that will be appropriate for all levels of experience with online teaching and learning.   All are welcome – whether you are a long time online instructor or simply interested in learning more about web enhancing, hybrid or blended course design or teaching fully online courses!

For more information check out the Washington Canvas Users Group’s blog.  Keep your eyes out for another blog post from CEAL once registration opens!

2014 Faculty Institute and Annual Network Meeting – December 1 – 2, 2014

waInterested in Service Learning, Social Justice, or Equity?  Did you attend the University of Puget Sound’s  Race and Pedagogy Conference in September and are interested in continuing conversations regarding diversity, equity, and student engagement with colleagues at Pierce and across the State? Washington Campus Compact is hosting the 2014 Faculty Institute and Annual Network Meeting on December 1 – 2, 2014 at Everett Community College.  These two day meetings will explore the impact that higher education can have on the following six critical issues: education, sustainability, health and safety, diversity and social justice, economic development, and global leadership. Event Details:

  • What: 2014 Faculty Institute and Annual Network
  • Where: Everett Community College – Henry M. Jackson Conference Center
  • When:  December 1 – 2, 2014, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    • Monday, December 1: Faculty Institute “Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice into the Curriculum.”
      • WACC Member Affiliate – $75 (includes lunch and parking)
      • Non-WACC member – $225 (includes lunch and parking)
    • Tuesday, December 2: Annual Network Meeting “Effectively Communicating the Value and Impacts of Student Engagement and Leveraging/Generating Resources to Support Student Engagement on Your Campus.”
      • This event is open to Washington Campus Compact member affiliates only$25 (includes lunch and parking)

Interested?  Email Christie Flynn ( to reserve your spot on the Pierce College team.

For more information, check-out the event’s website here.

Reading Apprenticeship Training – New Dates!

Announcing the following dates for face-to-face “Reading Apprenticeship” training for the 2014-2015 academic year!  These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and staff.  Total training time is 6 hours and the trainings are offered in 1-day or 2-day formats.


Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location TBA


Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (must attend both days)
Location TBA

Space is limited!  Register at

Why Reading Apprenticeship (RA)?

  • RA is a conceptual framework to help post-secondary students develop their academic literacy skills across all disciplines.
  • RA routines are meant to provide students with strategies to make meaning of the texts used in your classroom (“texts” can include anything written, visual, or auditory, such as textbooks, essays, poetry, charts, diagrams, music, and more).
  • Research has shown that learners in RA classrooms improve both their content knowledge and their reading comprehension skills (see for more details on these studies).
  • This training will provide you with hands-on routines that you can use in your classroom to develop your students into expert readers in your discipline.

Are there other training options available?

Yes! If you can’t attend a face-to-face training, you may be able to take an online or face-to-face course through WestEd; see here for details: We will also keep you informed of other training opportunities at Pierce.

Can I include RA as part of my SIP?

We think that’s a great idea! Speak with your dean for more information.

I’ve attended RA sessions at in-service days, Targeted Skills Training, etc. Is this training appropriate for me?

Yes! This training will be useful whether you’re a newbie or if you have some knowledge of RA routines.

Trainings will be limited to 35 participants, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible!

Questions?  Contact Zoe Fisher at for more information.

Screencasting 101 is Back!

Robot walking with digital cameraThis Fall,  CEAL is bringing back Screencasting 101 – a fully online course – starting November 10 through November 21,2014 . This course – facilitated 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 space is limited to 15 participants.  So read on for more information about the course and how you can sign up.

 What is a screencast you ask? A screencast is a video that includes a recording of your computer screen. And it’s usually accompanied by audio. 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.  

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.  Expect to spend 4-6 hours each week on your screencast projects.

Do you need special equipment besides a computer and an Internet connection? The answer is yes, but CEAL can provide a mic and webcam equipment to course participants  to use while taking the class.  If you have your own headset microphone and webcam, you are ready to go! And of course, reliable access to a computer and an Internet connection is up to you.

View or download a course syllabus here:

Course Syllabus-Screencasting-101

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 November 10, 2014.

Register for Screencasting 101

Applying the QM Rubric Workshop – New Dates!

The Center for Engagement and Learning announces the following dates for face-to-face “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) workshops for the 2014-2015 academic year. 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.

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 and emphasizes faculty-centered continuous course improvement.


Saturday, December 20, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (1/2 hr lunch break)
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Room: Rainier 241

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (1/2 hr lunch break)
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Room: TBA


Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:30PM (each day)
Pierce College Puyallup
Room TBA

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


Online APPQMR Options:

If the in-person workshops don’t fit your schedule, consider taking this workshop 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.

Now Hiring: Educational Technology Assistant

PC-CEAL-logo-stacked-2clrPierce College is currently accepting applications for a part-time Educational Technology Assistant for the Center for Engagement and Learning (CEAL).  This position will work alongside the CEAL team to promote the adoption and use of instructional technologies across the college.  The Educational Technology Assistant will have the opportunity to assist faculty and staff with the development of a variety web-based, multimedia content for instructional and training purposes and will help faculty and the Instructional Designer to develop and revise technology-enhanced courses.

A complete position description can be found here.

If interested in the position, please submit a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired qualifications (as outlined in the position announcement) and a detailed resume to

Know someone who might be interested?  Please pass this position announcement to any individuals who might be interested!





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, or Brandy Statler Long,