Free IGNIS Webinar Series 2015 Kicks Off Feb 5!

IGNIS LogoJoin hosts Alissa Sells and Jennifer Whetham from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges for the 2015 series of IGNIS online webinars. This popular webinar series is a fully online format featuring local and regional faculty and other experts who present on a variety of topics related to teaching, assessment, technology and all things community college. These webinars are free and there is no need to sign up before attending.

Been There, Done That!

This Thursday, February 5 at 2PM, Alyson Indrunas, Director of eLearning and Instructional Design from Everett Community College will talk about the challenges and triumphs of her online teaching career so far. Always entertaining and insightful, Alyson will  reveal the “Four Things I Did Wrong as an Online Teacher.”

Don’t miss it! 

The IGNIS webinars are delivered in BlackBoard Collaborate sessions and there is no need to register or sign-up. Just click the “Join Us in Collaborate” link below to join the webinar.  The IGNIS Collaborate room is open 24/7 so you are welcome to test your connection anytime before the scheduled webinar.  A headset/microphone is recommended for optimal audio quality.

Hope to see you there!

To access the webinar follow this link:

JOIN US in COLLABORATE

New To Using Collaborate?

Follow this link to a very helpful resource for how to prepare your computer to use Collaborate. (thanks to Shoreline Community College eLearning department). Be sure you have the latest version of JAVA on your computer*.

http://www.shoreline.edu/elearning/collaborate.aspx

*Chrome browser on a MAC does not support use of the JAVA applet required to access Collaborate webinars. BB Collaborate recommends using FireFox or Safari browsers on a MAC.

Free workshop February 19 – 20: Making Online Course Content Accessible

Do you want to make your online course content accessible?

Do you feel overwhelmed about where to even begin?

Shoreline Community College’s Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Accessibility is offering a FREE hands-on workshop “Making Online Course Content Accessible” on February 19 and 20, 2015 at Dumas Bay, Federal Way, WA.  This workshop will assist participants on how to:

  • Make your syllabus and other documents accessible
  • Caption your video and audio content

Reserve your free spot now!  Free overnight accommodations are also available on a very limited basis.

Contact Amy Rovner @ arovner@shoreline.edu or (206) 547-6937 to reserve your spot!

  • What:  Making Online Course Content Accessible” facilitated by Shoreline Community College FLC on Accessibility
  • When:  Thursday, February 19 and/or Friday, February 20, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Daily)
  • Where:  Dumas Bay, Federal Way, WA

 

Data, Engagement & UDL – Main Topics of Faculty In-Service on Feb 21

CEAL is reminding everyone that Adjunct Faculty Day,  planned for Saturday, Feb 21 at Fort Steilacoom campus,  is fast approaching with a full day of professional development planned for faculty at Pierce College.

Registration for this event is open to all Pierce faculty, however only part-time/adjunct faculty are eligible for a stipend.

Follow this link to register

Session Information

Morning activities begin at 9:00 am with presentations and discussions centered around student engagement and student data at Pierce College. Pierce College Director of IR, Erik Gimness, Research Associate, Carly Haddon,  and Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness, Allison Sieving will be on hand in morning sessions to facilitate discussions and activities that will specifically be looking at Student Engagement data and Course Completion data. They will also be demonstrating use of our new Tableau dashboards, tools designed to help faculty filter student data and identify opportunities for growth/improvement. Other topics include discussions around constructs of engagement, the relationship of engagement as a concept to our work as practitioners, and opportunities for inquiry and research.

Candyce Rennegarbe

Candyce Rennegarbe will present on UDL framework & strategies for student engagement and success.

In the afternoon, CEAL is excited to have Candyce Rennegarbe who will lead discussion and activities on the topic of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Universal Design for Learning is a proven framework that can be utilized across all programs and courses – even across institutions.  UDL is good teaching and happens both in the upfront design of courses and in the engaging opportunities of active learning classes.

Candyce will introduce the brain based UDL framework and provide examples, resources, and take-away strategies on UDL that have been successfully applied at a post secondary level to:  increase teaching effectiveness, improve student outcomes, and meet the needs of diverse learners.  Her goal is to make this an interactive afternoon where good teaching ideas are shared.

More About Candyce and Universal Design

For the past six years Candyce coordinated a campus wide UDL Project at Tacoma Community College where she worked with over 100 faculty members from all disciplines, as well as the Board of Trustees and Student Services. She recently retired from her TCC teaching position as a full time faculty member in the Transitional Studies Program teaching reading and English and Adult Basic Education.  Throughout her 18 years at TCC, she facilitated trainings in Washington state and nationally on UDL, learning disabilities, testing, brain based learning, and establishing a system for at risk learners to become more successful.

Check out these links to related UDL videos highlighting work Candyce was involved  in at TCC.

Title:  Christie Fierro    UDL and Communication Class

http://youtu.be/9TFMXvgL_aI

This five-minute video illustrates Ms. Fierro applying UDL strategies with her TCC Communication’s Class

Title:  Universal Design for Learning – TCC

This five-minute video features students from TCC’s UDL Project in Year 2 talking about their success with UDL

 

 

 

 

Register for Winter 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day

teach learnJoin 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 ceal@pierce.ctc.edu.

Register for COLLG 110 Training – Saturday, January 31

PC-CEAL-logo-stacked-2clrWould 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 SteilacoomCoffee, 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.

Click here to register online!  There is a cap of 25 participants.

If you have questions about this training, please contact Amber Baillon (abaillon@pierce.ctc.edu).

 

Register now – ATL Winter College Readiness Retreat

atlRegister 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”

Contact:

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.

 

Save the date: 1st annual WA State Higher Education Technology Conference

 

building bridgesMarch 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).

Don’t wait!  Register here.  For more information, check out the Building Bridges Conference Website here.

Applying the QM Rubric Workshop Dates

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
Room: TBA

2 HALF-DAY WORKSHOP FORMAT

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 register.

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.

Winter 2015 TTOL Begins Soon!

 

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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.

Register for Winter 2015 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 pre-requisites and the time commitment required to complete the course.

http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/ceal/courses#ttol

*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 – Working Conference on Saturday, February 7

curriculum for bioregionCurriculum 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.

Conference Particulars:

  • 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 (cflynn@pierce.ctc.edu) or Tom Broxson (tbroxson@pierce.ctc.edu)

Registration materials can be found here.